Latimers, Gloucestershire

Latimers, Weston-Sub-Edge, Nr Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Guide Price: £1.35 million

Agents: John D Wood & Co (telephone + 44 (0)1285 642 244)

Latimers is a fine example of Jacobean architecture in the Cotswold style. A date stone indicates it was built around 1617, although it is thought that some parts of the building date back further. The house has a fascinating history, having been used at different times both as a theological college and as an inn.

Apart from the construction of a screen wall across the stable yard and a cloakroom off the main hall, this 6-bedroom, Grade II listed house shows little sign of any new external construction, and the refurbishment which took place in the early 1990s, carried out, due to the listing, under the watchful eyes of the appropriate architectural bodies, was thorough yet sympathetic.

Richard Righton from estate agents John D Wood & Co believes that the property?s original features, such as the flagstone floors, carved beams and wood panelling, make Latimers very special: ?Without a doubt it?s the architectural features that make this property stand out, from the magnificent stone fireplace in the drawing room, to the oak staircase in the entry hall,? he said.

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The property is approached over a small bridge and along a drive lined with mature trees. There are slightly less than 2 acres of landscaped land, comprised mainly of ?formal? gardens, as well as an orchard and a small section of woodland.

Located between the Vale of Evesham and Chipping Campden, Weston-Sub-Edge is a peaceful village with many historical buildings and plenty of Cotswolds charm. The current owners spend half of their time in Latimers, the family home, and the rest of their time in London, although Mr Righton believes the property would also suit a successful businessman with interests in Birmingham, which is located just one hour away by car.

Connections to the capital are excellent, with regular services from Honeybourne, located three miles away, taking around one hour and three quarters.