Stunning contemporary Cotswold living
Hill Covert, formerly a period Keepers cottage from the 17th century has been substantially extended and remodelled to provide a state of the art Cotswolds retreat perfectly blending period Cotswold architecture and features together with 21st century materials, technology and exciting architecture. The accommodation is set over two stories and combines principal Cotswold stone elevations under pitched tiled roofs combined with contemporary cedar clad elevations under zinc roofs.
The property has a wealth of features including exposed Cotswold stone walling, stone mullioned windows, a combination of original and contemporary fireplaces, under floor heating, stone flooring, oak flooring and bespoke fitted timber furniture.
The property has an extremely flexible layout and can accommodate styles of usage from multi-generational occupation, through to an indulgent private retreat for the owner and their guests. Hill Covert has three principal points of access depending upon requirement. Formal access is via an impressive Cotswold stone projecting section under a pitched tiled roof. For informal access and for country pursuits and animals, there is a boot room with cloaks hanging and storage. Finally for day to day access to the kitchen & breakfast room there is access from the entertainment terrace and raised parking area.
The ground floor comprises of the formal reception hall leading through to lovely inner hall with enclosed fireside seating area and steps up to a large family room. This space features exposed Cotswold stone walls, oak flooring and delightful period fireplace with oak beam and wood burner. Beyond is a study with bespoke book shelving and storage and double Crittal style doors leading out to the garden. A bedroom wing runs parallel and to the east end of the house comprising an inner hall with staircase, two bedrooms and a family bathroom.
An impressive drawing room links across to the contemporary body of the house with plenty of natural light from a series of full height windows and a glass ceiling section. The room has oak flooring, a modern inset wood burner and recessed area for feature furniture or further seating. The ground floor section of the contemporary section includes the boot room, large games room or possible further bedroom, w.c and utility/plant room.
An angled staircase leads up to the first floor of the stunning contemporary section opening up into the sitting room with full height curved ceiling and beam work. This large room has fantastic multi level views over the gardens and grounds. Features include oak flooring, a modern stone fireplace and two sets of large sliding garden doors leading to an enclosed terrace and large entertainment terrace. There is also a dedicated entrance porch giving good day to day access to the kitchen area adjacent.
There is open access to the superb kitchen and breakfast room which enjoys beautiful views over the gardens and grounds via large full height windows. Bespoke painted floor and wall mounted furniture has Miele integral appliances and there is a central island with induction hob and venting system. Steps lead down into the dining room which spans across to the traditional section featuring a number of full height windows, a glass floor section and glass balustrade with view to a section of the drawing room below. The traditional first floor section of Hill Covert accommodates the principal bedroom space including master and guest bedroom suites, a large landing area and further bedroom with separate shower room.
Landscaped grass banks to the main gates which are adjacent to the garage and studio building. Beyond the gates the driveway opens up into an inner keep style layout with a central large raised bed contained by Cotswold drystone walling featuring shrubs and mature trees. There is parking for numerous vehicles and a separate driveway section leading up to the entertainment terrace. The house is surrounded by landscaped gardens, mainly laid to lawn with decorative borders. Broad stone steps lead up four levels flanked by tiered lawned areas. At the top is delightful landscaping consisting of planted avenues, shaped beds, mature avenues of trees and a former tennis lawn. Due the height of the plot, Hill Covert enjoys lovely rural vistas yet is nicely concealed.
Worthy of note is the useful detached double garage building with office space which is situated at the head of the driveway. This has the potential to create ancillary accommodation subject to planning permission.
Services: Mains water, electricity and private drainage. Oil fired central heating. Under floor heating. High speed fibre-optic broadband is available for connection.
Viewing: Strictly by appointment
A truly inspiring and desirable Cotswold homeChristian Swaab