Exceptional Georgian style village home
Shipton Standing is a Georgian style home built in 1963 by renowned house designer Alan Gore. The house has been extensively renovated and improved by the current owners, creating a fabulous family home with elegant rooms, large sash windows, high ceilings and wonderful proportions. Amongst the many recent improvements are the creation of a stunning kitchen/dining room, the installation of new bathrooms and enhancement of the Georgian style interior, such as by the addition of deeper skirting boards, window architraves and a neoclassical fireplace.
On entering the house, a generous hall opens out to an impressive, wide staircase with natural light from the tall landing window above. From the front door, the sightline continues through the kitchen to the rear garden beyond. Off the hall is an elegant cloakroom with basin and coat hanging space and separate WC.
The sitting room has fabulous proportions and is dual aspect with large sash windows on two sides as well as a French door to the garden. The room has an elegant fireplace with open fire, built in shelving, and double doors that lead into the adjacent large dining room. This room is also dual aspect with three windows, a French door opening to the terrace, built in storage and another door giving direct access to kitchen.
The stunning kitchen has been designed by combining two smaller rooms to create one impressive, open plan space in which to cook, eat and entertain. The bespoke, hand-painted cabinetry with tall cupboards has been designed to be both practical and visually impressive against the high ceilings and large volume of space in the room. There is a generous island with granite worktop, double sink, a fitted Smeg microwave/oven and two Bosch dishwashers. To the side there is a four oven AGA with warming plate flanked by nero granite worktops and a preparation sink with pot filler cold water tap. The tall cupboards house a built in fridge and freezer and include a pantry style cupboard with internal wooden drawers. There is versatile lighting on dimmers and plenty of natural light from two large windows facing the garden and a French door, which opens onto the terrace for easy outdoor dining.
Off the kitchen is a bright, spacious garden room which is currently used as the ideal family/TV room.
A rear hallway connects the kitchen to a utility room with very large butlers sink, bespoke hand-painted counter height and full height cabinetry for maximum storage and housing a washing machine and tumble dryer. A side entrance door opens onto a covered porch connecting to the garage door and driveway. Also off the rear hallway is a cosy study, with ample room for two or more desks and a gas fire. Stairs lead down into a large basement room with windows, central heating, built in cupboards and sink area. As well as providing excellent storage, it is used as a games/TV room and could make an ideal cinema space or den for children if required.
The wide staircase leads upstairs to a bright landing space off which are six bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and storage cupboards. The large master room is at the rear of the house and benefits from views over the garden and ample light from the four windows.
This room has a wall of built in wardrobes including one with vanity area with hand wash basin and drawer unit. There are 5 additional double bedrooms, 1 of the same size as the master room with built in wardrobes and 1 with a walk in wardrobe.
There are two large shower rooms and a family bathroom, all beautifully appointed. The shower rooms have contemporary style walk in showers with overhead rose and handheld hose, washbasin stand and a wall hung WC. They have underfloor heating and dual fuel towel radiators. Mirrored wall cabinets provide good storage with internal electric points. The master bathroom is in a more traditional style with wooden flooring, a bath, pedestal washbasin, WC and electric towel radiator.
Outside, the house is set in generous plot of about an acre with a lovely walled garden. The rear garden is mainly laid to lawn and is arranged over two levels which gently step away from the house. There are a variety of mature trees and shrubs which provide an attractive outlook as well as excellent privacy. Doors open from the garden room and kitchen on to a large terrace which looks across out the gardens.
To the front of the property a carriage driveway provides an excellent entrance and exit to the property, parking space and access to the very large double garage. A side entrance with practical covered porchway allows direct access to the rear hallway. The garage has roof lights and ample storage space, offering great flexibility and the possibility for alternative uses.
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What a house...it wows you from the moment you walk in the front door. This is probably the best Georgian style house I have seen, that's not Georgian.Charles Elsmore-Wickens