From the moment you enter this gorgeous home we know you’ll be wowed by the impressive attention to detail and the exquisite decorative touches. Completely refurbished by the current owners, every aspect of this property has been finished to the highest standards, from the hand-built glass and oak staircase, to the stylish kitchen with Miele appliances and the luxurious bedrooms and bathrooms which have been carefully designed to maintain the country cottage feel of this home.
If you are looking for a character home with all the modern luxuries you could ever wish for, Pleasant Cottage ticks all the right boxes. Boasting four bedrooms, three bathrooms, three reception rooms and a separate annex, Pleasant Cottage is a warm and welcoming family home that offers elegant open plan living and a wonderful lifestyle. A commuter’s dream, you really can have a rural lifestyle with easy access to London as Didcot station is less than a ten minute drive away. If you are the kind of person who likes the finer things and appreciates quality craftsmanship then we think you’ll understand why Pleasant Cottage is such a special property.
Make your way through the achingly pretty village of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, past the Red Lion Pub, village shop and red telephone box, and you’ll arrive at the electric gates that lead into the courtyard entrance of Pleasant Cottage. The front door opens into one of the most stunning entrance halls we have ever seen, with a double height glass and oak framed wall that floods the room with sunlight, and a hand-built oak and glass staircase and balustrade leading up to a galleried landing. There’s a lovely inglenook fireplace with a woodburner, and this is a spectacular area for a formal dining table where you could enjoy elegant candlelit dinner parties whilst enjoying the view over the garden.
Downstairs is the perfect balance of open plan family living with more formal rooms and private spaces, and upstairs the generous sized bedrooms careful layout create a comfortable family lifestyle.
The kitchen/family room is the real heart of this lovely home. It’s where family, friends and dogs naturally congregate. In the summer, you can open up the timber framed doors onto the outside patio area, and wander in and out with a glass of wine in your hand. In the winter, family and friends can congregate around the farmhouse table and enjoy cosy kitchen suppers. A huge central island with crisp white granite worktops offers plenty of space for food preparation, and you’ll be impressed by the high-end appliances including two Miele ovens and warming drawer, together with a Miele induction hob. Just off the kitchen/family room are a useful utility room and a private office space for quiet reading or study.
Downstairs there is a lovely formal sitting room with yet another inglenook fireplace and triple aspect windows ensuring plenty of light.
Upstairs you’ll find four generously sized bedrooms. The master bedroom really is a showstopper, with a vaulted ceiling and exposed timber beams. It’s a spacious and peaceful sanctuary with a stunning en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower.
The second bedroom is equally gorgeous and reminds us of a guest room you’d expect to find in a boutique hotel. It’s bigger and brighter than you would expect and like all the other rooms in Pleasant Cottage, has been furnished exquisitely. A chic en-suite bathroom makes clever use of the timber beams – this is a guest room your visitors may not want to leave!
Upstairs there are two further very pretty bedrooms, and a simply stunning family bathroom with a deep freestanding tub and enormous walk in shower. As you’d expect, every aspect of the bathrooms has been created to the highest standards, with Duravit sinks and bath and Grohe fittings.
Outside and gardens
Pleasant Cottage has a very pretty, south-facing and low maintenance garden with a lovely patio area which is a real sun-trap – perfect for summer BBQ’s.
Across the courtyard driveway you’ll find a timber-framed two-storey detached annexe which provides covered parking for two cars plus a utility room/workshop with cloakroom downstairs and a spacious studio living area upstairs. There’s a fully fitted out kitchenette with oven and dishwasher, plus a gorgeous and spacious bathroom with a corner shower unit. The annexe would make excellent guest accommodation, Air B-n-B, granny annex or office.
Brightwell-cum-Sotwell is one of those villages you read about in the pages of Country Living. It’s quintessentially English, with a fabulous pub, a thriving village shop and post office and a fantastic local community. There’s loads going on here, from ‘Safari Suppers’ to toddler groups, quiz nights and coffee mornings. There’s a lovely pre-school and the local CE Primary School is Ofsted rated ‘Good.’ If muddy wellies and bracing country walks are your thing you’re spoiled for choice with the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside on your