This pretty Wiltshire cottage is a perfect weekend bolthole

The Old Forge in Burbage, Wiltshire, would make the perfect weekend project for someone looking for a cottage to renovate

Kidson-Trigg auctioneers in Ramsbury, Wiltshire, have been instructed to put a charming, Grade II-listed cottage in a popular village south of Marlborough, up for sale by auction on September 18, 2014.

The Old Forge in Burbage is a three- to four-bedroom thatched cottage with a former smithy (including original working bellows). It comes with a large garden and detached outbuilding which would make a good one-bedroom annexe, once renovation work is complete.

The cottage dates back to the 17th century and is within easy distance of the village post office, primary school, shops and surgery.  The market town of Marlborough is just six miles away and trains to London Paddington from either Pewsey (6 miles) or Bedwyn (4 miles) make it perfect territory for a weekend home. Burbage was recently highlighted in Country Life magazine (August 20, 2014) as a ‘weekend home hotspot’.

Having done the essential on services such as plumbing and electricity, the current owners have put the house on the market with some cosmetic attention outstanding.

Guide price: £430,000. Contact Kidson-Trigg (01672 520512)