6 The Mansion, Northwick Park, Gloucestershire, GL56 9DS - £850,00
- Once owned by Captain George Spencer Churchill, Sir Winston Churchill was a frequent visitor
- Ideally suited to those living in London or overseas wanting a ‘lock-up and leave’ apartment in such an impressive building, or parents with children at boarding school nearby
Northwick Park offers a rare fusion of lifestyles - the opportunity to live in a particularly fine Jacobean building surrounded by formal gardens and a deer park, yet set within the glorious Cotswold countryside.
This superb Grade I Listed apartment provides 2,275sqft of elegant living space on the top floor of this beautifully restored historic building dating back to the 1300s. With exceptionally high ceilings, some with decorative cornicing and curved sash windows and window seats, the property includes a large stone tiled reception hall, drawing room with marble fireplace, dining room with carved wooden fireplace, and an ‘L’ shaped fitted kitchen/breakfast room with gas hob, ovens, dishwasher, freezer and large free-standing fridge.
The master bedroom has an en-suite shower room and extensive wardrobes, and there are two further bedrooms one of which could double as a study, a shower room and guest bathroom. Other facilities include a cellar with lock-up storage, a double garage, communal utility and a cloakroom.
Access to the apartment is through the impressive grand entrance hall with its Corinthian doorcase and large wooden doors, marble and stone floors and fine period features including an Indigo Jones styled ceiling allowing light from the Regency glass stair-light dome, an impressive 1830 John Woolfe cantilevered staircase believed to be the largest in England, and a wide gallery. There is also a lift.
The property is reached via a befittingly long driveway which sweeps past lawns and trees to a large turning circle and the imposing double front door. The grounds comprise well-maintained formal gardens with a gravelled courtyard and a rose garden with fountain. There is a croquet lawn with games equipment for all to use, a heated outdoor swimming pool and four all-weather tennis courts.
The landscaped gardens and deer park include a ha-ha and extend to some 35 acres, with the main feature of the West Walled Garden being an extraordinary volcanic stone from Vesuvius set in the old cobbled pond, said to be a ‘home-coming’ gift from Nelson to Lord Northwick after the Napoleonic War.
Daylesford Organic Farm Shop and Spa, Soho Farmhouse and a good choice of restaurants and pubs can be found nearby, with shopping and culture at Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham and Oxford within easy reach, and the beautiful gardens of Hidcote Manor, Kiftsgate and Sezincote close by.
There is a wide choice of well-regarded schools in the area including Kingham Hill, Kitebrook preparatory school, Dormer House, Cheltenham College and The Lady’s College, Chipping Campden Senior School, The Dragon and St Edward’s in Oxford, and 6 The Mansion would make a perfect home for overseas families to use for exeat weekends and school holidays.
Mainline train services to London Paddington go from Moreton-in-Marsh, and Birmingham International Airport is an hour’s drive away.
Guide price: £850,000
Butler Sherborn - Stow-on-the-Wold - 01451 830731