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** NOW SOLD ** Top Lock Cottage, Braunston, Northants, [Ref:0093]

Price: £499,999
Status: SOLD Tuesday, 01 November 2016 14:29


    Marketed by Howkins & Harrison.
    Top Lock Cottage was built in 1923 and has the very desirable position of being situated on the Grand Union Canal. This small holding boasts approx. three Acres of land and is an extended three double bedroom cottage. With a superb vaulted ceiling Kitchen/Breakfast room plus a further two reception rooms ( one with an open fire) it has versatile accommodation with a double bedroom and shower room downstairs and two double Bedrooms and Bathroom to the first floor. If your idea of bliss is your own land with the world floating past, you won't find any better location than this. Viewing is highly recommended!

The main village of Braunston is situated on a hill above the road and the canals, and formerly had a windmill - the building of which still stands but without any sails. The village contains several pubs (The Boathouse,The Admiral Nelson, The Plough, and The Wheatsheaf), a selection of shops, a fish and chip shop, and a primary school. Braunston's main claims to fame are its canal and the All Saints church. The canal alongside Braunston is a junction between the Oxford Canal and the Grand Union Canal, which was once an important part of the national transport system. Braunston has a marina filled with pleasure boats and is usually quite busy.

ENTRANCE PORCH (3.40m(11'2'') x 1.22m(4'0''))
Enter via a double oak door leading into a boot room. Windows either side. Tiled flooring. Radiator. Glazed French doors leading into Kitchen/Breakfast Room.

KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM (5.88m(19'4'') x 3.85m(12'8''))
Fitted with a range of hand made American white oak frontage wall and base units with granite work top above. Pull out larder. Space for Range cooker (Cooker may be available under separate negotiation). One and half sink and drainer set into work top with tap over. Space for tall fridge/freezer. Radiator. Tiled flooring. Ceiling spot lights. Two windows to rear aspect. Part vaulted ceiling with two conservation Velux windows.

INNER HALLWAY (1.20m(3'11'') x 2.87m(9'5''))
Half glazed UPVC door leading to back garden. Door to Utility. Bedroom three and downstairs Shower Room. Wall mounted thermostat control. Tiled flooring.

SHOWER ROOM (2.49m(8'2'') x 1.80m(5'11''))
Suite comprising: Shower cubicle with tiled walls and floor, close coupled WC and pedestal wash hand basin. Radiator. Ceiling spot lights. Ceiling extractor. UPVC window to rear aspect.

BEDROOM THREE (3.84m(12'7'') x 4.08m(13'5''))
UPVC double glazed window to front and side aspect. Picture rail. Loft hatch. Smoke detector. Tiled flooring. Radiator.

UTILITY ROOM (2.98m(9'9'') x 2.00m(6'7''))
Two UPVC double glazed windows to front aspect. Fitted with a range of wall and base units with rolled edge work top above. Stainless steel sink. Space and plumbing for fridge, tumble dryer and washing machine. Radiator.

SITTING ROOM (4.75m(15'7'') x 3.41m(11'2''))
Two UPVC double glazed windows to rear and one to the side aspect. Muti fuel burner with tiled hearth. Television point. Radiator. Door to inner hallway

HALLWAY (3.07m(10'1'') x 2.29m(7'6'') x 1.16)
Three UPVC double glazed windows, two to the front and one to the side aspect. Stairs rising to first floor. Wall mounted thermostat control. Radiator. Under stair storage. Door to Office and Snug.

SNUG (3.59m(11'9'') x 3.05m(10'0''))
UPVC double glazed window to front aspect. Gas connection for a gas fire should a buyer wish to fit one. Radiator.

OFFICE (1.01m(3'4'') x 1.93m(6'4''))
UPVC double glazed window to front aspect and archway opening looking into the snug.

Velux window to the fornt aspect. wall mounted cupboard housing electrics. Loft hatch. Radiator. Doors to airing cupboard, Bedrooms one, two and Bathroom.

BATHROOM (2.35m(7'9'') x 2.76m(9'1''))
Suite comprising: Bath with central shower tap, close coupled WC, pedestal wash hand basin, corner shower cubicle with glass sliding doors. Half height tiling. UPVC double glazed window to rear aspect.

BEDROOM ONE (4.17m(13'8'') x 3.43m(11'3''))
Two UPVC double glazed windows to rear and one to the side aspect. Ornate cast iron fire place. Radiator. TopLock

BEDROOM TWO (3.04m(10'0'') x 4.25m(13'11''))
UPVC double glazed window to front aspect. Telephone point. Radiator.

The property is enclosed by a white picket fence with low maintenance frontage. Path leading up the front door.

The rear garden is mainly laid to lawn with patio areas and access to large wooden workshops, land and chicken coop. The garden has some planting with herbaceous and perennial planting.

The land is largely stock fenced apart from an area recently planted with trees, nearest to the house. Walking into the field up a tree lined avenue you come to an area of allotment and dedicated pig pen ( with pigs). You then enter the major part of land all stock fenced three years ago. This area is managed as per guidelines from the Northants wildlife trust who paid for the fencing. That agreement is non legally binding and no written contract exists.
The land benefits from a rich diversity of wild grasses and flowers which encourages wildlife. In addition it is visited by deer, badgers, foxes and game birds. Because of the bordering disused rail line the amount of undisturbed wild life and is unusual as it is all private land. In the separate fenced area is an area dedicated to wild life and is wooded with a glade. The current vendors had planned putting a shepherd hut in that area. There are currently two sheep are on the stock fenced area. The vendors have the property and land officially registered as a smallholding.

Planning permission has been granted for the replacement of the existing workshop with a brick/timber construction, incorporating work shop and studio. Approved 7/11/2014 DA/2014/0999.

The following services are connected to this property : Mains electricity and water. LPG gas. With septic tank on Canal And River Trust land. Costs of emptying the septic tank are shared with the neighbouring property. None of the above services have been tested and purchasers should note that it is their specific responsibility to make their own enquiries of the appropriate authorities as to the location, adequacy and availability of mains water and electricity.


Strictly by prior appointment via the selling agents. Contact 01327 316880.

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