A Perfectly Tranquil Cottage 

This historic property in the English countryside is an idea getaway
BY Phil Butler TIMESeptember 22, 2022 PRINT

To some, the idea of luxurious living brings images of lavish rooftop penthouses, private islands, or perhaps a castle complete with a moat. But for others, a quaint little cottage tucked away in the historic market town of Bishop’s Stortford in Hertfordshire, England, may be the sanctuary that they’ve long dreamed of.

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Beyond the sunken garden with a fascinating water feature lies a pagoda on the manicured lawn, with ample other natural spaces for a picnic or quiet afternoon. (Courtesy of Mullucks – Part of Hunters)

This storybook cottage sits at the end of a narrow country lane. Tucked away at the end of a private driveway crossing a narrow little bridge over a tributary of the River Stort, the property is available for $1.933 million. The property’s two residences make up a total of 5,518 square feet, with seven bedrooms and five baths beneath the shade of mature spruce trees.

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Upstairs in the main house, three charming and cozy bedrooms reflect an old-world country charm. (Courtesy of Mullucks – Part of Hunters)

The main house, a Grade II-listed historical building, features Victorian elements, period country architecture, and numerous modern conveniences. The lower level has a spacious professional-grade country kitchen, a dining room with a flagstone floor, and a spacious sitting room. Also on this level are a utility room, a cloakroom, and a home office.

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A later addition features a drawing room with a partially vaulted room with large oak timbers, classic furnishings, and a handsome fireplace. (Courtesy of Mullucks – Part of Hunters)

On the second floor, the main bedroom has a high-beamed ceiling and a walk-in closet. Two additional bedrooms and a family bath are on this level, as well as a guest bedroom with a private staircase. The older section of the primary residence also features an inglenook fireplace, a cozy bay window, and a brick-floored study.

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Millers Cottage sits at the southeast edge of the town, on a private spruce-flanked court. (Courtesy of Mullucks – Part of Hunters)

Just across the manicured gardens lies a detached timber frame annex with a kitchenette, two bedrooms, and a bath on the ground level. Upstairs, there’s a double en suite bedroom. A small private courtyard cloaked in plants and natural greenery frames the front of this structure. Behind the annex and the principal residence is an in-ground pool.

The property has a vegetable plot, a herb garden, a bog garden, pear and peach trees, a greenhouse, and a sunken garden with a water feature, as well as a lawn area with a pagoda.

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The open kitchen/breakfast area features four professional ovens. This space also has integrated bookshelves and additional cupboard space. (Courtesy of Mullucks – Part of Hunters)

The Millers Cottage
Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, UK
$1.933 million

7 bedrooms
5,518 square feet
2.29 acres

Key Features:
– Listed historic residence
– Period architecture
– Unique/choice location
– Private pool

Mullucks – Part of Hunters
01279 755400

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The residence’s dining room has a flagstone floor and an inglenook fireplace. (Courtesy of Mullucks – Part of Hunters)
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This ground-floor bedroom in the annex house oozes rustic charm; this timber-frame structure has three bedrooms and a kitchenette. (Courtesy of Mullucks – Part of Hunters)
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The property is home to a wonderful variety of mature trees, including apple, pear, and peach varieties. (Courtesy of Mullucks – Part of Hunters)
Phil Butler
Phil Butler is a publisher, editor, author, and analyst who is a widely cited expert on subjects from digital and social media to travel technology. He's covered the spectrum of writing assignments for The Epoch Times, The Huffington Post, Travel Daily News, HospitalityNet, and many others worldwide.
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