6 bedroom detached house for saleBroad Town, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN4
Guide Price £850,000
- Entrance Hall
- Sitting Room
- Kitchen/Breakfast Room
- Dining Room
- Shower Room
- Six Bedrooms
- Family Bathroom
- Guest Shower Room
A fabulously spacious (3600 sq. ft.) six bedroom detached Grade II listed village farmhouse with immense charm and character and a large garden of 0.5 acres. Set within this popular village, the house is believed to date in the main from the 16th Century with medieval origins and subsequent later additions. There are many original period features including inglenook fireplaces, flagstone flooring and a wealth of exposed timbers and wood panelling. All of the principal rooms are generously proportioned and presented with much style and flair and an innate elegance, while offering versatile usage. The Kitchen/breakfast room has a wonderful feel with much traditional character. There is a four oven Aga, flagstone floor, pantry and French doors opening onto the Sun Terrace and Verandah. The Kitchen, off which is a large formal Dining room, has an 'unfitted' style and opens into a breakfast room/family snug. The Sitting room is spacious with an attractive period open fire-place and adjacent to a cosy library/family room with a wood-burning stove. A sixth bedroom/study, shower room, utility room, boot room and bathroom complete the ground floor. Upstairs there are five double bedrooms, family bathroom and ensuite shower room. Interestingly, the house is subject of a book, An English Farm House, by the author and poet Geoffrey Grigson, a former owner. His daughter, the well known cook, Sophie Grigson, was born and brought up at the house.
Broad Town is a popular and rural village and forms part of the parish of Broad Hinton and Cliffe Pypard. Local village amenities include an Infant and Junior school, parish church, there is a post office and public house in the nearby village of Broad Hinton. More extensive facilities are available at the market towns of Wootton Bassett and Marlborough. Private schooling can be found at Dauntsey's, Marlborough College, Marlborough and St Margaret's School, Calne. Marlborough and Swindon provide a comprehensive range of facilities. The transport links are well provided with rail services to London Paddington from Swindon (60 minutes) the M4's easy access at Junction 15 or 16 giving convenient routes to London and the West Country. The surrounding area affords excellent countryside walking, including the nearby White Horse.
The house has the benefit of a fabulous open verandah adjoining the house and sun terrace, ideal for outside entertaining. The gardens is large extending to 0.5 acre in all and offers a high degree of privacy with many mature shrubs, trees and flower borders and including a Judas tree, a pair of 16th century Yew trees and Victorian Yuccas. There are double wrought iron gates leading from the main area of garden to the gravelled driveway to the side of the house, which provides ample private parking.
The house has a cedar shingle roof. This is a very traditional roof cover, the durability of which rivals other commonly used roof coverings and is used extensively in North America.
Interestingly it was the subject of a book, An English Farm House, by the author Geoffrey Grigson, a former owner and has an engraving of one of Grigson's poems featured on an outside wall. It also has a small additional kitchen, used by the celebrated food writer Jane Grigson while compiling many of her famous cookery books, including English Food and Good Things and also featured in the book Figures in a Wiltshire Scene by Ken Watts, who mentions that the poet Edward Thomas was taught to make hay ropes here.
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