The ancient Prinknash Park Estate has origins going back to Doomsday and beyond and has played host to numerous noble and notable characters over the centuries including King Henry VIII. For around the last century, the Estate has been home to a community of Benedictine monks who have worked the land and occupied and maintained the plethora of buildings, including Lower Lodge. This charming detached Lodge is believed to be coming to the open market for the first time and offers a rare opportunity to own a slice of history that can be tailored to suit the new owners' requirements.
Many period details have been retained including leaded-light windows, carved window mullions topped by drip courses, coped gables finished with carved finials and tall stone chimney stacks. Although currently habitable, the Lodge would now benefit from a comprehensive programme of renovation and restoration (subject to permissions) in order to create a most individual and impressive residence.
The ground floor accommodation is currently comprised of an entrance hall, a sitting room with an open fireplace and tall bay window, a breakfast room that opens to a kitchen with windows to front and rear and a door to the side and a bathroom. On the first floor there are three evenly sized bedrooms.
Upton St Leonards is a thriving village community situated at the foot of the Cotswold escarpment and encompassing the adjacent hamlets of Portway and Nuthill. The Village Hall and Church are at the heart of the community along with a range of local shops including the Portway Farm Shop, a Post Office, playgroup and the Kings Head and Royal William public houses whilst the Bowden Hall and Hatton Court Hotels offer alternative dining venues. The recreation ground is home to many clubs including tennis, cricket and football teams. In the wider area, events include golf at Gloucester and Painswick Golf Clubs, polo at Longdole, skiing at Gloucester Ski Centre, racing at Prestbury Park and sailing at the Cotswold Water Park, together with shooting and fishing on local estates. Gloucester City offers a comprehensive selection of recreational, commercial and retail facilities with Stroud being home to an award winning Farmers Market whilst Cheltenham is the main regional centre and offers festivals throughout the year embracing topics ranging from racing to literature and music to science.
Nearby, Upton and Cranham Primary Schools both have a "Good" rating and secondary school options are particularly strong with independent schools including Kings School in Gloucester, Wycliffe College and Beaudesert Park in Stroud, Cheltenham College & Cheltenham Ladies College and The Wynstones Steiner School nearby in Whaddon whilst there are grammar schools in Stroud, Gloucester and Cheltenham. The surrounding towns provide a comprehensive range of social, recreational and retail amenities to suit all tastes including the award-winning Farmers Market in Stroud.
Outside, the gardens are mainly to the rear running alongside one of the entrance driveways leading up to the Abbey whilst there is a paved terrace ideal for al fresco entertaining to the side of the house.
Please note, the property is currently held as part of the title for the Prinknash Estate. The attached plan is intended to give an approximation only of what land will be conveyed in the sale.
The property has mains electricity, with gas fired central heating and hot water. Private drainage.
Historic Lodge House
In Need of Total Renovation
First Time on Open Market
Character and Charm
2 Reception Rooms
Main gas and electric