Rivida Cottage, Backwell Common

Guide Price: £1,400,000

Agent’s: Hensons

Agent’s Tel: 01275 810030

This substantial 18th Century country cottage sits within a plot of around two acres of grounds in the pretty hamlet of Backwell Common, close to the sought-after village of Backwell. The grounds are a stand-out feature of the property and include gardens, a paddock and, uniquely, a private narrow-gauge railway that the current owners built to enable them to tour the garden. The railway adds a novel twist to the grounds and runs through a wood, over a bridge and through a tunnel.

North Somerset Times: The extensive grounds have been well-maintained

Little is known of the history of the five-bedroom cottage other than it might have once been two properties. Over the years significant improvements have been made including an enlargement and a complete revamp of the wiring, heating and replacing all the windows and doors. During the programme of enhancement, careful attention was paid to restoring the original features or replacing them with suitably attractive reclaimed items to retain the fundamental character of the cottage.

Inside, the house has a host of period features, such as exposed beams, plank doors and fireplaces with wood burners.

North Somerset Times: One of the five bedrooms

On the ground floor, the large entrance hall leads to four reception rooms and the kitchen. The sitting room has lovely proportions and an impressive focal fireplace, while the dining room, study and garden room are equally pleasant, bright spaces. The farmhouse-style kitchen/breakfast room is spacious with bespoke units and an Aga cooker.

On the first floor, there are five bedrooms and a family bathroom. The principal bedroom benefits from an ensuite bathroom, a lovely, vaulted ceiling and views of the surrounding Somerset countryside.

Outside, attractive gardens flow seamlessly into the adjoining paddock and there are several outbuildings including a large double garage, 'offices in the garden’, a hobbies room/studio, and a traditional summer house.