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8 bedroom detached house for sale

Woolstone, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52

Guide Price £3,000,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Beautiful Cotswold Village Location
  • Five Reception Rooms
  • Eight Bedrooms
  • Four Bath/Shower Rooms
  • Four Holiday Cottages within the Grounds
  • 1.9 Acres of Formal Gardens
  • Stunning Views
  • Six Miles from Cheltenham
  • Period Home but not Listed

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

An exquisite detached Rectory set within the most beautiful Cotswold village with extensive gardens and four cottages


Old Rectory is a Victorian house built in about 1896 to replace the original, more modest, residence that was destroyed by fire. It has been built on a grand scale to satisfy the tastes of the wealthy Canadian wife of the rector, who was the youngest son of the Earl of Coventry. Sadly, she died before the house was finished and the rector elected to live in a smaller house nearby. The house was let by the church until it was sold in the 1950’s. It was used to run a successful business incorporating a licensed wedding venue and bed and breakfast with holiday cottages until bought by the current owners who have returned the house into a comfortable family home.
Old Rectory is built of stone construction with a slate roof, with stone chimneys and mullioned windows. Approached via stone steps through large double doors into a vestibule. The reception hall has oak flooring and a stone fireplace. The large staircase hall provides access to all the reception rooms. The drawing room has fantastic proportions with an ornate fireplace. There are fantastic views from this part of the house. The spacious dining room is at the front of the house and has wood flooring with a large fireplace. A light hallway that leads to the kitchen. The kitchen is a real focal point of Old rectory, with flagstone floors, under floor heating and an impressive vaulted ceiling. The Chalon units include a central island a 4-oven gas-fired Aga, two sinks and a separate oven and hob. There are double doors at each end of the room, one leading to the courtyard garden surrounded by dry stone walls and flanked by mature trees in the bank, the other leading to a courtyard with a feature fountain. The extensive cellars are accessed from the hall and provide a large area for storage. Elsewhere downstairs, there is a study with views to the front of the house, a spacious laundry room, utility room and boot room/WC, close to the back door. There is also a formal cloakroom accessed from the staircase hall.

The oak staircase rises to the large landing on the first floor. The master bedroom has a marble fireplace and views to the west over rolling countryside. This links through to a dressing room with open fronted cupboards and shelving, through to an en suite bathroom with roll top bath, double length shower, wash basin and WC. Bedroom 2 also has impressive proportions and a marble fireplace, leading through to an en suite bathroom. Bedrooms 3, 4 and 5 are all good sizes and share a family shower room and WC. Bedroom 6 could also be used as a gymnasium or music room. There is a linen cupboard on the
main landing.

Stairs to the second floor are found behind a wooden door. There are 2 bedrooms (one of which is panelled) and a bathroom on this floor, as well as a storage room.

Please see the floor plan for a detailed layout of the accommodation.

There are four attractive cottages, built of red brick and stone construction with corrugated tile roofs. Arranged around a paved courtyard and ample parking away from the main house

Dodsley Cottage: this comprises a hall, a sitting room, kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom.

Coventry Cottage: this comprises a hall, a sitting room, dining room and kitchen upstairs, with two bedrooms (one with en suite shower room) and a bathroom downstairs.

Appleby Cottage: this comprises a hall, a sitting room, dining room and kitchen upstairs, with two bedrooms (one with en suite shower room) and a bathroom downstairs.

Pindar Cottage: this comprises a sitting room/kitchen, with stairs rising to two bedrooms and a bathroom (bath, WC and wash basin).

This is a unique country property with plenty of versatility, considerable space and privacy, all nestling a few miles from Cheltenham and Tewkesbury, with far reaching views to the west.

Old Rectory lies in the charming village of Woolstone, situated close to Gotherington in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Gotherington offers an excellent primary school, pub and local village store/post office. More extensive amenities can be found in Bishops Cleeve and Cheltenham, about three and six miles away respectively.
The Spa town of Cheltenham offers a wide range of shopping and leisure facilities, along with an exceptional choice of schools including: The Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Cheltenham College, St Edwards and Dean Close. Further afield, Wycliffe in Stroud and Rendcombe College near Cirencester are well renowned.
Cheltenham is also home to the well known literary, cricket and music festivals. The famous racecourse plays host to the Gold Cup every year, amongst other race meetings. The area has several golf courses, horse racing opportunities, including polo at Cirencester Park and the Cotswold Water Park at South Cerney.
Old Rectory is well located for communication with easy access to the M5 and train services from Cheltenham Spa and Evesham stations to London Paddington. Birmingham and Bristol airports are 52 and 58 miles respectively.

The imposing splendour of Old Rectory is apparent from first sight, its private and unique setting evokes such charm. It is approached along a tarmac drive from the village, opening to a gravel area with a turning circle at the front of the house. The gardens at Old Rectory lie predominantly to the west of the property. Flanked by a bank on one side and mature trees to the other, the gardens have many interesting features including an ornamental pond and wooden latticed folly. There is also a working vegetable garden. The views from the gardens to the west overlook grassland beyond.

Of worthy note, Old Rectory is not listed.
All EPCs for the cottages are held in the office, for further informaiton please call.

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Added on Rightmove:
25 September 2018

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