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The original stone flooring is covered in soft rugs and as you take your shoes off you can't wait to walk around. There are ornate touches in every corner, from the wood panelling to the cornicing and old door bell. To the right is a large sitting room, which has hosted many parties. It magical looking out to Wootton Hall and the Saxon church of St Peter, famed as being the oldest church in Warwickshire, with a tower dating back to the 900. The back window leads onto the cute back garden. We would get some French doors put in to make this stunning room into a garden room.
The most used room in the home is currently the snug, and we can see why. Sitting around the fire, surrounded by book cases you can't help but relax and engage in conversation. It's an old fashioned sitting room of the finest order.
Head along the hall, down a few steps and you find another room, currently used as an office. This could be a dining room or you could explore knocking through the wall to make the snug bigger. Down a few more steps and you come to a large utility with a door leading to the back garden and another door leading into the lovely country style kitchen. As you wander around you can imagine the home filled with children, friends, family and a dog. Upstairs is a treasure trove of rooms and space and lots of opportunity. The large landing leads to five bedrooms and three bathrooms. All rooms are spacious, as is typical of homes of the era. The ceilings are high and the windows are large, letting light in. What is surprising is how quiet the home is, considering it is on a road. The windows have been glazed to prevent noise disturbance. The basement could be transformed into a cinema room, playroom or large office.
Outside is a driveway and car port. The back and side gardens are pretty and offer you the chance to grow vegetables or relax around a BBQ. Although not the biggest garden it is low maintenance and could be landscaped to provide a peaceful and tranquil oasis.
The Church House has everything you want from a house; space and charm. It also offers someone a great opportunity to add their personal touch to make it their very own, old but modern home.
- Style : Something out of a fairytale book.
- Three words : Location. Style. Space.
Henley-in-Arden is just down the road and Stratford-upon-Avon is just up the road
The picturesque village of Wootton Wawen is set in the lush countryside of Warwickshire, near historic market town Henley-in-Arden and the birthplace of Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon. Here you can find the oldest church in Warwickshire, St. Peter’s Church, the cornerstone of the village. 5 minutes away from these pastoral surroundings is the market town Henley-in-Arden with its mile-long high street, and theatre enthusiasts will be happy to know that Stratford-upon-Avon and the renowned Royal Shakespeare Company are a mere 7 miles away.
Active folks and families have a huge variety of activities on their doorstep. Quiet country roads lead cyclists from beautiful village to village (and their pubs). At the end of the garden, there are endless trails for long, dog-friendly walks along the canal, and The Monarch’s Way passes through the village, leading you to The Farm Stratford. In the spring, the 5-kilometre loop trail through local Austy Woods is bejewelled with bluebells. At Wootton Park, there are three custom-designed lakes for wakeboarding, stand up paddle boarding, and open water swimming. A short drive away, you can rent a pedalo and cruise beside the majestic Warwick Castle.
Wootton Wawen is well-connected to the surrounding towns and villages with a variety of bus and train links. The train station is a five-minute cycle away, where you can hop on a direct train to Birmingham for work. For a different high-street experience, the nearby towns of Leamington Spa, Alcester, Warwick have a great mix of independent shops, household staples, and food halls.
Wootton Wawen is a wonderful setting for dynamic village life, with gorgeous Warwickshire canals extending in every direction. With the canal towpath at the end of the garden, Willow Bank Cottage is a fantastic home base for walkers and cyclists eager to explore new trails.
For those with little ones, Wootton Wawen Primary School is one minute down the road, and nearby secondary schools are short drives away. On the way back from the school run or walking the dog, pop into the Cowshed, where the barista will have your flat white ready by the time you’ve finished saying hello to all the familiar faces. While you’re at Yew Tree Shopping Village, head into the farm shop to choose local ingredients for your home cooked feast that evening.
When friends come to visit, they can stay in the snug, which doubles as a guest room, or adventurous visitors would love the quirky glamping pods at Wootton Park. As a halfway point on a long walk, guests will enjoy stopping at the Crabmill in Preston Bagot for a well-deserved pint.
One of the best features of Willow Bank Cottage is the ample space for outdoor hosting. Little ones can help pick fresh fruit and vegetables from the garden for lunch with their melted popsicles in hand, as the older ones run after their friends in a game of tig. Barbecues, summer parties, play dates – the more the merrier here.
A great village shop, cracking pub, canals, countryside, river and a farm shop. What more could you ask for?
- Post Office: 1
- Stores: The General Store & Yew Tree Farm
- Supermarket: Coop in Henley and Waitrose in Alcester
- Pubs: The Bulls Head and soon you can enjoy The Navigation Inn
- Walks: Endless walking in the countryside or along the meandering canal