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EQUESTRIAN - The Leasowes is a once in a generation opportunity to purchase a charming Grade ll listed house with incredible potential. It has never before been sold and was designed by one of the pioneering architects of the Arts and Crafts movement for his own residence.
The main house is built of traditional Cotswold stone under a hand cut stone roof, a later replacement for the original thatch. The accommodation spans some 3670 sq ft over two floors and whilst could benefit from some improvement, does display a number of features of note, including simplistic panelled doors with hand made nails which exemplify the traditional approach of the architect, as well as stone floors and his trademark ‘stepped chimneys’.
The grounds have also been designed to be sympathetic to the architecture and importantly the site. There are a number of areas which all enjoy the outstanding beauty of the surrounding countryside and include a formal lawn, fenced swimming pool area and a charming hidden croquet lawn. The gardens are largely bordered by a low dry stone wall which complements the house. There is also a stunning elevated Dovecote at the head of the formal garden and leads onto the wild flower meadow beyond.
The outbuildings offer exceptional potential for replacement or redevelopment subject to planning. It is currently arranged with the ground floor providing extensive stabling and garaging and the first floor with six rooms and a bathroom. We understand this has been used as accommodation in the past and would make a great office, studio, guest or au pair accommodation, subject to consents.
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Sapperton forms part of the ‘golden triangle’ of the Cotswold’s and is a delightful rural village. Much of the village is still under the ownership and guidance of the Earl of Bathurst who has his seat at Cirencester Park, which abuts Sapperton village. This affords the village and surrounding countryside considerable protection and it has been listed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Sapperton is a popular village for families and weekend residences and had a range of local facilities including active primary school and renowned pub ‘The Bell Inn’. It is prized for tranquil location, but excellent communication links with the bustling market town of Cirencester some 5.5 miles away. Cirencester is an ever thriving market town offering a plethora of shops, bars and restaurants and has all of the amenities for day to day living including a Waitrose, boutiques and delicatessens. There is also a hospital, library and a number of good schools in the town. Sapperton is excellent for education and is in the catchment area for the well regarded Deerpark Secondary School, as well as Beaudesert Park. It is surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in the United Kingdom.
The property is approached via a 400m private drive on the edge of the much sought after Sapperton village. The drive and house are bordered and surrounded by wondrously open countryside which includes wildflower meadows, formal lawn, mature woodland and ring fenced paddocks which total about 18.75 acres in all. The outlook and privacy is exceptional.
The Leasowes was designed and constructed as Ernest Gimson’s private residence in c. 1903 when he was undertaking a number of architectural commissions for the Earl of Bathurst, who retains the ownership of The Leasowes today. Gimson (who was once described by the architectural critic Nikolaus Pevsner as ‘the greatest of the English architect-designers’) moved to the Cotswolds in the late 19th century to ‘live nearer nature’ and helped to shape much of Sapperton . The Leasowes has been described as one of the most successful examples of the late Arts and Crafts movement. After Gimson’s death in 1919 the house was retained by the Bathurst family, who are now selling it, and has been rented out in more recent years. Whilst the architectural integrity has been retained there is a huge opportunity to enhance the main house and outbuildings extensively, subject to planning.
The house is beholden to its exceptional location; a true ‘edge of village house’ sat beautifully in its extensive 18.75 acres and approached by a long sweeping driveway of some 400m. The house cannot be seen from the village but still enjoys a close relationship with this sough after and active community.
The house was originally thatched, but due to a partial fire in the 1940’s it has subsequently been roofed with hand cut Cotswold stone tiling. Some further additions have helped shape the house, including the construction of an extensive building, housing the stable block and annexe as well as the swimming pool and manège.
Main House: 3670 sq ft; 4 bedrooms
Outside: 400m sweeping private driveway
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