“The front aspect looks onto a carefully considered ornamental garden designed to be a place of reflection and tranquillity, whilst an expanse of untreated wood arranged in a diagonal pattern forms a raised deck at the back.”
Surrounded by nearly two acres of land and gardens, this dynamic four-bedroom house is a wonderful example of personal expression having been meticulously designed by the current owners. Originally an agricultural barn belonging to the neighbouring country house, the property sits in total privacy with views across adjacent fields.
The house is approached along a quiet no-through lane that serves a cluster of dwellings built on the site of the former manor house. Simple electric gates open to a hard standing, with space for a number of cars, that fronts the house.
The structure is L-shaped, with extensive living areas at one end, and bedrooms at the other. The front aspect looks onto a carefully considered ornamental garden designed to be a place of reflection and tranquillity, whilst an expanse of untreated wood arranged in a diagonal pattern forms a raised deck at the back. The deck extends to include a slate-lined swimming pool, BBQ area and attractive woodstore.
The main living space is an open-plan room with exposed timber beams that support the pitched roof. The kitchen sits at the near end, with a striking island/breakfast bar topped with a single slab of blackened cast concrete. There is a large space for a dining table, opposite double doors that open to the rear deck, and a half-height chimney stack that partitions the seating area. An enormous picture window draws in the morning light, giving the house an exciting sense of transparency from front to back.
A second reception room is positioned near the main entrance, also equipped with double doors that access the rear garden. A little further along the hall there is a study or additional bedroom, a master bedroom and en-suite bathroom, and a huge walk-in utility cupboard. The foot of the L-shaped plan contains three further bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower room, and a shared bathroom. Each of the three bedrooms has its own access to the front garden.
There are various outbuildings positioned around the house, including a summer house, store and an open garage that was originally constructed to keep a horse.
Wootton Rivers is an incredibly pretty Wiltshire town around five miles from Marlborough. The Kennet and Avon Canal runs through the village, used by locals for boating activities. There is a good pub called the Royal Oak and a grade-II listed church. Nearby Pewsey has a greater selection of facilities, whilst Marlborough has a sophisticated set of shops, including a Waitrose, some excellent restaurants and the usual amenities. The well-regarded Marlborough College sits on the outskirts of the town itself. St. John’s Academy has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted.
The easiest routes to London are via Swindon or Pewsey, which have direct services to Paddington with a journey time of around an hour. Pewsey is a ten-minute drive, whereas Swindon rail station is half-an-hour by car. The M4 provides excellent access to West London in one direction, and Bristol and Bath in the other.
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