Beehive Cottage, Ashton

Beehive Cottage, Ashton

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Beehive Cottage, Ashton

House - Ashton Northamptonshire

An interesting barn conversion associated with the Rothschild Family. Beehive Cottage / The Pantiles Building many would say is a rather pretty example of a barn conversion, albeit of a very small barn, a barn known to the Hon Miriam Rothschild and successors as “The Pantiles Building”. It is probable that the Pantiles Building was used to house livestock, perhaps sheep rather than cattle, given the structures diminutive size.

  • A Kitchen
  • A well-proportioned Sitting Room
  • Two Bedrooms
  • A Shower room
  • A small garden

Thus Beehive Cottage is the result of converting (in circa 2005) an ancient barn – the Pantiles Building – into a two bedroom cottage. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” – depending on whether one enjoys the modern re-creation of a bijou country cottage (Beehive Cottage) or one enjoys stylistic delineation between “the old” and “the new”. The dwelling has a simple rectilinear form and is constructed in coursed rubble masonry. The pitched roof is covered in clay pantiles. The building has late 20th century fenestration, and a small porch has been added to the east elevation. This beautiful cottage is offered for sale for the first time in at least one hundred years, the building having been owned and managed as part of the Ashton Estate, the Estate owned by the Rothschild’s and their lineal descendants. Beehive Cottage also enjoys planning permission to extend (substantially), again in the traditional style. Thus this bijou country cottage could become a desirable three bedroom residence!

THE EXTENSION
The need for additional space was addressed via planning permission EN13/01109/FUL (the permission can be viewed online) which envisages a relatively substantial extension, one that would yield an additional master bedroom, an extra bathroom, further living space and an enlargement of the front garden and the creation of a new rear garden. Thus it is possible to create a three bedroom dwelling of about 1092 sq ft by extending this small cottage. Nonetheless, Beehive Cottage is already a pleasing dwelling.

THE HON. CHARLES ROTHSCHILD
The Hon. Charles, according to family tradition, first became interested in the Ashton Estate whilst on a butterfly collecting expedition with the Vicar of Polebrook. The Ashton Woodlands contain several interesting species of butterflies. Most of the Estate Cottages were named by The Hon. Charles’ daughter, The Hon. Miriam Rothschild, often after famous butterfly or plant species. Prospective purchasers wishing to ascertain the “feel” of the community may be able to stay (but as paying holiday makers!) at the new Lady Rothschild Dairy holiday complex (www.ashtonestatecountryholidays.co.uk). These Grade II star buildings lie at the other end of the Estate but are in easy car or bicycle range of Ashton Village (approximately. 3 miles to the west).

THE VILLAGE
Ashton Village is an interesting mixture of very ancient buildings – for example, one pair of cottages is thought to date from the first half of the 18th Century and the Manor House, Ashton is even older – and Victorian / Edwardian buildings (designed, it is thought by William Huckvale, for the Rothschild Family). The only two “new” buildings in Ashton Village are the pair of bungalows, built under the direction of the Hon. Dame Miriam Rothschild DSC. CBE. FRS, it is thought in the 1950’s. Ashton Village and the neighbouring Ashton Estate are in historical terms usually associated with the Rothschild family but one must not forget the much older settlement and that the community is further evolving via sales of village properties, and via barn conversions.

THE COMMUNITY
The “Chequered Skipper” Public House / Restaurant is the centre of village social life: the Green, which lies to the front of the pub is a delightful feature of this popular hostelry and wedding venue. Please see the website www.chequeredskipper.co.uk. Ian Campbell, the tenant of “the Skipper”, has created a delightful village pub that serves good food at reasonable prices. The pub is within easy walking distance of Beehive Cottage.

Ashton is a designated Conservation Village and its evolution is constrained by that status. To date Ashton Village has proven a haven of tranquillity in a sea of changing village structures. However, quite significant changes are afoot, several of which changes are relevant to Beehive Cottage. In particular, there is planning permission for an office building just behind Chapel Farmhouse and nearby Chapel Barns are being converted to dwellings. Please see the section immediately below:

PROPERTY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY
Any prospective purchaser of Beehive Cottage should be fully aware that the immediate environment of the dwelling is likely to change, and to change radically. Most relevantly there is planning permission for an office building in this area between Beehive and Chapel Farmhouse (see EN/11/01780/FUL). Also of relevance is the substantial residential development in progress at Chapel Farm Barns (see EN14/01973/FUL, EN14/01978/FUL, EN14/01975/FUL, EN/01977/AMD, EN14/01974/FUL, and EN/01/01979/FUL). This development is well underway and the residences may, according to local rumour, be available for occupation by autumn 2016. There is also planning permission nearby for a new Village car park, and many owners in Ashton Village are proposing extensions to their houses.

THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
The electrical systems in Beehive Cottage in our view meets the quite demanding standards required of buy-to-let properties. In fact we believe Beehive Cottage meets an even higher standard in that according to Sadler Electrical Ltd (who look after nearly all the electrical systems on this part of the Estate) the system in Beehive Cottage is in accordance with the BS 7671 Requirements of Electrical Installations 17th edition i.e. Beehive Cottage is in accordance with the standard demanded of new residential constructions. A new boiler was installed into the property in 1998. The property is fitted with hard wired smoke detectors and intruder alarms.

THE SERVICES
Beehive Cottage has oil fired central heating, mains electricity, mains water and a shared Bio-disc treatment unit for the disposal of sewerage. The Bio-disc system obviates the need for use of the public sewerage system and thus there are no sewage charges. Of course one does have to maintain the shared Bio-disc unit: we predict that the annual cost will be modest, but do not have records for a multi-party system.

THE RENTAL HISTORY
The owner of Beehive Cottage has for many years let this property, and it has been held all this time as an income producing investment. We consider market rents in Ashton Village to be in the range of £9 / £11 per square foot. Of course a really high specification cottage might well command an higher rent. A five year rental history may be available on request. A longer record may also be available. Beehive Cottage could easily continue as an income producing investment. The present owner has as a primary objective the long term production of income but did not aim for the luxury end of the rental market. Landlords can also inform tenants that they must Beehive themselves!!!!

THE ASHTON ESTATE
The Ashton Estate itself is comprised of a significant area of farmland and woodland. It is a private domain famous for its beautiful landscapes, interesting fauna and the remarkable historic buildings. However, there are some public rights of way through the Ashton Estate, albeit by no means numerous: nonetheless the public paths and public roads link up to form harmonious circular and near circular arrangements. One can walk and to a certain extent cycle along these public paths, bridleways and public roads. One can of course also walk into Oundle by way of, for example, the public footpath that commences in Ashton Village and then crosses Ashton Mill and the River Nene. Oundle is an exquisite small market town.

VIEWINGS
Viewing is by strict appointment through the selling agents, Fisher German LLP, Telephone Number: 01858 410200, Email: harborough@fishergerman.co.uk. The property may be viewed on all days of the week because Managing Agents OHL Ltd (Tel: 01832 272264 Mobile: 07802 356171 and email: estate office@ashton.ohllimited.com) may conduct viewings on the instruction of Fisher German.