FOR those on the lookout for characterful homes in the heart of Cheshire, this 200-year-old period cottage is ideal.

Built around 1806, Hield Cottage in Aston By Budworth is a detached property full of character.

Despite its traditional outward appearance, the cottage, in Hield Lane, has been modernised throughout.

Northwich-based estate agents Edward Mellor are marketing the property and it is currently listed for sale at £575,000.

Knutsford Guardian: Inside the cottage (Edward Mellor Ltd/Rightmove)Inside the cottage (Edward Mellor Ltd/Rightmove)

The owners, who have enjoyed living at the property for the past 15 years, have paid great attention to detail inside.

The current layout comprises a hall, cloakroom and a dining room/study. There are also feature solid oak floors.

The fitted breakfast kitchen contains a range of integrated appliances, while the lounge includes a multi-fuel stove.

Through the lounge is a living conservatory which features a slate-effect Eco roof.

Knutsford Guardian: The cottage kitchen (Edward Mellor Ltd/Rightmove)The cottage kitchen (Edward Mellor Ltd/Rightmove)

Upstairs on the first floor there are two double bedrooms and bathroom.

Outside, the property stands within a secluded mature plot of a generous size with gardens to the rear and side.

The cottage also includes a 17.6ft by 9ft garage and a driveway for off-road parking.

Even with the generous living space at the property there is room to expand.

Knutsford Guardian: The conservatory (Edward Mellor Ltd/Rightmove)The conservatory (Edward Mellor Ltd/Rightmove)

According to the estate agents, Hield Cottage has the benefit of previous planning consent for a two-storey extension.

Detailed plans available for inspection on request.

The cottage is located just shy of two miles away from local primary schools, Wincham Community Primary School and Great Budworth CofE Primary School.

Knutsford Guardian: The cottage comes with large rear and side gardens (Edward Mellor Ltd/Rightmove)The cottage comes with large rear and side gardens (Edward Mellor Ltd/Rightmove)

In terms of transport, Lostock Gralam train station is about three miles away.