About this property

TENURE: Freehold

  • Country Houses

Church Orchard is a substantial detached Grade II Listed property that has been at the heart of this sought-after village for centuries. A keystone over the main entrance carries the date 1696 and the house bears many of the architectural features typical of this period being constructed of squared dressed Cotswold stone with carved drip mouldings over mullioned windows, stone roof tiles and a pair of “owl” windows in the main elevation that are typical of the Stroud valleys vernacular architecture.

Internally, the versatile accommodation is laid out over three floors with the reception accommodation being particularly generous comprised of a reception hall with oak floor; a kitchen/breakfast room fitted with a range of cream units topped by Corian surfaces with a three-oven AGA; a dining room with vaulted ceiling and imposing stone fireplace that opens to a garden room with oak doors to the front; a study; family room with French doors to the garden; and a striking contemporary first floor sitting room with vaulted ceiling, extensive windows overlooking the rear gardens and an elaborately glazed gable wall. There are four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two separate cloakrooms over the upper two floors with a utility room/cloakroom on the ground floor completing the accommodation.

Situation
Sheepscombe is a delightful Cotswold village approximately two miles East of Painswick and nestled in an enchanting valley that is sheltered by mature broad-leaved woodlands. The village boasts a fine public house in The Butchers Arms that has an excellent reputation for its food and ambiance whilst the primary school, church, village hall and cricket club all provide a hub for many groups, events and activities. The surrounding towns offer a comprehensive range of social, recreational and retail amenities to suit all tastes including the award-winning Farmers Market in Stroud. Cheltenham is the main regional centre and offers festivals throughout the year embracing topics ranging from racing to literature and music to science.

Nearby Painswick, the “Queen of the Cotswolds”, is a thriving community with recreational opportunities including tennis, rugby and bowls clubs with many other groups meeting at the Painswick Centre. The village has a general store, teashops, restaurants, public houses, a hotel and weekly country markets in the Town Hall in addition to a dentists, doctors and pharmacy.

Sheepscombe and Painswick both offer primary schools. Independent and secondary schools locally include Kings School, Beaudesert Park School, Wycliffe College, Wynstones Steiner-Waldorf School, Cheltenham College and Cheltenham Ladies College whilst there are grammar schools in Stroud, Gloucester and Cheltenham.

Outside
Set in the heart of this Cotswolds valley, the house is surrounded by nature. The gardens are a particular delight offering several different “rooms” and a high degree of privacy. To the front, the level lawn is flanked on one side by terraced beds with dry stone walling and raised vegetable beds and on the other by mature beds with a magnificent Dawn Redwood tree forming a focal point. To the rear, a flagstone-paved terrace can be accessed from the ground or first floors and is ideal for al fresco dining under the vine-clad pergola overlooking the ornamental pond. Level lawns beyond the terrace are also bounded by mature, well-stocked beds with an orchard beyond offering a bounty of apples, pears and medlar trees. A detached double garage has a room over and a useful workshop with parking to the front and further parking off the lane.

Additional Information
Oil-Fired Central Heating & Hot Water. Mains Water, Electricity and Drainage.

Detached Cotswold Stone House

Grade II Listed

Reception Hall

4 Reception Rooms

Kitchen/Dining Room

4 Bedrooms

2 Bathrooms

Utility/Cloakroom

Plot size 0.64 Acre with Mature Landscaped Gardens

Parking & Detached Garage with Room Over & Workshop.

Agent details

Hamptons International Prime and Country House

  • Fifth Floor 180 Oxford Street
  • London
  • W1D 1NN
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