A delightful Georgian family house, well appointed and fully renovated with beautiful gardens and valuable office space all well sited for access to Bath, Bristol and London
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Tormarton Court is a delightful and well-appointed Grade II listed Georgian house set within beautiful and well-established grounds which include formal gardens, parkland and wood land. Automated wrought iron gates open onto an expansive gravel drive and forecourt to the north front of the house with pleached hornbeams providing added dimension to the facade. A wide panelled door with ornate wrought iron fanlight above makes a welcoming entrance. The handsome symmetrical elevations are enlivened by large sash windows beneath a pedimented and part gabled roof line. An appealing architectural feature on the southern facade is a wide double height bay window with sash windows opening onto the beautiful gardens which border the property to all sides making one aware this is a very much-loved and well-designed house and garden.
On entering, the charm and quality of todays family house and its refined classical architecture is immediately apparent. A welcoming entrance hall with original stone floor and informal sitting room off, leads into the splendid reception hall which forms the hub of the house. The oval roof lantern provides natural light above the oak staircase with banded mahogany handrail which leads to the spacious first floor. Panelled doors with ornate wrought iron fan lights above, a feature of the house, access the library, the dining room, the morning room and the drawing room as well as the inner hall. This in turn provides access to the kitchen, the breakfast room, the butlers pantry, cellars and the rear hall. The rear hall provides access to the utility/boot room, the store/staff room the games room and gardens to the north and south of the house. All of the reception rooms are ideal for entertaining with the benefit of having high ceilings and tall sash windows overlooking the gardens. Both the morning room and the drawing room have direct access to the gardens. Fine architectural features remain and are to be enjoyed throughout the house. Indeed, the present owners have been careful to both preserve and enhance these features which include appealing chimneypieces (many with open working fires), moulded ceiling cornices, stone and hardwood floors and working shutters for the majority of windows as well as inventive radiator alcoves and covers from the early 20th century.
As with all of the best family houses, there are plenty of informal rooms for practical and relaxed living including the large kitchen with hand-made wall and floor cabinets incorporating an AGA and granite and hardwood work surfaces. The breakfast room has hand painted frescos and a stone carved panelled wall. The pantry contains original storage cupboards and Belfast sink. A large utility/ boot room and store/staff room neighbour one another with the games room beyond - all very informal and an ideal arrangement for family life further enhanced by original stone floors, chamfered ceiling beams and plenty of cupboards providing valuable storage space.
The first floor provides a spacious landing and, as with the reception hall, benefits from the direct light coming through the roof lantern. The first floor comprises elegant rooms with fine architectural features including chimney pieces and moulded ceiling cornices and decoration. The well-appointed principal suite offers a spacious bedroom overlooking the rose garden, en suite dressing room with extensive fitted wardrobes and drawers and bathroom with both bath and shower, a pair of wash basins, WC and bidet. All of the bedrooms on this floor are double in size. They have the original fitted wardrobes and enjoy delightful garden views. Those bedrooms which are not en suite have easy access to generously sized bathrooms with shower units and full-length baths.
The second floor is approached by an enclosed staircase and has beamed ceilings and dormer windows with lovely views. A central landing which serves four bedrooms (one is used as a gym) and a bathroom.
The cellars comprise three rooms and arranged as wine cellar, boiler room and store.
This property has 10.31 acres of land.
The gardens and grounds are a joy. Beautifully established and bordering the property to all sides they are a continuous flow of complimentary planting and colour. The front of the house has the extensive drive and forecourt with tall pleached hornbeam under planted with clipped box hedging. A row of yew clipped in the form of obelisks border the elevations and horse chestnut, sycamore and oak trees stand opposite the house.
The gardens continue to the east in the form of the rose garden. Three large rectangular beds surrounded by lawn and filled with roses and lupins, all enclosed by low clipped box hedges. A flagstone path borders the house and has a rose bed running its full length. A row of lime trees runs along the eastern boundary and beneath is left to wild flowers.
To the south, a wide flagstone terrace, accessible from the morning room, has two rectangular ponds with fountains bordering a large level lawn, the far side of which has horse chestnut, sycamore. laurel and copper beech trees. A path leads to a pedestrian gate set in the boundary wall which was the route the Rector took to the neighbouring Norman church. This elevation has the benefit of two mature wisteria.
The gardens to the west are accessible from the drawing room and the rear hall which open onto a large flagstone dining/breakfast terrace bordered by lawns and enclosed by a high stone wall to one side and clipped yew hedge along its southern side. There is a broad herbaceous border with a weeping cherry tree at one end and climbing roses, clematis and honeysuckle along the south facing wall. This leads to a series of three terraced lawns, each increasing in size with lawn furthest from the house being the largest and used for croquet. Low stone steps flanked by dry stone walls link the lawns and a pair of iron gates open onto the parkland and a chestnut and hornbeam avenue.
Immediately to the west of the house and accessible from the utility/boot room is the Italian style courtyard garden with cobbled stone floor providing a sheltered and enclosed garden incorporating mature fig and olive trees, shrubs, plants and culinary herb garden. There are doors off to outbuildings used for wood, fuel, bin stores, gardeners W.C. and the original cold store with its original stone shelves. An arched wooden door leads to a cobbled parking area with neighbouring bike store.
Beyond the coach house wing there is a double garage, a large greenhouse and gardeners working area. There is a chicken run from where chickens roam in the parkland. An alpine garden terrace leads to the pool changing rooms incorporating wet room and dry changing room, which leads directly into the walled garden and pool. There is also a grass sports pitch on the north side of the walled garden.
The original walled garden has been restored and redesigned and now offers a delightful secret garden incorporating lawns, herbaceous and shrub borders, kitchen garden, flower cutting garden and white garden. The fruit trees including apple, pear and quince are fanned and espaliered. A tropical border with dining terrace and a concealed stone built bbq makes an attractive seating area. A mature laburnum, vine and wisteria covered arch leads to the centrally located outdoor heated swimming pool (with automated safety cover). A separate plant room for the swimming pool equipment is located on the north wall of the garden. Beside the walled garden is the apothecary garden which originates from the 16th century and provides a variety of herbs.
Beyond the formal gardens lies well maintained parkland with a wonderful variety of native and specimen trees many of which have been planted by the present owners. A spring flower meadow unites the historic orchard with its fruit trees, the nut walk and the wild flower knoll topped with seating and a monkey puzzle tree. A natural pond lies on the southern boundary. The western end of the grounds is a large copse where the current owners invite the local nursery school to undertake forest school.
The Coach House Attached to the main house and incorporating an arch to the inner courtyard. Previously used for stabling, garaging and two apartments, now converted to provide excellent contemporary office suites, a large boardroom/conference room, server room, kitchens, shower and WC facilities Access to the office accommodation is at the northern most end of the building, away from the house. The Coach House is Grade II listed
Somerset House A large detached Grade II listed stone barn, converted to a very high standard to provide reception area, meeting rooms, offices, kitchen and WCs and arranged over two floors.
Approached by a separate drive and having the benefit of a large private car park and garden area (shared with occupants of the coach house offices). Somerset House can be used separately. The whole property is currently served with a private broadband supply at 100mb download speed
The village of Tormarton is a picturesque collection of Cotswold stone properties close to the Wiltshire/Gloucestershire borders. It has The Majors Retreat Public House, The Compass Inn hotel and village Church. It is situated North-East of junction 18 of the M4 motorway and east of the A46 thus ensuring good communications. There are mainline railway services to London (65 minutes from Chippenham to Paddington). Bristol Parkway (11.8 miles) also provides rail services to London, the midlands and the north. Airport access includes Heathrow airport (90 miles) and Bristol airport (23 miles).
A National Trail, the Cotswold Way, passes through the village. Sporting opportunities include horse racing at Bath and Cheltenham, Bath rugby, golf at Castle Coombe, The Players, Tracey Park and Chipping Sodbury; Badminton International Horse Trials at neighbouring Badminton and polo at Cirencester and Beaufort Polo Clubs. It is well located for a choice of excellent primary and secondary level schools.Read all
- A fine family house which has been comprehensively restored to a high standard, set within wonderful private gardens and grounds and benefitting from excellent and versatile offices. Situated on the edge of the pretty Cotswold village of Tormarton
- Ground floor: Entrance hall, reception hall, drawing room, dining room, sitting room, study/library, morning room, kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom, butlers pantry, breakfast room, utility/boot room, store/staff room, games room
- First floor: Landing, principal bedroom suite with dressing room and bathroom, guest bedroom suite with shower room, 5 further bedrooms, two further bathrooms, cloakroom
- Second floor: Landing, four further bedrooms (one used as a gym) and a bathroom
- Cellars with wine store, plant room and store room
- Former coach house/stables now providing high quality office accommodation over two floors
- Former barn (Somerset House) now providing spacious independent office accommodation over two floors
- Garage building
- Extensive gardens including Italian courtyard garden, walled garden with kitchen garden and swimming pool,
- pool changing rooms, apothecary garden, parkland and woodland
- In all about 10.31 acres (4.172 hectares)
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