Loveday’s House is a fine example of early Georgian Cotswold architecture being thought to date from around 1740 and merits mentions in the Gloucestershire edition of the prestigious architectural reference series, Buildings of England. The house is believed to have been built by John Bryan, an eminent Painswick builder, and was probably built for a member of the Loveday family, a local Quaker family who were successful clothiers and farmers in Painswick. The principal elevation is typically symmetrical constructed of smooth Ashlar stone adorned with carved details including modillion eaves, rusticated quoins and an impressive 8-panelled fielded door with fluted Doric pilasters topped by a curved pediment.
In recent years, our client has undertaken an extensive and meticulous renovation of Loveday’s House seeking to restore and retain as much of the period detail as possible including stone fire places, shuttered sash windows and ceiling cornices whilst at the same time installing bespoke modern fixtures, fittings and creature comforts where possible to simultaneously return the property to its former glory and ensure the house is ready for future generations.
The ground floor is comprised of a sitting room with elegant carved stone fireplace housing a Clearview stove and a breakfast room overlooking the gardens with useful serving hatch opening to the kitchen; a library/snug with period stone fireplace and hearth housing a Clearview stove and flanked by eighteenth century niches with domed tops with a door opening to the rear gardens; a useful dining hall and the kitchen that has been fitted with a range of bespoke painted units topped by solid oak surfaces. On the first floor, the principal bedroom is also suitable for use as a self-contained annexe with a bespoke kitchenette and shower room with an office/bedroom over. On the second floor, one bedroom has access to a delightful roof terrace offering superb views over the gardens and across the Painswick Valley. Two further bedrooms and a family bathroom complete the principal accommodation.
The gardens are a particular attraction of the property having been completely redesigned and stocked by the present owner. Laid out in several distinct “rooms” and designed to flow naturally from one area to the next, the garden offers level lawns, formal ponds, raised beds bounded by dry stone walls and stocked with a variety of mature plants, a gravelled sensory garden and a white woodland area whilst a stone built “potting shed” provides useful storage. A paved terrace adjacent to the house offers raised views over the gardens whilst a covered loggia provides sheltered seating for use in all weathers.
Painswick, the “Queen of the Cotswolds”, is a thriving community nestling in a delightful Cotswolds setting. Largely constructed from locally quarried stone, the town has many beautiful buildings dating back as far as the 14th Century. Painswick Churchyard is famous for its impressive array of table tombs and its 99 yew trees about which folklore holds that if a 100th should grow the devil will pull it out. There are several local shops, galleries, tearooms and restaurants in the village along with a pharmacy, doctor and dentist surgeries and The Royal Oak public house whilst the surrounding towns provide a comprehensive range of social, recreational and retail amenities to suit all tastes and budgets.
The Village offers a playgroup and primary school with secondary schools in the surrounding towns including Marling School (boys), Stroud High School (girls) and Pate’s (mixed) grammar schools with independent schools including Beaudesert Park School and Wycliffe College in Stroud, Dean Close, Cheltenham College and Cheltenham Ladies College in Cheltenham and Kings School in Gloucester.
Recreational opportunities include tennis, rugby, bowls and cricket clubs with many other groups meeting at the Painswi
Grade II Listed Residence
Sitting Room & Breakfast Room
Principal Bedroom Suite/Annexe (Bedroom|En Suite Shower|Kitchenette|Bedroom 5/Office
3 Further Bedrooms
Guest Bathroom with Shower Enclosure
2 Cellar Rooms