The tiny cottage with an unexpected bonus

The front of the cottage
The front of the cottage

A small mid-terrace house in Hungerford comes with a very unusual bonus - commoners' rights to fishing, shooting and grazing on public land nearby.

Dating back to 1449, the charming cottage is situated in the heart of Hungerford on the pretty tree-lined High Street.

It's Grade II listed, and has plenty of lovely features including exposed beams, fireplaces and leaded window panes.

It has a sitting room, kitchen/diner and downstairs bathroom, with two double bedrooms above; outside, there's a lovely 70-foot back garden. While it's currently pretty small, there's planning permission to extend.

The kitchen
The kitchen

But what really makes this cottage special are the rights that come with it.

"These rights are known as 'Commoners Rights' which are attached to a limited number of period houses in Hungerford," say agents Russell Marshall.

"The fishing rights include free fishing three days per week on the River Kennet, acknowledged as one of the finest trout streams in England."

The fishing is well stocked, strictly preserved and keepered, they say, and costs several thousand pounds a year for outsiders.

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The garden
The garden

There's also permission to shoot on the common and nearby marsh - in season, and with a licence and insurance, of course - and even the right to collect watercress in months with an 'R' in them.

And the commoners rights also include grazing and shooting on the surrounding meadowland, which means that the new owner of the cottage will be allowed to keep two head of cattle for a payment of a few pounds a year.

In fact, most of those with graziers' rights in Hungerford waive them, allowing the town trustees to let the land to local farmers, with the money going to maintain the common land.

The cottage is available with no onward chain, and costs £325,000.