Number 21 has terracotta colour-washed elevation under a traditional Dorset-thatched roof. The original cottage is thought to have been built in the 1700's and has featured in post cards of Trent. In 1990 the cottage was substantially redeveloped, modernised and enlarged to provide good ceiling heights and high levels of natural lighting, whilst retaining its essential 18th Century origins. There is a particularly well-proportioned, triple-aspect drawing room with a handsome, beamed inglenook fireplace with copper smoke hood. There is evidence of a side bread oven. The span of deep windows over-looking the garden to the south, is augmented by a long, oak window seat. There are French casements onto the west terrace. An archway connects to a double-aspect south-facing dining hall which has a flagstone floor. A half-glazed oak door leads to the front porch. There is a cloakroom leading off the hallway.
The kitchen/breakfast room has a double-aspect with views over the garden. It has a tiled floor and oak-faced cupboards and drawer units. A half-glazed door leads to a lobby which opens onto the west terrace. Leading to the utility room, there is a walk-in, ventilated larder with marble shelves. The double-aspect utility room is of a good size with floor tiles. It incorporates a hobbies bench with drawer storage. A Belfast sink is set in a beech worktop. There is an oil-fired boiler for water and central heating and useful wall-space for coats etc. An oak door leads to a rear porch and out to the garage.
On the first floor there are three double bedrooms, one of these is capable of sub-division to provide a fourth bedroom if desired. The principal bedroom is a generous-sized, triple aspect room with fitted wardrobes. The second double has an ensuite shower room, fitted wardrobes and a dressing table. This room has double aspect views over the rear garden. The third bedroom also has a double-aspect to the south and east. There is a family bathroom. Easy access to a good-sized, well-insulated loft, mostly boarded.
The property is set well back from the lane, up a drive with double gates about 30 yards in - which allows the owners of No. 20 access to their garage. The drive sweeps round to a gravelled turning and parking area in front of the garage to the rear. The garage was built in the style of a cart shed with a tiled roof, containing excellent, easily-accessible storage above. The gardens are a major feature of the property, having been loving created by the present owners over nearly 20 years. They take the form of a large, west-facing terrace and entertaining area, with two principal areas of lawn, shaped by well-stocked borders, providing colour for most of the year. The garden is given an air of maturity by the established specimen trees and old stone walling. Added features are the original cottage well, the lily pond and the rose pergola archway.
Slightly elevated to the western side of the garden is a studio with excellent natural light and glass double doors opening onto a porch at the south end. It has power sockets, recessed lighting and a work top. At present it is used for artwork, but could be readily adapted as a playroom. Set behind the studio is a garden shed and a well-insulated workshop, together with a useful screened, garden storage area. A well-tended fruit and vegetable patch provides for domestic needs. Running along the north boundary is a wild-flower bank, with mature trees, bordering the meadow belonging to the Ernest Cook Trust. The old sunken track-way forming part of the east boundary, provides a shaded wooded area, full of Spring flowers. A local footpath follows the line of this boundary and gives direct access to walking the many paths in the Village and up on to the higher ground and the 'spooky' Trent Barrow. In all, a delightful setting.
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