A beautifully renovated Cotswold village house.
Guide price: £795,000
Location: Down Ampney
Living spaces: 3
Vendors' thoughts: " Earl Grey Cottage is a warm, cosy and inviting home; perfect to gather with friends, or hunker down in, light a fire and shut out the world.Sunday lunch is always lovely, we can fill the kitchen with so many people, without it feeling like you are in each other's pockets, especially if there are a lot of food enthusiasts prepping supper!We’re off to London a lot, and we’re just a hop, skip and a jump straight onto the M4 to get to London, or 10 minutes to Kemble station, this village is the perfect hamlet and lovely to come back to. With the gated garden going all the way around the cottage, it has given our children the ability to roam free, and as they have grown older, they enjoy the freedom allowing them to pop down to the friendly village shop on Sundays to buy our papers and fresh pain au chocolat. Our thought process regarding the design was to encompass the following elements: an old cottage feel, with the amenities of a modern home. We love the warmth of the raw wood, and with the pleasing look of the stone flooring, with underfloor heating throughout, it’s always well insulated and efficient.We designed the house to have clever storage, with crafting children we can keep the clutter hidden. We kept the interiors neutral to enable an open plan, light space to invite colourful art, textiles and life. "
In a nutshell: A fabulous village house with superb living space and features!
Earl Grey Cottage has been lovingly renovated to create a beautiful family home which flows superbly. The owners have shared their flair for interior design and have incorporated striking features in their décor. They have also been mindful to create welcoming and generous living spaces alongside quiet cosy corners.
The bright and spacious entrance hall leads through to the kitchen/breakfast room, a great room for entertaining family and friends and superbly functional with its white Aga and contemporary work spaces. French doors lead to the garden, perfect for indoor/ outdoor living in the warmer months.
The sitting room currently doubles as a great snug for the children and the living room across from the kitchen is ideal for relaxing in front of the wood burner with a good book and settling in for a peaceful evening.
An all essential spacious utility room and a cloakroom are great additions to the ground floor living space.
The elegant staircase gives onto a generous and bright landing. The master bedroom features a freestanding bath, an en suite shower room with Bert and May tiles, and his and hers dressing rooms. Across the landing are three further bedrooms and a family bathroom.
Careful thought and consideration have been put into creating functional and beautiful rooms throughout.
Outside the garden is predominantly laid to lawn, interspersed with herbaceous borders and seating areas. An outbuilding provides further storage and workshop space and the gravelled driveway offers ample private parking.
Council Tax Band E and EPC rating C.
Services: Mains gas, water and electricity.
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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