Are you looking for a rural lifestyle and waking up to birdsong and fabulous, far reaching views every day? This unique property is situated at the end of a private lane and has considerable potential for even more improvement.
The property is accessed via a long drive shared with the neighbouring farm.
On the approach to the cottage there is a paved driveway with mature shrubs. This paved area has sufficient parking space to accommodate several cars.
The main entrance to the cottage is via three steps into a porch area with Amtico Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring. From the porch you enter the stunning open plan split level living space with an exposed oak post and oak flooring. The entire property is finished to a high standard and has a lovely, homely feel ready to move straight into.
The living space is split across two levels, with an incredible vaulted ceiling. The dining area overlooks the living area below and the entire space benefits from the beauty of the exposed oak post.
On the upper level is a dining area, with plenty of space for a large table as well as access to the kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms
On the lower level there is a large lounge area with full height ceiling and a brick fireplace with log burner. Double doors lead straight onto the patio and the garden.
The bright and spacious kitchen with Amtico flooring is situated at the front of the cottage and is spread across the entire width of the building.
The kitchen has been completed to a high standard with tiled walls, stainless steel sinks, Velux window, built-in double oven, induction hob, integrated dishwasher, fridge, and freezer as well as multiple cupboards and units with room at the far end for free standing appliances,
The master bedroom is a good double size with built in wardrobes and French doors leading to a decked balcony with views over the rear garden and valley beyond.
There is also an Amtico floored en-suite bathroom housing a walk-in shower with waterfall showerhead, towel rail, storage units, toilet and hand basin.
The second bedroom again has built-in wardrobes and plenty of storage
The main bathroom (again with Amtico flooring) has partially tiled walls and contains a large bath, a toilet plus a hand basin within a vanity unit with mirrored cabinet above.
The annexe, separated from the cottage by a large paved courtyard area is accessed from the kitchen. It has a utility area (off a hallway leading to the living area) has a worktop and plumbing and electrics for white goods.
At the end of the short hallway a door opens into an open plan living space with plenty of room for a double bed as well as a small table and a sofa.
There is an ensuite wall-to-ceiling tiled shower room with a large shower, hand basin and toilet.
Above the living area are two attic rooms ideal for use as an office and storage area.
There is a beautiful garden with stunning views across the valley. It has various trees and a vegetable and soft-fruit area, two sheds and a greenhouse.
In the middle of the garden is a large decking area.
Lidham Cottage is located in the rural village of Guestling just outside the hamlet of Doleham with its own unique train station. The cottage is a short distance from Winchelsea Beach and the historic town of Rye (7.4 miles and 7.8 miles respectively) Rye town itself is a popular destination for holidaymakers and locals alike with an array of shops, restaurants and local amenities. Rye also has a mainline station with one change to London St Pancras. Battle railway station with its mainline services into the City and the West End is within a 20 minute drive. A few miles further along the coast from Rye are the famous Camber Sands beaches.
Dover Ferry Port and the Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal are respectively approximately 90 minute and 60 minute drives away.
There are a number of state and private schools in the neighbouring towns of Battle, Hastings and Rye with the closest private school being Buckswood School which is a 5 minute drive away.
Also within short distances are a number of golf courses, pubs, restaurants and theatres. There are many countryside walks in the local area many of which can be accessed directly from the cottage as it is adjacent to the 1066 Country Walk which runs through the farm itself. For equestrian riders, there are also local hacking routes and or the option to box horses up and ride along the beaches at Camber Sands.
On the roof of the annexe are 10 solar panels which were installed around 14 years ago. The power generated is fed into the National Grid for which a Government regulated payment called a fixed income tariff (FIT) is received. The rate is index linked and is not subject to income tax.
The water supply for the property comes from a borehole which accesses water pumped up from the artesian level. Consequently there are no water rates.
The structure of the main cottage, with the exception of the chimney area, is timber framed with a high level of heat insulation, damp resistant membranes and timber weather board externally.
Why is this offer for sale unique?
Part of what makes Lidham Cottage unique is that it represents not only the opportunity to acquire a desirable private residence in peaceful surroundings but the opportunity to buy a property which lends itself to a number of different uses including working from home, accommodating a dependent relative, providing separate teenage accommodation, bed and breakfast accommodation etc.
There are also project development opportunities (all subject to obtaining relevant planning permissions) ranging from extending the property to add a second double bedroom with ensuite facilities to increasing the size of the plot, particularly on its western and northern boundaries subject to successful negotiation with the owner of the neighbouring farm.
Separate 1 bed annexe
Water borehole resulting in no water rates