A delightful and charming cottage lying in private enclosed gardens in one of Cheshire's much loved historical villages has just come on the market.

The three bedroom property on Smith Lane in Great Budworth features a detached double garage with the location a perfect blend of countryside yet extremely commutable.

It is being listed by Gascoigne Halman of Knutsford with offers over £800,000 being invited.

Knutsford Guardian: Smithy Cottage in Great Budworth is on the market with offers over £800,000 being invited

Great Budworth was recently listed among the 30 prettiest villages in a feature in The Times, which described it as "a gentler, more romantic yesteryear".

It is the only Cheshire village to be featured in The Times list, and joins Downham, Lancashire and Hawkshead in the Lakes as one of the three prettiest villages in the North West.

Smithy Cottage dates back to the 17th century, although almost every crooked, Grade II listed building in the village is less than 150 years old, part of the fantasy created by Roland Egerton Warburton.

Warburton was Squire of nearby Arley Hall, and Great Budworth sat on his estate. He commissioned the rebuilding of the village in order create a living, full size model village in picturesque Tudor style.

The house itself offers an open plan living, dining kitchen by David Lisle, with that countryside vibe completely by a timeless Aga.

Knutsford Guardian: Smithy Cottage in Great Budworth is on the market with offers over £800,000 being invited

Wooden beams add further character throughout the property, with floor to ceiling bi-fold doors bathing the open plan living area in plenty of light with the view to the gardens beyond.

The beams continue into the lovely lounge, which also houses a magnificent feature fireplace with a double sided log burner, which gives the room a very unique feel.

The three double bedrooms are accessed by two staircases, while there are also two bathrooms, one of which is an ensuite attached to the master.

Knutsford Guardian: Smithy Cottage in Great Budworth is on the market with offers over £800,000 being invited

Outside, there is a detached double garage, which is another unique selling point of such a character-laden village-based cottage.

Not only is it somewhere to park the car, but an ensuite home office has been converted in the roof space above the double garage.

The beautifully landscaped and private enclosed gardens are yet another unique selling point of Smithy Cottage.