The Old Rectory in Withington is listed Grade II* and the oldest part of the house has Medieval origins. Indeed, this substantial Cotswolds country house has three main wings comprising a Georgian centre section, a medieval section and a period section.
The Georgian section offers pleasing classic proportions with good ceiling heights and large sash windows; the painted panelled drawing room is a good example of its kind, with exemplary cornicing, an open fireplace and views out to the garden and lake. The dining room has similar proportions and views, while the sitting room/library sits in the medieval wing and has built-in bookcases and a beamed ceiling.
On the first floor, the magnificent banqueting hall has broad oak wooden floorboards and vaulted ceiling timbers, while the east wing features a dedicated reception hall, a billiard room and an integral studio flat. The kitchen/breakfast room has an electric Aga and fitted oak furniture.
Accommodation in total comprises: reception halls, drawing room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, sitting room/library, further sitting room, banquet hall, billards room, cellars, master bedroom suite, guest bedroom suite, integral flat, three further bedrooms and one further bathroom.
Outside, the gardens and grounds come to nearly six-and-a-half acres and surround the house on three sides. An enclosed croquet lawn and an orchard sit to the north, with the tennis court and swimming pool below. A woodland walk has developed out of a disused railway embankment, while to the front of the house is the naturally-fed lake. The staff/guest cottage has two bedrooms.
The Old Rectory is located in the Cotswold village of Withington, which has two pubs, a church and a primary school, while Cheltenham and Cirencester are just eight miles and nine miles respectively.
The guide price is £2.95m. For further information please contact Jackston Stops & staff on 01285 653334 or visit www.jackson-stops.co.uk.
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