Set in a breathtaking position overlooking Gatcombe Water the original Keepers cottage and boat house beneath is believed to date back to the 1830's. The property was enlarged extensively in the late 1980's and now provides around 10,000 sq ft arranged over three floors.
A covered porch leads through to the welcoming entrance hall which includes a log burner, a built-in storage cupboard and doors through to the cloakroom and master bedroom. This room has superb views across the lake as well as a dressing room and large en suite bathroom.
The open plan double aspect sitting room/family room includes an open fireplace at one end and four arched gothic style wndows providing tranquil views across the lake. A staircase from here leads up to the second floor.
The room also acts as an impressive galleried landing overlooking the main drawing room which is on the ground floor. Once again this room is filled with lots of natural light and has an open fireplace along with double doors through to the dining room and inner hall. All three of these rooms have solid parquet flooring. The kitchen/breakfast room and utility room are also on this level. Five further bedrooms, three of which benefit from en suite bathrooms/dressing rooms are found on the second floor along with the family bathroom.
The original Keepers cottage which adjoins the mainhouse could be let or used as additonal guest accommodation. The cottage comprises a kitchen, sitting room, two bedrooms and dressing room/study plus the boat house beneath which is currently used as reception room.
The property is approached via a private gated driveway. Keepers is beatifully set within its grounds bordered by the lake on one side and woodland to the other side. A sweeping driveway leads up to the parking area and ahead of this are a large elevated terrace and a lawn area running along the edge of the lake below. Split over two levels the the terrace can be accessed from the ground or first floor level and is a wonderful focal point of the garden providing the ideal spot to sit and enjoy views across the lake and the wildlife that calls it their home. In additon there is a secured fenced paddock, three garages, two loose boxes and an outbuilding which could be converted to an office/studio, subject to the necessary planning consents. The total plot size extends to around three acres.
It should be noted that Keepers has planning permission in place to convert the covered porch and add an additonal floor above it to create further living accommodation, including an en suite bedroom to serve one of the bedrooms. There is also planning permission to build a two storey pool house along with a swimming pool on the bank behind the house.
Keepers is in an idyllic position adjacent to Gatcombe Park which is situated between the quintessential market town of Minchinhampton with its good selection of everyday shops and the pretty village of Avening. Nearby is the breathtaking Minchinhampton Common, an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with over 600 acres of plateau grasslands managed by the National Trust.
There are plenty of sporting opportunities in the area with racing at Cheltenham, Bath and Chepstow, polo at Cirencester Park and Westonbirt, golf at Minchinhampton, gliding at Aston Down, not to mention the vast array of local walks through the surrounding countryside.
Communication links are excellent with junction 13 of the M5 motorway being around nine miles away providing access to Bristol and Birmingham. The M4, junction 18 is sixteen miles away. Direct mainline trains in to London Paddington are available from both Strod and Kemble.
There is an excellent choice of schools in the area which include Cheltenham Ladies College, Cheltenham College, Dean Close, Westonbirt School, Wycliffe, Rendcomb, Pate's Grammar School Marling School for boys and Stroud High School. The renowned prep school, Beaudesert Park is on Minchinhampton Common only around one mile from Keepers and the nearby villages of Avening and Amberley have highly regarded primary schools.