Manor Farmhouse is located on the edge of the hugely popular Cotswolds village of Sherston with outstanding, uninterrupted views to the South-West. Positioned in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the property benefits from the pretty, undulating rural scenery anda wonderful network of local walks, whilst also enjoying all the benefits of a thriving village with its highly regarded pub (The Rattlebone), excellent village shop and post office, wine shop, primary school and doctors' surgery. The prosperous towns of Tetbury and Malmesbury are nearby with Cirencester, Bath, Chippenham and Bristol only a little further afield. Tetbury is a desirable and traditional market town well known for its m17th and 18th Century architecture. Although the town is noted for its antiques and boutique shops, there are a wide range of shopping facilities including delicatessen, bakery, butcher and two supermarkets. There are a number of restaurants and caf�s.
Malmesbury is increasingly popular and regarded for its historic Abbey. There is a good range of everyday shops and services including bakery, butcher, hardware store and home department store. Waitrose offers supermarket shopping and the associated services of the John Lewis Partnership.
The larger regional centres of Bath and Bristol are nearby and provide a more extensive range of services, shopping and recreational facilities, including Bristol International Airport.
Manor farmhouse is conveniently located with access to the M4 motorway at Junctions 17 and 18, which provide access to London and Heathrow Airport as well as Bristol and its international airport. The M4 links with the M5 motorway for the West Country and the North.
Train stations at Kemble and Chippenham provide direct train services to London Paddington on the recently upgraded section of the rail network.
The local area offers an abundant range of activities, sporting events and recreational opportunities, and a large variety of village pubs, restaurants and hotels, including nearby Watley Manor Hotel and Calcot Manor Hotel & Spa.
For those with equestrian interests there is: Polo at the Beaufort Polo Club (Westonbirt) and Cirencester Park Polo Club, Hunting with The Duke of Beaufort's Hunt, international Horse Trials at Badminton Park and Gatcombe Park, Horse Racing at Bath and Cheltenham.
Other recreational pursuits include;;Golf at Westonbirt (pay&play) and at Minchinhampton Golf Club; Sailing at the Cotswold Water Park; Swimming and Gymnasium at Westonbirt School Sports Hall; Motor Racing at Castle Combe circuit. There is an enthusiastic village cricket league and football league of which Sherston is an important part. Bath, Bristol and Gloucester are home to top-level Rugby.
The National Arboretum at Westonbirt is a wonderful attraction and hosts a variety of excellent events throughout the spring, summer and autumn; from spring colours and open-air summer concerts to tours of the autumn colours and the "Enchanted Christmas" illuminations.
Aside from Sherston's highly regarded primary school, the area is well reputed for its prep and public schools. These include: Beaudesert Park, Westonbirt, Pinewood, Cheltenham Ladies' College, Cheltenham College, St Mary's School at Calne and Marlborough College. Bath and Bristol also offer a range of excellent private and grammar schools and the surrounding villages also have well attended primary schools.
Approached from the village via iron gates and a long drive flanked by stone walls, lawns and colourful borders, Manor Farmhouse is secluded within its grounds. The drive leads to a gravel parking area beside the house with a turning circle around an ornamental area of lawn.
Manor Farmhouse is a fine Grade II Listed Cotswolds stone and render country house with its core dating from the mid-1600s, but with a substantial late Georgian extension (c.1830) creating a highly attractive principal elevation to the southern side of the house. There are later additions which followed in the early 1900s, further enhancing the Georgian symmetry with pavilion-style extensions to either side of the principal elevation.
Arranged over three floors with a large cellar, the house underwent significant renovation in 2014 by the owner, creating a fabulous interior-designed modern finish to an otherwise historic country house.
In addition, a biomass heating system was installed to improve the environmental efficiency and economics of heating the property. Having retained all its period character, the house has charm in abundance with the benefits of the classic Georgian detail in the principal reception rooms with notable features including; sash windows with large glass panes, ornate fireplaces, high ceilings and wide paneled doors.
The drawing room, a large room with an impressive carved stone fireplace and hardwood floor, is positioned immediately off from the main entrance hall and provides a fabulous space for entertaining.
A wonderful stair hall with stone floor and a delicate sweeping staircase leads to the beautifully appointed library and sitting room. A part glazed door with a pretty fanlight above allows an abundance of light to flood in to the hall, whilst also allowing access to the gardens on the southern side of the house with outstanding, far-reaching views to the south and west.
Positioned centrally is the fabulous kitchen with a dining and sitting area. A truly excellent open-plan room acting as the hub of the house for everyday family living. With a hardwood floor, limed ceiling timbers and plenty of light from the large windows and glazed doors on to the easterly kitchen lawn, this is a spacious and alluring room.
The kitchen area, to one end of the room, is beautifully designed with bespoke fitted cabinets and a first class finish. The impressive and expansive granite-top island unit is a versatile feature, acting as a preparation area and a breakfast bar. A preparation kitchen is cleverly tucked in beyond the kitchen space allowing the kitchen to remain clear of equipment and worktop appliances. Adjacent is a substantial, traditional larder. At the opposite end of the room and separated by the dining area is a sitting area with a magnificent open fireplace.
A large playroom or games room is positioned from the kitchen adjacent to the sitting room, with large windows and access to the gardens.
Towards the rear of the house, conveniently positioned via a corridor from the kitchen is a study, laundry room, cloakroom and boot room with a door to the drive and gardens to the north. Expansive cellars provide a number of store rooms also accessible from the kitchen lawn.
On the first floor, the principal bedroom suite comprises a spacious bedroom with dressing room and ensuite bath and shower room, all of which have large sash windows and the most spectacular views over the garden to the undulating countryside beyond.
The guest bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and three further bedrooms, two of which are in the attic, provide plenty of accommodation for family and friends.
There is an integral flat with two bedrooms, kitchen/sitting room and a bathroom. This accommodation can easily be used as a staff flat or for additional space for family and guests.
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