A DELIGHTFUL three-storey cottage has come up for sale in the village of Levens.

Number 4 Nelson Square offers pleasant views over the surrounding countryside from most of its windows.

The agents, Milne Moser, say the two-bedroom property would be perfect for first-time buyers or second-home owners. It is on the market for £239,500.

Adding to the cottage's considerable charm are little touches throughout such as latch doors with quirky handles and deep window sills, all adding to its character and warmth.

The property is approached along a gravel driveway to the uPVC double-glazed porch, a useful space for coats, wellies and walking boots, and a wooden front door opens into the lounge.

This light, airy and spacious room has uPVC double-glazed windows on two sides. The focal point is a stone fire surround housing a gas fire, and there is also a radiator.

The lounge's side window features a built-in window seat with storage underneath - a relaxing place to sit and enjoy a cup of tea and admire the view towards Dallam Tower, the country house set in an 18th century deer park.

The adjoining dining room also has two uPVC double-glazed windows to let in plenty of light, and there are lovely open views. There is a radiator and a handy recessed cupboard with shelving, and stairs lead down to the breakfast kitchen on the lower ground floor.

The kitchen is in perfect keeping with the overall style of 4 Nelson Square, having country-style base units and marble-effect worktops.

The floor has been tiled for practicality, and there is an enamel sink with drainer, a gas hob and a fitted electric oven.

A breakfast bar area is incorporated into the worktops, and there is plumbing for a washing machine. A cupboard offers extra storage space beneath the stairs, and there is a radiator and a uPVC double-glazed window.

From the back of the kitchen is a traditional pantry with shelves, and a stable door leads outside.

The bathroom is also situated on the lower-ground floor and is decently sized. The classic white suite offers a pedestal wash basin, bath and toilet. Over the bath is a Mira shower, and there are downlights, an extractor fan, a heated towel rail and a tiled floor.

On the top floor, the larger of the two double bedrooms has a built-in cupboard and a scenic outlook over fields from its uPVC double-glazed window. The second bedroom also has countryside views.

Stepping outside, the property offers parking at the front and a gravelled driveway which is owned by 4 Nelson Square but has access for neighbours.

A path leads to the side and back of the house, and there is a private, enclosed back garden that has been fully landscaped with patios, dry-stone walling, a lawn and planted borders. Countryside views abound, and there is also a useful outhouse and external power socket.

www.milnemoser.co.uk; tel 015395-64600.