Live like the aristocracy of Downton Abbey in the Gloucestershire National Park estate on sale for £8million
If you fancy living the life of a Downton Abbey lord or lady in your beautiful country park estate, this could be the place for you – but you’ll need the heritage to go along with it . Elmestree House is an Elizabethan style manor house set in over 100 acres of land near Tetbury, with an impressive long tree-lined private driveway leading to the house.
One can imagine the aristocratic Crawley family approaching the mansion along the road in a coach and four or on horseback, with a beautiful park surrounding them. The estate, on the market for a whopping £8million, dates back to the 12th century when the manor of Elymundestre was given to the monks of the Benedictine Abbey of S. Ebrulph in Normandy.
Handsome Elmestree House was originally built in 1844, with the addition of a converted 17th century farmhouse called Farm End and a connecting wing built several years later, transforming it into an 11-bedroom stately home . It belongs to the family of the current owners since their acquisition in 1949.
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The new owners will be able to use Farm End as a separate, spacious family home, with its own private garden, or re-enter the main house through the connecting wing which was originally the carriage entrance. There is also a substantial independent three-bedroom annex behind the main house built in 1900 and accessed separately, which has a small private garden and views of the park, as well as a further independent two-bedroom pavilion which guard the main entrance.
Estate agents Strutt and Parker are selling the entire estate which they believe offers a fantastic opportunity for a fabulous restoration project of a traditional English mansion and farmhouse. The 106-acre Cotswolds park is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty two miles from Tetbury, with extensive lawns, a small lake and several outbuildings in need of full restoration.
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Beyond the house are the remaining features of the 19th century pleasure gardens bounded by a protective ha-ha, a brick-lined ditch designed as an invisible barrier between the house and the grounds beyond where livestock could once graze. Directly north of the house are a range of traditional Cotswold stone buildings, including an old cart shed, a two-storey stable, a shed, a barn with original stone pillars, a large farm building and other storage sheds.
Beyond the walled garden to the west is another set of traditional farm buildings and farmyards, including a large traditional Cotswold stone barn. All the outbuildings need to be restored but offer plenty of room for development subject to the necessary planning permissions.
Most of the land is pasture, dotted with beautiful trees and interspersed with mature woods and ponds. Nestled in a small grove of woods is Pond Cottage, an abandoned waterside cottage that would provide another secluded property.
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