6 bedroom semi-detached house for saleKingswood, Gloucestershire
- Historic house
- Close to local amenities
- Three reception rooms
- Fantastic period features throughout
- Enclosed courtyard
- EPC Exempt
A BRIEF HISTORY: The word "unique" is sometimes used to describe the look or character of a special property and sometimes the building does not actually warrant this tag. New Inn House, however, truly is a unique property.
Recent research by English Heritage and extensive dendrochronology tests suggest that the original L-shaped house dates from around 1495. At this time the property was the lodging house for visitors to Kingswood Abbey. The property was extended to include a double storey in the angle of the "L" in 1518.
With the Abbey Gatehouse the house is believed to be all that survived of the Abbey at the Dissolution of the monasteries. How it managed to survive is a mystery and is remarkable as no other lodging house remains in such a complete state.
Run as an inn for the majority of its life, the property has welcomed guests for centuries. Much of the recent history has come from a resident of Kingswood whose parents ran the inn in the 1940s and '50s. The present drawing room was the ladies' bar, with the dining room used as the men's "kitchen". The inn had a hatch for off-licence sales known as the Jug and Bottle and an etched glass panel to this effect remains in the inner door. Until the 1960s the New Inn was one of eight public houses in Kingswood serving the workers at the many mills in and around the village. During and after the Second World War the landlady cooked and sold 200 portions of faggots and peas every Saturday to patrons and as "takeaways".
The New Inn formerly had extensive grounds, an orchard, stables and its own brewery but the land and other properties were sold in the 1880s and Kingswood Primary School was built on the land.
AS IT STANDS TODAY: The property is laid out over three floors.
On the ground floor the property is entered from Wotton Road. The impressive hall breaks to the right where is found the formal Dining Room and one of the many original open fireplaces. The room has an engineered oak-boarded floor and looks out over the rear courtyard with a sash window with original shutters to the front.
To the left of the hall is the Drawing Room. This grand reception room has another beautiful stone fireplace with wood-burning stove and sash windows with shutters to the front and two side windows. The partial parquet flooring has been retained contributing to the period charm of this room.
The kitchen with further living space is to the rear of the property. Mixing old and new, the large L-shaped room forms an ideal space for living and entertaining comprising a reception/seating area, an informal dining area and a modern fitted kitchen. There is a utility room in the far corner and the largest of the fireplaces with a wood-burning stove. Windows overlook the Abbey Leat to one side and a window and half-glazed door open onto one of the courtyards.
A rear hall with a cloakroom and a glazed door to the courtyard completes the accommodation on the ground floor.
THE FIRST FLOOR The staircase leads to a spacious landing from which opens bedrooms one, two, three and a further passage.
The upstairs accommodation is particularly impressive. Five of the bedrooms are very good-sized doubles, two with en-suite bathrooms. The master suite is particularly to be noted for its large fireplace, dressing room and en-suite bathroom. It also has a built-in spice cupboard dating from the 1600s.
Bedrooms two and three currently share access to a Jack and Jill en-suite bathroom. Beyond bedroom three lies another large bright room with dual aspect windows. This room was used as a kitchen/diner forming part of an integral apartment. Listed building consent has been granted to create an en-suite shower-room for bedroom two with room for a dressing-room. It could however be used as another bedroom or study if required.
Bedrooms four and five and a bathroom are approached via a separate hall with fireplace and a window overlooking the courtyard. Both are of attractive proportions and the second room leads to a smaller room at the front which could be a further bedroom or study.
THE SECOND FLOOR Accessed via a door and staircase from the main landing. The attic space spans the entire "L" of the building and shows the beautiful chamfered and stopped oak timbers with wind braces and original carpenter's marks.
OUTSIDE A secluded and bright courtyard wraps its way around the South side of the building. Mature plants and shrubs and two water features create a tranquil setting. The garage is a large single with double doors on both sides and has power and light.
A further single garage is available under a separate lease.
With a rich history and abundant original features New Inn House mixes period charm with modern living comforts. You need to view this property to fully appreciate what is on offer in this hugely attractive family home.
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