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7 bedroom detached house for sale

Compton Bassett, Wiltshire

Guide Price £7,500,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 7 bedrooms
  • 2 staff flats,detached cottage
  • Indoor pool/leisure complex
  • Tennis Crt, Paddocks, Hangar
  • Formal gardens. About 71 acres

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


Compton Bassett House is situated to the edge of the charming hamlet of Compton Bassett. The village lies between Calne and Marlborough, in rolling Wiltshire countryside. Calne (3½ miles distant) provides day-to-day shopping facilities, and nearby Devizes and Chippenham (both 9 miles distant) provide a more comprehensive range of shops, recreational facilities and amenities. The market town of Marlborough (12 miles) is particularly charming, offering a select range of boutiques and specialist shops, as well as a well reputed selection of restaurants and wine bars. The Georgian city of Bath is 24 miles distant and offers diverse amenities, including theatre, historic sites, museums and music festivals. The house is very well situated for good communication links, as it lies approximately 13 miles from Junction 16 of the M4, giving good access to the M25, Central London and Bristol. Chippenham and Swindon mainline stations offer regular on the hour services to London Paddington, with trains taking 75 and 65 minutes respectively. There is an excellent selection of schools in the area, including Marlborough, St Mary's Calne,Dauntsey's, Monkton Combe and Stonar.

Horseracing can be found at Newbury, Bath, Cheltenham and Ascot. Golf is nearby at Wiltshire Hotel and Golf Club and Bowood Golf and Country Club. Walking can be done on the Marlborough Downs. Motor Racing is available at Castle Coombe Circuit. There are numerous high class partridge
and pheasant shoots in the area through Roxton's.


Approached via a sweeping drive through attractive parkland, Compton Bassett House is an exceptional country house nestling within its own land. The gated entrance to the house is situated beside the 11th Century Norman Church of St Swithun's in picturesque rolling countryside. It is built over 3 main floors of accommodation, including an extensive leisure complex on the lower ground floor. The interior of the house provides elegant room sizes with impressive ceiling heights throughout. Compton Bassett House has been extensively renovated with fantastic attention to detail. The award winning architect responsible for the renovation was Michael Philips of Hotel du Vin acclaim. The main reception rooms are bright and well proportioned. The kitchen/breakfast room is spacious and allows for open family living, in balance to the more formal side of the main reception rooms. The bedroom accommodation is plentiful, with large suites and ample space. The 2 staff flats are situated on the ground and lower ground floors, and both have external access. The Cottage lies a small distance from the house and has also been sympathetically renovated. Surrounding the house are extensive gardens and grounds including a large walled garden, mature parkland and woodland.


Entering into the reception hall, the main hall leads to the Mark Wilkinson designed kitchen/breakfast room, which functions as the heart of the house. The dining room is adjacent to the kitchen and leads through to the extremely spacious drawing room, extending to an impressive 43ft in length. The study adjoins the main reception hall and the master bedroom suite, which offers a sitting room, dressing room, and impressive 'his and hers' bathrooms. The dressing room has a cleverly concealed cupboard that hides a secondary staircase. The 2 children's bedrooms on the ground floor offer spacious accommodation with en-suite bathrooms.

Stairs rise from the inner hall up to the first floor landing. The office offers a luxurious working environment. There is a stylish Colombian slate shower room off this room. All of the first floor
bedroom suites are very impressive with large sitting rooms and dressing rooms as standard. It is important to note that although the house features several modern conveniences, there are several period flourishes, and the house offers the architectural character of a much older property.

Located on the lower ground floor of Compton Bassett House, the leisure complex is of an exceptional standard. The gym lies in front of the pillared swimming pool. The pool hall, framed by
classical Roman pillars, extends to over 73 ft in length and also contains a hot tub. There are 2 very generously sized changing rooms, each with 2 showers and WC. There is also a sauna and steam room. In order to freshen the air in this level of the house, an unobtrusive air handling
system is in place to ensure a constant flow of reconditioned air. The extremely large wine cellar has a temperature controlled door.

The remainder of the lower ground floor houses one of the 2 staff flats, with a kitchen/sitting room, bedroom and separate bathroom. The other staff flat is found on the ground floor.

The sympathetically renovated cottage lies adjacent to the house, and comprises sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, bedroom and en-suite bathroom.

There are 2 substantial garages attached to the house, as well as a large workshop and hangar, of modern construction, originally built to house a helicopter.

Mainly situated to the south and west of the main house, the extensive and well kept parkland provides a fantastic setting, including plentiful mature specimen trees. Within the gardens is a sunken lily pond sheltered by a mature yew hedge. The north of the house showcases an idyllic, landscaped walled garden, interspersed with a series of gravel pathways overlooked by a charming stone balustraded terrace. Wide stone steps lead down to the garden at various intervals and offer a splendid view of the temple and pavilion, set symmetrically within the gardens. There is also a creative water feature, a tennis court and a grass football pitch. The woodland is on the southern boundary beyond the garden, and was formerly part of Compton Bassett Park, being extensively beech and mixed broadleaves. The woodland areas are carpeted with wild flowers including bluebells, daffodils and wild garlic.


From London, take the M4 to Junction 14 and follow the A338, signed to Hungerford. At Hungerford take the A4 towards Marlborough and proceed through the town, still following the A4 to Calne. Pass Avebury World Heritage Site and Silbury Hill, and proceed over the next roundabout. After exactly 3 miles turn right, just after the Cherhill village traffic calming island into Park Lane, bearing right up the hill past Upper Farm. The long carriage drive and entrance gates to Compton Bassett House are round on the right hand side, after about 300 yards.

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