Dunsley Rock Cottage is a glorious detached red brick Victorian cottage facing the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. It benefits from 280 feet of canal frontage which was used for two moorings until recently.
It would be hard to beat this fabulous location, on a simply idyllic stretch of canal. The cottage was built in the mid 19th century as three cottages, to re-house the residents of the historic sandstone caves which lie immediately behind it. In the 1970s a neighbour, who was a visionary architect, converted the three cottages into one large house. He has created a fantastic retreat in a stunning rural location, yet within walking distance of the lovely village of Kinver and all its facitities.
The cottage is is decorated with character and drama suited to the owners' personal style, and its presentation reflects their artistic and relaxed lifestyle. It is sure to appeal to those who seek a more sustainable lifestyle. However, the cottage could be altered to suit your needs - perhaps you favour a cottagecore style or you'd like a conservatory across the front? View with an open mind and create your own perfect hideaway!
The cottage offers many modern conveniences including mains water (I believe this comes from a natural spring), mains electricity, central heating heated by the back boilers on two stoves, a telephone line, and a good internet connection. Drainage is via an ecologically sensistive private sewage system housed in a small brick building at a considerable distance from the house.
There is no vehicular access to the cottage. Access is via the public footpath which runs from the end of Dunsley Drive north of the cottage, to Horse Bridge Lane to the south. The owners typically bring large or heavy items to the cottage by boat, for example furniture or building materials. The owners have the use of parking space for 2-3 vehicles at the end of Dunsley Drive, These are used exclusively by Dunsley Rock Cottage by adoption since the 1970s.
Viewing is strictly by appointment and NOT available on an ad hoc basis. However, it is possible to walk through the garden along the public right of way, or to see the house from the towpath on the opposite side of the canal. Please note that access is NOT possible via Gibraltar. Parking advice and detailed instructions will be provided for viewings.
The front porch is fully glazed with a wooden floor. It provides a verstaile space to use as a formal entrance, small conservatory, or boot room.
A sliding door from the porch opens into the reception hall, which is open plan to the sitting room. There is a window to the front overlooking the canal, wooden floorboards, and an open tread staircase to the first floor with a rustic wooden ballustrade.
The sitting room is large room, open plan with the entrance hall. There is plenty of space for both dining and sitting areas. There are wooden floorboards, patio doors to the rear, and a window overlooking the canal to the front. The large stove with its brick hearth and concealed back boiler provides a cosy focal point.
The study is used by the present owners as a yoga room. It is carpeted, with a window to the side and a glazed door overlooking the canal to the front.
The cottage has a large farmhouse kitchen with plenty of space for a breakfast table. It has a traditional quarry tiled floor, and a stove with a concealed back boiler. There is a window overlooking the canal to the front, two to the side, and another to the rear. To the rear there is a useful pantry.
A utility area with quarry tiled flooring leads to the back door, which is sheltered beneath the upstairs decked terrace.
There is a large downstairs cloakroom, big enough to be converted into a second bathroom if preferred.
The stunning galleried first floor landing overlooks the canal. This area currently makes a wonderful space to display the owner's artwork, but it could be personalised in many ways to suit your style. To the rear of the landing a corridor leads to the back door, opening out to the decked rear terrace.
Bedroom one is a large bright room with window to the front overlooking the canal, another to the rear, and a glazed door to the side with a characterful wrought iron grille. This door leads to a charming private decked area overlooking the canal, perfect for your morning coffee. There is a vanity unit in the rear corner.
Bedroom two is to the front with views over the canal. There is a non-working fireplace in this room.
Bedroom three is to the rear, with windows to the rear and side.
The bathroom has a three piece suite including a bath with over-bath shower, a basin, and a toilet. There is a window to the rear.
The grounds extend to 1.17 acres of beautiful woodland, historic sandstone caves, a private decked terrace, and tiered gardens. There are storage areas for firewood, bikes etc, a gardener's privy, and a greenhouse. On the first floor to the rear, a large private deck with a hot tub is framed by the caves. To the front there is a large paved terrace, unseen from the public footpath. The owners have carried out substantial groundwork to maintain the terrace and footpath. Below is a lawn and infilled pond, with planting and further natural areas to each side. The mooring is down a flight of steps at the bottom of the garden. It enjoys about 280 feet of canal frontage, about 140 feet of armco edging, and an electricity supply. Until recently the owners moored two boats here, so we believe that the Canal and River Trust would continue to allow an end of garden mooring. Mooring rights should be verified and fees will be payable to the CRT.