4 of the best country cottages for sale in Cheshire
PUBLISHED: 00:00 12 December 2019 | UPDATED: 16:27 12 December 2019
Who doesn't dream of a country cottage - with all mod cons?
Sycamore Farm, Henbury
A thatched roof has to be the ultimate definition of 'country cottage', and this one even has thatch on the conservatory! Don't be fooled by the olde-worlde exterior though, you won't be risking chilblains as you pump water from the well on a frosty winter's morning.
There isn't even a well. No, you will be snug and warm indoors, kept cosy by the only-to-be-expected Aga or soaking up the sunshine in conservatory number two, which offers breathtaking views across the two acres of landscaped gardens and paddocks that come with the property.
Three bedrooms (two with walk-in wardrobes, oh the joy!) and three bathrooms make for easy family life, as does the modern fitted kitchen.
A lofty entrance hall with solid carved-wood staircase delivers a feel of rural grandeur, but more rosy-cheeked farmer's wife than Jane Austen heroine, perfectly in keeping with lead-paned windows and dark wooden beams - and a rather interesting carved stone fireplace.
There's even a one-bedroom mini-cottage in which you can host visitors, or dabble in a little AirBNB, should you feel the urge.
Bring on the cider making!
Contact: Jackson-Stops Alderley Edge 01625 540 340 jackson-stops.co.uk
Threaphurst Lane, Hazel Grove
Oh my, just lay a trail of breadcrumbs to the door! This gorgeous thatched cottage ticks every fairytale box indeed - except the actual presence of a witch, of course. The interior is something different however, offering a positively executive experience, with four bedrooms, two living rooms and a rather smart kitchen-diner. It even has a balcony, should you feel like letting down your hair. Now all we need is a handsome Prince…
Silver Birches, Eaton
You don't get much more cottagey than this! First built in the early 18th century, the original wattle and daub still lies within the thick internal walls - but that's as close as you'll get to the good old days. This lovely house has been brought bang up to date, so where there's an inglenook, there's also underfloor heating and where there's ancient wooden beams, there's also a billiard room and bar. Oh, and not one - but two kitchens! One for making jam in and one for the rest.
Garden Cottage, Tarporley
You're certainly not being led up the garden path with this little beauty. Well, actually you are, but in the best possible way. Garden Cottage is a Blyton-esque delight of pretty gardens filled with weaving paths, mature trees (just waiting for an eager grandparent to construct a really very safe treehouse) and more than one perfect spot for afternoon tea. With three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a rather super kitchen, it's contemporary country living at its best.