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A delightful three-bed detached cottage with a farmhouse feel and plenty of character.
Situated in the stunning and highly sought-after village of Lower Hartshay, Willows End is a delightful home with three bedrooms and a huge, inviting atmosphere. The original building dates back to 1870 but has had an extension added to make it the lovely family home it is now.
Lower Hartshay enjoys a friendly community, it’s a place where everyone knows everyone, adding a sense of safety and belonging that can be lost in larger towns and cities. There’s easy access to the a38, which connects you to Derby and the M1 junction 28, as well as other locations should you wish to explore the area more thoroughly.
With one-third of an acre of land, Willows End is surrounded by green space. The drive can hold up to six cars and there’s a double garage at the end, so there’s plenty of parking for you, your family and any guests that visit.
Through the front door, you arrive into the entrance hall. It leads straight into the utility room, where you’ll find a combination boiler for hot water and central heating for the whole building. There’s a Belfast sink and a downstairs wc with hand basin and toilet.
First beyond the utility room is the dining room. having gorgeous Canadian maple wood floors, ample space for a dining suite and two windows look to the side of the property. There is access to the under-stair storage offering a very useful pantry for the kitchen, which is just beyond in an open plan style. In keeping with the character of the cottage is a Morso log burner and is a nice centrepiece.
The kitchen itself is the perfect balance of modern and farmhouse cottage. With lots of storage and worktop space, you’ll be in a whole new element catering for the family, guests and any social events. A dishwasher, fridge, sink, electric oven and hobs and floor and wall storage make sure you have everything you need, with views to the side and rear garden and a door to the outside as well. A great showpiece is the Stanley wood burner stove housed within the brick fireplace, which adds to the atmosphere.
Back to the dining room and through the hall, turn right into the living room, one of the two main spaces in the house. The wood flooring returns and captures the light from the large rear-facing window and from the conservatory.
The conservatory offers another way into the garden and makes the most of the natural light with a door to the garden making it a great place to enjoy crisp mornings and relaxing evenings if you don’t want to sit outside.
The hidden gem of the cottage is affectionately called the Snug. Smaller than the living room but much cosier and better suited for small gatherings, especially when the open fireplace is in use! With the same maple wood flooring from other rooms, it opens up to a large window looking to the front.
The inner hall leads to the first floor. The staircase rises to the first flooring landing, which, in turn, leads to the master bedroom, with a large window to the rear and smaller one to the side. The beamed ceiling is another character trait with plenty of space for a large bed and storage furniture like drawers and wardrobes. This room has an en-suite bathroom with a toilet, sink and enclosed shower cubicle.
The second door in this room leads to the dressing room, which could become a fourth bedroom if needed. A small amount of work would be required to create a fourth bedroom from the dressing room, but the opportunity is there. Access to roof space is from this room.
Our next bedroom faces the stairs and is the smallest of the three but is a good size and includes a recess that is perfect for wardrobes and storage space. A window faces the side of the property.
The second bedroom is behind the stairs to the front of the building. It’s a very good size with a lot of space for a large bed and furniture. You’ll enjoy the cast iron fireplace in this room, another example of the character of the cottage blending with the modern feel.
The main bathroom is at the end of the hall with a white suite, including toilet, sink and bath with overhead shower. There’s also a linen cupboard right next to it for more storage space.
Back downstairs and outside, there are gorgeous views around the property and plenty of green space to enjoy with a surrounding garden. There are sunny and shaded areas with a pond to sit and enjoy the summer days and, as an added bonus, there’s a hot tub ready to use throughout the year. The outside of the property doesn't lack storage having the double garage and two former stables and tack room.