Spinning Wheel Cottage, Lydbury North, SY7
- Three double bedrooms, one on the ground floor currently presented as a formal dining room
- Modern fully-equipped kitchen with dining area
- Bright Living Room with modern inset wood-burning stove
- Ground floor shower room
- Utility room
- Built-in garage
- First floor bathroom with shower over bath
- Work room with room for beds for visitors
- Ample car parking space
- Mature garden with glass-sided potting shed
- Real village with Norman church, pub, school, up to date Village Hall and community-run shop
This easily maintained architect-designed brick house was built to a high specification in 1987 especially for its first owners, and substantially improved by the present occupants in 2010. At that time the windows were replaced with Welsh Oak uPVC frames incorporating Pilkington's insulight double glazing with Activ self-cleaning glass. It stands on a plot of some 600 square metres about 75 metres from the main road, halfway between the church and the school. Access is by a public right of way unmetalled drive from the main road through the village.
The original separate kitchen and dining room have been converted into a spacious single room and fitted with built-in units with soft-close doors and drawers. The Franke sink unit is made of fragranite. Over the induction hob, there is an extractor hood which evacuates through a redundant chimney. There is a freestanding Bosch dishwasher, and the built-in double electric oven is at chest height for ease of use. The refrigerator and freezer are built in.
The living room takes full advantage of the south-facing location, with tall windows at the front, and patio doors and a full-length window at the side, perfect for watching the sunset over the hills. The doors give access to the patio which is amply large enough for outside dining. There is a modern DEFRA-approved inset 5kw. wood-burning stove in a brick fireplace, and craftsman-made fully flexible bookshelves built in.
The original plan was for a downstairs bedroom, and the room was used in this way for many years. But it is equally suitable as a large dining room, which is its current use. It benefits from evening light.
The downstairs shower room, with wash-basin (with heated mirror) and toilet, includes a generously sized shower cubicle, with an anti-slip base at floor level. If the door were removed, it would effectively become a wet-room with easy access for a wheel-chair. The plumbing is concealed. There is an Expelair extractor fan and a heated towel rail.
The hall is lit by borrowed light from the kitchen and living room. The coat cupboard and utility room lead off from the hall, and there is access to the garage through the utility room, which has plumbing for a washing machine and a sink, as well as wall cupboards.
The garage contains the oil-fired Worcester Bosch boiler (there is no gas supply in the village) which provides hot water and a full central heating system. The temperature in the house is controlled by a Netatmo thermostat, which operates through wi-fi. The small cordless control box can be moved from room to room, and the system allows the room temperature to be accessed anywhere by internet, and the thermostat to be adjusted as necessary. If this is too complicated, it would be easily possible to reinstate the traditional thermostat in the hall.
There are shelves on three sides of the garage, some of which could be easily removed if required, and space for a chest freezer which does not intrude into the main area. The steel radio-controlled sectional garage door is made by Hormann, and incorporates special safety features.
Both upstairs bedrooms have windows with views over the village to the Shropshire hills beyond. In the case of the larger bedroom, its three separate windows each offer a different view and in a different direction. Both of these bedrooms have built-in wardrobe space. In addition to these main bedrooms, there is a work-room with three Velux windows with blinds (as with the other two Velux windows, one above the stairs and one in the bathroom, the double-glazed units have been replaced). This can be (and has been) used as extra bedroom space for visitors. Off this room there is a separate box-room with shelving.
The upstairs bathroom walls are finished with Mermaid panels, so no grout problems. The bath has a round showering end. The shower heads here and downstairs are recommended by Severn Trent because they retain power while saving water. The basin has a heated mirror and razor point. The plumbing has been updated so that hot and cold are both at the same (generous) pressure. Opposite the bathroom is a substantial airing-cupboard around the stainless steel hot-water tank.
Outside there is a potting-shed with one glazed side. The oil tank, which is bunded and made of plastic, is sheltered behind a trellis. It is fitted with a radio transmitting oil level meter. In the garden there is a raised bed, many raspberry bushes, a mature cherry tree, an apple tree and a young plum tree. There are many mature shrubs, roses, and flowers. Most of the garden is at the front, and therefore visible from the main rooms. At the back of the house, beyond the garden and a new yew hedge, there is access to a village footpath from the church to the Village Hall.
Electricity, mains water, and drainage, telephone connection (sockets in 4 rooms), high-speed broadband available. Satellite dish connections in living room and one bedroom (television aerial connections in lounge and one bedroom but limited availability of Freeview channels). The roof supports five solar panels (last year's income £170 cash plus further savings on bill of about the same amount). Council Tax: Band E (£2052.70 for current year).
- There is no upward chain, and the vendors can move at any time.
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From the horse's mouth
The sun following us as we move through the house, from its rising at breakfast to its setting behind the trees on the hilltop as we relax in the evening.
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