Guide price £1,650,000
A four bedroom farmhouse and land
- Development Plot
Nestled on the edge of the Cotswolds in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with panoramic views of the open countryside across the Berkeley Vale to the Severn Estuary and located less than ½ a mile from the picturesque village of Hillesley and close to the Cotswold Way.
The Farmhouse (Lot 1)
The farmhouse is Grade II Listed Building believed to date to circa 17th century with a wealth of original character features, whilst providing great space and potential for improvements. The farmhouse is built in the traditional Cotswold vernacular including stone mullion windows, deep sills, beams, exposed stone walls and gabled dormers.
A centrally located porch with stone flag flooring leads into the first reception room, currently used as the formal dining room. There is an inglenook fireplace, which if fully restored would make an impressive focal point. From here the stairs lead to the first floor accommodation, of note is the old timber door to the sitting room and further doors to the kitchen and rear lobby.
The sitting room is a generous size and features the original floorboards, exposed stone chimney breast with wood burner, shutters and window seat, built-in shelving and cupboards. A set of French doors leads out to the beautifully landscaped garden and the commanding views beyond.
The dual aspect kitchen is the real heart of the house and features a range of wall and base cabinets under a laminate countertop. The kitchen also has an oil-fired Aga. There is plenty of space for all the usual modern appliances as well a room for a good sized table and chairs.
The rear lobby has a practical flag stone floor and a door to the rear of the house. Stone steps lead down into the spacious cellar with plenty of room for extra storage and two windows to the front could be restored for light. Off the lobby is a cloakroom/utility with space and plumbing for a washing machine and dryer.
At first floor level the light and airy landing provides access to the four double bedrooms and the family bathroom. The master bedroom to the front of the house has a doorway leading to the spiral, enclosed staircase to the attic accommodation. The attic is vast L shaped room with five dormer windows, original floorboards and old ship timbers used in the construction of the trusses. With the necessary consents this could be transformed into additional accommodation.
Attached to the farmhouse is a rare example of a surviving single storey bakehouse and loft with original bread oven and a traditional fire range. The loft above is accessed via external stone steps and features a roof light. Attached to this is a further outbuilding.
The lovely landscaped gardens sit to the south and west of the house and features an orchard, patio and dining areas, mature planting and outstanding views of the farm land and beyond.
The farmhouse is approached via a five bar metal gate within a high stone wall into a large gravel area with plenty of space for parking vehicles and horse boxes. A Cotswold dwarf wall with chain link fence encloses a landscaped border either side of the porch immediately in front of the farmhouse.
In addition there is a small Cotswold single storey open fronted stone barn and a blockwork barn which has existing planning permission to convert to a residential dwelling. (Stroud District Council S.17/0155/FUL)
Also included is land to the south and west totalling approximately 24 acres.
Farm Yard (Lot 2)
This comprises the yard and buildings to the eastern end of the farm complex and consist of Dutch barn, former silage clamps and farm yard with separate vehicular access to Day House Lane. There is planning permission to erect two holiday cottages on the site, (Stroud District Council S.14/01562/FUL) which is subject to a S.106 Agreement.
Pond Field (Lot 3)
This is located on the opposite side of the lane from the farmhouse and yard. This is a relatively flat field with a pond all totalling approximately 2.3 acres.
Hillesley is a pretty village on the Cotswold Way, approximately 2.5 miles from the market town of Wotton-under-Edge and its amenities. The village has a highly regarded Church of England primary school and a community owned village pub called The Fleece Inn. A good range of shops can be found in nearby Chipping Sodbury and Yate, including Waitrose and M&S Food.
The M4 and M5 motorways are within easy reach for travel throughout the UK with good connections to London, Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff. Main line train stations can be found at Stroud and Kemble for trains to London Paddington and at Yate and Cam, 10 miles and 8miles respectively, for frequent trains to Bristol. The area is well served by both good state and independent schools with Katherine Lady Berkeley, a state secondary school in Wotton-under-Edge and Westonbirt School just outside Tetbury.