An exceptional home being part of an historic listed Manor House, once the country home of a former Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The East Wing is an exceptionally fine home, being part of Coln Manor which dates back to the mid 16th century. The house was the country home of 1st Earl Aldwyn who was twice the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the last decades of the 19th century. The property was converted to six separate houses in 1985. The separation was undertaken vertically so as to create freehold properties each with a garden. The remaining grounds which have access to the churchyard, drive, parking area and swimming pool are owned communally. There are far reaching views in all directions taking in the Norman church, the gently undulating Coln Valley and the lovely wooded grounds of Williamstrip Park and Hatherop Estate (owned by the Ernest Cook Trust).
Internally the front door opens into a dining hall with an ornate fireplace and alcove shelves and cupboards to either side. An inner hall with fitted bookshelves and original parquet floor leads to the magnificent drawing room This was the main drawing room of the house from the late 19th century. Completely panelled there is a raised fireplace at its centre piece, triple aspect windows, window seats, oak floor and French doors leading out to the garden. It makes for an exceptional entertaining room.
On the opposite side of the house there is a well fitted kitchen/ breakfast room with Aga, electric double oven and hobs and granite work surfaces, the room also linking back to the dining room. There is a cloakroom and also off the inner hall is a staircase down to the cellar rooms. These three rooms are divided between a boiler room, tank room and a utility room/ and separate wine store.
An elegant oak staircase rises to a galleried landing on the second floor. On the first floor there is a superb principal triple aspect suite - the principal bedroom of the Manor from the late 18th century - now with a range of built in wardrobes and an ensuite bathroom off. Two further double bedrooms, each with walk-in wardrobes, and a family bathroom are also found on this floor. On the second floor there is a study with period fire surround and hearth, fifth bedroom with walk in wardrobe, bathroom and a most useful laundry room and utility room. All the bedrooms enjoy lovely far-reaching views with the principal ones looking out across the village.
The house is complemented by an exceptional garden surrounded by a high brick wall. Laid out in separate compartments, the garden is divided by beech and yew hedging. Adjacent to the house is a flagstone terrace, known as' the Italian terrace' with raised beds. Two flights of stone steps lead down to an expanse of lawn and a wide variety of shrubs and bushes as well as borders under planted with bulbs. There are also fruit trees, several mature wisteria, and a raised ornamental fish pond. An archway within the beech hedge leads through to a rose covered arbour, close by is a stone bothy used as a garden store. From the top garden another archway leads through an ancient yew hedge to a separate secret' garden with a summer house and two tank water feature. Throughout the garden, which is totally private, are shaded sitting out areas.
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How wonderful to live in such a charming village which still has shop as well as a great pub.Anthony Coaker