Insight 12 | A Cottage Industry
Us romantic Brits can’t get enough of the idyllic rural cottage – the prettier the better Mrs Clarke says.
Over the last couple of months we have had the pleasure of showing lots of cottage loving buyers around two characterful homes. Abbots Retreat in Offenham, Worcestershire and Frogmore, Warwickshire. Both are full of quintessential cottage characteristics; Rose gardens, inglenook fireplaces, chickens, wooden beams and uneven floorboards.
The value of country homes may have waned over the last twelve months, with prime city markets like Birmingham, Bath and Bristol outperforming their rural rivals. However the cottage, whether thatched like Abotts Retreat or honey-coloured and dripping in wisteria like Frogmore are standing firm.
While average values of country farm houses rose by just 0.9% over the last year and manor houses 2.2%, their country cousin, the cottage, did twice as well and increased by 4.4%.
A cottage is generally defined as a small house, typically without a reception hall, in a rural or semi-rural location. They will often have lots of period features and a cosy feel. Despite their humble beginnings, the cottage is an aspirational buy for many of us as they have that romantic lure of the countryside and the vision of living the good life. As long as the ceilings aren’t too low or the rooms too pokey, the cottage is usually a solid investment as the charm associated with this type of home is attractive to a wide range of buyers.
Be careful with this definition though, Gordon Ramsey, of cooking and swearing fame, has just bought a cottage for £4.5million (I doubt that was small!) Similarly, Frogmore in Fen End, Warwickshire has just sold for £1.25million with Mr & Mrs Clarke Estate Agency. It has the full checklist of cottage requirements; wooden beams, inglenook fireplaces, chickens, rose garden as well as four bedrooms, four acres of land, a double garage, three reception rooms, a huge modern kitchen and, of course, electric gates and gravel driveway. All of this in the middle of rural tranquility https://www.mrandmrsclarke.com/property/frogmore-fen-end-beautiful-country-living/
One thing that puts off some buyers is a thatched roof, it must be expensive? Well, that is not always the case. Buyers often assume that thatch means constant and expensive maintenance, but as long as the quality of the thatch is good and the ridge is checked every four or five years, a thatch can have a fifty year life expectancy. And as thatch is such a good insulator, heating bills can be reduced. If you like thatch you need to see this https://www.mrandmrsclarke.com/property/english-country-cottage-offenham/
Mr & Mrs Clarke love a cottage and have lived in one for many years. If you want to sell your cottage come and talk to us. We guarantee the best marketing and a knowledge of all things cottage for when we show prospective buyers around. Call 0330 111 9766 to arrange a valuation and hear why we are the estate agency to sell your cottage through.