Location, as we are always being told by property professionals (also known as Kirsty and Phil), counts for a lot in the hunt for a new house.
And this pretty period cottage in Mill Street, Warwick, can count a castle among its near neighbours .
Much of the street used to be owned by the castle and the Earl of Warwick, who sold off the houses in it in the 1950s.
This particular cottage, which dates back to the Elizabethan era, is believed to be the oldest of them.
It was once three individual staff cottages which were knocked into one, resulting in a wonderful family home with a very impressive view from the garden.
The current owners bought it after it was put up for auction more than 40 years ago.
Mill Street is one of the most sought after addresses in Warwick. It is not just its proximity to the castle but also its closeness to the town centre and to Warwick station – a five minute stroll away from the front door of this house.
Given its 500 years, it is no surprise that many of the rooms in the property are decorated with beams to the walls and ceilings. One of the bedrooms even has them surrounding an alcove that a bed is tucked into.
On the ground floor there is an L-shaped entrance hall with wooden staircase that includes unusual zig zag spindles to the bannisters.
On the left of the entrance there is a formal dining room. To the right there is a winter sitting room with beamed ceiling and an open fireplace with chunky exposed stones.
Beyond the hallway is a large kitchen with fitted units and space in the middle for a kitchen table – the perfect spot for breakfast.
An opening leads from the kitchen into the summer sitting room, a lovely light room with glazed doors out to the garden.
A guest toilet completes the rooms on the ground floor.
Stairs from the summer sitting room lead straight up to the master bedroom suite.
This has a beamed and vaulted ceiling plus a walk-in dressing room with wardrobes that act as a link to the en suite bathroom and to a study/sitting room or bedroom.
The staircase from the hallway leads to three other bedrooms, the largest of which has wardrobes and a walk-in cupboard .
There is also another bathroom with a separate shower.
At the back of the house is a generous enclosed garden with views of the castle. It is mainly lawned with some shrub borders and trees.
Although covered by a patio and currently inaccessible, the remains of an original Second World War air raid shelter are still present in the garden,
The shelter is empty and it would be possible to restore it for use, though this time as an office or store rather than somewhere to seek cover when sirens sound.
A courtyard-style sun terrace can be accessed from the kitchen.
Excellent schools such as Warwick Prep, Kings High School for Girls and Warwick School for Boys (which dates back to 914, making it the oldest boys’ school in the country) are all within walking distance, as is a park.
Warwick Castle is the town’s most famous tourist attraction. It was founded by William the Conqueror in 1068 on his way to Yorkshire to deal with the rebellion in the north. The rest of Warwick is not quite as old as many of its medieval structures were destroyed in the great fire of 1694. As a result most of it dates from after this period, this property included.
AGENT: Fine & Country
TEL: 01926 455950
GUIDE PRICE: £1,200,000