Exceptional Georgian village house in the heart of the Cotswolds.
The village of Preston is conveniently located about 2 miles
from the country town of Cirencester. The village consists of
a mixture of period and modern houses with a church and
Cirencester provides exceptional day to day shopping
facilities, including, Waitrose and Tesco Supermarkets. The
Market Place hosts a twice weekly market as well a farmer's
market every other Saturday. More extensive shopping
and recreational activities are available in the towns of
Cheltenham, Tetbury and Bath. There is a pub in the nearby
village of Ampney Crucis and the Village Pub in Barnsley is
also within easy reach.
Preston Place is well positioned, with both Kemble and
Swindon train stations nearby; both with regular direct
trains to London Paddington. The M4 and M5 motorways
are within easy reach, as is the A417 to Cheltenham and the
Fosseway providing access North towards Stow on the Wold.
The larger centres of Bath and Bristol are also accessible, as is
Bristol International Airport.
The area has a very good selection of schools including
Hatherop Castle and Beaudesert prep schools, Westonbirt,
Rendcomb College, Cheltenham Ladies College, Chelthenham College and Marlborough. There are also excellent local schools, including Cirencester Park, Stroud High School and Pates Grammar School. The Oxford schools are also very accessible.
The region has many sporting opportunities including racing
at Cheltenham, Bath and Newbury. Polo at Cirencester Park,
Beaufort Polo Club and Edgeworth. Rugby at Gloucester
and Bath. Golf at Minchinhampton, Cirencester and South
Cerney. The Cotswold Water Park is also nearby which offers
an extensive range of water sports, including water skiing,
sailing and kayaking. The surrounding countryside offers
many excellent walks, some directly accessible from the
Originally a vicarage, Preston Place was built in 1818 by William Bridges of Cirencester. The house is constructed of Cotswold stone with a hipped stone slate roof. Well positioned in the centre of the village, the approach to Preston Place is through a set of stone gates up a gravel driveway providing excellent views of the house and gardens. The house is well laid out to provide excellent entertaining space. When entering the house your attention is drawn straight to the flagstone floor and cantilever staircase. The principal rooms are approached off the entrance hall. Both the dining room and drawing room have fine proportions and wonderful south facing views over the front lawns, also maintaining many original features and high ceilings. Of particular note are the large sash windows with working shutters and attractive fireplaces and original floor boards in the dining room.
Large double doors from the drawing room open up into the withdrawing room which provides further entertaining space, and French windows giving access to the gardens. The rear hallway takes you past the cloakroom, cellar and rear staircase in to the kitchen.
The kitchen is the hub of the house, with handmade units from Stroud furniture makers and a four-door aga as well as a gas range cooker. Leading on from the kitchen there is a large larder, snug, boot room and laundry room. The back
door leads past a bathroom with a shower for the pool, out to a well-stocked herb garden.
On the first floor, the principal bedroom is light and spacious with a large bathroom and dressing room/study. There are three further bedrooms on this floor and two bathrooms. On the second floor there are two double bedrooms and a bath room.
On the whole, this wonderful family home offers and practical and charming living space whilst still retaining it's period charm.
The first floor of the coach house has been converted into a large flat with an open plan kitchen living space with a light spacious bedroom and bathroom. There are two garages below and original stables.
The gardens and grounds at Preston Place extend to 2.42 acres and are made up of formal lawns, fabulous herbaceous borders and a paddock to the rear. Accessed from the dining room or outside, the garden room is a lovely light and peaceful area to entertain. At the front of the house there is a well-kept astro-turf tennis court. The swimming pool is to the rear of the house in the walled garden giving it a totally private setting. The pool house provides a wonderful outdoor eating space with an open fire BBQ area. There is also a changing room and
plant room. The paddock to the North of the house has a large and well-stocked vegetable patch with a polytunnel. There is also direct access from here on to a footpath into Cirencester and the surrounding countryside.
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Preston Place is a wonderful Cotswold family home, offered to the market for the first time in 30 years.Freddy Dalrymple-Hamilton