7 bedroom detached house for saleWells Road, Minchinhampton, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6
Under Offer £1,850,000
- Main House: Drawing room
- wonderful kitchen/breakfast room opening to garden/family room
- dining room
- utility/boot room
- master suite
- guest suite
- four further bedrooms
- two further shower rooms
Forwood Farm is a charming and beautifully appointed 17th century farmhouse. It occupies a superb escarpment position and enjoys a stunning valley vista over its own land to the front. The house is blessed with a plethora of period features and exudes charm and character throughout. As the house is not listed, the current owners were able to make some sympathetic extensions and reconfigure the accommodation to make the ideal family house for children of any age. The house was also fully renovated which has helped to seamlessly link the 'old and new'. High quality antique and period features were installed where possible to give the house a real identity and originality from top to bottom. The extensive renovations included a complete re-roofing, re-wiring and plumbing as well as the installation of wooden double glazed, box sash windows and under floor heating to some rooms. The rear extension helped to create an amazing 'heart of the home' in the kitchen/breakfast/family room. This room is split over two levels, giving real interest to this space and with windows or doors to every side, the room is also incredibly light. The bespoke wooden kitchen complete with four oven Aga and under floor heating adds a touch of luxury. The two main reception rooms have great views and either an open fire or wood-burner as well as wooden floors. The utility/boot room is located purposefully away from the main reception rooms and has access to the rear terrace. The bedroom accommodation has been used in a number of different ways during their occupation and allows a flexible layout as there are two staircases. All bedrooms are beautifully refurbished with many double aspect rooms with fine views. The first floor provides five bedrooms all of unique character with either existing or reinstalled charming period features. The main suite enjoys the beautiful valley views and tranquil situation and has both a dressing room and en-suite bathroom. The top floor has either an alternative master suite or luxurious guest accommodation with a generous bedroom with exposed beams and en-suite bathroom with dressing area. This floor also has a hobby room which would make an ideal study, kids den or further bedroom.
The property is situated just under half a mile from the beautiful market town of Minchinhampton. Minchinhampton has a range of independent amenities including delicatessens, butchers, coffee shops, tea rooms, chemists, doctors, restaurants, an organic dairy, a useful small supermarket and further facilities. The property is situated on an escarpment position enjoying beautiful views over the surrounding Cotswold valleys with the rear of the house enjoying a westerly orientation making the most of the evening sun. The nearby market town of Nailsworth offers a wider selection of shops, bars and amenities with both Stroud and Cirencester also being within reach. The communication links are also excellent with Kemble Station offering high speed train links to London Paddington in 90 minutes and the A419 linking through to the M4 either at Junction 18 for Bath or Junction 17 for Malmesbury. Schooling is also a big pull for this area with both Wycliffe College and Beaudesert Park School being popular choices for local families. Minchinhampton itself offers excellent primary education.
The property is accessed via double opening electric gates which lead in turn onto the driveway with parking for a number of cars and then onto the garage complex. The detached garage complex was formerly three integrated garages but has subsequently been turned into a workshop, single garage and double stables. These could be reconfigured to provide more garaging if need be. A side door leads up an independent staircase to the top floor which is an open plan studio which offers an excellent opportunity for independent income or alternative uses, subject to planning. The majority of the formal gardens are situated within a wonderful dry stone wall and have been landscaped to make the most of the afternoon and evening sun. The gardens have a range of well stocked herbaceous borders and mature trees including silver birch, flowering cherry and hazel. The well stocked sweeping border leads down to the generous patio area which flows and opens from the family room making this an ideal outdoor seating area. This is completely private and has a westerly orientation. There is a further sunken terrace as well as various seating areas throughout the grounds. A beautiful Cotswold dressed arch leads from the formal gardens via the herb bed into the rear orchard, which contains a variety of fruit trees, then on to the paddock beyond. The paddock is currently split into two sections and has some mature trees surrounding the border. The rear garden has vehicular access from the main driveway via a series of five bar gates allowing easy maintenance of both the land and animals.
The property also owns the paddock opposite the house on the other side of the lane effectively controlling and owning its view. This has an independent five bar gate and would make excellent additional grazing.
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