Bedrooms : 5
Bathrooms : 3
Plot size : 1,01 ha.
Construction : 352 m2.
Price : On demand
This charming property sits on the edge of the village of Coates is a quintessential Cotswold stone house that truly ticks all the boxes. It was designed by the highly regarded Arts & Crafts architect Norman Jewson in 1924, and built under his supervision in 1926, and then further enlarged in 1929. The present owners added an elegant bow window to the drawing room in 2014, designed to complement and complete the original style of the house. The country House is set well back in its 2.5 acres of established gardens and paddock, surrounded by many wonderfully mature trees and hedges, exceptionally private and peaceful, and enjoying glorious distant views of the rolling countryside. There is also a delightful lily pond, a signature feature of Norman Jewson and found in the grounds of most of his properties. The house is approached by a sweeping private drive upto a landscaped turning circle by the front door. The house is at once spacious and wonderfully cosy, a luxurious space for a couple or small family, and with its large and very private terrace it is perfect for entertaining. The ground floor contains a large entrance hall and cloakroom/loo with its original Arts & Crafts wooden doors and panelling, leading to a very light drawing-room with extensive windows on two sides, a cosy sitting room or study (the TV room) with French doors to the terrace and garden, both rooms with working fireplaces, a charming dining room with views to a truly magnificent magnolia tree on one side, and a serving hatch through to the fully modernised and equipped kitchen on the other. The latter complete with both an electric oven and an Aga. Beyond the kitchen lie two well equipped utility rooms, one a combined boot room (at the back door) and full sized freezer and wine cooler, both upright, plus exceptionally extensive storage cupboards; and the other containing the boiler, washing and drying machines and utility sink, and a dry storage room with extensive shelving currently used for suitcases. A particular safety and heat conservation feature of the ground floor is the installation of custom made painted wooden shutters on every window in the drawing room, sitting room, hall, dining room and kitchen further ensuring warmth and privacy at night. There are two staircases to the first floor, which at one end contains the principal suite of main bedroom and bathroom, a second bedroom/ dressing room and bathroom, and a further dressing room used for clothes storage; and thereafter there is another bedroom/study as well as a guest bedroom with adjoining bathroom. In all, therefore, potentially five bedrooms and three bathrooms. Location
The country House is situated in the convenient and popular village of Coates in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village is surrounded by attractive rolling fields divided by Cotswold stone walls and to the north Hailey Wood on the edge of Cirencester Park. The village itself supports a hall, a cricket pitch and a parish church which dates back to the 13th Century.
Despite the bucolic location, the property is only 3.5 miles from Cirencester which provides an excellent range of shops and services including Waitrose and Tesco superstores. In the opposite direction is Jolly Nice with its wide selection of organic fine foods and produce. Regional centres include Cheltenham, Bath and Swindon where there are theatres and a greater range of shops.
Communications are excellent in the area. Train services from nearby Kemble to London Paddington take from 70 minutes. Both the M4 and M5 motorways are within easy reach, as is the A417 to Cheltenham and the A429 (Fosseway) providing access north to Stow on the Wold. The A40 connects with the M40 at Oxford.
Recreational facilities include golf at Cirencester and Minchinhampton, water sports at the Cotswold Water Park and boating on the river Thames. There are cycling, rugby and tennis clubs in Cirencester, The National Arboretum is at Westonbirt and there are the wonderful open spaces on Rodborough and Minchinhampton Commons. Polo is played in Cirencester Park which is also home to the annual Cotswold Show as well as other events Equally there are lovely riverside walks along the infant River Thames and local bistro pubs include The Potting Shed in Crudwell and The Bell at Sapperton.
The area is also noted for both its private and state schools. The former includes Beaudesert Preparatory School at Minchinhampton, Hatherop Castle School, Rendcomb College. Westonbirt School as well as well as the schools and colleges in Cheltenham. There are also grammar schools in Stroud for both boys and girls.