Beautiful flowering cherry trees on the village green give the cottage its name and add to its lovely setting in Church Lane.
Step through the front door framed by striking variegated pittosporum, into the welcoming hall, an exposed stone wall immediately hinting at the character throughout the cottage. As you wander around, notice the ledged and braced doors, with their black ironwork, beamed ceilings and other beautiful timbers, such as to the side of the opening into the kitchen. And how no expense has been spared with certain modern features, not least double-glazing within wooden frames that are perfectly in keeping with the lovely deep window sills.
It’s always handy to have plenty of storage space, and there are numerous built-in cupboards in various rooms throughout the cottage. But it’s worth taking a look in the roof as well. Like the cellar downstairs, this is currently unused, even for storage, but you may think more could be made of it.
The conversion from two cottages into one has created a spacious feel, perhaps a wider staircase than expected, and a lovely L-shaped landing, off which is a super family bathroom, along with 4 good-sized, individual, bedrooms. All have built-in wardrobes and demand to be seen, especially the main bedroom, comfortably taking a super king sized bed, and with its stylish en suite shower room.
Take a moment on the window seats in the bedrooms to appreciate the peaceful outlook from both sides of the house, whether over garden or green.
It may be over 220 years old, with all the character that suggests, but downstairs is all a modern family could want. Imagine happy gatherings around the dining table, separated from the main working area of the kitchen, but with easy access to it, fitted glazed dresser units providing the link.
Oak kitchen furniture, topped with beautiful black pearl granite, builds in Neff appliances, eye-level oven with cleaning programme, combination oven and microwave, gas hob and slide-out hood. Dishwasher and family-sized fridge are fully integrated. Expensive curved units ensure no flat ends. Soft-close doors hide sophisticated pull-out interiors. Go on - try them!
Lovely coloured wall tiles are just right, as is the attractive Karndean tiled floor – warm and practical.
No problem with ceiling heights in this cottage. But they’re taller still in the super, light-filled, utility room, with its Belfast sink, and the spacious study, both of which overlook the garden. A stable-door leads from the garden into the utility and to the cloakroom, ideally positioned to avoid tramping through the house.
The sitting room not only looks over the garden, but the green too, with lovely window seats on both sides, a glazed door to the garden adding to the light streaming in. Picture this door flung open to the summer sun, and at colder times, the log-burner ablaze in the inglenook fireplace. A special room, large but so comfortable and with so much character.
The garden itself is a lovely private space, the lawn surrounded by stone and Victorian red brick walls. Imagine sitting on the patio with an evening glass of wine, lavender heavy in the air, roses, jasmine, japonica and other pretty flowering shrubs and maturing trees providing all-year-round interest. Now, should the barn, with its old fireplace, remain a store, or should you do more with it? A nice choice to have.
ABOUT THE AREA
What a lovely setting for this 4-bedroom, stone-built family home. Within the conservation area of Sharnbrook in the heart of the beautiful North Bedfordshire countryside, Cherry Tree Cottage adjoins the old post office and overlooks the village green. Within yards are wonderful walks along the River Great Ouse, the chance to spot fleeting kingfishers and frolicking otters.
Renowned for its Norman church, just across the lane from the cottage, and home to Unilever, one of the Country’s foremost employers, Sharnbrook has long been a thriving village with every facility a family could hope for. Highly regarded schools cater for all ages. A Community Sports Centre is based at Sharnbrook Academy School and is named after its famous former pupil, Paula Radcliffe. Surgery, popular pub, youth and sports clubs, Co-op, newsagent, and farm shop, are all within walking distance. There’s even a theatre in the Old Mill, and a lovely little tea room. The county town, with its outstanding Harpur Trust private schools and fast trains to London and elsewhere, is just a short drive or bus journey away.
Earlier in the 21st century, the garden of Cherry Tree Cottage, once 2 cottages, formed one of the test sites for an archaeological dig within the village. It provided an insight into the history of the area, and it’s fascinating to think of the comings and goings in the 4 different centuries since the house was built. It’s also nice to think of the happy times you will have here in the future.