Lower Road, Britford, Salisbury

£675,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 5
Riverside cottage in exceptional edge of village position, yet within walking distance of Salisbury centre and hospital. Great hide for watching wildlife. Versatile, modernised accommodation with 2 bathrooms, shower and 5 bedrooms. South-facing garden, double garage and plenty of parking.

The Fishing Lodge enjoys an idyllic location by the river in the highly regarded village of Britford, yet lies only one and a half miles from Salisbury Cathedral. Surrounded by meadows and classically beautiful Wiltshire countryside, it benefits from the proximity of a patisserie and farm shop and is within walking distance of a local M&S food store, thus combining the tranquillity of a rural setting with the convenience of local amenities. The regional district hospital is easily accessible by footpath/track through the fields, as is Salisbury itself.

The original 18th century chalk-block and flint lodge has evolved over the years and more recently undergone a careful schedule of renovation turning it into a delightful, light, modern and airy home of considerable charm and comfort. The rooms are all of a good size with many period and eclectic details. Recently tenanted by a professional family whilst the owner was away, there is now scope for some cosmetic tidying.

The house takes advantage of the wonderfully picturesque location overlooking the river and water meadows: a conservatory (with northern light for artists), and large oak-framed glass doors from the kitchen give onto the flag-stone terrace and a wide, lawned riverbank. These allow unhindered observation of the wildlife from the comfort of your kitchen table or sofa.

APPROACH - The Fishing Lodge East is approached down a lane bordered by tall poplars leading to wooden entrance gates. From here a gravelled drive leads to the double garage, parking/turning area and to the front porch.

ENTRANCE HALL Previously used as a dining room which took advantage of a large open fireplace with Arts and Crafts era carved surround, the Entrance Hall is now a welcoming central space with considerable character from which most of the other rooms and the first floor can be accessed.

SITTING ROOM - A spacious room with painted ceiling beams, a large Clearview log-burner and a pretty, recessed window-seat overlooking the front garden.

CONSERVATORY/GARDEN ROOM - Formerly used as an artist s studio, this is a peaceful retreat from which to enjoy the delightful views of the terrace, river and water meadows beyond, or from which to step out and enjoy them.

UTILITY/SHOWER ROOM This houses the oil-fired boiler and water controls. It offers space for a tumble dryer, additional storage units and plumbing for a washing machine. There is a large walk-in shower with Grohe mixer at one end, and a glazed oak door onto the terrace.

CLOAKROOM With white WC, hand-basin and heated towel rail.

KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM A very spacious double-aspect room dominated by the large oak-framed glass doors which open onto the riverside terrace. The far-reaching views make the kitchen into a magnificent hide all year round (Kingfisher, heron, water vole, egrets, Canada geese and occasional otter sightings). The quarry-tiled floor is an eclectic mix from a variety of periods of the house s history. There is provision for a log burner if required whilst stylish column radiators provide central heating. The ceiling beams are paint-washed. TV points are provided at both ends of the room.

The white tongue-and-groove style fitted kitchen is on the garden side of the house around a south-facing window. It incorporates: deep pan-drawers, pull-out 4-bucket recycle unit, built-in dishwasher, walk-in larder unit, wooden worktop, John Lewis halogen hob, ceramic sink with insinkerator waste disposal, built-in double electric Neff oven, and a tall fridge/freezer.

UPSTAIRS LANDING Accessed by an open wooden staircase with hand-carved treads against a wood-panelled wall, the landing is accessed through a large door at the top of the stairs. It runs the length of the house and the accommodation could be arranged in a variety of ways: to incorporate ensuites or dressing rooms, for example.

BEDROOM 1 - Light and airy double room, with a period, metal window which overlooks the front garden. Deep built-in wardrobe.

BEDROOM 2 - Double bedroom also overlooking the garden, with built-in wardrobe and drawers, detailed panelling and an exposed ceiling beam. TV point.

BEDROOM 3 - Smaller double room with lovely views of the river and water meadows. TV point.

BATHROOM 1 - Traditional white WC, pedestal wash-basin with Linolite shaver point and a deep bath with both hand-held and fitted shower attachments. The bath has been positioned to take advantage of the views over the meadows. There is a glass shower-screen, stone-tiling, some painted wood-panelling and a heated towel rail.

BATHROOM 2 Watch the swans process past as you brush your teeth! This bathroom contains a white WC, wash-basin and a deep bath with tiled splashbacks. There is a wide inset mirror over an oak shelf, a Linolite shaver point and a heated towel rail.

BEDROOM 4 - This room looks out over the river and the meadows and has been used both as a single bedroom and as a study. There is built-in shelving and a directable wall light.

BEDROOM 5 - A large and high-ceilinged master-bedroom with excellent range of built-in wardrobes and two windows overlooking the front garden. TV point.

OUTSIDE - The property s boundaries are marked by post and rail fencing. The front garden is south-facing, with espaliered pear and apple trees along the fence, and standard Cox, Bramley and Victoria plum trees on a lawn bounded by some magnificent mature trees. The double garage has an electric door, lighting, power and a pedestrian door to the side. On the North is a rustic flag-stone terrace, giving onto a lawned river bank with solid oak retaining walls. There is outside lighting and plenty of space to sit out and enjoy the river, including a wide oak jetty overhanging the water, from to watch the river life.

SERVICES - The house is connected to mains electricity and drainage. The central heating boiler is fed from a modern 2,500 litre oil tank, and hot water is supplemented by solar panels. Of note is the extremely high quality of the private supply of spring water (pure spring water and no water bills) provided via a modern and efficient bore-hole with a Grundfoss pump.

BROADBAND

BT.com suggests that maximum speeds of 15Mb are available with fibre broadband through BT.

COUNCIL TAX - Band: E. Charge for 2018/2019: £2060.01

TENURE - Freehold

Please note: the photographs in this brochure were taken in 2014 before the owner moved away for a course of study, and the property has been tenanted (by a professional family) in the interim.

POST CODE - SP5 4DY

TO VIEW - By appointment only please through Myddelton & Major, 49 High Street, Salisbury, SP1 2PD. Tel: 01722 337575.

DIRECTIONS - Taking the A338 from Salisbury towards Downton, take the left hand turn just after the park and ride, (signed to Britford). Follow this until the right hand bend and follow over the bridge. Almost immediately after the bridge take the left hand turn (The Fishing Lodge is indicated by a white sign high on a tree trunk) and follow the lane to the Fishing Lodge s driveway.

MONEY LAUNDERING REGULATIONS 2017 - Please note, purchasers will be required to provide identity information so Anti Money Laundering checks can be undertaken before an offer can be accepted on any property we are marketing.

Reference: 18198.180906

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