Savills | Church Street, Winterbourne Stoke, Salisbury, SP3 4SW | Property for sale
5,379 sq ft(499.73 sq m)
Guide price £3,000,000

Church StreetWinterbourne Stoke, Salisbury, SP3 4SW

  • Under offer

Key features

  • A beautifully refurbished and extended former rectory amounting to about 5,379 sq ft.
  • Fabulous kitchen / living / breakfast room with lovely views.
  • Oak-framed double car port with stores and studio/home office above.
  • About 4.4 acres of landscaped gardens and grounds with a heated swimming pool and tennis court.
  • Excellent communication links with A303 and mainline train stations at Grateley and Salisbury.

A beautiful Grade II Listed Regency Rectory with far-reaching views, set in stunning gardens and grounds

About this property

  • The Old Rectory is Grade II listed. It is thought to be one of the largest cob houses in England, dating from the early 19th century, with a rendered façade under a shallow slate roof. The owners have undertaken a thorough restoration programme, including overhauling the roof, extending the house and refurbishing much of the inside. The result is a warm and welcoming house, typical of its period, with high ceilings, tall windows and generous use of space.

    A smart new entrance, with automated gates, leads up to the principal parking area and turning circle at the front of the house. This has all been landscaped and levelled to improve the sense of arrival, with box borders and wonderful views over the Norman church. A spur off the drive leads to the Oak-framed double carport and further parking.

    The front portico of the house leads into the entrance hall, with study off, and the main staircase to the first floor. A discreet side door leads to the back hall with cloakroom, boot room and cellars. The drawing room has a working fireplace and large bay window overlooking the formal gardens. The dining room lies beyond, with a fireplace and access to the south-facing terrace. A side door leads to the preparation kitchen / utility room, whilst the main door leads out to the new family kitchen and living room. Constructed on the site of the old conservatory, the current owners have created an exquisite light room, perfect for family living and entertaining, with French doors out to the terrace and gardens beyond. The large family room lies off the old kitchen to the north of the house.

    Upstairs, the house has a fantastic principal bedroom suite, with superb views and an en suite bathroom. They have also commandeered a former bedroom to create a further dressing room and shower room. There are three further bedrooms on this floor, one with an en suite bathroom, and a family bathroom. There is a further bedroom on the second floor, ideal for grown-up children or a nanny. Secondary stairs
    lead down to the original kitchen.

    To the side of the house is a cobbled yard with outbuildings for boiler, gardeners WC and stores. A large oak-framed building houses a double car port and lock-up machinery store, with home office/studio above. The greenhouse, with its cold frames, stands amongst the cutting beds and kitchen garden. There is a further garden shed by the composting bins and various wood stores.

    The current owners bought The Old Rectory in 2014 and have completely transformed the gardens and grounds. Currently open to the public under the National Gardens Scheme, it is hard to believe that these mature gardens have only been created so recently. Georgie Green wrote about the gardens in Wiltshire Life in 2018 and described them as “romantic gardens”, created with love, thought and passion, and a desire to give the house the setting it deserves.

    Alex Foster helped plan the design of the garden, albeit much of the work and planting was undertaken by the owners themselves. The focus was to enhance the view from the house across to the pretty Norman church and beyond. They had to remove 10,000 tonnes of chalk and created the main garden, a rose parterre with 100 roses and a series of terraces. The formal lawn area has symmetrically planted borders and there are underground containers beneath the terraces to harvest the rainwater. In total, the grounds amount to about 4.4 acres, about three acres of which are gardens. There are wildflower areas, an orchard, woodland with walks and borders filled with perennials and roses. To the rear of the house is the kitchen courtyard with espalier pyracantha, hydrangeas and an abundance of herbs.

    Finally, this is a house for family living and, included within the grounds is a 12x6m swimming pool, which is completely private, with amazing views and a large space to sunbathe. The pool house has a changing area, stores and the plant room with a heat exchanger. The hard tennis court lies just to the south of the pool with elevated views and a croquet lawn beyond.

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The owners have worked passionately to create some of the most incredible gardens I have seen for some time, and they provide an idyllic setting for this quintessential former Rectory.

James McKillopProperty agent

Local information

  • On the boundary of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Old Rectory lies in a secluded and private position, just off Church Street in Winterbourne Stoke. It overlooks the Till Valley and has views towards Grovely Woods and beyond.
  • The village has a church with 12th Century origins, a pub, a petrol station with small shop and a childrens' playground. Nearby Shrewton has a school, shop, post office and medical centre. The majority of the Parsonage Down National Nature Reserve is within the parish. This ancient downland is rich in wild flowers. A walk of approximately one mile takes you to the popular farm shop at Berwick St James.
  • The beautiful Cathedral city of Salisbury offers a wide selection of shops, restaurants, arts and recreational facilities. Racing is available at Salisbury, Newbury and Wincanton and golf at South Wilts Golf Club, Tidworth and High Post. This area is renowned for its fishing on the River Avon, Test and outlying chalk streams.
  • Road and rail communications are excellent, with the A303 to the north and the choice of either Salisbury, Grateley or Andover stations offering services to London Waterloo. At Grateley Station, trains into Waterloo take from 80 minutes.
  • There is a wide selection of both state and private schools in the area, including Dauntseys, Warminster, Salisbury Cathedral School, Chafyn Grove and Godolphin, as well as Bishop Wordsworth and South Wilts Grammar Schools. Further afield are renowned schools such as Port Regis, Sandroyd, Hazelgrove, Clayesmore, Bryanston, Bruton, Winchester, Marlborough, Canford and the Sherborne schools, amongst others.
  • All distances and travel times are approximate.

Additional information

  • TENURE - Freehold with vacant possession on completion
  • LOCAL AUTHORITY - Wiltshire Council – 0300 456 0100
  • OUTGOINGS - The property is subject to Council Tax Band H
  • FIXTURES AND FITTINGS - Please note that, unless specifically mentioned, all fixtures and fittings and garden ornaments/statuary are excluded from the sale.
  • SERVICES - Mains water and electricity. Oil fired central heating. Private drainage. Calor Gas for cooking. BT Fibre Optic broadband. Integrated Sonos sound system.
  • VIEWINGS - Strictly by appointment with sole agents Savills.
  • Directions: DIRECTIONS (SP3 4SW) From London, head west on the M3 and bear off onto the A303. Continue until you pass Stonehenge and go straight over the following roundabout, down into the village of Winterbourne Stoke. Turn left opposite the Bell Inn and garage and continue down Church Street, a no-through lane into the village. Follow the lane over the River Till and, as it bears round to the right, the entrance gates All distances and travel times are approximate.
  • EPC Exempt
  • Tenure = Freehold