Lock Cottage, Holt Fleet, Worcester

£300,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 2
Escape To The Country! A Stunning Two Bedroom Waterside Property, Formerly A Pair Of Cottages On The Banks Of The River Severn Overlooking Holt Lock, Having Been Lovingly Restored And Improved To An Excellent Standard By The Present Owners. Idyllic Location, Lovely Wide Plot With Gardens Either Side & Gated Parking For Numerous Cars.

* 18' Living Room

* Separate Dining Room

* Country Kitchen With Integral Appliances & Logburner

* Excellent Ground Floor Shower Room

* 18' Master Bedroom

* No Upwards Chain

Entrance Hall

2.72m x 1.60m (8'11 x 5'3 )

Living Room

5.59m x 3.23m (18'4 x 10'7 )

Inner Hall

3.23m x 2.57m (inc stairs) (10'7 x 8'5 (inc stai

Dining Room

3.23m x 2.87m (10'7 x 9'5 )

Shower Room

3.81m x 2.82m (12'6 x 9'3 )

Kitchen

3.81m x 3.20m (12'6 x 10'6 )

Utility Room

4.62m x 1.75m (15'2 x 5'9 )

Bedroom One

5.56m x 2.79m (plus recess) (18'3 x 9'2 (plus re

Bedroom Two

3.25m (max) x 2.84m (10'8 (max) x 9'4 )

First Floor WC

1.65m x 1.12m (5'5 x 3'8 )

Outer Store

3.33m x 1.78m (10'11 x 5'10 )

Lock Cottage is an absolute gem of a property, in a fabulous waterside location situated next to Holt Lock on the River Severn, halfway between Worcester and Stourport where the lock was originally built to allow boats to navigate the weir. This has created a short canalised section of the river together with an island, the property having idyllic views overlooking this scene.

The nearby village of Holt Fleet has two riverside inns and a convenience store, whilst 1.5 miles away the pretty village of Ombersley also has a couple of well regarded hostelries and a village shop. Worcester city is only 7 miles away, whilst quite literally on the doorstep of the cottage there are miles of walks along the river and through the surrounding countryside.

Originally a pair of semi-detached cottages owned by British Waterways, the property was disused and had fallen into disrepair when it was purchased in 2007 by the present owners, who have lovingly restored and converted it to a single dwelling, completed to an excellent standard throughout.

The property stands in the centre of what is a remarkably wide plot with gardens to either side. Indeed to the left hand side there are a pair of wooden gates which allow for vehicular access onto the Tenex-reinforced lawn which can accommodate parking for up to 14-16 cars. Behind the cottage there is also a large brick paved patio area which can provide hardstanding parking for up to 6 cars.

The gardens to the right hand side of the cottage include a gated pedestrian pathway to the main entrance door, with a further gate accessing the raised lawn where a paved patio area provides a very pleasant seating area and a splendid vantage point from which to watch boats passing through the lock. The garden also features an octagonal timber summer house with electric supply. External lights are featured around the property for convenience and security.

The accommodation within is delightfully presented, with the entrance hall giving way to a larger inner hall with staircase to first floor and doors radiating off.

To the front of the house there is a splendid 18' living room (formerly two rooms) with two angled chimney breasts each with cast iron fireplace surround, one of which includes a coal effect electric fire.

There is also a separate dining room to the front, having a corner fireplace with bricked hearth and cast iron surround with tiled inlays.

The kitchen is of good proportions, featuring a brick fireplace with logburner and fitted with a range of pale cream wall and base cabinets complemented by grey granite work surfces and a Belfast sink. There is a freestanding electric cooker included, as well as an integreated fridge and integrated freezer.

To the rear of the kitchen, a stable-type door leads through to a large utility room/ boot room with matching granite work surface and a second Belfast sink plus door out to rear patio. Here a door opens to a large integral tool store.

Also to the ground floor is a particularly spacious shower room (12'6 x 9'3 ) with rectangular corner cubicle with mixer shower, pedestal hand basin, high-flush wc and corner airing cupboard.

To the first floor the master bedroom (originally two rooms) measures over 18' in length with super views out to the front. The second bedroom has an equally impressive view.

There is also a first floor wc with Saniflow system plus hand basin.

Mains water and electricity are both connected, with drainage to a shared septic tank. Heating is by way of electric radiators. Council tax is payable to Wychavon District Council, rated as Band D.

An interesting curiosity is the brick built toilet owned by the property and situated at the front edge of the gardens fronting the lock. This is let to the Canal & River Tust on a licence agreement, with an index-linked annual payment made to the owners of Lock Cottage (currently £317.57). The CRT also pays for the septic tank to be emptied periodically, the tank serving Lock Cottage, the garden WC and the neighbouring Lock Keepers Cottage.

Naturally, given the proximity to the river, the property has a risk of flooding, however to the sellers' knowledge this has occurred on only three occasions in the last twenty years and each time to a relatively minor degree. We are advised that at the height of flood conditions in 2000, water ingress occured to approx 3cm, and in 2014 to approx 2cm, on both occasions the ingress lasting for only a few hours.

With this in mind the owners' restoration of the property has been specifically designed for maximum resilience in the event of any future water ingress. The ground floor features slate tiling and skirtings throughout, with electric sockets positioned at sensible height and a special 'Dampcure' water resistant plaster to 1 metre height on interior walls. External door covers can be dropped into place and the septic tank is also flood proofed.

In February 2020 when record flood levels occurred, there was water ingress to 15cm which the owners confirm they were able to satisfactorily clear up within a week's work.

It should be noted that the property is currently insured for flood damage and the sellers have never made any claim on this. Nonetheless mortgage facilities may not be readily available, so preference will be given to cash purchasers.

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