This “charming” hillside cottage for sale is full of period features and has “stunning” Wye Valley views. 

Folly Cottage, in Whitebrook, has origins in the 1800s and has been “imaginatively” refurbished throughout, while retaining period features. 

The cottage sits in nearly an acre of grounds, surrounded by fields and woodlands, and offers traditional features along with contemporary living. 

Entering the property, the hallway features original exposed wall timbers and Cotswold stone floor tiles, leading through to the sitting room. 

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The dining room. (Fine & Country)

The sitting room is in the oldest part of the cottage, with features including original ceiling beams and a traditional stone-built fireplace, with a stone hearth, a bread oven and a wood-burning stove. 

To one side of the fireplace, there are a set of stone steps up to the principal bedroom, which were previously hidden behind a false cupboard. 

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The sitting room area. (Fine & Country)

Adjacent to the sitting room is a kitchen and diner, with an open plan field and kitchen units created from a variety of reclaimed furniture.

There is also a two-oven AGA, an open fireplace, French doors, a larder cupboard - the door to which has a porthole - and a sink unit made from a Danish baker’s workbench. 

Completing the ground floor, there is a double bedroom with an exposed ceiling beam and window seats, and a WC. 

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The principal bedroom, including two window seats. (Fine & Country)

Upstairs, the principal bedroom includes a built-in wardrobe, while also on this level is a further bedroom and a family bathroom. 

Beside the main house is an annexe, accessed via a concealed service door and comprising an industrial-style double bedroom with a wall bed, an en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower, and French doors to a private courtyard. 

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The views from the terrace. (Fine & Country)

The courtyard also leads to a detached stone barn which has been converted into additional living space for the annexe, including a mini-kitchen. 

The property sits in a plot of 0.88 acres, with terraced gardens, outdoor seating areas, and a large wildlife pond, plus a wood fired hot bath and planning permission to create a first floor extension. 

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The gardens span nearly an acre. (Fine & Country)

As well as this, there is an old mill stone, a relic from when paper mills were the main industry in the area, in the mid-1700s. 

The property is for sale by Fine & Country for a guide price of £895,000. 

The agent said: “In a beautiful, tranquil location in the Lower Wye Valley, this imaginatively refurbished and restyled country cottage combines rustic charm and modern-day practicality. 

“The wonderfully presented property has its origins in the 1800s, with later additions. Whilst it has recently undergone a huge transformation, to make best use of the space and adapt it to contemporary living, a host of lovely, historic features have been maintained and restored.”