7 bedroom detached house for saleTurkdean, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
- Reception hall, drawing room, family office, library, kitchen/breakfast room, sitting room, games room, utility and boot room, laundry, cellar and wine store
- Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and dressing room, six further double bedrooms (three en-suite), two further bath/shower rooms
- Annexe currently used as office and workshop with cloakroom
- Gym, garden store, two stables and tack room, four bay garage
- Landscaped gardens with a stream, orchard, paddocks and woodland
Willowbrook House, constructed of Cotswold stone under a Cotswold stone tile roof, is Listed Grade II and is believe to date from the late 17th Century. The main facade is particularly attractive with stone mullioned windows and two dormer windows.
The property has been extensively refurbished, remodelled and extended over the last five years and is now presented to the highest possible standard, using the highest quality materials and the most modern technology.
The works have included total refurbishment of the roof of the house with old Cotswold stone tiles, the installation of totally new plumbing and heating systems, installation of new bathrooms, new doors and windows with high quality hardwood, the most modern integral music system, wiring throughout for Wi-Fi and decorated to an exceptional standard.
The house sits in an idyllic position in a particularly sought after and enchanting small valley with a stream running through its gardens and grounds. This romantic wooded valley, which has a small collection of very pretty Cotswold houses, is a haven for wildlife and throughout the year provides a classic 'old English scene' with sheep grazing on either side of the valley.
In addition to the house, the gardens have been totally re-landscaped and extended. Much of the garden has intricate lighting hidden within the shrubs and picking out specimen trees.
The accommodation throughout the house is extremely well laid out with a substantial oak front door leading to the reception hall, off which are the three main reception rooms including the family office, the drawing room and the library. The reception rooms all have doors leading out to the garden. The drawing room being more intimate with painted panelled walls and the library having extensive fitted bookcases with a substantial television and surround sound system.
From the reception hall, steps lead to the kitchen with an oak floor and a well planned out kitchen. This is a full height room with a four oven electric Aga and two oven gas hob. The painted oak units include leather lined drawers, concealed bins, and double stainless steel sinks with a stainless steel worktop. The room is heated by under floor heating, backed up with radiators and a wood burning 'pizza' oven and also benefits from Lutron lighting providing "moods". Two pairs of double doors lead out to the garden courtyard.
Leading on from the kitchen is a sitting room with a full surround sound system and doors to the garden. The utility room has under floor heating with Miele fridge freezer and second dishwasher and stairs leading down to the lower ground floor. This has a storage room, which could be used as a cinema or gym, with a wine cellar and a strong room and the laundry room with two washing machines and a tumble drier with a circulating air system throughout the basement. Beyond the utility room is the boot room with a playroom beyond.
Stairs rise from the reception hall to the first floor landing giving access to the master bedroom and the principal guest bedroom. The master bedroom has en en-suite bathroom with bath, large shower, twin basins, WC, under floor heating and heated towel rail. Off the master bedroom is a dressing room with an extensive range of fully fitted and lined cupboards. Bedroom two is a substantial guest bedroom, again with an en-suite bathroom. Stairs rise to the second floor which is ideal for children and teenagers. Bedroom three has an en-suite bathroom and also a play room off, whilst bedroom four is a single room with an en-suite lavatory and a fitted shower room just off the landing.
From the sitting room, stairs rise to bedroom five which is a full height double bedroom with doors out to its own private terrace and an en-suite shower room. The playroom stairs lead to two further double bedrooms and a living room, with a shower room below.
Willowbrook House is situated in the delightful hamlet of Lowerdean which is below and within the Conservation Area of the village of Turkdean, about 2 miles from Northleach.
The house is situated about two miles from the A40 which gives easy access to Oxford (about 30 miles) and then onto the M40 to London. Cheltenham is about 10 miles distant, giving easy access to the M5 (about 13 miles away) with excellent communications to Birmingham and the South West.
The small town of Northleach has a number of extremely good shops providing for everyday needs including a chemist, Post office, wine bar, grocers, bakers, butchers and the renowned pub, The Wheatsheaf. The larger market towns of Cirencester (11 miles) and Stow on the Wold (8 miles) provide more extensive shopping and recreation facilities.
There is very good access to London via rail with a mainline station at Kingham (about 11 miles distant) providing regular services to London Paddington, taking from 85 minutes.
The surrounding area is well known for recreational facilities including hunting with the Cotswold, Heythrop or VWH Hunt; golf courses at Burford, Broadway and Naunton; racing at Cheltenham, Stratford upon Avon and Warwick and the well known Opera Festivals held nearby in Longborough. The area also provides delightful walking and riding in some of the most beautiful countryside in the Cotswolds.
There is an excellent choice of schools nearby including Cheltenham College and Cheltenham Ladies College, Kitebrook at Moreton in Marsh, The Dragon, Summer Fields and St Edward's at Oxford, Radley College at Abingdon, Tudor Hall near Banbury and many other good local schools.
Situated across the gravel driveway is the annexe which is currently used as an office/workshop. There is a separate room at one end with sliding doors at the other end of the cloakroom. Subject to planning and small change of layout, this could be used as a cottage to provide an extremely comfortable one bedroom cottage with sitting room, kitchenette and shower room. Beyond there is a garden store.
Gardens and grounds
The gardens and grounds of Willowbrook House are a particular feature. The delightful small stream trickles down the valley through the gardens, forming the centrepiece to the garden.
The present owners have greatly enhanced the garden whilst still retaining the many original Cotswold stone walls and small enclaves which gives it such charm. On the south eastern side of the house there is a stone terrace with steps leading down to the main lawn with well stocked herbaceous and shrub borders surrounding this.
A gateway leads through to a small orchard which leads on to a substantial area of woodland containing many native trees, especially beech. Here there is a great opportunity for an owner to create a woodland garden or just to enjoy the beauty of the woodland itself.
On the south western side of the house there is a delightful garden which is viewed from the kitchen/breakfast room and also provides the approach to the main front door.
At the north western end there is a stone building providing a gym with a small block of stables and tack room.
The house looks down the valley over its land and woodland, which bounds a small country lane on both sides. Behind the house there is a bank rising up providing not only grazing for sheep but also a haven for wildlife, with many mature specimen trees and more native shrubs growing in the garden to the north of the house, bounding the stream. On the other side of the lane there are two fields providing extremely good grazing, both of which can be viewed from the house and so leading to the enjoyment of Willowbrook House.
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