Delph Cottage, Winster, £399,950
I knew I was going to be impressed with the views as soon as my poor old Ford Focus started to groan on its way up the winding road to Delph Cottage. And I wasn’t wrong, as I stepped up to the front door I looked behind me down on to the rest of Winster, and Stanton Moor beyond and simply gasped – as you will understand when you see the picture.
The casual passer-by would simply have no idea of what there is to this home. As you weave your way through the streets of this popular village it looks just like all the other cute little stone cottages which are mainly relics from the lead mining era.
But it has a huge secret and that is one and a half acres of land and outbuildings.
It is perfect for anyone wanting to keep livestock – be it chickens, goats, sheep or even a pony.
Believe you me it would take a new owner a few days to find their way around the plot it was so large and rambling.
Chris and Sue Coate, who have been there for the last seven years, must have thought they had arrived in Heaven when they arrived with their menagerie.
Their daughter Catherine who showed me around said they had wanted to down size when she and her sisters first left home but they still wanted to have some land.
Delph Cottage fitted the bill then, but now they find they want to be nearer their new grandchild in London so they are upping sticks again.
During their time in Winster they have improved the cottage extensively.
To complement the two double bedrooms in the main house they have converted one of the barns into self contained sleeping quarters.
A fantastic space for visiting in-laws or a student returning home from university.
If you have no need for extra bedrooms then it would make a perfect studio or office.
The couple have also overseen the installation of a terrific kitchen dining room in the biggest space in the house.
It is a lovely family room and feels quite spacious.
There is also a cosy sitting room and a smaller family room both with feature fireplaces.
Every ounce of space in the cottage has been put to good use and downstairs there is also a utility room with storage, a second loo and a tiny conservatory leading out on to a terrace where you get a chance to admire those views.
Upstairs there is a family bathroom with an impressive shower, but no bath – which these days is not a big deal, especially if it means you have more space.
If you want to be at the heart of village life and within a couple of minutes of the pub and shop but still be able to live the “Good Life” then Delph Cottage is one not to miss.
It is on the market with Sally Botham Estates.
If you want to view, give them a call on 01629 760899.