A charming and beautifully presented late Georgian country house.
Ashmore House is a beautiful late Georgian country house originally dating from the sixteenth-century with later Georgian additions. The property was formerly a farmhouse and is built of painted red brick, and some local stone, with brick stacks and pretty casement windows under a Welsh slate and clay tiled roof. There are projecting bay windows and a central vestibule with a fine front door with fan light above. The house sits centrally in its plot and enjoys a private setting surrounded by delightful established gardens and grounds.
The well-presented accommodation is set out over three floors comprising an entrance hall with tiled floor, attractive staircase and fine cornicing. There is a well-proportioned double aspect sitting room with excellent ceiling height, French doors leading onto a gravel path and an open fireplace with painted pine surround and slate hearth. The formal dining room has an open fireplace with painted oak surround and marble slips and hearth and bay window with French doors. In addition there is a charming snug, also with a wonderful bay window.
Situated to the rear of the property is a charming farmhouse style kitchen with an extensive range of painted units beneath granite work surfaces, incorporating a Belfast sink, handmade integrated appliances and an Aga. French doors lead out to a rear terrace on the south side of the property. The kitchen opens out into a generous breakfast room. Situated off the kitchen is a useful toilet/cloakroom. Situated to the south side of the property is a boot room accessed from the kitchen with large bay window, tiled floor and exposed timbers. The inner hall provides access to a cosy games room/study with brick built fireplace.
Accessed from the first floor landing is a substantial double aspect principal bedroom with en suite shower room. There are four further double bedrooms, some with exposed timbers, each with a differing aspect and style. There is a substantial double aspect family bathroom. A charming mezzanine with exposed trusses, balustrade and built in cupboards housing the hot water cylinder, provides a quiet area for reading. A further staircase provides access to bedroom six/home office on the second floor. Off a short landing is access to an attic room which is perfect for storage. The property is approached through a pair of substantial stone pillars with ornate wrought iron gates along a well maintained, shared gravel drive with hornbeam hedges and silver birch trees under-planted with shrubs. The drive, which is in the ownership of Ashmore House, terminates in a gravelled forecourt to the front of the property. A spur in the drive provides access to a brick built single garage, with traditional timber doors. At the rear of the garage is a range of garden stores. Other outbuildings include pretty red brick built stores set around a paved terrace providing further general storage. There are two stables with original mangers. There is a large rectangular barn with planning consent (planning ref: 20/01549/FUL) that could be used as an annexe or games room/gym. Ancient trees include a fine holm oak, cedar of Lebanon and yew. There is a railed paddock adjoining countryside discretely set away from the property to the north. The quintessentially English gardens and grounds, which are partly walled, are a delightful feature of the property. The gardens are laid out as a series of rooms, each with a different orientation. The formal garden lying to the east of the property includes a gravel pathway widening to a terrace outside the dining room and a fine lawn with two parallel deep herbaceous borders, established topiary, ornamental robinia and two ailanthus trees. Steps at the far end provide access to a gravelled path linking to an informal garden with gently undulating lawns dotted with ornamental trees set within a framework of tall hedges and a mellow red brick wall with climbing roses. The garden lying directly to the front of the property is bisected by a shrubbery and an archway of roses providing access to a lawn containing ornamental trees.
A south facing garden lies to the rear of the property enclosed by the adjoining barns and a stone paved terrace which provides an attractive area for outside summer dining. To the west of the house is a small gravelled courtyard kitchen/garden which provides herbs and ornamental roses for the house.
An archway between the two stables gives access to a delightful walled garden with three pairs of wrought iron gates set into deep walls. A fine lawn flanked by deep herbaceous borders and steps lead up to the informal garden.
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Ashmore House is a cracking house with charm and light and airy accommodation. Ideally situated for the North Cotswolds.David Henderson