A fine Grade II listed village house.
The Priory is a fine Grade II listed village house dating from the seventeenth century. The property was remodelled and extended in the nineteenth century and is constructed of coursed lias rubble with ashlar dressings and mellow red brick extensions beneath a Cotswold stone roof. The main façade has a pleasing symmetry with a central porch and handsome sash windows. Both internally and externally the property is presented to an exceptionally high standard having been extensively renovated in 2015 by the current owners.
A particular appeal of The Priory is its picturesque setting on a quiet no-through road within the village Conservation Area which has a long history and retains numerous historic buildings and customs. From the house, gardens and grounds are charming aspects over the surrounding properties, all of which are of an important architectural nature.
The principal living accommodation is set out over three floors with a versatile layout which is ideal for the demands of family life. There is a very useful cellar. Listed building consent has been obtained to replace an external window with a door under reference 18/00195/LB in order to convert the pantry to a boot room accessible from the driveway (26th March 2018). The property is approached along a garden path which leads to an imposing oak double door. Opening the door, you enter via a porch and onwards into the welcoming hall. This is the original seventeenth century part of the property with doors leading from the hall to the drawing room to the left and the dining room to the right. With lovely views towards the village, the well-proportioned double aspect drawing room has an open fireplace with wood burning stove and pretty sash windows. The formal dining room complements the drawing room and incorporates an impressive fireplace. The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with an excellent range of handmade painted country-style cabinets with integrated appliances. There is also an island unit with a polished granite worktop and bar counter which can accommodate four people and a very useful walk in pantry. From the kitchen you walk into a very comfortable sitting room with inglenook fireplace and doors opening out into the garden. A staircase rises from the small hallway between the kitchen and sitting room to bedroom three. An archway leads from the sitting room to the family room with L-shaped study area with fitted bookcases and doors to the garden, utility and guest cloakroom. This area of the house could be isolated to create a self-contained wing with independent access.
The main staircase rises from the hall to the first floor landing which provides access to two excellent south-facing double bedrooms, both with bespoke fitted cupboards. Also on the first floor is a luxuriously and beautifully appointed bathroom. Bedroom three is accessed via the study. Bedrooms four and five are located on the second floor and have vaulted ceilings with exposed beams. Bedroom five has a fabulous en suite bathroom.
The Priory is set back from the village lane behind a high Blue Lias stone wall with a pedestrian gate leading to a pathway to the front door. The beautifully maintained gardens and grounds are a special feature of the property and are predominantly laid to lawn with a variety of established trees and shrubs. Flagstone terraces are situated on the west and east elevations which are ideal for al fresco entertaining. Beyond the formal garden lies a vegetable and fruit garden to the north east.
The property is approached from the village lane (a no-through road) through five bar gates and onwards along the driveway which runs past the west elevation of the property and terminates at a turning circle near the garaging. The gardens and grounds amount to about two acres. The property will appeal to a broad audience of buyers and in particular those looking for a family house enjoying a rural position yet within comfortable driving distance of Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds. The rail links and motorway network in the area are ideal for commuting further afield. The accommodation on offer will be especially attractive to buyers who work from home or who require a versatile layout to meet a range of needs.
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I could live very happily in this handsome house. The gardens are fabulous and perfect for hide and seek!David Henderson