Savills | Fairford, Gloucestershire, GL7 4AU | Property for sale
8,184 sq ft(760.32 sq m)
Guide price £2,600,000

FairfordGloucestershire, GL7 4AU

  • Recently sold

Key features

  • Sold in May 2022
  • Parkland setting
  • Close to amenities
  • 3/6 reception rooms, 5/8 bedrooms
  • Separate self contained wing
  • About 1.2 acres

An impressive country house together with a completely self contained wing.

About this property

  • Morgan Hall Is a handsome and impressive country house situated on the eastern side of Fairford. Although within the town and close to shops and amenities, the house has the impression of being in the country due to it is unspoilt outlook across parklike grounds. Indeed the wide variety of specimen trees give the impression that the house is on the edge of an arboretum.

    The house is approached along a gravel driveway with parking to the front. The front door opens into a generous entrance porch which is large enough for coats and boots. The splendid reception hall has a stone paved floor, fireplace with a woodburning stove and opens into the three living rooms. The two principal reception rooms are interconnecting making them ideal for entertaining and both enjoy the parkland aspect. Each have fine fireplaces and elaborate cornicing. The panelled library is also a very well proportioned and is a more intimate room for day to day living. Across the hall is the kitchen/breakfast room with a gas fired Aga and outside access. There is also an adjacent utility room with cloakroom off.

    A very fine cantilevered staircase leads up to the first floor where there is a split level galleried landing. Three of the five bedrooms enjoy the open aspect, are well proportioned and are served by two bathrooms. The second floor attic space could provide for a dressing room a bathroom (already plumbed).

    South Wing is older than the main house and is built in the traditional vernacular style with gable elevations and casement windows. Over the last year the house has been comprehensively renovated whilst retaining the original character and features. These include shuttered windows, impressive fireplaces as well as quarry and flagstone floors. There are also exposed timbers in two of the bedrooms.

    The rooms are laid out to include two reception rooms on the ground floor, a sitting room with windows to two elevations and a dining room with a fitted dresser and door to the courtyard. The fully fitted kitchen also opens into the garden. On the first floor there is a wonderful drawing room with views of the grounds, a principal bedroom with a dressing room, and a luxury bathroom. There are two further bedrooms on the second floor both with vaulted ceilings and another newly fitted bathroom with marble effect tiling. The central heating system has been replaced.

    The grounds are mainly found to the north and east although there is partly walled garden to the south of South Wing. Here there is also a gardener's wc, implement store and garden. On the northern boundary there is a further area of shared parking which could be enlarged further.

    The gardens are mainly laid to lawn although interspersed with a wide variety of shrubs and trees. Herbaceous and flower border create colour and the lawn is separated from the parkland by a ha-ha. In all the property extends to about 1.2 acres.

    Morgan Hall is understood to date back to the late 16th century and was reputed to have been a Cromwellian stronghold during the Civil War. In the 18th Century the house was refaced and enlarged to the east. At one time the property was the dower house to nearby Fairford Park and owned by the well known Barker family.

    The house has a rich history having been lived by many artists, notably John S Sargent who painted from the house in the 1890's. Edwin Abbey was another American artist who had Morgan Hall as his home.

    The house is Grade ll listed and characterised by high ceilings, elaborate cornicing, splendid fireplaces and wonderful reception rooms of Georgian proportions. The South Wing forms a completely separate home but could be integrated within the main house.

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A classic house with a bohemian history

Anthony CoakerProperty agent

Local information

  • Fairford is a most attractive and historic town which straddles the River Coln, in the Cotswolds area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Architecturally, the centre of the town has remained largely unspoilt but, more importantly, Fairford has retained an excellent cross-section of shops and facilities, including primary and secondary schools, a cottage hospital, doctors surgery, dentist, library and a range of shops which cater for most everyday needs. At its heart is the magnificent St. Mary's Church which adjoins the high street where most of the shops are situated. Cirencester is about 9 miles away and provides more boutique shops and an excellent range of services.
  • The A419 dual carriageway is about 5 miles away and gives direct access to Swindon, the M4 (Junction 15), as well as Cheltenham, Gloucester and the M5 (Junction 11A). There are train services to London Paddington from both Kemble and Swindon whilst Heathrow airport is about 75 miles away.
  • There are a wide range of local sporting opportunities including various golf courses, polo at Cirencester Park and the Cotswold Leisure Centre in Cirencester. The Cotswold Water Park at South Cerney provides a wide range of water based activities with boating on the River Thames at Lechlade. There are tennis and football clubs in the town and shooting with local syndicates. Good local pubs include The Red Lion at Castle Eaton, The New Inn at Coln St Aldwyns and The Village Inn at Barnsley. There are spas at Barnsley House and Thyme in Southrop.
  • A good selection of primary schools are found in the area including Meysey Hampton, Down Ampney and Ampney Crucis with secondary schools in Fairford and Cirencester. Within the private sector there are the preparatory schools of Hatherop Castle, Rendcomb College, Prior Park, Beaudesert Park and St Hugh's, with Rendcomb, Westonbirt and the Cheltenham Colleges for the later years.

Additional information

  • Cirencester 9 miles • Cheltenham 24 miles • M5 (Junction 15) 17 miles Swindon Station 13.5 miles (London Paddington from 55 minutes) (All distances are approximate)
  • Directions: From Cirencester take the A417 proceeding through the Ampneys and Poulton. Continue through the centre of Fairford and the entrance will be seen on the right hand side just after passing The Railway Inn and before the 40mph speed signs, There are stone pillars with high stone walls to either side. Continue down the drive and park on the right hand side, opposite the house.
  • EPC Exempt
  • Tenure = Freehold