With its thatched roof and honeysuckle-covered doorway, this Devon cottage is an idyllic slice of country quaintness in the village of Dalton.
The Grade II-listed cottage dates from the 1600s and is one of the oldest houses in the area, located in the heart of the village, close to St Edmund’s church. Its history is evident from the get-go, with the two-storey home crowned by a traditional thatched roof, historically popular in this part of England.
Step across the cottage’s honeysuckle-covered portico into a small hallway with plaid red, black and mustard floor tiles that branches off to the sitting room on the left with a large Inglenook fireplace with exposed stone. It’s been updated with a modern wood burner but still has the timber mantel, which jibes with the dark lacquered floorboards.
Moving through the cottage, its interiors are traditional but with a modern twist: rough plastered walls are daubed in light and airy tones that complement historic dark oak panelling, flagstone flooring and beams, while original, old doors have warped over time, offering delightful sight lines.
Bedrooms are on the first floor, accessed by a wooden staircase. The main bedroom is decorated with cream cob walls, while the second has a loveseat in the window overlooking the garden.
Bathrooms, like the kitchen downstairs, have been updated. One is a moody space with dark grey walls and riling, while the other has glossy ‘bonsai’ mosaic tiles.
The Devon property is wrapped in pretty flower gardens that bloom through spring and summer and are a haven for bees. And what was once an old milk shed has been converted into an annexe, with a sitting area on the ground floor and a mezzanine level above, presently used as a bedroom, though equally suitable as a home office or studio.
Inigo holds the listing for The Square in Dalton, with an asking price of £450,000.