An exceptional and substantial country house in the heart of the village.
Location: Braydon Side, near Malmesbury
Living spaces: 3
Vendor's thoughts: "Southlands has been a happy home, providing excellent facilities for our family and our Rare Breed Farming interests."
In a nutshell: The perfect home for comfortable living both in and outdoors with acres of paddocks and exceptional far reaching views.
Southlands is located in Braydon Side, a beautiful farming hamlet which is part of the parish of Brinkworth. This nearby thriving village community, with
a village shop and attractive pub/restaurant, hosts activities ranging from toddler groups to a weekly market and renowned annual ball.
The historic town of Malmesbury is a short drive away and with its selection of lovely boutiques and cafes, offers everyday shopping facilities and schooling,
whilst more extensive shopping/recreational facilities can be found in the larger towns of Royal Wootton Bassett, Bath, Cirencester and Swindon which,
with Chippenham and Kemble, offer a regular train service to London Paddington.
The area offers an excellent choice of schooling and includes public, state and grammar schools such as St Mary’s and St Margaret’s at Calne, Marlborough
College, Westonbirt, Malmesbury Church of England and Catholic Primary School, to name a few. Malmesbury Secondary School is well regarded by OFSTED
and provides a school bus collecting pupils from the village.
Malmesbury 7 miles - Royal Wootton Bassett 4 miles - Chippenham 13 miles (London Paddington 80 mins) - Tetbury 12 miles - Cirencester 14 miles - M4 (Junction 16) 6 miles (Junction 17) 9 miles - Kemble Station 7 miles.
Southlands is a delightful country house, sitting in around 4 acres of gardens and grounds with excellent views across its own land and the surrounding countryside. The property was designed by the current owners around 16 years ago and offers generously proportioned rooms and living accommodation, which flow from the impressive entrance.
The entrance hall, with stone flooring and sweeping hand-crafted oak staircase, sets the tone for the rest of the house which has been thoughtfully created with space and light at the heart of the design. All the reception rooms are light and spacious with beautiful views of the gardens and grounds.
The kitchen, with granite worktops, gas range, underfloor heating and central island, coupled with a light breakfast area, is certainly the heart of the house and a superb place for informal entertaining. The kitchen benefits from a waste disposal unit and a water softener. An adjacent utility/boot room is a useful addition to the house.The generous sitting room, with large inglenook fireplace and wood burning stove, is a further exceptional space for entertaining guests. Two sets of French doors open on to the terrace to the rear of the house with an attractive pool and fountain, ideal for outside dining. The dining room, again with inglenook fireplace, gas coal effect stove and French doors out to a walled terrace with a grapevine, is perfect for more formal entertaining.
The sweeping oak staircase leads from the entrance hall, with its impressive vaulted ceiling, to the first floor. The central part landing, currently used as a study area, is a bright space with excellent views across the countryside. Southlands has a generous master suite with vaulted ceiling, built-in cupboards and a large en-suite bathroom, with separate bath and over-bath shower. There are three further double bedrooms, and two further bath/shower rooms.
The attractive gardens and paddocks lend themselves to a variety of uses. The gardens are well-tended, predominantly laid to lawn and interspersed with a variety of specimen trees. There is a productive vegetable area (with green house) and the fields and paddocks are well fenced, making them perfect for horses, a small holding or just to enjoy as open spaces. An Ecovat (waste water gathering system) provides animal drinking water to the paddocks.
Outbuildings: There is also a range of outbuildings, stables and barns along with circa 4 acres of fields and paddocks and a large double garage with side access which, subject to obtaining the necessary consents, would make a very useful annex. Potential planning permission to living accommodation would be available on the stables and barns following the cessation of the current agricultural use.
Council Tax Band G and EPC rating D.
Services: Mains water (on meter) and electricity. Hot water provided by Thermal Dynamic Panel. Private drainage. Oil-fired central heating.
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