An exceptional and historic Grade II listed village house.
Rodney's is an Admiral's House', a rarity in landlocked Gloucestershire. Once owned by Admiral Sir Edward Collier KCB, CB, the house is named after HMS Rodney, his last command. Sir Edward was born in Blockley in 1783 and joined the Navy in 1797. He had a long and illustrious naval career and was at the heart of many battles across the globe receiving promotions and medals before becoming Admiral of the Blue in 1862. He retired to Blockley in 1865 becoming a magistrate and Deputy Lieutenant and donating land for a new school and police station.
The house, which was constructed by Sir Edward's father in the early 19th century, is Grade II listed and is beautifully situated on St George's Terrace in the heart of Blockley, set back from the road behind railings. The house has a fine ashlar façade with sash windows beneath a hipped tiled roof. Internally there are many period features including ceiling roses, ornate cornicing and fireplaces. Rodney's provides flexible living accommodation with well-proportioned rooms and high ceilings. Large sash windows with original shutters allow light to flood in. Far reaching views can be enjoyed from many of the rooms.
The accommodation briefly comprises a handsome reception hall with doors leading to the principal reception rooms. The formal dining room is beautifully proportioned with windows to the front and an attractive fireplace housing a wood burning stove. The drawing room and sitting room are equally impressive with wonderful proportions and sash windows. The drawing room has a fireplace with wood burning stove.
The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with a comprehensive range of base and wall units and a large island unit. There is ample space for a large table with chairs. A door leads to an inner lobby which provides access to a well-appointed utility room and office. The double garage can be accessed directly from the utility room.
An elegant staircase rises from the reception hall to the first floor landing. The principal bedroom suite comprises a superb bedroom leading to a beautifully appointed bathroom. There are four further excellent bedrooms on the first floor, study, a family bathroom and family shower room. On the second floor is bedroom six with en suite bathroom. The property benefits from an extensive cellar which comprises a very impressive wine cellar, larder and boiler room.
The gardens to the front are generously stocked with shrubs and specimen trees.
A stone terrace lies across the front elevation and is perfect for enjoying the views across the green. Vehicular access is to the side of the property via double gates and along the rear elevation, terminating at the double garage and parking area. The formal rear garden is divided into three terraces with herbaceous borders, mature shrubs, specimen trees and areas of manicured lawn.
Stone steps allow access between the terraces. Tucked away in the far corner is a charming pavilion summerhouse, from which there are far reaching views, with leaded light windows and a pointed shingle roof. The summerhouse has lighting, heating and power points. Red brick paving separates the formal gardens from the productive part which includes a traditional greenhouse with light, heating and power points and a good sized kitchen garden with raised beds. There are impressive views from most parts of the front and back gardens, as well as the house itself.
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In my experience this is one of the finest houses to come to the market in quite some time.David Henderson