A superb country house in the heart of the Cotswolds.
Guide price: £1,500,000
Living spaces: 5
Vendors' thoughts: "We have enjoyed every second of our twenty-four years at Clayfurlong House. Solid, dependable, welcoming, easy to live in and with a great deal of soul, it has been marvellous both for our family, now with homes of their own, and for entertaining friends, inside and out. Within walking distance of Kemble Station, it has been ideal for frequent business trips by train to London, whilst access to other parts of the country by car is very easy. Cirencester, one of the finest market towns in the country, is a few minutes drive away. We will leave with great regret, but very many happy memories."
In a nutshell: A fabulous Cotswold home with generous living spaces and magical gardens.
Clayfurlong House, accessed via an in/out gravel driveway, is a beautiful Cotswold home superbly located on the edge of Kemble close to local amenities. Bright and light throughout, careful thought has been put into creating welcoming spaces.
The kitchen is clearly the heart of the house and a fabulous space in which to entertain family and friends and enjoy informal gatherings. The kitchen itself is well equipped with a beautiful cream electric Aga and offers ample worktop and storage space.
The adjoining sitting room is the perfect spot for relaxing with a good book after supper or for watching a family movie on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
The dining room, with open fireplace, comes into its own when hosting dinner parties and for special occasions. The drawing room across the hall is bright and light with bay windows and a lovely fireplace with wood burner. This is a very serene room and beautifully laid out.
The ground floor also has a workshop and a utility room, ideal for muddy wellies and after a long country walk. There is a very useful cellar which is ideal for storing wine.
The first floor comprises three bedrooms, a bathroom, a shower room and a loo. There is also a galleried landing, a study and a library. A separate staircase leads down to the back door. The second floor comprises three further bedrooms and a family bathroom.
All the rooms are generously proportioned with ample discreet storage and beautiful views over the front and rear gardens.
Outside, to the rear, the landscaped garden is predominantly laid to lawn and is a true haven of tranquillity with colourful herbaceous borders and various delightful seating areas. The stunning oak pergola and Cotswold stone wall frame the garden beautifully and the terrace is ideal for al fresco dining in the warmer months. To the front, the driveway offers ample parking alongside the car port. Various outbuildings are currently used for storage but provide scope for conversion subject to obtaining necessary planning consents.
Council Tax Band G.
Tenure: Freehold. Grade II Listed.
Services: Mains water and electricity, private drainage. Oil-fired central heating.
Located on the edge of village of Kemble, with its train station providing direct fast and easy access to London Paddington, Clayfurlong House is ideally situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, close to Cirencester. The vibrant village community is home to a beautiful church, a very handy combined local store and post office, and both a pre-school and primary school. Surrounded by some of England’s finest countryside, country walks are on the doorstep. The Potting Shed gastro pub and The Rectory restaurant in nearby Crudwell, provide superb local dining options.
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, cafes and twice weekly markets. Sporting opportunities are abundant.
The historic town of Malmesbury, with its handy Waitrose, is 9 miles away. Beautiful Tetbury, with its exceptional arboretum, is only 8 miles away. Both towns offer a selection of independent shops, cafes and restaurants and everyday shopping facilities.
Cheltenham, to the north, 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.
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.
The area offers an excellent choice of schooling and includes public, state and grammar schools such as Kemble Primary School, Beaudesert Park, Powells, Westonbirt, Hatherop Castle, Malmesbury Church of England School,
St Mary’s, St Margaret’s, Cheltenham College, Marlborough College and Cheltenham Ladies College, to name a few.
Cirencester 4 miles - Tetbury 8 miles - Malmesbury 9 miles - M4 (Junction 15) 21 miles - Cheltenham 21 miles
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