THE sought-after village of Staveley is the location of this characterful stone-and-slate cottage, on the market for £320,000 with no upper chain.

Ashdene, at Brow Lane, was fully refurbished and improved by the present owners in 2012 to create a beautifully presented family home.

It offers three double bedrooms, a lawned front garden, stone terraced back garden and paved courtyard, fuel store and garage.

The cottage is double glazed, with electric heating, and is part of an attractive row of four properties overlooking "The Meadow" with lovely views towards Lily Fell.

Among Ashdene's many highlights is the stone-flagged enclosed porch - great for boots and coats - and the welcoming lounge with rustic, stone-and-slate fireplace and wood-burning stove on a slate hearth.

The bright, modern breakfast kitchen has an oak floor and has been fitted with excellent wall and floor units, a stainless steel sink, built-in double oven, ceramic hob, extractor hood, dishwasher, fridge and freezer.

The slate-floored utility room has cupboards and worktops to match the kitchen, plus plumbing for a washing machine and a split-opening, hardwood, part-glazed entrance door to side. A handy cloakroom with loo completes the ground floor.

The first floor landing is lit by a skylight window and there is a walk-in cupboard and loft access.

All three bedrooms are doubles, while the family bathroom features a white panelled bath with shower and screen, pedestal basin, toilet, tiled walls, electric towel radiator and slate-tiled floor.