3 bedroom detached house for sale

Adlestrop, Gloucestershire

Sold STC £580,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Detached Family Home
  • Approximately Three Quarters of an Acre
  • Picturesque and Rural Position
  • Master Bedroom with En-Suite
  • Extended and Modernised
  • Double Garage
  • Garden
  • Parking

Full description

This former Station Master's house has been substantially extended and modernised by the current owners to create a well-proportioned family home. The property occupies a picturesque and rural position with the river Evenlode meandering through its grounds, which extend to approximately three quarters of an acre. The detached property also boasts a tree lined driveway and double garage and children's play area.

Station House is a detached Victorian property with a renowned history. Built in 1854, it served as home to the stationmaster at Adlestrop for over a century until Beeching's infamous purge of rural rail networks during the 1960s when the station was finally closed. Other than the serendipitous geography of its position - tucked neatly between road, rail and river, looking out over pasture fields on the border of two Cotswold counties - those who lived there might have thought it unremarkable but for Edward Thomas, the First World War poet, who would forever immortalize the station in verse.

Yes. I remember Adlestrop-
The name, because one afternoon
Of heat the express-train drew up there
Unwontedly. It was late June.

The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat.
No one left and no one came
On the bare platform. What I saw
Was Adlestrop-only the name

And willows, willow-herb, and grass,
And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,
No whit less still and lonely fair
Than the high cloudlets in the sky.

And for that minute a blackbird sang
Close by, and round him, mistier,
Farther and farther, all the birds
Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

A century on again from this delightful description, stationmaster and poet might be hard put to recognise the house today.

Life and the railway have changed immeasurably, of course - no steam, no stop, a second or two's blast of streamlined carriages en-route to London and gone again - though there are still cows grazing in the opposite field and the adjacent shallow river hosts a teaming wildlife: small brown trout, some chub, the odd pike and a generous stock of crayfish, an elusive otter or two, swans and thirsty deer, and at the bottom of the garden chicken pens and compost heaps, just as there ever was.

But the once square little two-up-two-down redbrick cottage (unassuming but pretty, of course, and solidly built to befit its rigorous engineering heritage) has been gloriously transformed over the last few years into a much larger, bright and beautiful, fabulously individual family home.

Situated just off the road from Stow on the Wold to Chipping Norton, Station House enjoys a high degree of natural privacy, surrounded by fields and tucked in beneath the railway bridge, almost out of sight from passers-by. Standing in grounds of approximately three quarters of an acre (some of which is left to field, used and maintained by the neighbouring farmer), it is approached by a long driveway that leads onto a turning circle, with an attractive oak-framed detached double garage to one side.

Comprehensively renovated in 2007, the house retains plenty of period detail and charm. Two Victorian front rooms and the bedrooms above remain much as they once were, working fireplaces intact and brass doorknobs even bearing the GWR insignia, but beyond is a large new extension running the width and height of the original house, transforming it completely.

Upstairs, the characteristic sloping eaves of the original cottage have been replicated seamlessly, with extended accommodation now providing three generous double bedrooms and two bathrooms - plenty for a family and friends to stay. The piece-de-resistance, however, is unquestionably the kitchen / living room.

Running the breadth of the house, cheerful and welcoming, under-floor heated, luxurious and open-plan, providing ample relaxation with a brace of cosy sofas to one side and a copious range of beautiful oak kitchen units to the other (divided solely by a central island console), it is flooded with light from all sides. Double doors open out to enjoy far-reaching views across the neighbouring countryside, an eminently sociable space but equally a complete retreat from the busyness of modern life beyond.

Outside, the picturesque front garden is laid mainly to gravelled paths and formal beds bordered by a low, gently flowing river (perfect for a spot of fishing if required). To the rear a sweeping landscaped garden is a children's paradise with plenty of places to roam and play, with a woodland glade at the far end occupied by chickens (a benign trespass onto land that is technically owned by Rail Track but for which it now has no use and can be formalised by licence if required for a peppercorn annual rent).

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15 September 2016

Nearest stations

  • Kingham (2.6 mi)
  • Moreton-in-Marsh (4.3 mi)
  • Shipton (5.6 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

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Nearest stations

  • Kingham (2.6 mi)
  • Moreton-in-Marsh (4.3 mi)
  • Shipton (5.6 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Fine & Country Harrison James & Hardie , Moreton In Marsh

High Street, Moreton-In-Marsh, GL56 0AF

01608 653893 Local call rate

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