4 bedroom detached house for saleNr Minchinhampton, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6
- Main House: Spectacular kitchen / dining / garden room
- dining room
- sitting room / study
- drawing room
- boot room
- utility room
- master suite
- guest suite
- two further bedrooms
- two further bathrooms
Benbow House started life as a humble cottage within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the outskirts of Minchinhampton Common. The current architect owner took on the run down cottage and dramatically changed it into the substantial and well appointed family house you see today. The couple were keen to retain its integrity and have matched the original hand cut Cotswold stone and tiled roof and have enhanced the property with a well placed garden room as well as substantial additions both internally and externally. The property affords a superb position on the edge of Minchinhampton Common and a plethora of windows have been provided to make the most of this charming setting. The house has retained a sense of charm from the outside but has been given a much more modern feel internally. The accommodation has good, well proportioned rooms and totals some 3222 sq.ft. with life centring around the large kitchen/dining/ garden room, the true heart of the home. This area has sleek kitchen units, which are fully integrated and complete with an Aga and breakfast island and is backed up by a boot room/ utility. The garden room is a superb area from which to entertain and enjoy the manicured grounds and open vista. The drawing room is a double aspect space with a stunning feature fireplace taking centre stage. The formal dining room is well placed next to the kitchen and a sitting room/study complete the reception rooms. The first floor again has well planned accommodation with a lovely master suite, guest suite and two further bedrooms with en suite shower rooms. Property Ref: STR160186
The property lies on the edge of the 451 acres of Minchinhampton Common, a biological and geographical site which is of special scientific interest. The site is owned and managed by the National Trust and is one of the largest grassland commons in the Cotswolds. In the local vicinity there are a number of facilities in Minchinhampton including convenience stores, butchers, tea rooms and galleries. More locally there is the well regarded Ragged Cot Inn serving locally sourced food and offering rooms. The nearby market town of Nailsworth has a more eclectic and extensive array of boutiques and independent shops. Cirencester again offers a further array of shops which includes Waitrose. Many families are drawn to this area because of its exceptional country feel coupled with the easy and excellent communication links, with Kemble offering high speed trains to London and the A419 dual carriageway from Cirencester providing excellent access to the M4. Locally the walking and riding are superb as are the schools with Beaudesert Park School and Wycliffe Preparatory School being the choice of many local families.
It was the outside of the property that first enticed the current owners to purchase it as they are a keen equestrian family. The 6.5 acres is ring fenced and is largely flat with the lower section gently sloping away allowing superb open views to the rear. A great deal of work has been undertaken in this area and includes the building of an all-weather arena with a Martin Collins surface which is discretely positioned out of the view of the main house but very much amongst the open pasture. The remainder of the land has been exceptionally well posted and railed to provide a number of rotational paddocks as well as easy access for vehicles and on foot from the stable block and courtyard. The original outbuildings were converted but also extended to incorporate an equestrian unit. Separate access provides space and parking for horse boxes etc. and the four stables open on to this area. The tack room has wc and sink and the stable block has external lighting and water. Adjacent is the period barn which is currently used for machinery but would make an excellent car port and independent garage. There are further machine sheds etc. Solar PV panels have been placed on the more modern barn discretely away from the main house which provide a good amount of power to the house.AGENTS NOTE- A public right of way runs through the grounds
Stroud - 5.1 miles
Stroud Railway Station - 5 miles
Cirencester - 9.6 miles
Cheltenham - 18.4 miles
Kemble Railway Station - 9.3 miles
M4 (Chippenham Junction) - 17.6 miles
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