Guide price £2,850,000
A house with a view!
- View EPC Rating
Set in a breath-taking 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 8,477 sq. ft. arranged over three floors. Earlier in 2018 Keepers underwent further renovations including reconfiguring the main entrance to the house, a veranda running the full length of the lake side elevation and a first floor balcony with glass balustrades.
The main house comprises an impressive entrance hall with a tiled floor and a striking French marble surround fireplace housing a log burner stove, a double aspect master suite, which enjoys superb views across the lake. The suite benefits from a dressing room and a large en suite bathroom, a galleried sitting room, which overlooks the vast ground floor drawing room. The sitting room is light and airy with French doors leading out on to the balcony with stunning views across the lake.
This drawing room, has an open fireplace at one end and four arched gothic style windows with access onto the new veranda. Double doors from here lead through to the dining room. Both these rooms have solid parquet flooring. The redecorated kitchen/breakfast room has an African slate tiled floor, wooden base and wall cabinets along with an island unit finished with beautiful Italian granite. From the kitchen a door leads into the utility room which continues with the African slate tiled floor and has space and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer. A door from here leads to the outside of the property where an outside WC is located and the boiler room.
On the second floor there are five further double bedrooms, three of which benefit from en suite bathrooms/dressing rooms and a family bathroom.
The original Keepers cottage which adjoins the main house could be let or used as additional 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.
Grounds and Garden
Keepers is approached via a private gated driveway. Keepers is beautifully 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 a large elevated terrace and a lawn area running along the edge of the lake below. Split over two levels the terrace can be accessed from the ground or first floor level and is a wonderful focal point of the garden providing yet another ideal spot to sit and enjoy views across the lake and the wildlife that calls it their home. In addition 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 permission. The total plot size extends to around three acres.
There was planning permission, which has now expired, to also 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 breath-taking Minchinhampton Common, an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with over 600 acres of plateau grasslands managed by the National Trust. Tthere 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 Stroud 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 for girls. 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.