Mr Clarke likes :
The big garden and the amazing garden room to work from.
The Retreat has been reinvented from rustic house into a pretty, heritage-hued oasis with all the cottage trimmings you could dream of - roaring fire, exposed beams, cottage garden with views of open countryside. This is a home that lives up to its name.
The cottage has a bucolic feel: it’s nestled along a quiet country lane in the lovely village of Snitterfield. Park the car and wander down the gravel path to the picture perfect house. The moment you are inside you relax. There is a calmness and warmth that makes you want to snuggle on a big squidgy armchair in front of the log burner.
Where the large sitting room has the country vibe the kitchen is bang up to date - it’s like walking from House & Garden magazine into the pages of Living Ect. The kitchen was installed a few years ago and is immaculate. There is a big dining space and a modern cooking area that has been cleverly designed to make the most of every inch. You will be happy to do the washing up as the view out to the back garden is gorgeous (although there is a dishwasher!)
The garden was landscaped to create three areas - the patio off the kitchen door is perfect for a Sunday cup of tea or a glass of something colder in the summer. There is plenty of space for a table and outdoor sofas. The lawned area is great for children to run about on or dogs to relax under a tree. At the bottom of the garden is where the magic always happens and it is certainly the case at The Retreat. A modern garden room has been installed with a patio at the front, bifold doors opening into a large space with a window looking out to stunning views. Will it be a studio, home office, gym or just somewhere to retreat to after a long day?
Mrs Clarke loves :
The gorgeous sitting room and the countryside setting.
The upstairs of The Retreat is more like a boutique Cotswolds hotel than a residential home. The exposed beams, striped-back doors, sublime decoration and natural light create a relaxing atmosphere to sleep and bathe.
The Master bedroom has all the space you need for a big bed, clothes storage and dressing area. There is no need to close the curtains as you have uninterrupted views through the window. The sun rising and the sound of birds will be your natural alarm clock.
The second bedroom is a double room with pretty views out to the back garden. The third room upstairs is a dinky space that would be perfect as a nursery, home office, dressing room or studio.
One of the many highlights of this home is the bathroom. This is not your ordinary bathroom, it is more like a luxury spa. There is big bath tub, walk in shower and lots of space. It is light and bright and perfect for a relaxing soak or a refreshing wake up rinse.
- Style : Stripped-back, heritage-hued oasis with modern touches.
- Highlights : The stunning new kitchen and bathroom.
- Three Words : Stylish. Country. Cottage
Our favourite part
The mix of large living spaces and tranquil sleeping rooms.
Imagine the perfect English village... Welcome to Snitterfield
The English Village idyll conjures up images of pubs spilling out onto the village green, the sound of leather on willow from the cricket club and the fragrance of lovingly tended gardens. In summer there will be a fete and a street party with bunting adorned lanes with locals laughing. In autumn the field will be full of tractors and scarecrows. The fire will be roaring in the local pub where the land lady is always welcoming and the ale is always good. Spring will herald lambs in the fields you walk through with the dogs. All the eccentricity of pastoral life goes on throughout the year. If The English Village is where you want to call home, then Snitterfield ticks each box.
Snitterfield isn’t a village miles from civilisation, you are actually conveniently placed between Stratford Upon-Avon and Warwick. In minutes you can be zipping along the M40 or boarding a train to London and Birmingham. The village is surrounded by beautiful countryside and farmland with miles of beautiful walks.
The Snitterfield Arms is the local pub and it is a cracker. You will find a mix of friendly locals at the bar chatting about everything from politics to the guest ale. The grub is tip top and the Sunday roast is up to Mr Clarke’s demands. A short stroll from the pub, past the highly regarded primary school and some very pretty gardens you come to the General Store. It is like a mini Waitrose serving all the basics as well as a deli counter with the finest samosas this side of Mumbai.
The village has a thriving social calendar from the weekly community cinema, the tennis club, cricket club and Snitt-Fest. There are two great golf clubs within a few miles and lots of equestrian facilities.
There is some serious history to delve into. William Shakespeare's father was born in the village! St James the Great is the parish church of Snitterfield, and being a grade one listed building, over 900 years old, is a significant landmark in the village. The church itself, having connections with Shakespeare's family as Shakespeare's grandfather lived in the village. Shakespeare's grandfather, Richard, lived in a farmhouse in the village, and while the farmhouse has changed substantially still retains some Tudor features. It was Richard's son John, who was William's father, and it's quite probable that William would have been a visitor to this farmhouse.
Snitterfield is a village full of charm, lovely people and a great pub.
Pubs spill onto the green and you can hear the sound of leather on willow. Ah, village life.
- Closest village/town: Minutes from Stratford upon-Avon and surrounded by pretty villages
- Post Office: 1
- Stores: The Village Shop is like a mini Waitrose
- Supermarket: A proper Waitrose is in nearby Stratford
- Pubs: The Snitterfield Arms is a cracking boozer
- Walks: Miles and miles of country walks
- A fully refurbished two (and a half) bedroom semi-detached cottage in the heart of Snitterfield.
- The Retreat comprises; entrance hall with stairs rising to the first floor, sitting room with fireplace, open plan kitchen/dining room, two bedrooms plus a third bedroom/study and a large bathroom.
- Outside is a front garden with parking for one car. The east facing back garden is a lawned private garden measuring approximatley 80' (24.38m) with patio and a new garden room.
- Open Plan Kitchen/Dining Room - 21'1" x 9' (6.43m x 2.74m) inc. NEFF induction hob, slide and hide self-cleaning over and combi-microwave / oven, Brita filter tap, Bosch Fridge Freezer 70/30, Bosch Dishwasher and Luxury Vinyl Tiles.
- Sitting Room -- 18'7" (5.66m) max x 12'9" (3.89m) reducing to 9'5" (2.87m) with wood flooring, log burner and exposed brick chimney, beams and double glazed windows.
- Master Bedroom Suite -- 11'8" x 9'5" (3.56m x 2.87m) with room for double bed and storage. There are two double glazed windows to the front, loft access and lovely beams.
- Bedroom Two -- 11'10" x 8'11" (3.6m x 2.72m) with double glazed, multi paned window to the rear, feature beams, loft access and radiator.
- Bathroom with freestanding tub, walk in shower. Newly installed.
- Services -- All mains services are believed to be connected to the property including gas.
- Broadband -- Superfast available in the village
- Local authority -- Stratford-upon-Avon. Council Tax Band C