Four wonderfully rural Cotswold properties launched on the market from £995,000 - £3million
With fields covered in stubble, apple and pear trees laden with ripe fruit, and the hedgerows purple with blackberries, the harvest is in and autumn is in the air.
The John Keats poem To Autumn is a graphic illustration of what is now unfolding across the Cotswolds, with mist starting to form in the valleys and wood smoke spiralling from the first log fires to be lit.
It’s a magical time to live in the countryside, and Butler Sherborn has several fine new additions to the Cotswold property market this month, too.
Ampney Brook House, Ampney Crucis, Gloucestershire GL7 5RT - £3million
Ampney Brook House is a Grade II listed Cotswold stone former farmhouse. Dating back to the late 17th century, it has been extended to include Georgian, Victorian and mid-20th century additions, and now comprises six bedrooms, an annexe and outbuildings, and sits in around 4.5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds that include a brook.
Now a spacious country house with great character, it offers a combination of high ceilinged principal rooms with cosy corners in older parts of the house. Many original features remain including paved floors, mullioned windows, window seats, exposed beams and timbers.
Ground floor accommodation includes a magnificent reception hall, a well-proportioned drawing room, a library and dining room. The kitchen is fitted with a range of bespoke painted units with oak and granite worktops and a Rangemaster cooker, plus there are a deep pantry cupboard, a utility/boot room, cloakroom and wine cellar.
A fine oak staircase rises to the first floor, where there is a master bedroom suite which comprises a series of south facing rooms overlooking the gardens including a spacious bedroom and well-appointed wet room. There are a sitting room/additional bedroom and two further double bedrooms, a family bathroom and separate shower room and wc. Accessed via a concealed staircase, the second floor features two sunny double bedrooms.
The attached annex provides a kitchen/breakfast room, sitting room, double bedroom and en-suite bathroom, while outside there are a stable, tack room, attic store, maintenance shed, double garage, cow shed, open store laundry/catering kitchen, sauna and greenhouse.
The beautifully maintained gardens include formal gardens, terraces and a vegetable garden, an orchard, rose walk and woodland, and borders the Ampney Brook.
Guide price: £3million
Butler Sherborn - Cirencester - 01285 883740
Hookash View, Foxcote, Gloucestershire GL54 4LP - £2.25m
With exceptional views over rolling parkland for the complete countryside experience, this attractive and beautifully presented five double bedroom family home is just six miles from Cheltenham.
Hookash View is in a wonderful south facing position in an idyllic setting on the edge of the hamlet of Foxcote. Built in a traditional Cotswold style in the early 1990s with traditional details including stone mullion windows, wood panelling and some exposed stone, it has been extended and updated to an exemplary standard.
Presented in an impeccable style and subtle colour palette, the ground floor accommodation comprises a part-panelled reception hall with a polished stone floor, a triple-aspect drawing room with an inglenook fireplace and a 34ft kitchen/breakfast/family room at the heart of the house. It features a range of bespoke painted units with a large central island unit with three oven Aga, ceramic hob, Neff oven and microwave, integrated dishwasher and wine cooler. With ample space for a dining table as well as a seating area, there are full width bi-fold doors opening onto a dining terrace. There is a dining room, sitting room with a bespoke media centre, cloakroom, boot room and utility room complete with laundry chute from the first floor.
Upstairs there is the master bedroom suite including a shower room, along with a second room that might make a study or craft room. There are two further double bedrooms, a family bathroom with a double-ended bath and a separate shower and two guest suites, both with en-suite shower rooms.
Outside there is a gravel driveway accessed through automatic gates, parking areas, double garage with automatic roller door and a studio above via the tallet steps to the side. This would make an ideal home office or games room, or could be extended.
The gardens are positioned to make the most of the delightful views that surround the house on three sides, and are principally laid to lawn and planted with shrubs and herbaceous plants. There is an enclosed raised terrace with a pretty summerhouse.
Surrounded by magnificent rolling countryside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Foxcote is a quiet hamlet at the end of a no-through lane close to the popular Cotswold village of Dowdeswell and just six miles from Cheltenham. The Kilkenny Arms is within walking distance and a good primary school, pub and village shop can be found at nearby Andoversford.
With its classic Regency architecture, Cheltenham offers a wide range of shops, theatres, cinemas, Michelin starred restaurant, cafés and pubs, as well as host to popular events that include the annual cricket festival, horse racing including the Gold Cup, music, food and literary festivals. Education in the area is also excellent.
The A40 which links to Cheltenham and Oxford with access to the M40 and London is just two miles away, and the M5 for the Midlands and South West and mainline railway station are close by.
Guide price: £2.5million
Butler Sherborn - Stow-on-the-Wold - 01451 830731
Leigh Cottage, Adlestrop, Gloucestershire GL56 0UN - £1.5million
Originating from 1868 and formerly two dwellings, Leigh Cottage has recently been sympathetically redesigned and renovated to provide extremely well-appointed accommodation over two floors, and features limestone flooring, a superb new kitchen living space, contemporary bathrooms and new windows.
With a traditional design look throughout, accommodation on the ground floor includes a wonderful kitchen/dining/garden room with a mezzanine/office forming the heart of the house. Light and bright with French doors opening on to the south-east facing terraced garden it is ideal for alfresco entertaining. There is an electric Aga set into a range of beautifully fitted units with granite worktops and breakfast bar, integrated Siemens dishwasher, fridge and freezer. There is a separate intimate sitting room with a Farmington stone fireplace and Clearview wood burner, and a study which could also double as a fourth bedroom. The third bedroom has a double height ceiling, and there is a shower room, a boot room housing a Bosch washing machine and tumble drier, plus a cloakroom.
On the first floor is the double aspect master bedroom, modern bath/shower room with freestanding bath and shower, guest bedroom, and bath/shower room.
Outside, the cottage is adorned with a mature wisteria, climbing roses, cotoneaster and hydrangeas, and throughout the garden there are numerous box beds filled with seasonal planting and two terraced lawns. There is a gravelled drive with private parking, a beautiful high beech hedge and a storeroom.
Adlestrop is a beautiful unspoilt hamlet deep in the heart of the North Cotswolds surrounded by wonderful walks. Within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the village has its own Conservation Area and features a Post Office, church and cricket club, and is believed to have been the inspiration for the village in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park.
It is well positioned between Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh, both providing day-to-day shopping, pubs, restaurants and coffee shops. Moreton-in-Marsh and Kingham stations are both a short drive away, with good rail services to Oxford and London Paddington. Daylesford organic farm shop and spa is a mile away, and Soho Farmhouse a 13 mile drive.
Guide price: £1.5 million
Butler Sherborn - Stow-on-the-Wold - 01451 830731
College Barn, Temple Guiting, Gloucestershire, GL54 5RS - £995,000
If you are looking to lose yourself in bucolic depths, College Barn is an excellent classic Cotswold barn conversion renovated and improved to a very high quality finish. With traditional features throughout, a sleek kitchen and luxurious bathrooms, enjoying a tranquil position within this popular village.
Suitable as either a full-time residence or weekend retreat, it offers spacious reception rooms and flexible bedroom space making it ideal for entertaining or family living. Accommodation comprises a double-height kitchen/breakfast room with a large picture window overlooking the garden, and includes painted wooden units with large double butler style sink, an island, Belling 8 plate gas hob with ovens below and extractor fan, integrated dishwasher and two fridges. There are also a utility room, pantry and boiler room.
The drawing room features a large Inglenook fireplace with Clearview wood burner and plenty of space for a formal dining area, and within a more modern extension there is a sitting room/fourth bedroom and a shower room.
Upstairs is the master bedroom, galleried landing with exposed ‘A’ frame beams, family bathroom with cast-iron roll top bath and tiled shower, guest bedroom with adjoining shower room and third bedroom.
College Barn is approached off a no-through lane, with parking and two car ports. Behind a Cotswold stone wall, the garden comprises a large lawn, several terraces, herbaceous borders and a summerhouse.
Temple Guiting is a superb village community surrounded by beautiful rolling Cotswold countryside, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village is known for being friendly and supportive and includes an artisan shop and café, a parish church, village hall and playing fields as well as a popular local primary school. Excellent pubs and restaurants nearby include The Plough at Ford, The Halfway House in Kineton, and The Hollow Bottom in Guiting Power.
Communications are excellent, with London easily accessible via the A40/M40, and mainline trains to London Paddington from both Kingham and Moreton-in-Marsh.
Guide price: £995,000
Butler Sherborn - Stow-on-the-Wold - 01451 830731