Abbots Retreat is the most picturesque cottage you could wish to live in. It’s a bit like living in an English country dream.
Abbots Retreat is a picture postcard of a home. It is home with charm and character that you usually only find in Country Life Magazine. We are in love.
Built in the 15th Century, this gorgeous three bedroom thatched cottage has all the lovely features of an old property but it has been lovingly developed and decorated to allow its new owners to turn the key and live in cosy, comfortable bliss. Mrs Clarke was so taken by the beauty of Abbots Retreat that she didn’t want to leave.
Sitting on Main Street in Offenham, Abbots Retreat is an immaculate example of an English country terraced cottage; white washed walls, two equally sized downstairs windows next to a panelled door. Pretty eyebrow dormer window underneath a perfectly maintained thatched roof. But the outside is only the start…
Through the white wooden door you enter into a small but perfectly formed porch, which has a tiled floor, a window into the living room, a console table and coat rack and enough space for a few pairs of wellington boots.
Open the internal door into the home and prepare to be wowed.
The first thing we noticed was the space, the big space. This is not a poky cottage with low ceilings. This is modern home with the charming trappings of another age. The sitting room has plenty of space for two large sofas and a coffee table. The gorgeous inglenook fireplace houses a Villager multi fuel burner and an original bread oven. The large window and the open plan feel of the downstairs make the sitting room light and lovely. However, you could close the curtains, light the fire and be in your own cosy world.
The stunning beams frame the downstairs beautifully.
Looking from the front of the home to the back you can see right through to the garden beyond, it’s an invite to head out and explore. On the way you find lots more beams and great rooms. The dining room can easily sit eight people for a dinner party of Christmas lunch. Then it’s through to the breakfast room with large French doors. “Breakfast room” doesn’t do this space justice. There is space for sofas, a dining table or a desk where you can sit and enjoy the stunning view of the garden. The glass doors can shut off the rest of the downstairs or you can have them open and enjoy the open plan living that so many of us crave.
"The kitchen is the kind of kitchen you could find Delia Smith in preparing wholesome meals for the family. The range oven and six gas hobs sits neatly amongst hand crafted solid oak units with granite work tops. Delia would be very much at home in here!"
The kitchen double Belfast sink has a view into the garden that you wouldn’t mind looking out to when doing the dishes, although there is an integrated Kenwood dishwasher. The stone floor is in keeping with the age of the home but the integrated fridge, freezer and washing machine are modern must haves. There is a handy utility cupboard around the corner to hide the ironing board and vacuum cleaner.
You might think that is it for downstairs. You would be mistaken. There is a great sized bedroom, which is currently being used as an office. It can fit a double bed or could be set up as a guest room with sofa bed or it could remain as a useful home office. There is also a smart downstairs shower room with sink and WC.