Savills | Rockness Hill, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, GL6 0PJ | Property for sale
5,788 sq ft(537.72 sq m)
Guide price £2,750,000

Rockness HillNailsworth, Gloucestershire, GL6 0PJ

  • Under offer

Key features

  • Overlooking glorious Cotswold countryside
  • Close to good schools including Beaudesert Park
  • Extensive family accommodation
  • Outbuildings including former Coach House
  • Exceptional garden and grounds
  • Paddocks, about 7 acres

An impressive former vicarage providing exceptional family accommodation and set in extensive grounds amidst beautiful Cotswold countryside

About this property

  • Designed by prominent Victorian architect, Piers St Aubyn, and mentioned in Pevsner, Blackberry Hill is understood to have been built in 1850 but is not listed and yet is a fine example of Victorian architecture. It occupies a prominent position on the upper slopes of a wooded valley and as such has stunning views and a southeasterly aspect attracting excellent levels of natural light through its attractive mullion windows.

    The accommodation has been considerably improved by the current owners, not least by the creation of a fabulous kitchen space which is ideal for everyday living. The entrance hall has also been opened out into the former study thus making for an impressive reception hall. The main room includes a splendid drawing room with a fine fireplace, stone mullion windows to two elevations and double doors leading through to the elegant dining room. The kitchen/breakfast room includes a 4 oven gas Aga, Gas Lacanche range, separate preparation area and a wood block floor. Wide French doors lead out onto the garden terrace and an internal door opens into a cosy sitting room with vaulted ceiling and a wood burning stove. This room also has French doors to the garden.

    The remaining rooms on the ground floor include a cloakroom, utility as well as a boot room. In addition, there is an advantage of an extensive wine cellar. The layout of the rooms makes the reception space ideal for entertaining.

    The principal staircase leads up to the first floor where there are three bedrooms and three bathrooms, a fourth bedroom is currently used as a study. The main bedroom uses a former bedroom as a dressing room and could easily be reverted.

    The secondary staircase leads up to the second floor where there are four further bedrooms, bathroom, a sitting/tv area and utility room. Throughout the house there are many fine period features including flagstone floors, mullion windows and original stone fireplaces.

    The property is approached along an impressive gravel drive leading to a broad sweep. Beyond is a Coach House offering garaging and storage, but which also has potential for other uses (subject to planning consent).

    Set in 6.8 acres, there are formal gardens to the front and side, flanked by wooded grounds which contain many specimen trees, a legacy of an association with the Holford family who established the world famous Westonbirt Arboretum in the 19th century. To the south of the house is a paddock together with two loose boxes and a feed store/tack room.

    To the north and west of the house are three paddocks totalling about 2.73 acres. A level paddock area provides space for enjoying cricket or football. In fact, the whole garden is a delight for growing children to explore and enjoy the many aspects of country life. A public right of way crosses the paddocks which are away from the house.

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I cannot imagine a better place to bring up a growing family. The house provides accommodation which can be used in a number of different ways. The grounds are also perfect for those who enjoy outside life.

Anthony CoakerProperty agent

Local information

  • Blackberry Hill is situated close to Nailsworth between Tetbury and Stroud, in a special part of the Cotswolds noted for its good communications, scenery and choice of outstanding schools. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Rockness Hill is characterised by wooded river valleys and rolling farmland, it is great walking and horse riding country with a network of public footpaths and bridleways to enjoy.
  • Nearby Nailsworth supports a very well known delicatessen as well as an eclectic range of shops, restaurants and public houses. Further facilities are found in Tetbury and Stroud, the latter having a Waitrose supermarket, an award-winning farmer's market and an Apollo cinema. The nearby village of Horsley has a strong community spirit and supports a Parish Church, Primary School, a small shop and a bistro pub, The Hog.
  • Conveniently situated for both the M4 and M5 motorways, Blackberry Hill is accessible for commuting to Bristol, The Midlands or South Wales while London is about two hours' drive, with the alternative of regular train services from Kemble (from 75 minutes) or Stroud Station (from 93 minutes) into London Paddington.
  • Both state and private schools are within easy reach making this a very sought after location for families. Stroud has both boys' and girls' grammar schools; Beaudesert Park Preparatory School is across the valley on Minchinhampton Common (2 miles) with Westonbirt and Wycliffe College also nearby.
  • There are a number of golf courses in the area, including the highly regarded courses at Minchinhampton. There is an equestrian centre in Barton End and world class eventing at Badminton and Gatcombe. The Cotswold Water Park offers many opportunities for water sports enthusiasts and there is racing at Cheltenham and Chepstow. Splendid relaxation is provided at Calcot Hotel & Spa (4 miles) which offers two excellent restaurants and at the spa a gymnasium, pool and a range of treatments. There are many lovely walks in the surrounding countryside and one to the centre of Nailsworth. At Westonbirt there is The National Arboretum in addition to the wonderful open spaces of Both Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons.

Additional information

  • Nailsworth 1 mile, Stroud 5 miles, Tetbury 7.5 miles, Cirencester 13 miles, Kemble Station 15 miles M5 (J13) 6.5 miles, M4 (J15) 30 miles, M4 J(18) 15 miles, Cheltenham 19 miles, Bath 27 miles (All distances are approximate)
  • Directions: From the centre of Nailsworth continue on the A46 Bath road and after a short distance take the right turn to Horsley, shortly after the church. Continue up the hill for about ¾ of a mile towards Horsley and after passing Ruskin Mill College take a sharp second right signed to Rockness. The entrance to the driveway to Blackberry Hill will be on the left hand side after a short distance.
  • EPC Rating = D
  • Tenure = Freehold