Aston village is mentioned in the Doomsday book and pre-dates the Norman Conquest. Beehive Cottage is one of the oldest houses in the village. We understand it took its name from a public house dating from 1871, called The Bee Hive which stood directly in front of the cottage. The pub closed in 1912 and became a shop, serving the community for many years before reverting to a private residence. A narrow driveway (between The Bee Hive, now called The Old Beehive, and another cottage) leads to a five barred gate and the main drive which has a recently constructed detached garage.
It is a remarkable property which has been lovingly maintained and improved by the present owner whom has lived there for the last 30 years. The cottage has two distinct elevations; the main part is timber framed with a white stuccoed finish under a clay tiled roof and is believed to date from the late 17th Century. The adjoining wing is also timber framed and stuccoed but has a thatched roof, it houses the main reception room and has a magnificent vaulted ceiling with Minstrels gallery to one end. According to historical records it was a meeting place for the villagers and used as a Village Hall for a time.
Throughout the interior is exposed studwork, polished wooden floors and old casement windows all contributing to the overall character. In the dining room and drawing room are original Inglenook fireplaces, one fitted with a wood burning stove and one with a coal-effect gas fire. The kitchen is fitted with a modern range of solid oak units and Corian worktops, which form a breakfast bar to one end. It has an AEG double oven and hob. There is room (and plumbing where needed) for a fridge/freezer, a dishwasher, and a tumble dryer. A door from the kitchen leads directly into the back garden. The upper floors house four double bedrooms and the master bedroom has a walk in wardrobe and an en-suite shower room with wc and basin. The bathroom is fitted with a white suite of wc, wash basin and bath.
Outside - The cottage faces south and has a large picturesque garden principally to the rear. Along the back of the cottage is a large neatly paved terrace and a fresh water well covered by an iron grid. Two large lawns, divided by a small brick retaining wall, form most of the garden and there are numerous borders stocked with flowers and shrubs. There are two summerhouses, both with paved surrounds, and a delightful lily pond with fountain. Steps at the far end of the garden lead up to a secluded swimming pool which is electrically heated. There is access to the front garden from both sides of the cottage and an attractive area of planting either side of the main door. The large garage has two remote control roller doors and the driveway is brick paved. There are two outhouses for storage.
"The present owners, who have lived here for over 30 years, say: ‘once you’ve driven up the narrow drive our garden opens up in the middle of the village. Despite being so central, we are very secluded and hardly hear passing traffic or other noise. The drawing room with its high ceiling is great for all forms of entertaining and we’ve had many enjoyable evenings there with a band playing in the minstrels’ gallery. The winding stairs to the top floor offer a degree of privacy: when the boys were young that was their domain and it’s still where they want to stay when they visit"
Solid entrance door to Hall with feature beam work, wood floor, under stairs cupboard.
White suite consisting of low level wc, wash hand basin, tiled surrounds.
17' 0" x 17' 0" (5.18m x 5.18m) Feature Inglenook fireplace with gas fire burner, wine cupboard to side, beam work, cupboard housing gas fired boiler, windows to two aspects.
16' 7" x 10' 11" (5.05m x 3.33m) Re fitted kitchen complimented by Corian work surfaces, comprising a range of base and eye level cupboards, fitted gas hob with extractor above and oven below, sink unit with cupboards and drawers below, tiled surrounds, beam work, plumbing for dishwasher, windows to two aspects, door to garden.
24' 6" x 17' 0" (7.47m x 5.18m) A magnificent room with Minstrel gallery, Inglenook fireplace with solid fuel burner, high vaulted ceiling, windows to two aspects, wood flooring, four radiators, complimentary remote controlled lighting.
Stairs to first floor landing with Minstrel gallery overlooking sitting room, built in cupboard, radiator.
14' 4" x 14' 0" (4.37m x 4.27m) Wood flooring, window to front, large walk in wardrobe, radiator.
En suite Shower Room
Fully tiled shower cubicle, wash hand basin, low level wc, heated towel rail.
10' 9" x 8' 7" (3.28m x 2.62m) Feature beam, window to front, radiator.
White suite consisting of bath with shower attachment, wash hand basin to vanity unit, low level wc, radiator.
With cupboard housing hot water cylinder.
13' 1" x 10' 9" (3.99m x 3.28m) Feature beam work, two windows to side, radiator.
10' 0" x 9' 1" (3.05m x 2.77m) Beamwork, hatch to loft, window to side, radiator.
The Property is approached via a private drive giving access to car parking area, with store to front, access to garage.
The gardens are predominately to the rear and are a real feature with paved terrace, extensive lawn with flower beds, shrubs, flowering borders, mature hedges and trees, fountain with rockery, concealed heated swimming pool with a filtration unit and electric cover.
Large Double Garage
The property has a large double garage with power, light and electrically operated garage door.