It took a three year hunt for the owners of Holly Cottage in Knowle Road, Hampton-in-Arden, to find the ideal house in the perfect location.
They were won over by the setting of the cottage, nestled between Hampton in Arden and Knowle and bordered by meadows.
In terms of size, the house was just what they were looking for.
However, the state of the interior left something to be desired. So, after moving in four years ago, they embarked on a thorough renovation.
They took the house back to its bare bones during the refurbishment.
New stone flooring was purchased from an artisan mason in Monmouthshire while solid wood flooring came all the way from Scandinavia.
The open plan kitchen, complete with Rangemaster oven, and breakfast area became the heart of the home. With a lounge area/garden room to one end, it has been the place where the family pent much of their time.
Because they dined so often in the kitchen, the formal dining room has instead been used as a den.
In the large sitting room, a roaring fire in the impressive inglenook fireplace keeps it cosy during the winter while double doors to the garden make it light and airy during the summer.
In fact most of the ground floor rooms have access out to the pretty gardens.
Other practical rooms include a utility, boot rooms, an office and downstairs guest cloak room.
There is also a side conservatory.
On the first floor there are five bedrooms. The master has an en suite shower room while the other rooms are served by the two bathrooms.
There is also plenty of storage on this level.
The gardens were already well established when the vendors moved in and have proven to be a continued source of pleasure.
At the front, a large driveway can accommodate several cars. It is well screened from the road by shrubbery and trees. The back garden has stone paving and a well-manicured lawn with a variety of stocked flower beds and herbaceous borders with mature shrubbery.
Trees surround it, meaning it is not overlooked by the neighbouring meadows.
A range of amenities are available just a short distance away in Hampton-in-Arden or Knowle.
It is also less than four miles to the centre of Solihull.
AGENT: Fine & Country
TEL: 0121 746 6400
GUIDE PRICE: £750,000