The front of the property is adorned with mature wisteria and enjoys a gabled stone porch with a bolection moulded doorway. Internally the house boasts a number of features including wainscot panelling, elegant bolection moulded fireplaces, ovolo moulded beams and a large wooden staircase with closed string, turned balusters, moulded hand rail and square newels.
There are some fabulous reception rooms in the house, including the drawing room, panelled sitting room and dining room with large bay windows on the east and west facing elevations. The inner atrium with balcony and full-size skylight above provides a striking feature to the house.
The kitchen overlooks the formal lawn with french doors leading out, central island and a four-oven AGA. From here is the spacious family room that leads through to the exercise room, sauna and garden room. Also on this level are a study, wine cellar, utility/butler's pantry, boot/boiler room and cloakroom.
On the first floor, the property is currently configured to provide a fully fitted Neville Johnson study, five bedrooms, three bathrooms and shower room in the main part of the house. The master bedroom occupies the prime position with a large bay window overlooking a courtyard, dressing room and bathroom.
On the second floor is a self-contained flat comprising sitting room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, providing flexibility in the arrangement of the accommodation a further two bedrooms could be integrated into the main house.
Grounds & Gardens
The house is approached through stone pillars from a private driveway with central lawn and turning circle. Steps lead through gates to a knot and topiary garden before reaching the front entrance. To the side of the house is a part-walled courtyard providing additional parking for several vehicles.
The gardens and grounds are an exceptional attraction and provide a wonderful setting for the house. They have been lovingly improved over recent years and incorporate a fishpond bordered by specimen shrubs and trees including magnolia grandiflora; a beautifully positioned lily pond, encased on three sides by magnificent pleached limes; an abundance of floral beds, mature specimen and topiary trees, and areas of formal lawn enclosed by mature yew hedges. The productive kitchen garden is thoughtfully laid out and well planned with two greenhouses, raised beds full of a variety of vegetables and fruit cage. Beyond the immediate garden lies a mature orchard.
Complementing the house is the studio, a stand alone building on raised pillars. It is shown in some records as a granary but is more likely to have been a village meeting house. A single large room, it offers a versatile space with a large attic area above that could be converted, subject to obtaining the necessary planning and listed building consents. Beneath the studio is a covered area offering excellent ancillary space for garden machinery. There is a three bayed garage block with storage above.
The Manor is situated in the heart of Steeple Ashton which is a thriving, busy, and much sought after village with plenty of local amenities including an award winning shop and cafe in the attractive main high street and a popular public house.
The village church of St Mary the Virgin is known as one of the finest examples of medieval architecture. It is an architectural gem, and has been awarded a Grade I listing as an historic monument.
There are a good range of well regarded schools in the area. Schools within close proximity include Stonar at Atworth, St Mary's Calne, Dauntseys, Marlborough College, and many schools in Bath such as Monkton Combe and King Edward's. There is also a well regarded primary school in Keevil and the West Ashton Church Of England School.
Those with an interest in outdoor pursuits are also well catered for in the region, including various renowned golf courses, fabulous walks and riding.
More extensive amenities can be found in nearby market towns of Devizes, Trowbridge and the practical town of Chippenham.
The World Heritage City of Bath is approximately 14 miles away, and has everything in abundance for the visitor and resident alike. Roman remains, a wealth of Georgian architecture, a wonderful array of quaint side streets, shops, restaurants, theatres and beautiful historic buildings.
The property is extremely well placed for access to major road links, including A350 and the M4 (Junction 17) which provides good road access to Central London and the wider national motorway network. Westbury is just over 4 miles away, which has a mainline station providing high speed rail links to London Paddington (approximately 75 minutes) Main line rail services are also found in Chippenham (London Paddington again approximately 75 minutes) and of course Bath.
Trowbridge 5 miles, Devizes 10 miles, Bath 14 miles, M4 (Junction 17) 17 miles (All distances approximate).