This striking picture postcard cottage occupies a prime position in the heart of Gittisham, sitting almost opposite the pretty church of St Michael, and backs onto open farmland.

The village is one of the area’s most picturesque and unspoilt villages, and it was formerly part of the Combe Estate which has helped protect its distinct heritage.

The historic Grade II listed thatched property, named Garlands, was once two cottages and has been converted into one beautifully presented dwelling. Inside, the house is light, airy and spacious, and has a wealth of character features including inglenook fireplaces, timber windows flanked by shutters and an abundance of exposed beams.

Beyond the entrance porch, there is a lovely dining hall that has plenty of built-in storage space and leads to the main reception rooms. In the heart of the cottage, there is a characterful family room with two window seats and an inglenook fireplace housing a gas-fired stove. There is also a cosy lounge with a focal inglenook fireplace. The kitchen/breakfast room can be found at the back of the house and is a wonderfully bright space with a classic look. The kitchen is fitted with cool-white units, wooden work surfaces and has several integrated appliances.

On the first floor, there are three double bedrooms each with part-vaulted ceilings, and a large family bathroom with a luxurious roll-top bath and a Jack and Jill door to one of the bedrooms.

Outside, the pretty country cottage garden is enclosed by a low stone wall and features beautifully stocked borders filled with mature shrubs. A well-established Wisteria provides the ideal backdrop to the west-facing lawn while the extensive patio and gravel terrace is a lovely, sheltered place to enjoy the sunsets across the open farmland.

The property is sold with no onward chain.

Gittisham, Honiton

Guide Price: £600,000

Agent: Stags

Agent's Tel: 01404 45885