6 bedroom detached house for saleThe Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50
- Substantial villa, combining classical elegance with modern comfort
- Located on The Park, with open views to front and rear
- Extensive two-storey accommodation
- Versatile living space currently arranged as six en suite bedrooms
- Lovely grounds of about 0.75 acres
- Swimming pool and tennis court
- Potential internal annexe
- Parking and double garage
- EPC Rating = C
Possibly the finest home in Cheltenham – a multi-award winning classical villa, set in private grounds close to the town centre.
The Park is arguably the best address in Cheltenham. It is a tree-lined avenue, shaped as a teardrop surrounding former pleasure gardens. The neighbouring houses are mostly substantial detached classical villas. Located just to the south of the town centre, the location combines excellent access to the town and its facilities, with the peace and tranquillity of a semi-rural environment.
Cheltenham is known as one of the most complete Regency towns in England and historically the original and most fashionable spa. Less than a hundred miles from London it nestles beautifully between the Cotswold Hills and the Wye Valley, and is home to numerous prestigious schools including Cheltenham College, Cheltenham Ladies College, Dean Close and Pates Grammar which recently topped the national GCSE schools league table.
Now a highly sought after place to live (voted the number 1 place in the United Kingdom to bring up a family by the Telegraph early in 2015), the town is well known for its grand houses set amongst formal avenues and beautiful garden squares.
There are several Michelin starred restaurants in the vicinity, numerous bars, stylish shops and galleries. For art and history lovers there is The Wilson, Cheltenham’s newly refurbished art museum, whilst Cheltenham also has a thriving cultural scene that includes two concert halls and three theatres. There are the numerous festivals such as The Wychwood Festival, the festivals of literature, science, food and drink and, perhaps the pinnacle for some, the jazz festival, which has historically attracted such known performers as Van Morrison, Jamie Cullum and Jools Holland.
Undoubtedly for many more, the highlight of the year is the annual racing festival culminating with the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the blue riband event of the national hunt calendar, and an attraction that draws over 250,000 visitors to the town year after year.
45 The Park is a wonderful, light-filled modern villa, in arguably the finest address in Cheltenham. Constructed about 10 years ago, the house was built to exacting requirements by the sellers, with extensive accommodation and outstanding attention to detail.
The two-storey accommodation extends to about 6,590 square feet and includes versatile and flexible living accommodation with the benefit of what could become an internal annexe for staff or extended family.
Designed by Hugh Petter at Adam Architecture, a leading architectural practice specialising in classical and traditional architecture, the house is characterised by the sparing use of classical detailing, particularly evident at the pillared entrance. Notable features include a top-lit cantilevered stone staircase, the circular dining room, and an octagonal sitting room and an octagonal master bedroom above.
The accommodation is arranged for convenient and comfortable family living, despite its scale. Accessed from the wonderful reception hall, the library, drawing room and sitting room all interconnect with a further connecting door to the kitchen and breakfast room.
On the first floor are five double bedrooms, including an octagonal master bedroom with a fully fitted dressing room, and an extraordinary en suite bathroom. The remaining bedrooms all feature en suite bath or wet rooms and there is also a first floor laundry room.
The eastern wing of the house, above and to the rear of the garage, comprises a ground floor bedroom with en suite shower room, a utility room and changing facilities. Above is a large cinema/games room and a study / bedroom 7 with a further shower room. This area of the house could be adapted as a self-contained annexe.
The main living areas face south over the gardens and all open onto a large and sunny terrace.
The rear garden is one of the largest in the town and is remarkable for its privacy. It faces south and comprises a wide paved area, ideal for al fresco entertainment, that surrounds a heated swimming pool with automatically controlled safety cover. Beyond is a significant lawn area flanked by mature trees and shrubs and beyond which is an all-weather fenced tennis court. The approach is secluded from the road by mature trees, with vehicular access in to a sweeping gravelled driveway providing parking space for numerous vehicles leading to a double garage.
The Park (extract from Pevsners Buildings of England)
“The Park Estate itself (originally in Leckhampton Parish) was bought in 1831 by the solicitor Thomas Billings, and laid out in 1833-34, probably by S W Daukes, as an oval, tree lined carriage drive enclosing a central park, which for a short time became a zoological garden. The whole scheme is reminiscent of Regents Park in London. A crescent of villas was proposed in the north east segment of the central park, with further detached villas all round the outer perimeter. Several of the latter must have been built by 1839, when the zoo enterprise failed and the estate was sold to Daukes, who developed the centre as public pleasure grounds, while continuing the ring of outer villas. Though eight of these have gone, the general integrity of the scheme can still be appreciated, with the University of Gloucestershire now filling some of the central gardens.”
45 The Park has won several awards, including the Georgian Group's Giles Worsley Architectural Award 2008 for a 'New Building in a Georgian Context' ; and Best Architecture (single unit) in the Daily Mail Property Awards in 2008. It has featured in a number of books and magazines.
Services: Mains water, electricity, gas and drainage. Gas fired central heating.
Local Authority: Cheltenham Borough Council www.cheltenham.gov.uk. Tel: 01242 262626.
Viewing: Strictly by appointment via the Sole Agents Savills (01242 548000 or 020 7016 3780).
Square Footage: 6,590 sq ft
Acreage: 0.75 Acres
From Imperial Gardens, head south on The Promenade past the Queens Hotel. At the roundabout, outside The Ivy, take the second exit on to Suffolk Square. At the traffic lights head straight over on to Park Place and continue to the mini roundabout with Moorend Park Road. Take the second exit and number 45 is found after a short distance on the left.
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