An exceptional equestrian estate located in the heart of the Gloucestershire countryside enjoying 58.26 of landscaped gardens and pastureland.
Pound Farm is an outstanding equestrian estate discreetly located in the heart of the Gloucestershire countryside. Sympathetically and authentically restored, the Grade II* Listed timber-framed farmhouse is arguably one of the finest homes in the county. The 16th Century estate has a litany of outstanding character features and is in exceptional decorative order, indeed the history of the farmhouse is palpable, running through each and every room.
Accessed by way of a long drive, you are met by a beautiful stone and brick bridge which leads to a set of automatic electric gates. Thereafter, the central drive leads directly to the principal entrance, garaging and stables.
Entered via a traditional reception hall, the pragmatic layout allows for highly comfortable living with 7,966 sq ft of living space. Each room enjoys its own unique characteristics and have been delicately restored, respecting the integrity of the original farmhouse. The country-style kitchen is fitted with a range of cabinetry, integrated appliances, Belfast sink, granite work surfaces and an AGA. Beyond which is a cloakroom, a superb boot room and a separate utility room which is fitted with a comprehensive range of units and a drying cupboard for laundry and wet outerwear.
The magnificent dining room is nothing short of breath-taking. The focal point being an exquisite Jacobean fireplace with inset wood burning stove. The drawing room is equally as beautiful with pleasant views over the gardens and an inglenook fireplace with inset burning stove. Beyond which is a superb sitting room with vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and French doors opening to the rear. In addition the charming study affords the ideal place to work, read and write.
The cellar is a superb size, ideal for storage it equates to 1013 sq ft and has the benefit of independent doors opening to the rear garden.
The first floor consists of four outstanding bedrooms, most notably the opulent principal suite which is served by a magnificent en suite bathroom, furnished with a free-standing claw foot bath and a full-length walk in shower. Furthermore, the beautifully tailored dressing room has a full complement of bespoke cabinetry and central seating area. Bedroom two has the benefit of a tastefully appointed en suite, whilst bedroom three has an en suite cloakroom with a bathroom complete with over-bath shower on the floor above and bedroom four is served by a separate shower room. The second floor consists of a plant room, dressing room, bathroom and a highly spacious attic.
The formal gardens, paddocks and land are an utter delight and have been painstakingly attended to by the current vendors. The landscaped gardens were designed by three times Chelsea gold medal winner Jacquie Gordon and includes a west-wing sheltered courtyard, a south-facing terrace, a stunning circular elevated Belvedere with commanding views of the lake, a lakeside terrace and herbaceous borders with fan-trained fruit trees. The principal garden is laid to a manicured lawn interspersed with mature trees, shrubs and plants and bounded by fencing and established hedging. In addition there is a delightful five acre cider orchard with historic apple varieties.
The Ancillary accommodation together with the extensive outbuildings are outstanding and briefly consist:
Open-fronted, oak framed four bay cart port with power and light and with the infrastructure for an electric vehicle charge point. In addition there are two secure garages both of which have power, heat and light.
A self-contained residential dwelling over two floors in immaculate condition. Comprising kitchen, dining room, study, sitting room, shower room and two bedrooms together with a dressing room. This would suit staff, guests or adult children.
The barn includes four large stables, one of which is a mare and foal box. The stables are spacious with openings on both sides giving good ventilation. They have rubber bonded flooring, automatic metered water drinkers complete with isolator and internal tap and heaters. Built of block and brick they are designed to reflect the time of year, cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The veranda to the north side offers rain and wind protection.
The flexible accommodation is currently configured, mainly as a shell, to provide three large rooms over the ground and first floors. In addition there is a room with separate external access currently used as a home gym and large storage area adjacent to the gym and accessed via external double-width door.
An attractive, fully renovated timber-framed barn with power.
Gardeners' Room and store:
A light and useful secure area for work, rest and the storage of equipment.
Principally used to store agricultural and equine plant, machinery, bedding and hay.
The EQUINE FACILITIES are state of the art. Having undergone a complete program of works they now consist:
Arena: 60m X 30m
Andrews Bowen pro-wax surface arena with external jump store area, one metre grassed perimeter and post and rail fencing beyond. Two slip rail entrances/exits providing access to grass jumping area to include two Derby banks and cross country steps. The arena was built by Andrews Bowen in 2011 and the surface was topped up in 2019.
Offering a multi-use equine space. Bespoke adjustable partitioning (Andrews Bowen) providing a flexible layout for how the space is used, one of which is for three individual stabling areas. The space has three automatic metered waters with isolators and draining points.
The Tack room:
A large secure area with heat, light and power. There is a fitted kitchen area which houses an oil-fired boiler that supplies the heating and hot water to both the tack room and the Long Barn.
Other notables features include:
Substantial parking for HGV lorries, alternative access to road via a four metre land strip parallel to the main drive, together with external lighting to all aspects of the main house, service yard, courtyard, stables, veranda and associated barns.
Planning permission has been granted for a 60m x 25m indoor arena with viewing gallery, toilet, kitchenette and jump store together with other equestrian facilities including seven more stables, horse solarium, wash box, equine office, equine laundry and a two bedroom, two bathroom grooms' accommodation.
The land at Pound Farm is all laid to pasture, and includes a mix of eight paddocks used for grazing and larger fields for making hay. The paddocks benefit from post and rail fencing and have water troughs. Two of the larger paddocks have field shelters and one water trough has a heating element incorporated within to prevent the water from freezing in winter. The paddocks are well maintained and have been grazed by sheep. The far meadow leads down to the river.
Pound Farm attracts a plethora of wildlife including Sika deer, Roe deer and Muntjac. The lake is a great spot to look out for swans, geese, ducks, fish, butterflies, dragonflies, kingfishers and other species.
Offered to the market with the great benefit of having no upward chain.
An infrequently used public footpath passes through the estate, please refer to Ordnance Survey plan. A neighbour benefits from a right of way, also lightly used and which follows the public footpath, to access a sheep grazing paddock.
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A staggeringly beautiful equestrian estate, quite simply one of the finest homes I've had the privilege to visit.Phil BatesProperty agent