An exceptional country home in the heart of the Cotswolds.
Guide price: £995,000
Location: Kemble Wick
Living spaces: 2
Vendors' thoughts: "Monkton House wasn’t quite the Cotswold cottage we had pictured when we first saw it but its potential and location sold it to us instantly. We spent the next 18 months working to change the house into a much loved home, and have spent the time since entertaining friends and family in a house that simply ‘works.’ We love the peacefulness of the place – always the first thing that visitors comment on. The birdsong and the ever changing procession of wildlife make it very special, and sitting around the fire pit on a clear evening watching the sun set has been one of our greatest joys. We feel truly lucky to have lived here and excited for the new owners. Reluctantly, our lives move us on."
In a nutshell: Exquisite! The perfect blend of period charm and contemporary design.
Monkton House is an exceptional Cotswold country home renovated and extended by the current owners who have been mindful to incorporate contemporary design with quintessential Cotswold charm and character. Exposed beams, stunning oak floors and natural Cotswold stone are wonderful details elegantly highlighted throughout the house.
The kitchen/dining room is clearly the heart of the house and a fabulous space in which to entertain family and friends. The kitchen has been fabulously designed with practicality in mind, providing plenty of worktop and storage space. The clean lines complement the room’s décor superbly. It is a bright space, both homely and welcoming, with views over the garden and surrounding countryside. Sliding doors lead to the generous terrace. Both the indoor and outdoor flagstones are Castille from Beswick Stone and create a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor living. The utility room, with access to the garden, is ideal for muddy wellies and for keeping the piles of washing out of the way! There is also a ground floor cloakroom. These rooms have underfloor heating.
The sitting room with access to the garden is bathed in natural light and with its large inglenook fireplace with wood burner is the perfect room in which to relax with a good book or watch a movie on a lazy Sunday.
Upstairs comprises the vaulted master bedroom with en suite shower room and fabulous views over the gardens. There are two further bedrooms, one with an en suite shower room and a family bathroom. All the rooms have been carefully curated to allow for an abundance of natural light, lovely views and cosy corners.
Outside the garden, divided into two sections, is a haven of peace and tranquillity, elegantly landscaped to provide pretty seating areas, neat lawns, a variety of fruit trees and attractive herbaceous borders. The terrace, BBQ and Firepit areas across the bridleway are wonderful for al fresco dining and sundowners overlooking the gardens and the neighbouring fields. The garage and workshop could make a wonderful home office subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents. There is plenty of parking on the driveway.
A bridleway at the end of the no through lane leads to Oaksey village and beyond to a network of local footpaths.
Council Tax Band E.
Services: Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Oil-fired central heating.
Monkton House is situated at the end of a no through road on the edge of Kemble Wick, a beautiful hamlet on the outskirts of Kemble.
Kemble, a vibrant village community, is home to a beautiful church, a very handy combined local store and post office, a pub, 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. Kemble train station provides direct, fast and easy access to London Paddington.
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.
The historic town of Malmesbury, is 10 miles away and beautiful Tetbury, is only 9 miles away. Both towns offer a selection of independent shops, cafes and restaurants and everyday shopping facilities.
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 Baunton, Minchinhampton and Naunton; bridle paths are plentiful; sailing and water sports can be enjoyed at the Cotswold Water Park.
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.
The area offers an excellent choice of schooling, including Beaudesert Park in Minchinhampton, Cheltenham Colleges, Westonbirt, as well as outstanding state and grammar schools.
Kemble Station 2 miles (London Paddington 75 mins) - Cirencester 6 miles - Tetbury 9 miles - Malmesbury 10 miles - M4 (Junction 15) 22 miles - Cheltenham 23.5 miles
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