This unique home in the centre of town is more than 500 years old and is the “quintessential English cottage”. 

Mote Cottage, in Abbotskerswell, was built in 1485 and is Grade II listed, being a thatched cottage that Historic England notes was probably at one time a farmhouse. 

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The house is Grade II listed. (Allsworth Property)

On the ground floor, the entrance hallway leads to a living room/snug with exposed stone walls and an open fire, with double doors leading to the garden room, which has a vaulted ceiling finished in Dartmoor oak. 

Also on this level is a kitchen and dining room with built-in appliances and tiled flooring, connected to a sitting room with a feature wood-burner fireplace and stone surround. 

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There are period features throughout the property. (Allsworth Property)

Upstairs, there are four bedrooms, two with built-in storage and one featuring an en-suite shower room, as well as the main family bathroom. 

Outside, there is off-road parking for two cars, and an electric charging point, while to the side of the building there is a large stone construct known as the Linhay, which could be used as a workshop or study and was once used as the village wash house. 

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The kitchen and dining area of the property. (Allsworth Property)

To the rear, there is a south-facing garden with a patio area and a level lawn, as well as a children’s playhouse and a workshop/office. 

The property is being sold by Allsworth Property for a guide price of £599,950. 

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The garden of the property. (Allsworth Property)

Carolyn Foxall of Allsworth commented: “Grade II listed Mote Cottage is believed to have been constructed in 1485 (year of the Battle of Bosworth Field) and has been added to and altered over the many centuries it has been standing. 

“Constructed principally of stone with some cob under a Turkish water reed thatched roof, with beamed ceilings, window seats and exposed stone walling, this is the quintessential English country cottage. 

“Ostensibly three cottages formerly and with a fascinating stone building which was once the village steam wash house."