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Dreamy thatched cottage will dispel auction myths

Think you know what an auction property looks like? A city terrace requiring modernisation will most likely spring to mind.

However, the UK’s most successful live-streamed property auctioneer* is urging you to think again as it offers for sale a stunning thatched cottage in Cambridgeshire with chocolate box looks and immaculately presented throughout

White Cottage in Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon will go under the hammer in SDL Auctions’ national property auction this month, sold in partnership with Peter Lane & Partners Estate Agents. It has a **guide price of £230,000+ – and features everything you could wish for in a dream home.

Managing director and auctioneer Andrew Parker said: “This is a real fairytale cottage packed with beautiful character features which could have come straight out of a glossy magazine. It’s sure to appeal to a discerning buyer with an appreciation for older properties and a desire to live in a pretty village.”

The single-storey Grade II listed detached cottage currently features a kitchen, living room, two bedrooms and a shower room but sits on a large plot providing scope for a substantial extension, subject to planning permission. As this was granted previously and has now lapsed, auctioneers believe there is a good chance of this being reinstated.

The entrance hallway features exposed structural timber work, a Crittall window, fixed display shelving, a coat hanging area and radiator.

The sitting room is a light double-aspect room with picture windows, exposed timber work, fixed display shelving and a central traditional moulded timber surround with cast iron fireplace with moulded timber surround and timber bressumer (load-bearing beam) above.

The kitchen, too, is a double-aspect room with picture windows and exposed structural timber work. It is fitted with a range of traditional units finished in cream with butcher’s block beechwood work surfaces and re-tiled surrounds. It has an integrated fridge freezer and integral electric oven with a ceramic hob and suspended stainless steel extractor unit fitted above. The room features ceramic tiled flooring and a heavy panelled door leading to the garden terrace at the rear.

Both bedrooms feature picture windows, character timber work and radiators, with bedroom one housing the meter cupboard and the second bedroom having a central fireplace.

The shower room has a contemporary white suite comprising an oversized screened shower enclosure, vanity wash hand basin and WC. It has loft access and this room, too, features exposed structural timber work and ceramic tiled flooring.

Andrew added: “This may be a compact property but it is certainly big on charm and the garden provides a huge amount of scope for a sympathetic extension if required, with the necessary permissions.”

The property stands in large mature, private gardens. The rear garden is mainly lawned with several paved seating areas, shrub and flower borders and ornamental trees, with driveway parking for several vehicles. At the side is a selection of fruit trees and a further lawn, while the front has gated access and a box hedge-lined path with rose beds completing the picture. The whole plot is enclosed by mature laurel and evergreen hedging, providing a degree of privacy.

It sits on a corner plot next to Rectory Lane, opposite the village pub, the Abbot’s Elm, and next to the church in a picturesque conservation village four miles north of the market town of Huntingdon. Village amenities including a grocery store and a post office and village store are within easy reach, as are the village hall, primary school, local garage and an art gallery.

A wider range of amenities can be found in Huntingdon, which has a mix of high-street stores, supermarkets and independent shops, as well as the Chequers Shopping Centre.

White Cottage is among 200 properties being sold in the national property auction on Thursday 27th August by SDL Auctions, which has raised more than £75 million for sellers since the start of lockdown. The bumper auction will be live-streamed from its head office auction studio with bidding by proxy, by telephone or over the internet.

To register to bid, or to find out more about any of the properties in the auction, please click here.