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4 bedroom detached house for sale

Gatcombe, Gatcombe, Gloucestershire

Sold STC £500,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Drawing Room, Dining Room
  • Kitchen, Boot Room, Pantry
  • Sitting room, Study/Office
  • 4/5 Bedrooms
  • 2 En-Suites plus Family Bathroom
  • Double Garage, Workshop & Wood Store

Full description

Drakes Houses is in the sleepy hamlet of Gatcombe, an historic port on the banks of the river Severn, in the Forest of Dean. At the end of a no through road, surrounded by woods and fields. The hamlet consists of 5 houses, although its situation is extremely rural, it is only 3 miles from the local town of Lydney with its rail transport connections. It is just 1.2 miles through the lanes to the main road of the A48 with access to the M5 Cheltenham, Gloucester, Worcester and Birmingham, or the M4 to Cardiff, South Wales, Bristol, Swindon and beyond. As well as the M5 going south to Taunton and Exeter.

The four bedroom house was originally an inn (built circa 1525 ) to serve the very busy river traffic. A wonderfully historic house as the name suggests, with magnificent views across the river Severn to the south Cotswolds and Peter Scots wildlife and wetland trust, up river to Gloucester and down river to Sharpness and the Severn estuary. This is a unique house with some rare and old archaeological features like plank and muntin walls and a large inglenook fireplace with the remains of a bread oven. Peace and relaxation abounds as well as safe location and manageable garden, so you can enjoy family rural pursuits, as well as being able to recharge your batteries.

The location has an excellent broadband connection so working from home is extremely easy, if needed.

The only way to appreciate the full value Drakes House is to come and see it.

On the ground floor are the principal reception rooms with a Drawing Room featuring oak flooring and a wood burning stove and the Dining Room which contains a lovely stone inglenook with a 7 foot wide opening and the remains of a bread oven. The remainder of the ground floor is taken up with a well equipped galley kitchen containing an oil-fired Aga, pantry room and an extremely useful boot room/utility.

An oak spiral staircase leads you on to the first floor which contains the Master Bedroom suite with two walk-in wardrobes and an en-suite shower room. There is a further bedroom currently in use as a study and large landing/study. Of particular note on this floor is the Sitting Room with door leading on to an extensive decking taking full advantage of the views across the railway lines to the estuary and beyond.

On the second floor is the Guest Bedroom suite with en-suite bathroom, two further double bedrooms, family bathroom and a Sitting Room. Each of these rooms enjoys an outlook across the estuary.

HISTORICAL NOTE
The beautiful, unspoilt riverside hamlet of Gatcombe is situated under a mile off the A48 just 13 miles from Chepstow and the Severn Bridge. It was once a busy small port, there was at least one dwelling here by 1495, and in 1583 it was a hamlet of six or seven houses, as it remains today. The house originally became known as Drake's House local folk lore, recorded only from the late 19th century, that Sir Francis Drake visited Gatcombe, and may have stayed here. In 1763 the house was probably the inn called the Gatcombe Boat, by 1792 it was certainly an inn, known then and in the 1830s as The Sloop. It remained open as the Sloop inn in 1879 but closed before 1901. Drake's House dates from c.1600 with ' two floors with attics'. It was later raised to make a full third storey. The ground floor may originally have been used for storage, and the upper floors are reached by a newel stair next to the main doorway. The plan of the upper floors is a large central room with one or two smaller rooms at each end. All the internal walls are of well-finished plank and muntin.

The property is approached over long gravel drive to a parking area and the three bay CARPORT and WORKSHOP which conveniently links back in to the house. To the front of the house is an attractive flagstone courtyard and decked terrace ideal for outside dining and entertaining. The principal garden area is very much in a cottage style, with lawn surrounded by deep borders well planted to provide seasonal colour and aromas. There are several places to sit and enjoy the wonderful To the far end is a timber love seat well positioned to enjoy the view back towards the property with the estuary beyond. Rustic steps to the rear take you up to the highest point of the plot where one can fully maximise the most stunning of outlooks. Leading off the rear of the workshop is an enclosed dog run and kennel.

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