The Old House has been sympathetically maintained to provide a wonderful family home, whilst retaining a wealth of character features including stone mullion windows, oak panelled window seats, exposed beams and an inglenook fireplace. The property is entered through an oak door, and it is of particular note that this is one of the few houses in Bussage to have the date it was built in 1704 inscribed above the original front door. The entrance hall is a welcoming space filled with light thanks to the mullioned windows at either end. Stairs with understairs storage lead from the entrance hall to the first floor. The dining room has exposed beams, a charming decorative corner fireplace with a Bath stone surround and a recessed cabinet with shelving. The room enjoys a double aspect providing stunning views across the terrace and gardens. The sitting room is a light and inviting room thanks to its double aspect and glazed oak framed door leading out to the gardens. The room has an inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove inset and to one side of the fireplace there is a stone curved recess making a real feature of the room. The kitchen/breakfast room has a tiled floor throughout and an excellent range of wall and floor cabinets. Integral appliances include an electric oven with gas hob and a dishwasher. There is an inset stainless steel sink with draining board. A real asset of the kitchen is the extremely useful walk-in pantry. Off the breakfast room is the utility room which has space for a fridge/freezer and a plumbed-in under-worktop washing machine, together with high and low level cupboards and a inset stainless steel sink and drainer.
Off the kitchen is a useful fully glazed porch with quarry tiled floor and sliding door out to the gardens. A cloakroom with low level WC and wash hand basin is also situated on the ground floor. The first floor is split over two levels with a landing area with built-in bookshelves. The master bedroom is situated on the higher level and comprises built-in wardrobes to one wall and an en suite cloakroom. The room provides enchanting views across the rear garden and the valley beyond. Two further well-proportioned bedrooms are on the lower level of the first floor and the larger has a wash hand basin and built in cupboard. The family bathroom comprises a bath with overhead shower, wash hand basin, low level WC and adjacent to the bathroom is an airing cupboard. From the first floor a staircase leads up to the attic which has windows at each end and exposed beams throughout. A double bedroom and separate study area with under eaves storage have been created to maximise this useful space.
The Old House is approached through wrought iron gates on to the gravel driveway which runs along one side of the house leading to a parking area for several vehicles and the double garage which has power and light. The house sits within its grounds of 1.5 acres (approx.) and has two terraces linked by a pergola. A cottage garden edged with a lavender bed and herbaceous borders is reached by the higher terrace which makes the perfect spot for outdoor entertaining. Steps from the driveway lead down to the lower gently sloping garden which is dotted with numerous fruit trees and a horse chestnut tree. The garden has a vegetable patch and a fruit cage and ends with a small wooded dell. The garden has excellent storage including a timber shed, greenhouse and workshop and log store.
Outline Planning Permission has been granted (S.17/2693/OUT) for a new single-storey/split-level dwelling to be built on a quarter-acre plot on the top section of the garden. This area is set well away from the main house and will have independent access from Cowswell Lane to be achieved by demolition of the existing single garage.