A beautiful Cotswold stone village house in an exceptional lakeside setting.
Location: Cerney Wick
Living spaces: 3
Vendors' thoughts: "Living by the water is enchanting-the lake provides an ever changing backdrop to the house, reflecting the vagaries of the English weather-placid one day and full of dancing white horses the next, and the wildfowl and sailing craft always give something new to focus on and wonder at.
The house itself has always felt light and airy with its high ceilings and large windows which provide lovely views from within a warm, friendly and comfortable interior.
In the last 40 years there have been so many family gatherings and social events - we even had a marquee in the orchard when the trees were smaller! And we’ve watched many glorious sunsets over the lake from the sun trap patio, with a glass of wine in hand. Our family will miss Brook Cottage but time has moved us all on and it's time now for others to enjoy it."
In a nutshell: A wonderful village house in a beautiful and peaceful setting.
Brook Cottage is a superb village house in the heart of the Cotswolds with a lakeside setting which is both idyllic and peaceful. The house has been in the family for forty years, and with a large garden and orchard totalling circa 0.5 acres, it offers excellent scope for modernisation.
Entering via the front porch the entrance hall opens onto the dining room with views over the terrace and garden beyond. The sitting room, with dual aspect windows, is a bright room offering views of the gardens and lake, while the open fireplace offers extra warmth in the cooler months. The adjoining study is ideal as a home office, and while having similar views, is a quiet area to retreat to. The kitchen also has views of the garden and lake and overlooks the terrace. The back door with its porch is ideal for muddy wellies after country walks and provides direct access to the garden.
Upstairs, there are two double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a further double bedroom and a family bathroom. The rooms are bright and light with views over the driveway, gardens and lake and offer ample discreet storage.
Outside one enters a delightful paved patio area, a beautiful suntrap for morning coffee or for watching sunsets over the lake. The garden itself is predominantly laid to lawn, interspersed with beautiful herbaceous borders. This leads to the orchard, with a variety of specimen fruit trees, which in turn leads down to the lake where sailing boats regularly add to the serene setting this home sits in.
There is a substantial garden shed and a small greenhouse. The driveway offers plenty of parking alongside the double garage.
Council Tax Band F and EPC rating E.
Services: Mains electricity and water. Private drainage. Oil fired heating.
Located on the edge of the village of Cerney Wick, Brook Cottage is superbly positioned in a lakeside setting with easy access to nearby Cotswold towns and villages.
South Cerney, only a mile away, lies within the Cotswold Water Park, an area made up of over 140 lakes. The village is home to a thriving community with various clubs and societies, a primary school and handy local amenities.
Known as the “Capital of the Cotswolds”, Cirencester, 7 miles north, is a hub of vibrant cultural life known for its beautiful limestone townhouses, exciting boutiques, restaurants, a handy Waitrose, cafes and twice weekly markets.
Nearby Fairford, is a popular and historic market town which benefits from a wide range of facilities and a wonderful community spirit.
Cheltenham is a short drive north and not only offers excellent shopping and dining, it is also host to fabulous literary, jazz and food festivals and, of course, horse racing.
Sporting opportunities are abundant with nearby golf courses in South Cerney, Baunton and Minchinhampton; bridle paths are plentiful; sailing and water sports can be enjoyed at the Cotswold Water Park and lakeside walks are on the doorstep.
The area offers an excellent choice of schooling, including Prior Park in Cricklade, Beaudesert Park in Minchinhampton, Cheltenham Colleges, Westonbirt, as well as outstanding state and grammar schools.
Communications in the area are excellent 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 from both Kemble and Swindon.
South Cerney 1 mile - Fairford 6 miles - Kemble Station 7 miles (London Paddington 75 mins) - Cirencester 7 miles - M4 (Junction 15) 13 miles - Cheltenham 22 miles
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