An exceptional home in a magical riverside setting
Swan House occupies an enviable position within this admired and unspoilt village. The house is Grade ll listed and is understood to date back to the mid17th century and there has been later incorporation of the village reading room and former wheelwright's. It has only changed ownership twice since most of the village was acquired by a private family in the 1920's.
Internally the house is beautifully presented and has been sympathetically improved by the present owners. All principal reception rooms have French windows opening out onto the garden, are well portioned and along with the rest of the house are light and bright. The drawing room is an excellent size for entertaining and includes ceiling beams, and an inglenook fireplace with a woodburning stove. There is also a woodburning stove and original oak flooring in the welcoming reception hall, off which is the cloakroom and the staircase. The hand built kitchen is beautifully fitted and includes a central island with preparation sink with Zip tap and wine conditioner. For the cooking there is a 3-oven electric Aga as well as a large chef's oven, combination conventional ,fan & microwave oven and wide induction hob, all by Miele. Other appliances include separate, full height fridge and freezer as well as two dishwashers. The kitchen opens out into a separate breakfast area, both having ceramic floor tiles as well as underfloor heating.
Double doors lead from the kitchen into the large dining room which is capable of fulfilling a number of uses. In addition to the underfloor heating there is a contemporary woodburning stove. Adjacent is the boiler room and pantry whilst a spiral staircase leads up to the study and access to the former hayloft. A utility/boot room has built in storage space.
On the first floor there are four bedrooms together with four bath/shower rooms, most of which have marble tiling. From one of the bedrooms there is an interconnecting way through to the study. A staircase from the main landing rises to the second floor where there are two further bedrooms and a bathroom, one of the bedrooms having exposed, original timber trusses. The whole house is well presented and nearly all rooms benefit from the delightful aspect which extends over the garden and river to countryside beyond.
From the village lane a gateway leads into a gravelled parking area. Here there are the former stables which are used as garden stores. Above is a former hay loft which is accessed from the house and provides good storage. Planning permission exists for their conversion into self-contained accommodation if desired.
A wide flagged terrace is accessed from the principal reception rooms. Beyond is the lawn which sweeps down to the river. The garden is partly walled and includes herbaceous borders, fruit trees including plumb, apple and pear trees. The specimen trees include acers, oak, hornbeam and a splendid weeping willow which overhangs the lake. Close by is a useful, stone built boat house which is large enough to house garden machinery and tools. There is also a stone built bothy close to the house. The riverside bank is an enchanting sitting out area and one from which to enjoy an abundance of wildlife and seasonally changing flora. There are single bank fishing rights along the 100 yards that border the garden.
In all the property extends to about 1.53 acres.
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The epitome of country living, a relaxing riverside setting in a timeless Cotswold village.Anthony Coaker