Offered CHAIN FREE - a beautifully presented ground floor apartment in a sought-after retirement development in the heart of popular Minchinhampton, with large living spaces and a private courtyard
This charming and spacious property is one of a number of Cotswold stone cottages and apartments which sit within the grounds of a former Victorian rectory, now the site of a prestigious retirement development by English Courtyard Association. Historic Stuart House remains the centrepiece of the estate and is surrounded by superb landscaped gardens and magnificent trees. A short walk from the estate through the private woodland conservation area takes you to the heart of Minchinhampton, which has a range of shops and amenities, including a village café that sells cakes, cheeses and milk from local farms. The town is also surrounded by hundreds of acres of common land, offering lovely walks among wildflowers, horses and cattle.
Entry to the apartment is through an impressive communal hallway with sweeping staircase. Once inside the property, there is a large entrance hall with doors leading off to all the rooms. The apartment has a very generously sized lounge/dining room with double doors from the lounge area onto a patio area and a pleasant outlook onto trees. The dining area overlooks the private courtyard garden and has room for a large table and chairs. The room is very light and also has a feature fireplace with cosy electric fire. The kitchen has built-in appliances, a good range of cupboards and a breakfast bar, as well as a door to the courtyard garden. The main bedroom is large and bright, with built-in wardrobes and a large en-suite with walk-in shower, which has a pull-down seat and grab rail. The second double bedroom overlooks the private courtyard and also has large built-in wardrobes. The property also has another fully tiled shower room, as well as an airing cupboard and a large storage cupboard in the hallway for coats and shoes.
A large canopy porch leads off from the kitchen into the private courtyard garden, which has raised beds with flowers and shrubs and a path through the gate to the car port, where the apartment has one allocated parking space. Visitor parking is also available. The private garden offers a pleasant spot to sit and watch the birds which visit, while residents can also enjoy the well-kept communal grounds. The apartment also benefits from a second patio outside the lounge, from where you can enjoy the late afternoon and evening sun.
The ancient market town of Minchinhampton sits on the edge of Minchinhampton Common in the South Cotswolds and is made up of pretty stone cottages, many dating back to the 17th century and the medieval wool trade. There is a weekly country market and a good choice of cafes, as well as a butcher, grocer and post office. The town also has a doctors’ surgery, community library and well-regarded primary school. The Crown Inn in the centre of town is Stroud CAMRA’S Pub of the Year 2021. There are breath-taking panoramic views from Minchinhampton Common, which sits on the Cotswold escarpment and is managed by the National Trust. The common has a golf course and also offers excellent walking, riding and gliding opportunities. The common is known for its free roaming horses and cows, but rare orchids and butterflies can also be spotted – as can the famous Giffords Circus, which takes up residence there every year during its summer tour. On the other side of town there is a spectacular series of deep wooded valleys providing delightful walks. The town’s good looks have also attracted film crews on several occasions – in 2015 it was chosen as a location for the BBC TV adaptation of J K Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy. One of the most famous residents is the Princess Royal, who lives at Gatcombe Park on the edge of town and hosts the annual Festival of British Eventing, which attracts visitors from all over the world. More extensive facilities are available in nearby Nailsworth and Stroud, both within four miles. Junctions of the M4 and M5 motorways are within easy reach and railway stations at Stroud (6 Miles) and Kemble (10 miles) provide main line services to Gloucester, Swindon and London.
The property is leasehold, with the balance of 150 years starting from 2006. The annual service charge is currently £4,456. This covers all the costs of the estate, which includes estate managers, a guest suite, the alarm service, upkeep of the grounds, all external maintenance, building fabric insurance, window and gutter cleaning and a scheme minibus for shopping trips. The leaseholder must be aged 55 years or older.
Electric heating, mains water and drainage.
The council tax banding is D.
Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill,Westward Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 4UB Tel: 01453 766321