A beautiful Grade II Listed Cotswold cottage in the heart of the village.
Guide price: £825,000
Location: Down Ampney
Living spaces: 2
Vendors' thoughts: "Down Ampney was our home for 30 years. This beautiful cottage has so much to offer - it's a rare find as it was when we brought it. It has character, the cottage sits in a beautiful unusually large garden, has a fantastic garage and workshop and perfect home office - we spent every light hour during the spring and summer months dinning on the patio, playing football, and having fun in the garden. The location is perfect - the village is friendly and there is nothing else like it. We will miss Down Ampney very much and all the beautiful memories we made there. We hope that someone new will love it like we did and enjoy everything it has to offer."
In a nutshell: A superb Cotswold cottage in a fabulous plot with scope for further enhancements.
Formerly two cottages, 42-43 Down Ampney has been lovingly renovated over twenty years ago to create a beautiful village house with period features and charm and character throughout. There is scope to further renovate.
The sitting room, with access to the front of the house, is a lovely room in which to relax and unwind in front of the impressive open fireplace. The windows overlook the front of the house and make this a bright and light room.
The dining room is great for entertaining and is lovely and warm in the winter with the Clearview wood burner roaring away. Again, there is direct access to the front of the house.
The kitchen is laid out to provide ample worktop and storage space and the striking blue Alpha cooker is a wonderful feature of the room. Perfect for cooking up a feast!
There is a stunning bathroom on the ground floor with a beautiful cast iron roll top bath, Thomas Crapper sinks and a separate walk in shower.
The first floor, accessed via two staircases, comprises the master bedroom with vaulted ceiling, a mezzanine area and an en suite shower room. There are two further double bedrooms, one with a mezzanine which is ideal to use as a dressing area or a children’s play area.
Outside, the enclosed garden of circa 0.42 acres in a stunning feature of the cottage and wraps around the house. Predominantly laid to lawn it is a haven of peace and tranquillity in the heart of the village. The garden features an 18 ft deep well with a dry-stone wall and a beautiful mature Yew tree. The terrace is ideal for al fresco dining and summer BBQs.
A Cotswold stone home office with cloakroom is a superb addition to the cottage and makes working from home ideal and is a bright and light space to work. There is also a large garage with useful space above.
The gravel driveway provides plenty of private parking.
Council Tax Band E.
Freehold. Grade II Listed.
Mains gas, water, electricity and drainage.
Down Ampney is a popular village and home to a well-regarded primary school, a multi-use games area for younger residents, a tennis club, a village hall, a village shop/cafe, and a beautiful medieval church.
The award-winning Mason Arms in Meysey Hampton, only a 30 minute walk away, is a great pub for a tipple or two after a country walk and The Old Spotted Cow in Marston Meysey, a short drive away, is perfect for relaxing and unwinding over Sunday lunch. Nearby market towns of Cricklade and Fairford are both thriving communities which benefit from a wide range of shops, post offices, doctor and dentist surgeries, leisure centres and a choice of good pubs and restaurants.
Known as the “Capital of the Cotswolds”, Cirencester, only a short drive away, is a hub of vibrant cultural life known for its beautiful limestone townhouses, exciting boutiques, restaurants, a handy Waitrose, cafes and twice weekly markets.
Sporting opportunities are abundant with nearby golf courses in Cirencester, Baunton, Minchinhampton and Naunton; bridle paths are plentiful; sailing, cycling and water sports can be enjoyed at the Cotswold Water Park.
The area offers an excellent choice of state, grammar and private schools including Meysey Hampton Primary School and Ampney Crucis Primary School - both rated Ofsted Outstanding, Powells, Farmor’s, Cheltenham Colleges, Pate’s Grammar, Hatherop Castle and Beaudesert Park to name but a few.
Communications in the area are enviable with high-speed internet and easy access to major hubs and international airports in the South West, the Midlands and London, via the M4 and M5 motorways and well connected direct train services. Down Ampney sits close to the A419/417 for easy access to all routes.
South Cerney 3 miles - Fairford 4 miles - Cricklade 4 miles - Cirencester 7 miles - Swindon 13 miles - (London Paddington 55 mins) - Kemble 10 miles - (London Paddington 75 mins) - M4 (Junction 15) 14 miles
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