Yew Tree Cottage in Longborough

  • Yew Tree Cottage, Longborough
  • Yew Tree Cottage, Longborough
  • Yew Tree Cottage, Longborough
  • Yew Tree Cottage, Longborough
  • Yew Tree Cottage, Longborough
  • Yew Tree Cottage, Longborough
  • Yew Tree Cottage, Longborough

An attractive Grade II Listed Cotswold stone property which benefits from a host of character features and is located only a short walk from the village shop

£750,000 (SSTC)

Yew Tree Cottage is a superb quintessential cottage believed to be dating back to the seventeenth century, one of the very oldest of properties situated at the heart of the village’s ancient High Street in Longborough, originally part of an old fruit farm estate. The yew trees that once bordered the cottage have gone but otherwise it presents much the same as the day it first stood. Double-fronted, constructed in a quintessentially Cotswold vernacular of mellow stone under gabled eaves with a pretty cottage garden bordered by a low, gated garden wall, it possesses such inherently pleasing symmetry and architectural simplicity that it is nothing short of a picture postcard for anyone searching for their dream home in the country.

The cottage had been untouched for years when the present vendors bought it back in 2009. “It was in need of a lot of work and took us three months before we could even think about living here.”

The interior of the cottage defies expectation. Approaching, there is a suggestion of quaint small rooms lying beyond but in fact the exact opposite  - a huge, beamed living room spans its entire width blessed by a vast inglenook fireplace. At the rear of the property, overlooking the garden and converted from an attached double height stone outbuilding, is an enormous kitchen breakfast room with a pitched ceiling that soars up towards the rafters, one wall almost entirely glazed with double doors leading out onto a generous enclosed courtyard laid initially to stone terraces and then to a flat lawn, bordered by well-stocked flower beds and Cotswold stone walls.

There are currently three big double bedrooms and a family bathroom on the first floor but the existing airing cupboard and a deep run of fitted wardrobes could easily be converted into an en-suite shower room.  Above, on the third storey, are two partly converted attic rooms divided by a simple partition with dormer windows quietly overlooking the village street scene below. This top floor provides an exciting design project, being suitable for a conversion to a master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and separate dressing room. 

It is a worthy inheritance. Refurbished with a light touch entirely in keeping with the original character, Yew Tree Cottage today is warm, welcoming and tactile, a natural palette of exposed wood and stone allowing an occasional nod to glamour with heavily patterned papers and rich fabrics, the whole simply furnished with imposing pieces of furniture yet not diminishing the sense of space. Necessary luxuries are all in place with a stylish new bathroom and a beautifully fitted country kitchen complete with wide range cooker. 

This is indeed a proper family home. Equally, it would serve as a highly desirable investment proposition - either as an escape from city life or a profitable holiday let chocolate box cottage - set within in a prime Cotswold hill village with everything provided for day-to-day needs including a thriving primary school, a traditional pub and beautiful country church, a proper old-fashioned village shop and tea rooms, all within a stone’s throw.

Andy Soye of Character Cottages says:

‘This is a beautiful and quintessential property in a sought-after village which benefits from useful amenities such as the village shop and pub. As it sleeps 8, I would expect it to achieve approximately £45,000 gross rental income per annum.’

Yew Tree Cottage is an attractive Grade II Listed Cotswold stone property which benefits from a host of character features and is located only a short walk from the village shop. It is now SSTC, so to book your appointment to view similar properties, please call our Moreton in Marsh office on 01608 651000.