An appealing Grade II listed family house in an elevated position with delightful gardens and far reaching views
Set in a commanding position atop Bencroft Hill with views across open countryside to the Marlborough Downs to the south east and northerly views across North Wiltshire towards Malmesbury. Appealing honey coloured Cotswold stone elevations with stone mullion windows under a stone tiled roof with tall chimneys and pretty dormer windows provide instant appeal. The house is enhanced by a pretty range of buildings providing garaging and a stable with tack room which is linked to a workshop and the wisteria covered open fronted byre – now used as a log and garden store.
From the gravel drive a flagstone courtyard leads to the front door. Opening into a spacious reception hall with ceiling beams and the original stone floor. Doors lead off to the kitchen/breakfast room, the utility room and an inner hall. The inner hall has a glazed door to the garden and provides access to the study, drawing room and the cellar. The study at the rear of the house has a westerly elevation and overlooks the garden and paddock beyond. The principal rooms are arranged as a trio running along the front (southern) elevation, with interconnecting doors linking the sitting room, dining room and kitchen/breakfast room. There are many appealing features including dressed stone fire surrounds and open fires, ceiling beams and cupboards. The first floor has two landings (one accessed with stairs from the sitting room and the other accessed by stairs from the kitchen) and four light and airy double bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Beautifully planted the gardens are a delight and surround the property. The front lawn with deep borders is enclosed by a stone wall to east and west and a clipped hornbeam hedge to the south. The gravel drive is bordered by a stunning area of colourful planting beneath tall lime and beech trees. The gravel drive runs up to lawn which leads to a small orchard of apple, pear, greengage and cherry trees. The orchard wraps around the walled garden and is bordered by rugosa roses and poplar trees. The walled garden borders the rear of the house and contains the swimming pool, with flower borders to the east and the west and climbing roses and fig trees. From the orchard an avenue of hornbeams leads into the arboretum. A row of flowering cherry trees leads to the tennis court – concealed by climbing roses. The lawns bordering the tennis court provide far reaching views across Beaufort hunt country towards Malmesbury.
The paddock is arranged as pasture planted with a pleasing range of specimen trees and now forms an arboretum. A public footpath runs along the northern boundary. There is a further area of private garden on the opposite side of the lane. Arranged as a natural garden it slopes gently to neighbouring farmland. Bark paths lead through the garden with mature lime, willow, beech and cherry trees and mown banks with flower and shrub borders.
Lot Acres: 7