A 16th century thatched cottage which is surrounded by ancient Wiltshire woods is now for sale.

The Old Cottage in Chittoe has been listed on the property market with Fine & Country for an asking price of £1,000,000.

A Grade II-listed former hall house, the typical English thatched cottage is set in the countryside surrounded by fields and ancient snowdrop and bluebell woods.

Modernised from its 16th-century beginnings, the four-bedroom home retains its original timeless charm.

Swindon Advertiser: The kitchen features a secret cellar below.The kitchen features a secret cellar below. (Image: Fine & Country)

Laid out over two floors, it boasts bedrooms, living space and stunning gardens with terraces, a small fruit orchard and a pond encircled by grasses and irises.

The home’s current owners David and Deborah have lived there for 24 years and have loved their time at the unique property.

“We wanted somewhere quiet, in sync with nature, private and with enough space for us to enjoy gardening and entertaining without disturbing neighbours yet close enough to amenities so as not to feel isolated,” they said.

“The Old Cottage fulfilled all of these requirements, and more as living here is a delight all year round.

“During hot summers, the thatch regulates the house so that it remains cool and the garden really comes alive.

Swindon Advertiser: The property has four bedrooms in total.The property has four bedrooms in total. (Image: Fine & Country)

“When it snows, complete silence descends on the valley and the only sign of life are animal tracks.”

The Old Cottage is surrounded by wildlife with red kites wheeling overhead, wrens nesting in the piggery in spring and deer wandering up the road.

Nearby amenities have also proved useful to the current owners who loved the property’s surrounding areas.

“There are three local farm shops, one at the end of the road and the local vegetables grown on Greensand are prized throughout London restaurants,” added David and Deborah.

“The high-end butcher, Walter Rose, supplies many of the capital’s top eateries.’

Swindon Advertiser: The property on the market is listed at £1,000,000.The property on the market is listed at £1,000,000. (Image: Fine & Country)

"We have neighbours on both sides with one half a mile down a leafy lane whilst the other is adjacent to us.

“The location tends to attract people who are private however, should help be required, everyone assists."

The home is nestled within the surrounding fields and ancient woodland of Spye Park with its Grade II-listed registered park and gardens.

It also sits close to the estates of Bowood and Bowden, lying midway between the Chippenham and Devizes with Bath and Marlborough only a short drive away.

The property is situated in band G for council tax and if you are interested in the property, you can call Fine & Country on 01225 434939.