Guide Price £1,200,000
A wonderfully located family home on the edge of the village with stabling and land extending to about 19 acres. The location is quite stunning, with views over the River Coln from the house and some quite spectacular valley views from many points around the garden and fields. Property video available.
Colnbrook is to be found at the far end of Woodbridge Lane about a mile from the village of Withington, situated on a tiny road that traces the course of the shallow river Coln under the (disused) Victorian railway embankment en-route to Chedworth.
Occupying an isolated elevated position surrounded by woodland and nestled into a steep bank with far-reaching views overlooking the broad meadows of the Coln (hence the name), this imposing detached cut stone villa, topped by a steep tiled roof and deep-timbered eaves with tall brick chimneys, has something of a fairytale quality about it.
With land of approximately 19 acres stretching up beyond the shelter of mature trees, situated within wide-spreading lawns, paddocks and pasture, the whole offers a host of possibilities. To the front and side are outbuildings including an old four-bay stable block, a large timber barn, garage and separate workshop. No doubt this is a proper children’s paradise with endless opportunities for imaginative play and the full embrace of a traditional country lifestyle.
Owned by the same family for fifty years, whilst much will need comprehensive updating this is also an interior designer’s dream, with enormous potential for refurbishment and improvement. Extended in the early twentieth century with a grand upper storey of late Edwardian design, the house is blessed today with a host of original features including high ceilings, tongue-and-groove panelling, quarry-tiled floors, open fireplaces and deep picture bays with sash windows.
Approached via a small elevated front garden, broad stone steps lead to a part-timber porch and a wide formal reception hall, opening out to four principal reception rooms. The main sitting room looks out at the best of the views, divided from the dining room by sliding panelled doors. Another formal sitting room and a separate snug are located further along a stone-tiled inner hall, also overlooking lovely countryside views.
Beyond is a ‘below-stairs’ kitchen opening out onto the garden, with a number of adjacent service rooms including a larder / utility, w.c., and an eminently practical boot room complete with a little pot-bellied stove (ideal for dry storage and wet dogs!)
Above on the first floor are five grand double bedrooms, each with picture windows overlooking the gardens and views. An antiquated arrangement to the far end of the landing includes an attic storeroom, a sizeable servant’s bedroom (with a single high window) plus a narrow corridor with a wall of original fitted laundry cupboards and opposite a small separate bathroom, shower room and w.c.
Fortunately it appears much of the internal division is not integral and therefore offers the possibility, subject to the usual necessary planning consents, for considerable reconfiguration. Upstairs, the installation of two large family bathrooms could be achieved fairly easily by opening out the ‘servant’s quarters’ and similarly, the removal of the service stairs to the kitchen would create a far more spacious family kitchen / breakfast room, especially with the installation of an Aga in the fireplace for year-round warmth.
There is apparent potential, too, for conversion of the outbuildings (subject to the necessary planning consents, of course). The stable block and barn could possibly achieve planning permission for a separate dwelling and, given a sizeable footprint occupied by the garage and workshop, this too might provide an annexe or another separate dwelling.
Being situated equidistant between Cirencester and Cheltenham, within twenty minutes of Bourton on the Water, enjoying the best of glorious countryside and relatively easy access to the A40 / Fosse Way, the clear potential of Colnbrook means that early viewing is unhesitatingly recommended.
For more information or to book a suitable time to view please contact James von Speyr at the Bourton on the Water offices of Fine & Country North Cotswolds on 01451 822977.
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