Guide Price £925,000
Steeped in history, The Old Post Office offers a rare opportunity to buy a picture-postcard cottage on the High Street in Bisley – but with generous parking, a beautiful garden and a completely separate stone-built studio and garage. The property offers several opportunities to create space for a home office or studio. This stunning end-of-terrace cottage, dating from about 1750, is Grade II listed and full of character features, including listed Regency door/window frames and fireplace, original shutters, window seats and beams. The first village Post Office and telephone exchange ran from here until the 1970s, when the Post Office and shop moved up the High Street. The same family lived in the house for 125 years, until it was sold to the current owner. The front door leads into a spacious hallway with a Victorian tiled floor. Just off from this is the original Post Room, now a reception room, where villagers used to buy their stamps. The letterbox was outside, where there is a gap in the railings. Opposite is the sitting room, a charming, light room with an inglenook fireplace, panelled window seats, shutters and built-in cupboards and bookcases. The kitchen/diner leads off from this and is a generous room designed in keeping with the Regency panelling in the house. There is a log-burner, range cooker and the original walk-in larder cupboard. A conservatory, utility room and downstairs toilet are also on the ground floor and stairs lead from the hallway down into a cellar. On the first floor there is a large landing with a window seat and original window, three double bedrooms, all with window seats, and a family bathroom. The main bedroom is very spacious, with a lovely view over the garden, a newly refurbished ensuite shower room and built-in wardrobes. This room was once a hayloft and still has a door to the outside, which once led to steps to the garden. Stairs lead up again to the second floor, where there are two charming attic rooms. One is currently used as an occasional bedroom and the other for storage. This room has a wealth of original beams and a leaded window and offers a fantastic opportunity to make another bathroom or home office. The cottage is centrally heated and tastefully decorated throughout and would make a lovely family home in this desirable village
The beautiful, enclosed Cotswold cottage garden is a real feature of the property and is full of flowers. The owner describes it as a ‘secret garden’, as it can’t be seen from the road. Cotswold stone walls rise up the hill behind the cottage and lead, via steps, to a stunning top garden with lovely views over the village rooftops to the church steeple. This is a really tranquil area, which has been partially left as a wildflower garden, with a rose-covered arbour and a greenhouse. There is also a patio, lawn, tool shed, a delightful covered outdoor eating area and a large stone-built workshop, which again could be used as a home office. The property also benefits from a separate building called The Old Stables, situated just over the road, which once housed the horse and cart from Kilminsters Shop that delivered goods around the hilltop villages. This building now offers a garage and dry store room with a large studio built over the top. The studio is a lovely space with beams, exposed Cotswold stone, a stable door and stripped wooden floors. There is off-road parking for two cars in front of The Old Stables, which is a real asset on this picturesque High Street. Agent’s note – the steps up to the studio and the garden behind are owned by The Old Chapel next door.
Bisley benefits from a village shop with post office, a well-established primary school, a church and two village pubs. This location also allows for easy access to the shops and amenities of Stroud, Cirencester and Cheltenham. Stroud town benefits from an award winning weekly farmers market as well as a variety of local independent shops and stores, pubs serving locally supplied beers and ciders and plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants to eat and socialise as well. The recently opened “Five Valleys” shopping centre is of particular note and is certainly worth a visit for a range of market stalls, food stalls and stores. The wider area has a range of shops and amenities, including supermarkets, a hospital, state and private schools, a leisure and sports centre and a main line railway station with inter city services travelling to London (Paddington). Cirencester (10 miles), Cheltenham (15 miles) and Swindon (25 miles) are all within comfortable driving distance.
We are informed that all mains services are connected to the property.
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Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill,Westward Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 4UB Tel: 01453 766321