Light-filled, original/contemporary country house with wonderful views offering total seclusion at the edge of a sought after village with excellent communications. Perfect weekend escape or home for a busy family!
• High specification
• Drawing room, Dining room, large open plan Kitchen and Family room, further Cinema Room/Sitting Room, Study, utility/boot room
• Five Bedrooms, three en-suite bathrooms and two further Bathrooms
• Detached Annex with Gym and large home office or ideal for multi-generational/staff/guest accommodation
• Large enclosed feature courtyard/outdoor entertaining space
• Wonderful countryside views
• Acre plot of easy maintenance professionally landscaped gardens
• Further outbuilding potential with utilities in place (planning previously granted for additional garaging with flat above)
• Enviably secluded, yet close to local amenities, including Waitrose Supermarket
• Country lane route to main road/rail communications providing fast links to central London, airports, Bristol, Bath
High Gables is a superb five-bedroom country house set in a quiet rural location on the edge of the Cotswolds between Bath and Cirencester. Approached from a no-through lane on the edge of the unspoilt hamlet of Rodbourne, the property enjoys stunning open countryside views and is extremely private and discreet without being remote. The historic town of Malmesbury, with Waitrose Supermarket, restaurants and shops is only a five-minute drive away. The M4, a ten-minute drive through quiet country lanes or a choice of two nearby stations, provides swift access to London, Bath and Bristol as well as Heathrow and Bristol Airports.
High Gables has been sympathetically renovated and extended to the highest spec and retains many original features, perfectly blending old and new with cosy beamed rooms as well as contemporary accommodation. Well-proportioned and conveniently laid-out, this home is flooded with natural light and offers both first class family accommodation and guest entertaining space as well as several options for multi-generation or staff accommodation. The house is also an ideal secure weekend/party property.
Entered through electrically operated gates, a tree lined driveway sweeps up to the house and large gravelled turning area with parking for multiple vehicles. An impressive entrance leads directly to a large reception hall that gives an immediate sense of space.
The large and flexible kitchen/informal dining/living space is the hub of the home, with a strong connection to the professionally landscaped gardens for inside/outside living. The central kitchen is extremely well equipped, including oak units and extensive granite surfaces and is adjoined by a spacious sitting area with Scandinavian wood burner and, on the other side, by an informal dining space.
The formal dining room features oak panelling, a large stone fireplace with wood burner and French doors leading to a terraced area, which could also easily be transformed into a glazed extension/morning room. The adjoining snug/home office enjoys wonderful views overlooking the garden.
The separate double aspect drawing room has a large fireplace and wood burner. Leading from here there is a fully equipped home cinema room. Further to the rear of the house are a laundry/utility/boot room and downstairs cloak/shower room and door to the garden.
An oak staircase leads from the hallway to the first floor galleried landing and five bedrooms. The landing has large double aspect feature windows and a seating/reading area.
The master bedroom suite is particularly appealing. Situated in its’ own part of the upper floor, it has a high vaulted ceiling, sitting area and an east facing exterior balcony, dressing room and high quality en-suite bathroom with double hand basin, oversized bath and rain shower.
The first floor has three further spacious double bedrooms and three contemporary style bath/shower rooms, two of which are en-suite. The third bathroom is adjacent to one of the bedrooms essentially meaning that all double bedrooms have a private bathroom. There is also a fourth bedroom/dressing room/study on this floor. Both the double bedrooms with en-suite have balconies with wonderful views across the garden and beyond.
At the rear of the house is an excellent detached two-storey annex, faced with Cotswold stone and forming one side of a large, fully enclosed and south facing courtyard. Currently containing a gymnasium on the ground floor, it has full width bi-fold doors opening onto the courtyard. Above is a large living space with vaulted ceiling, solid oak flooring, Juliet balcony and cloakroom. This is a highly versatile building, also ideal for extended family, staff or guest accommodation, entertaining space or use for a home based business.
The large and landscaped courtyard is unique and very attractive, featuring high Cotswold stone walling and a limestone paving. A real suntrap, it is completely secluded and feels almost like another room: an excellent outdoor entertaining and eating space.
The property sits in the centre of its’ landscaped gardens, designed for easy maintenance and comprising lawns edged with mature and specimen trees and shrubs. There is also a small bluebell wood. On the west side of the house is a very pretty walled garden containing a Parterre and a feature prairie garden.
The property benefits from network (cat5/6) media cabling throughout and a zoned speaker system. High quality oak and stone flooring is used on the ground floor, which also benefits from zoned under floor heating. Domestic water is provided by a high-pressure system and water softener. Low energy LED lighting is installed throughout the property.
Note: Planning permission was granted in 2010 (now lapsed) for a further detached garage block with exterior steps leading up to a first floor studio/flat. Should the new owners wish to reinstate the permission or apply for alternative uses, the utility services have already been laid.
Nearby Malmesbury is a charming town, reputed to be the oldest borough in England and dominated by a fine 12th century Abbey. In addition to the Waitrose supermarket and variety of shops, restaurants and services in the town, there are many nearby country pubs and hotels. Easy access to London Paddington in 75 minutes is from nearby Chippenham or Kemble Stations or alternatively in 55 minutes from Swindon Station. The M4 is reached via a traffic free easy country lane drive providing a fast link to Heathrow Airport, central London or Bath and Bristol. There is a wide choice of good private and state schools within daily driving distance. These include Westonbirt, Pinewood, Marlborough College, St Mary’s Calne, Dauntsey’s, the Cheltenham Colleges, Beaudesert Park and Malmesbury School with many of these providing transport from the area.
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