A 'UNIQUE' three-bedroom 16th century cottage with its very own spring has gone up for sale for offers over £750,000.

According to agent Storeys of Cheshire, Beechfield's new owners will never have to pay another water bill thanks to a legal arrangement with United Utilities, who tap into the water to boost their own own supply.

This stone-built yet elegant country home is just a short walk from the centre of Whitegate, which has good amenities including the award-winning gastropub, the Plough. 

Northwich Guardian: The half-acre grounds mean the house is not overlookedThe half-acre grounds mean the house is not overlooked (Image: Rightmove)

There's also a strong sense of community, and it's just a short drive to Northwich, the M6, and the M56.

The house itself is private and not overlooked, with garden including lush green lawns, mature borders, and trees, contrasting beautifully with the crisp whitewashed stone of this handsome old pile.

The characterful main entrance leads into an elegant hallway with top-end Italian floor tiles with cloakroom and WC.  

Northwich Guardian: Beechfield's interior is modern and elegant, despite being 450 years oldBeechfield's interior is modern and elegant, despite being 450 years old (Image: Rightmove)

Access the kitchen is from the entrance hall, where robust beams and an Aga add warmth and cosiness, along with a beautiful inglenook fireplace. 

Bespoke, hand-crafted kitchen cabinets provide good storage, and granite worktops give plenty of preparation space for the keen cook.  

A walk-in pantry gives yet more storage space.

Northwich Guardian: The kitchen is spacious and functional The kitchen is spacious and functional (Image: Rightmove)

The dining room has a glazed wall to provide easy access out to the patio for alfresco dining, overlooking a large expanse of lawn.

The sitting room is spacious and incredibly bright with characterful beams extending overhead.

An adjacent ‘relaxing room’, has a log-burning stove and excellent views out over the Cheshire countryside.

Northwich Guardian: The dining room could be used for formal occasions and relaxed family mealsThe dining room could be used for formal occasions and relaxed family meals (Image: Rightmove)

The elegant staircase with hand-crafter bannisters starts in the sitting room and leads to the first floor.

This includes a master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and Velux windows for maximum light, all overlooking the gardens to three sides.  

A second bedroom contains the original chimney breast, an attractive architectural feature.

Northwich Guardian: Master bedroom's ensuite bathroomMaster bedroom's ensuite bathroom (Image: Rightmove)

Along the landing, the family bathroom has all the mod cons, plus a large, luxurious bath. 

The third bedroom has bespoke, handcrafted, fitted wardrobes fitting seamlessly along the wall.

Outisde, there is also a two-horse stable block, currently used for storage, but could easily be converted back.