Most homebuyers would expect their sofa and fridge-freezer to be driven up to the door in a removal van and carried a short distance over the threshold when they move home.
But it is not such a standard process at Dunsley Rock Cottage, a £420,000 red brick Victorian cottage for sale in the village of Kinver that faces the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal.
This is because there is no car access to the Staffordshire cottage, which can only be reached by footpath – or boat.
The Staffordshire property is next to a pretty canal and it is on the market for £420,000 via estate agents Canalside Homes
Restricted access: The charming three-bedroom property is in the village of Kinver and does not provide vehicle access
The approach is via the stretch of canal in front of the house. That canal route allows the owners of the property to bring large or heavy items to the cottage by boat.
For some, the restricted access to the property may be a small price to pay for its idyllic location – indeed it may be highly desirable being so tucked away.
The three-bedroom cottage sits in more than an acre of woodland, making it an appealing buy for those seeking more space amid the pandemic. It also has its own sandstone caves in the grounds.
Tom Parker, of property website Zoopla, said: ‘This charming property has a truly unique location right on the edge of a scenic stretch of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal, and comes with its own beautiful woodland, sandstone caves, mooring and a private decked terrace.
‘For those considering adding their own stamp to the cottage, it’s worth noting that large or heavy items need to be transported to the cottage by boat via the canal.’
The perfect retreat: The rural cottage is surrounded by woodland and faces the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal
For those seeking to add their own stamp to the cottage, it’s worth noting that large or heavy items need to be transported to the cottage by boat via the canal, the estate agent points out
The unusual property features its own sandstone caves,and mains water that is understood to come from a natural spring
Boat access for heavy goods and furniture: The property has 280 feet of canal frontage that was used for a mooring until 2018
Access to the property on foot is via a public footpath that runs from the end of Dunsley Drive north of the cottage, to Horse Bridge Lane to the south.
The property has 280 feet of canal frontage that was used for a mooring until 2018.
The property is on the market with an asking price of £420,000 and the sale is being handled by Canalside Homes.
The average price of a property in Kinver is £398,599, compared to £341,117 for the country as a whole, according to Zoopla.
In the marketing literature, Canalside Homes explained: ‘It would be hard to beat this fabulous location, on a simply idyllic stretch of canal. The cottage was built in the middle of the nineteenth century as three cottages, to re-house the residents of the historic sandstone caves that 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 facilities.
‘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.’
The rural cottage sits in more than an acre of woodland and also has a garden where the current owner grows their own vegetables
Inside of the property, the country kitchen has a tiled floor and beams cross the ceiling, with space for a table and appliances
On the edge of a village: The nearest train station is Stourbridge Town, which is just over three miles from the property
The property may require some updating: The living area has a wood burning stove, space for a dining table and wooden flooring
The cottage has mains water that is understood to come 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-sensitive private sewage system’ that is housed in a small brick building away from the house.
The owners have the use of parking space at the end of Dunsley Drive, and detailed instructions will be provided for viewings. The nearest trains station is Stourbridge Town, which is 3.2 miles from the property.
The estate agent insisted that viewings are 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.