Juniper Cottage is a unique find, a Grade II listed property of immense historical character but with spacious rooms that feel connected and flow seamlessly into one another
Viewed from the road, Juniper Cottage is the archetypal English thatched cottage of modest proportions but at the rear hides a surprise, a highly individual and beautifully crafted rotunda style extension. Juniper Cottage is a unique find, a Grade II listed property of immense historical character but with spacious rooms that feel connected and flow seamlessly into one another. Set in the pretty Wiltshire village of Burcombe, through which meanders the Nadder river, the property is perfectly situated for a quiet country life but with the convenience of excellent transport connections and proximity to Salisbury.
THE AGENT SAYS...
Beautifully presented inside and out, Juniper Cottage is a very special property, which has had so much love poured into it. This is a house in which even the downstairs loo is stunning! The chocolate box pretty facade is just a taste of the period features that greet you as soon as you cross the threshold. Beautiful original beams form a canopy overhead, there are quirky alcoves and ledges, exposed brick and stone, brick and oak pillars, an inglenook fireplace and upstairs the most adorable mini library tucked into a nook between the chimney breast and front wall. Harmoniously juxtaposed with these historical features is the spacious extension with its wealth of glazing, housing a stunning sitting room on the ground floor and a magnificent master bedroom suite above. Outside, there is an attractively landscaped rear garden with a wraparound patio and large manicured lawn. Situated on the edge of the Cranborne Chase AONB (a designated International Dark Sky Reserve) with its beautiful walks, close to amenities, transport links and only an hour from the coast, Juniper Cottage is wonderful house in a fantastic location.
The solid oak front door opens into the cosy snug with its ceiling of wonderfully wobbly original beams and baked earth quarry tiled floor. This is a delightful spot to welcome guests and to snuggle up with a good book, with a fitted bookcase that blends seamlessly into the wall and will hold all your literary favourites.
Behind the snug is a WC, which is every bit as beautiful as the rest of the house, with its beamed ceiling, exposed stone, and custom-built wood panelling and shelving, including a nook for those essential loo reads.
Opposite the WC is a large storage cupboard for all your outdoor paraphernalia and beyond is the generously sized utility room, with plumbing for a washing machine, space for a tumble drier and large upright freezer, plenty of storage cupboards and a large sink. A door opens to the side of the property, making this the perfect entryway after a muddy country ramble.
The snug has been knocked through to the stunning kitchen/breakfast room, but the original wooden wall beam and a change of flooring keeps these connected spaces feeling distinct. Delectably rustic, the handcrafted panelled kitchen units are finished with utilitarian gate hinges and pull handles, with the worktop formed from sheet metal. An Aga is set into the original fireplace, with its handsome oak mantel beam perfectly set off by the rich cream of the wall tiles. Wicker storage baskets, a Belfast sink and open storage complete the country aesthetic.
The remainder of the original property is occupied by the dining room which overlooks the front and rear of the property and has french doors out to the patio and rear garden. Partially exposed brick walls and an inglenook fireplace with impressively large log burner add further to the character of this lovely room.
Beyond the kitchen is where the property becomes even more special as you enter the fantastic extension. The hallway through from the kitchen is light and bright, with its high vaulted ceiling, glass fronted balcony and door out to the patio. Occupying the ground floor of the extension is the wonderfully spacious sitting room with its curved wall of glass looking and opening out to the garden. With such a light and large space, the owners have cleverly used deep colour over the walls and ceilings to create a cosy, cocooning feel. The tiled floor keeps the room cool in summer and underfloor heating and an LPG faux log burner provide warmth in the cooler months.
The original wooden cottage staircase leads up from the kitchen to the first floor where there are four bedrooms with independent access, a fifth bedroom/study accessed through bedroom 2 and the family bathroom.
The first floor of the extension is dedicated to the stunning master suite with the most fantastic panorama over the garden and open countryside beyond. A vestibule accommodates a dressing room and separate en-suite shower room before entering the bedroom, with its cathedral like vaulted ceiling, where the bed takes centre stage and full advantage of the view.
Bedroom 2 is a light and generously proportioned double room (with a wash-basin) that leads through to bedroom 5, which is a small double/spacious single, currently used as a study.
Bedroom 3 is another generous double and has plentiful fitted storage.
Bedroom 4 is a single room with the most charming book corner tucked into the rugged alcove formed where the chimney breast rises through the room.
In the bathroom, there is a freestanding roll top slipper bath to soak the day away and a separate shower to wake you up in the mornings. Original floorboards are warm on bare feet and a cleverly installed mirror, which creates a spacious feel, takes a minute to spot.
The cottage is set back from the road with a path of shallow brick steps to the front door. A low stone wall and neatly clipped hedges enclose the front garden, which is filled with shrubs and ornamental grasses, and has an authentic well, which is a lovely feature.
The rear garden is set above the property with a terraced retaining wall surrounding the large patio that wraps around the back and side of the property. Stepping stones across the manicured lawn lead to the bespoke summerhouse that offers a lovely shady spot to sit and enjoy a glass of something cool and refreshing. There is pedestrian access to the rear of the garden via a 5 bar wooden gate.
Mains electricity and water, private drainage and oil fired central heating.
Wiltshire Council Band E
ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE