A fabulous village house in the heart of The Cotswolds.
Guide price: £1,325,000
Living spaces: 3
Vendors' thoughts: "We fell in love with Hillacres 28 years ago and it will always have a special place in our hearts. Over the years we have created a home that is practical inside, while never losing that quintessential ‘chocolate box’ Cotswold cottage exterior. The children have adored their bedrooms, each with its own attic den, giving them plenty of space for toys and, later, for friends. The garden is a particular joy with its fragrant roses, honeysuckle and abundant fruit trees. The whole family has joined in picking damsons and apples in the early autumn to make jams and chutneys from the bountiful harvest. It has provided both a sanctuary and a fabulous space for gatherings of friends and family. Colesbourne is blessed with a pub and a shop, both a short stroll away but we will probably remember most the summer evening strolls up the hill with a flask of soup to take in the glorious countryside."
In a nutshell: A stunning Cotswold home with beautiful gardens. So much charm and character.
Hillacres is a beautiful Cotswold home superbly located in Colesbourne close to local amenities. Beautifully renovated, careful thought has been put into creating welcoming spaces adapted to contemporary living with fabulous locally sourced oak, cosy corners, ample storage and underfloor heating throughout.
The kitchen is clearly the heart of the house and a fabulous space in which to entertain family and friends and enjoy informal gatherings. It is well equipped with a super range oven and plenty of worktop space.
The 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 in front of the roaring wood burner. The dining area is great for larger dinner parties.
The ground floor also has a handy cloakroom and a utility room, ideal for muddy wellies and copious amounts of family laundry!
Upstairs comprises the master bedroom with bespoke built-in wardrobes and beautiful views over the gardens. Across the landing are three further bedrooms, each with wonderful attic dens which have been beautifully crafted as playrooms/reading rooms and relaxing spaces. These could equally be used for further storage. The family bathroom is superbly equipped with a built in TV ideal for wallowing in the bath, and there is a separate shower room with power jet shower across the landing.
Outside, the landscaped gardens, enclosed by a pretty Cotswold stone wall, are predominantly laid to lawn, with vibrant herbaceous borders, fruit trees and elegant beehives. The garden is a true haven of peace and tranquility with various seating areas and the terrace comes into its own for summer BBQs.
Outbuildings consist of a gym, complete with a sauna and shower room; and a one-bedroom annex with en suite shower and WC which provides excellent ancillary accommodation. There is a home office neatly nestled to the side of garden with gigaclear connection.
To the front, the driveway offers private parking.
Although now lapsed, planning permission has previously been granted for a substantial garden room. Ref: L/01281/FUL
Council Tax Band E. EPC rating E.
Services: Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. LPG gas central heating.
Hillacres is situated in the pretty village of Colesbourne, home to a garage, post office and shop. Colesbourne Park opens its doors throughout the year to share the beauty of its magnificent gardens and arboretum. The Colesbourne Inn is just down the road for a post exploration pit stop.
Stunning Cowley Manor, offering wonderful spa facilities, is just over a mile away and The Green Dragon pub and farm shop in nearby Cockleford is well stocked with local produce with the gastro pub being a welcoming sight after a long country walk.
Conveniently situated, the property is close to Cirencester and Cheltenham.
Known as the “Capital of the Cotswolds”, Cirencester is a hub of vibrant cultural life known for its beautiful limestone townhouses, exciting boutiques, restaurants, cafes, a handy Waitrose and twice weekly markets.
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 Cirencester, Ullenwood and Charlton Kings; bridle paths are plentiful; sailing and water sports can be enjoyed at the Cotswold Water Park.
The area offers a superb choice of schooling with a selection of state, grammar and private schools such as Coberley Primary School, North Cerney Primary School, Powells, Deer Park, Rendcomb College, Beaudesert, Westonbirt, Cheltenham Colleges and Dean Close to name but a few.
Communications in the area are excellent with high-speed gigaclear 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.
Cheltenham 7 miles - Cirencester 9 miles - Kemble Station 14 miles (London Paddington 75 mins) - Swindon 24 miles - M4 (Junction 15) 28 miles - M5 9 miles
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