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18th Century cottage in ‘the prettiest village in England’ goes on the market for £675,000

An 18th-Century cottage in ‘the prettiest village in England’ has gone on the market for £675,000.

Number 2 School Lane is Grade II listed, built with Cotswold stone and boasts features including exposed timber beams, original fireplaces, and a wood burning stove. 

The attractive three-bedroom property is in the highly sought-after Cotswolds village of Castle Combe, voted the prettiest village in England.

The quintessentially English village has been used by Hollywood film directors including Steven Spielberg, who shot scenes for War Horse there.

The area was also used for Stardust, The Wolfman, Dick Turpin and 1967’s Dr Dolittle – and TV shows Poirot and Robin of Sherwood.

Made of Cotswold stone, this 18th century house resides in ‘the prettiest village in England’ Wiltshire village of Castle Combe

The attractive three-bedroom property is in the highly sought-after Wiltshire village of Castle Combe

The attractive three-bedroom property is in the highly sought-after Wiltshire village of Castle Combe 

Castle Combe is a regular filming location that has been featured in War Horse (2011), Doctor Doolittle film (1967), The Wolfman (2010) and Stardust (2007). It was also used in several TV series including Poirot and Downton Abbey

Castle Combe is a regular filming location that has been featured in War Horse (2011), Doctor Doolittle film (1967), The Wolfman (2010) and Stardust (2007). It was also used in several TV series including Poirot and Downton Abbey

The house has an open dining room and living room plan. Exposed beams line the ceilings, drawing in the country influences throughout the house

The house has an open dining room and living room plan. Exposed beams line the ceilings, drawing in the country influences throughout the house 

The house has the original fireplaces, including a wood burning stove

The house has the original fireplaces, including a wood burning stove 

The floors throughout the house are a mix flagstone and wooden flooring

The floors throughout the house are a mix flagstone and wooden flooring

Abstract art hugs the wood burning stove. The room is adorned with flagstone flooring and stone walls with modern cabinets and exposed beams

Abstract art hugs the wood burning stove. The room is adorned with flagstone flooring and stone walls with modern cabinets and exposed beams

The two-story kitchen is painted in shades of blue and decorated with green and white accents

The two-story kitchen is painted in shades of blue and decorated with green and white accents

The second floor of the kitchen host a little breakfast room that leads out to the gardens

The second floor of the kitchen host a little breakfast room that leads out to the gardens

The bedrooms are situated on the first and second floors of the house and are adorned with exposed beams like the rest of the house

The bedrooms are situated on the first and second floors of the house and are adorned with exposed beams like the rest of the house  

The bedrooms feature wooden flooring and large windows

The bedrooms feature wooden flooring and large windows

This property dates from the 18th century and has 1,376 square feet of living space with an open plan dining room and sitting room on the ground floor, a kitchen/breakfast room, two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor and another bedroom and family bathroom on the top floor. 

The property is also equipped with beautiful flowerbeds, a garden pond, a vegetable garden, and a chicken coop.  

Alistair Heather, from estate agents Strutt & Parker, said: ‘This property is a picture perfect example of a country cottage.

‘It’s one of the prettiest houses I have seen so far in my time here and it’s just a lovely piece of history.

‘Castle Combe is such an intact village. Aside from the yellow lines on the road and the tourists, you could be 300, 400 years ago.

‘This house is one of the original cottages built there. The owners bought it ten years ago and did a lot of work to restore it. They discovered the original flagstones in the living room.

‘With houses of this age, nothing is straight, but they had the most wonderful carpenter – he had his work cut out but did a great job.

Paved steps opens up into the garden. The steps are surrounding by flowers and potted plants leading up to the raised seating area (pictured right)

Paved steps opens up into the garden. The steps are surrounding by flowers and potted plants leading up to the raised seating area (pictured right)

The garden steps lead into the breakfast room and kitchen, making it easy to entertain guest to an al fresco dinner

The garden steps lead into the breakfast room and kitchen, making it easy to entertain guest to an al fresco dinner

The backyard is filled with vibrant greenery and has plenty of sitting areas to entertain guests and enjoy a nice summer afternoon

The backyard is filled with vibrant greenery and has plenty of sitting areas to entertain guests and enjoy a nice summer afternoon

The terrace overlooks the garden and is surrounded by trees and plants

The terrace overlooks the garden and is surrounded by trees and plants

The property has double plot garden. One is elevated near the rear of the property and another one overlooking the fields

The property has double plot garden. One is elevated near the rear of the property and another one overlooking the fields 

A threadbare fence lines the property and its gardens, overlooking the fields

A threadbare fence lines the property and its gardens, overlooking the fields

‘It has a double plot of garden – an elevated rear garden and then a second plot that overlooks fields at the back and is a bit more wild.

‘They have a chicken coop and vegetable patch there.

‘It’s attracting a lot of interest from all sorts of different people. Castle Combe is a hugely sought after village, it has been voted England’s prettiest.

‘It could be a main home and we’ve also had masses of interest from second home buyers. For a Londoner looking to come out to their own little idyllic bit of the countryside, this is perfect.

‘The house also comes with parking, which can be tricky to find in Castle Combe.

‘There isn’t really anything it doesn’t have. It has oodles of charm.’

The floor plans shows the elaborate set up of 2 School Lane. With bright open floor plans and large open spaces, the property allows in a lot of natural light

The floor plans shows the elaborate set up of 2 School Lane. With bright open floor plans and large open spaces, the property allows in a lot of natural light


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