Four superb Cotswold properties with pools to cool-off in - from £1.3m - £2.45m
“As the long hot summer makes its way into the record books, buyers of country house properties are including swimming pools in their list of ‘must haves’,” says Sam Butler of the Cotswold property specialists, Butler Sherborn.
“And rather than do battle with everyone at the airport, our superb summer is also favouring those who have opted for a ‘staycation’ this year where the English countryside really can’t be beaten,” he adds.
Butler Sherborn is currently offering four great Cotswold family homes with swimming pools, ranging in price from £1.3 million - £2.45 million.
The Old Rectory, Westonbirt, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS - £2.45million
The Old Rectory is a handsome, eight bedroom Cotswold stone house dating from the mid-1800s, it has been restored and refurbished to an exceptionally high standard while retaining many original features. With an entrance hall and large staircase, drawing room and dining room, a kitchen/breakfast room with bespoke units and an Aga, there is also a snug, study, boot room/utility room and cloakroom.
On the first floor is the master bedroom suite with stunning views over the gardens, en-suite bathroom and dressing room, a further four double bedrooms (one with en-suite) and family shower room, and three further bedrooms on the top floor.
There’s also a two bedroom Coach House, swimming pool, jacuzzi, four bay oak framed garage, garage, gym, mature landscaped gardens, stables and paddocks – all in just under 6 acres.
Guide price: £2.45million
Springfield, Rendcomb, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 7HD - £2.35million
With all the sixes - six reception rooms, six bedrooms and six bathrooms, Springfield is a substantial family house with far-reaching views across the surrounding countryside, and none better than from the swimming pool!
The main reception rooms are well proportioned and with good ceiling heights, allowing plenty of natural light to flood in. There is a reception hall, sitting room and dining room, a study, kitchen/breakfast room, conservatory, utility room and cloakroom, while upstairs is the master bedroom including an en-suite bathroom and four further en-suite bedrooms.
There is also an annexe with its own kitchen/breakfast room, sitting room and en-suite bedroom, and as well as the swimming pool there is a tennis court and a double garage, all within beautiful gardens.
Well located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Springfield is south west facing in the middle of its own land (2.5 acres), and located on the edge of the village. It is accessed via its own long tree-lined drive.
Guide price: £2.35million
Barrow Elm, Hatherop, Nr Fairford, Gloucestershire, GL7 5DE - £1.75million
Barrow Elm House is an imposing Victorian farmhouse dating from 1889, and is approached through a stone pillared gateway and gravel drive to a walled courtyard at the side of the house.
It is an extensive family home on three floors, and has been in the same ownership for the last 30 years.
With high ceilings and well-proportioned rooms which are both bright and spacious, the house features a double aspect sitting room and study, a dining room and further reception room. There is a well-appointed kitchen with views overlooking the paddocks, a central island, tiled floor and Aga, a cloakroom, store room and large larder. Upstairs there are five double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a shower room, with the addition of a guest annexe with bathroom.
Outside lies the heated swimming pool, two garages and a stable block, mature gardens and grounds, an organic pasture, paddocks and woodland, totalling some 6 acres of beautiful countryside.
Guide price: £1.75million
Butler Sherborn - Cirencester - 01285 883740
Dutton House, Curbridge, Oxfordshire, OX29 7PD - £1.3million
Dutton House is a Grade II Listed Georgian style property offering spacious and bright accommodation, a swimming pool, terrace with sunken jacuzzi and a two bedroom barn conversion.
The main house has a magnificent sitting room/dining room with double fireplace, a kitchen, utility room and cloakroom. A further reception room can be sealed off to create a self-contained annexe, which is served by its own kitchen and secondary staircase to a first floor double bedroom and bathroom. The primary staircase leads up to four spacious double bedrooms and family bathroom. The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and a dressing room.
The detached barn is also spacious with sitting room with open fire and a mezzanine floor either used as a study or occasional bedroom, kitchen, two double bedrooms, bathroom and cloakroom. The remaining ground floor houses a double garage and two storage areas.
The separate gym/studio and stables, which have planning consent to be made into a 4/5 bedroom house, together with the tennis court are also available for an additional £200,000.
Guide price: £1.3million
Butler Sherborn - Burford - 01993 822325