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High Tun Cottage, Itlay, GL7 7JA

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Overview

A beautiful Cotswold country home set in 13 acres.

Price: £1,200,000

Location: Itlay, Daglingworth

Living spaces: 3

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 5

Vendors' thoughts: "We have lived in Daglingworth since 1989 – initially in the village, and up the hill in Itlay since 2002. Itlay is a hamlet of only 15 houses, surrounded by open fields, but with a real sense of community and mutual support.

High Tun Cottages were built in about 1850, and we bought them from Prince Charles in 2002. Cirencester Architect Matt Dyer planned the conversion of the cottages with us – with an almost total re-build in 2011 – only the original outside walls, roof tiles, and the chimneystack remain. We added a large garden room, to make the most of the amazing views. We now have a modern house, fully insulated and a joy to live in.

The house is high in the Cotswold Hills, with continuous sunshine from sunrise to sunset. Rain or shine, the cloudscapes are quite beautiful. We established the 7-acre wildflower meadow in 2002, planting grasses and wildflowers suitable for the Cotswolds. It is now totally self-sufficient and orchids have invaded! With skylarks overhead, the field is left until late July when organic hay is harvested informally by a local farmer; his ewes and lambs graze then this and the Valley Field until late Autumn.

We shall be sad to leave our friends and the Cotswolds, but will be compensated by joining our family and 4 grandchildren in London."

In a nutshell: Unbelievable far-reaching views and a thoughtfully renovated country home.

Property Description

Nestled along a quiet country lane, overlooking Daglingworth and Itlay, High Tun Cottage is a beautifully converted period home, built in the 1850s. Thoughtfully renovated in 2011 to take maximum advantage of the incredible setting and stunning views, this country home is both elegantly positioned and beautifully finished. It is a completely modern home inside an old body.

The ground floor living space is conveniently laid out for modern living with excellent open plan living spaces bathed in an abundance of natural light. The kitchen / living room is undoubtedly the heart of the house and a fabulous room in which to entertain family and friends. The adjoining garden room offers breath-taking views over the valley and countryside beyond and is prefect for everyday use. There is direct sunshine from sunrise to sunset. The snug / library is a superb room in which to relax and unwind, and another cosy room with a wood-burning stove. There is a ground-floor shower room.

On the first floor, there are three double bedrooms, two en suite, and a family bathroom. The master bedroom with vaulted ceiling offers generous proportions and wonderful views over the surrounding fields to the Marlborough Downs. Careful thought has been put into providing discreet and ample storage throughout.

The second floor comprises a bedroom, currently used as a home office, an en suite bathroom and a useful storage room.

Outside the garden is predominately laid to lawn, interspersed with herbaceous borders, and surrounded by beech hedges. The South facing terrace offers panoramic views over the Cotswold countryside and is the ideal spot for sundowners in the warmer months. High Tun Farm extends to just over 13 acres including the Valley Field, a small area of woodland and a stunning 7-acre wild flower meadow.

Vendors' thoughts: "We have lived in Daglingworth since 1989 – initially in the village, and up the hill in Itlay since 2002. Itlay is a hamlet of only 15 houses, surrounded by open fields, but with a real sense of community and mutual support.

High Tun Cottages were built in about 1850, and we bought them from Prince Charles in 2002. Cirencester Architect Matt Dyer planned the conversion of the cottages with us – with an almost total re-build in 2011 – only the original outside walls, roof tiles, and the chimneystack remain. We added a large garden room, to make the most of the amazing views. We now have a modern house, fully insulated and a joy to live in.

The house is high in the Cotswold Hills, with continuous sunshine from sunrise to sunset. Rain or shine, the cloudscapes are quite beautiful. We established the 7-acre wildflower meadow in 2002, planting grasses and wildflowers suitable for the Cotswolds. It is now totally self-sufficient and orchids have invaded! With skylarks overhead, the field is left until late July when organic hay is harvested informally by a local farmer; his ewes and lambs graze then this and the Valley Field until late Autumn.

We shall be sad to leave our friends and the Cotswolds, but will be compensated by joining our family and 4 grandchildren in London."

In a nutshell:

Council Tax Band G and EPC rating D.

Tenure: Freehold.

Services: Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Oil-fired heating. Gigaclear fibreoptic internet to the house.

Location

High Tun Cottage is located in the peaceful hamlet of Itlay, in Daglingworth. Superbly positioned overlooking the valley beyond, the property has some of the most exceptional far-reaching views in the Cotswolds; it is in the heart of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Known as the “Capital of the Cotswolds”, Cirencester, only three miles away, is a hub of vibrant cultural life known for its beautiful limestone townhouses, exciting boutiques, restaurants, cafes and twice weekly markets.

Cheltenham is a short drive North and not only offers excellent shopping and dining, but it is also host to fabulous literary, jazz and food festivals and, of course, horse racing.

The historic towns of Tetbury, Malmesbury, and Burford are only a short drive away. These towns offer a selection of independent shops, cafes and restaurants and everyday shopping facilities.

The area offers an excellent choice of schooling and includes public, state and grammar schools such as the three CofE Primary Schools (Stratton, Powell’s and Sapperton), Pate’s Grammar School, Rendcomb College, Beaudesert Park, Westonbirt, Hatherop Castle, Cheltenham College and Cheltenham Ladies College, Marlborough College, to name a few.

Sporting opportunities are abundant in the area with nearby golf courses in Baunton, Minchinhampton, Cheltenham and Naunton Downs; bridle paths are plentiful; sailing and water sports can be enjoyed at the Cotswold Water Park, and finally there is Polo across the Duntisbourne Valley in Cirencester Park.

Communications in the area are excellent with fibre to the property providing ultra high-speed internet up to 900 Mbps. There is easy access to major hubs and international airports in the South West, the Midlands and London, via the M4 and M5 motorways.

Cirencester 3 miles - Kemble 7 miles (direct trains to London Paddington) - Tetbury 12 miles - Cheltenham 13 miles - Malmesbury 15 miles - Burford 20 miles - Swindon 21 miles (frequent trains to Reading, London, Bristol and Wales)

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