An individual family house enjoying panoramic views across the valley with a charming cottage in the grounds.
Fort William probably dates back to the 16th century and prior to its conversion to a house was probably a chapel, as evidenced by the Gothic arched windows. In any event the property was built and designed to maximise the views which are sensational. The reception rooms are arranged on the top floor which is level with the main part of the garden. The bedrooms are therefore on the lower ground floor level where there is the original front door.
The everyday front door opens into a hall off which is a cloakroom and to one side the well fitted kitchen beyond which is a utility room. Also glazed double doors leads into a light and airy dining room having skylights and glazed panelled doors leading into the garden. Arranged at the front of the house is the split level drawing room, an excellent entertaining room which takes advantage of the magnificent views. At one side there is a wood burning stove set in a stone surround and opposite a further cassette style wood burner set in Cotswold stone on a raised dais which creates a separate sitting area. Also on this floor is the main bedroom with en suite shower room and glazed doors leading out on to a garden terrace. The remaining three bedrooms are on the lower ground floor, are of good size and complemented by a family bathroom with a separate shower.
The property can be approached from either the front garden where there is private parking or via a separate driveway which leads through the garage to a further parking area and car port. The beautifully landscaped garden is arranged over a number of terraces and linked by pathways and stone steps. Planted with an array of interesting shrubs, there is colour throughout the seasons. There are also a number of relaxing sitting out areas all of which enjoy the views. On the level alongside the dining area is a particularly lovely seating area with a vine covered pergola and an idyllic spot from which to watch the world go by.
The views and atmosphere are known to have inspired Delius to compose some of his famed music when he stayed at the property in his youth in about 1820, sent by his parents to learn the textile trade but distracted by the beauty of his surroundings.
The Lodge is an interesting period property which stands on an elevated site that takes in terrific views across the Chalford Valley. It is a detached property which in more recent years has been enlarged to provide a second bedroom and a larger kitchen.
The front door is positioned on the lower ground floor and opens into a hallway off which is a dual aspect bedroom and bathroom. A spiral staircase rises to the first floor where there is a study which could be used as an occasional bedroom. The sitting room is also dual aspect and includes exposed stonework.. There is direct access in to the kitchen/breakfast room which has the joy of opening straight out onto the upper garden. Again there is exposed stonework and there are a good range of fitted units as well as a store cupboard. A further staircase leads up to a light and bright second bedroom with a Juliet balcony and an en suite shower room
From the lane there are double gates which lead into the property where there is private parking. This is alongside a further space belonging to the neighbouring property. The garden is found to the side and rear of the cottage and is well stocked with a variety of mature shrubs and plants . There is also a level, paved sitting out terrace from which stone steps lead upto a wide decking area, a splendid vantage point from which to enjoy the view. There is also a timber garden shed.
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Backing onto Rodborough Common and looking out across the valley to the front, an idyllic combination for anyone wanting a to buy into a country life style.Anthony CoakerProperty agent