Idyllic Cotswold country house with swimming pool and landscaped, south facing gardens of about 1.2 acres
Situated at the end of a no through lane, on the edge of the village of Ramsden, adjoining and overlooking fields , The
Skippett is a quintessential Cotswold country house. With origins thought to date to the 1700s when it was 5 workers'
cottages, the property has since been significantly extended and evolved over the years.
Not listed and constructed of stone beneath a part Stonesfield slate/part cardinal slate roof, the property as it stands today, is a testament to the current owner who, in 2008, with architects and garden designers, totally transformed it. The extension and renovation works included a new roof, insulation, re-wiring, re-plumbing and central heating. The Skippett now seamlessly combines charming original period features such as exposed timbers, window seats and inglenook fireplace with the convenience of modern day comforts including under floor heating to most of the ground floor with remotely controlled zoned thermostats, WiFi throughout and Grundfos home booster water pressure system.
Accommodation over three floors lends itself perfectly to family life and entertaining. A large, welcoming reception hall
with oak staircase leads to the drawing room, with exposed timbers, inglenook fireplace and wood burner. The dining
room could be used as a play room depending on needs and the family TV room, fitted with kitchenette appliances, lends itself to separate nursery / teenage space, or alternatively, with rear staircase and door to garden, offers scope for live in staff or dependant relative accommodation wing. At the heart of the home is the L' shaped kitchen (Cotteswood designed)/breakfast room with electric Aga, granite work surfaces, integrated Neff appliances and work island. With French doors opening to the south facing terrace it also connects to the Vale conservatory. Service areas include rear hall/boot room, utility room and a shower room/WC.
On the first floor, the principal bedroom has French doors to a south facing balcony, overlooking the garden and
countryside beyond. There is a walk-in wardrobe and en suite bathroom. A guest suite has a nursery room/walk-in dressing area and en suite bathroom. There are a further two double bedrooms, a single bedroom/study, family bathroom and separate WC. On the second floor are two interconnecting attic bedrooms and a useful walk-in clothes cupboard/store room.
The Skippett is entered though a timber gate to ample gravel parking to the front of the house and garaging. The professionally designed gardens have been adapted from a previous botanist (renowned alpinist) owner, and naturally flow through different areas. A sunken garden has a Japanese theme with bamboo, azaleas and rhododendrons. Well stocked herbaceous borders include lupins, fuschias, peonies and hydrangeas. Roses and clematis adorn the house, surrounding stone walls and pergolas. A south facing terrace is naturally shaded with an ornamental grape vine. The pool area follows a Cornish theme, where there is a barbecue area and sun terrace. The timber clad pool house with electricity, has a changing room, plant room and separate kitchenette area. With electric heating, telephone and broadband line, it also offers scope for use as a home office. There is an Alitex green house, timber garden store and raised fruit and vegetable beds. A special feature of the garden is the adjoining village Skippett Pool with varied wildlife and aquatic plants such as gunnera, ornamental rhubarb plants and spring bulbs on the Skippett's banks. There is a detached double garage, log and garden store.
Mains water, drainage and electricity. Oil-fired boiler. Security alarm. Separate oil-fired boiler for the
View payable Stamp Duty for this property
What's not to like about this charming Cotswold home, extended and updated, and set in the most beautiful country gardensNicky Quentel