The Grange, Gloucestershire

This spectacular and historically significant Grade II-listed manor house in Bitton, Gloucestershire has six bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and exceeds 5,870 sq ft in all. Originally constructed as a hall house, the core of the building was built in the 12th century. It was comprehensively remodelled and rebuilt during the 18th century by John Wood the Younger, a principal architect and town planner of Bath, who leased the house for a time. Wood’s interventions are typical of his architectural vision, combining Palladianism with a distinctly British sensibility. The house has undergone an extensive and highly sensitive programme of restoration works in recent years and is now exceptionally well presented. Set in three acres of land, the Grade I-listed St Mary’s Bitton lies to the rear of the grounds, and a sweeping vista with an avenue of trees lies to the front. A listed building since 1953, The Grange at Bitton has endured many internal and external architectural changes and would appear to be the essence of Gloucestershire living. Its bedrooms are set across the first and second floors, all arranged on a thoughtful and spacious plan. On the first floor are the four principal bedrooms, two of which are en suite, and a WC. The rooms all have exceptionally high ceilings. The two further bedrooms at the top of the house are limewashed and have original beams. These share a large spacious bathroom. All bedrooms have south-facing views of the avenue and open fields beyond. Overall the seamless blending of old and new in The Grange is exemplified in the bathrooms, where modern interventions have been added, yet rooms retain the original character. Bath stone chimneypieces contrast with contemporary hardware and roll-top baths as well as all bathrooms on the first floor have underfloor heating. At the rear of the property, a stone-built garden pavilion lies at the edge of the gardens, fronted by a bank of medlar trees. At the front of the house, an espaliered quince grows between the windows underplanted by box hedging. A flagstone path, accompanied by further planting, leads to a large lawn with an avenue of lime trees. These frame a vista beyond the ha-ha to a two-acre field which is bordered by the ancient River Boyd. £3,000,000, Available inigo.com

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