7 bedroom detached house for saleCold Ashton, Chippenham, Wiltshire
- Cold Ashton Manor
- Ground floor: Entrance hall | Drawing room | Sitting room | Dining room | Study | Kitchen/breakfast room | Pantry Larder | Utility room | Cloakroom | Rear hall | Playroom
- First floor: Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and dressing room | 2 further bedrooms | Bathroom
- Second floor: 4 bedrooms | Bathroom | Shower room | Linen cupboards
- First floor staff flat: Kitchen | Living room | 2 bedrooms | Bathroom
- Court House
- Kitchen / breakfast room | Living room | Sitting room | Utility room | Boot room | WC
- 3 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms
- Traditional barn | Estate office | Stores | Triple garage | Stables | Pool house complex
- Mature formal gardens and grounds | Productive kitchen garden | Outdoor heated swimming pool |
Cold Ashton Manor is a grand yet manageable house, extending to about 8,990 sq ft, constructed of stone, part-rendered with prominent quoins under a stone slate roof. The Manor is arranged in a classic 'U' plan with two gabled wings around a recessed centre and faces south east, with glorious uninterrupted views over St Catherine's Valley.
The Manor sits back from the village lane with a driveway leading into a traditional stone-built courtyard with a barn, garaging, stabling, stores, home office and farmhouse. The principal parking area lies to the front of the house with access to the front door through an ornate early 17th century stone gateway across the
There are outstanding historical features throughout the house, typical of a traditional Cotswold manor house including; ovolo mullions, bolection moulding, richly carved doors and screens, ornate architraving, decorative plaster frieze and arched stone fireplaces.
The principal rooms lie either side of the panelled hall, with a large drawing room, sitting room, study and dining room being most prominent. The dining room adjoins the kitchen with an open plan breakfast room. The pantry, larder and utility rooms are ideally located around these rooms with a further cloakroom nearby. The playroom lies off the rear hall, as does the staircase to the staff flat.
The panelled master bedroom suite occupies nearly half of the first floor with an en-suite bathroom and large dressing room / changing area. There are two further bedrooms, both well-appointed with a shared bathroom. The second floor has four bedrooms, a bathroom and a shower room.
With independent access from the rear hall, the staff flat comprises a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
Situated on the north side of the courtyard, Court House is an attractive Grade II listed farmhouse constructed of stone under a slate roof with 17th century origins. Court House is a substantial secondary dwelling, ideal for dependent relatives, overflow guest accommodation or rental income.
Constructed of stone elevations under a slate roof, the property extends to about 1,600 sq ft and comprises a dining room, sitting room, utility room, kitchen / breakfast room, boot room and WC on the ground floor. On the first floor are three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Cold Ashton Manor is the pre-eminent house in the historical village of Cold Ashton, located on the southern edge of the Cotswolds and about 6 miles north of the City of Bath. The Manor occupies a central position in this attractive village, with far reaching views to the south over St Catherine's Valley, a renowned area of great natural beauty. Cold Ashton is also a Conservation Area.
Cold Ashton is 3 miles from the village shops of Marshfield and only 6 miles from the City of Bath with its world famous Roman baths and first class shopping and leisure facilities. There are a wide variety of restaurants in Bath, many with excellent reviews. Bath is a cultural hub in the region and boasts a number of renowned venues including the Royal Crescent Hotel, Theatre Royal, the notable Holbourne Museum and art gallery and the Assembly Rooms amongst many others. It also hosts the annual Bath Festival in early summer and the popular Mozartfest in the autumn.
There are a number of highly respected schools in the area, including Prior Park, Monkton Combe, King Edward's, The Royal High School for Kingswood. Other notable schools nearby include Millfield at Street, St Mary's at Calne, Badminton and Clifton College at Bristol. Cheltenham and Marlborough are also within one hour's drive. Bath also has two excellent universities.
Communication links are excellent with the M4 motorway (Junction 18) being about 4 miles to the north, providing easy access to London, Bristol, the South West and the Midlands via the M5 motorway and the wider national motorway network.
The main railway line runs east to London Paddington and can be taken from Chippenham (from 75 minutes) or Bath Spa (from 90 minutes). Bristol Parkway (14 miles) provides further services north and west. Bristol Airport is 18 miles away, providing regular international and domestic flights.
The principal outbuildings surround the courtyard to the west of the Manor House. Adjoining Court House is an estate office with WC and two store rooms.
The Grade II listed barn (59' x 39') is constructed of stone under a slate roof and dates from 1810 with later alterations and additions. The barn also provides four loose boxes with associated stores and tack room.
The extensive garaging is predominantly in a detached block with three secure bays and ancillary store rooms.
Beyond the courtyard and to the northwest of the house is the pool house with changing facilities, a shower room, cloakroom and a kitchen. Additionally there are other machinery and garden stores around the property.
Gardens and grounds
Few houses enjoy such a spectacular setting as Cold Ashton Manor with wonderful, far-reaching
views over the beautiful St Catherine's Valley to the south. St Catherine's Valley is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and provides a remarkable backdrop to the house, gardens and grounds of Cold Ashton Manor.
The gardens themselves are typical of a traditional Cotswold manor with a balance of spectacular formal gardens, swathes of flat lawns enclosed by traditional Cotswold stone walls, a productive vegetable garden with heated greenhouses, an adjoining orchard and paddocks.
Some of the stone garden walls and gateways are particularly special and are listed as a result. These historical walls and arched gateways, the nature of the established gardens and a variety of mature specimen trees all serve to enhance the magical feel of this beautiful property.
Of note is the very pretty lawn courtyard garden to the front of the house which flanks a stone flagged path and steps leading up to the front door. A climbing Magnolia, creeper and Lavender, Rosemary and floral borders provide a remarkable setting for the elegant south-facing front façade.
The main lawns lie to the north of the house, enclosed by high stone walls with colourful and varied floral borders including a particularly pretty Peony bed. There is a stunning walkway lined with Roses and Yew topiary, interspersed with various perennial shrubs and bushes. This walkway was designed to align with garden gateways and the doorway of the house, creating a wonderful symmetry and vista down through the gardens from the house. The swimming pool lies to the west of the house with a stone wall enclosure clad with climbing roses and creeper. The pool house complex faces south with wonderful views over the valley to the south.
A large paddock adjoins the property to the north west.
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