A magnificent Grade II * listed house on the edge of an unspoilt Cotswold village
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Latimer Manor is a magnificent, Grade II*, 16th and early 17th Century house. Described in Marcus Binneys book In Search of The Perfect House as A perfect small Cotswold manor. It boasts random stone elevations, dressed stone chimneys and leaded light mullion windows all under a clay tile and Cotswold stone roof. A gabled porch to the front of the property is flanked by a flagstone terrace and the front elevation features a climbing Wisteria.
The approach over cobbled meandering tree-lined drive with an old cart pond to the right, opens in to a wide, gravelled parking and turning yard. There are formal gardens with holly bush topiary and lawn enclosed by beech hedges and Cotswold stone walls
It is believed that Latimer Manor was the home of Bishop Hugh Latimer, in charge of the parish of West Kington at the time of Henry VIII. He became famous for helping the King divorce his first wife and marry Anne Boleyn. Another historical point worth noting is that to either side of the stone mullion window of the dining room, are a red and white rose. Their unity could symbolise the end of the War of The Roses that Henry VII was responsible for.
Trademark interior features include high ceilings, striking carved stone chimney pieces with high mantles, built in wooden seating and stone flooring. The property has been well modernised over the years and the bathrooms, throughout the house, are of particular note. Further details of the accommodation are as follows: Wise, studded, wooden door of 16th Century origin leads to a spacious reception hall/dining room featuring a chamfered beamed ceiling and dressed stone fire surround. The south facing drawing room to the left, offers impressively high beamed ceiling with polished oak floor. This leads to the sitting room, again with the trademark features of wooden window seating and a fine carved stone chimney piece. There is also a study with a view over the pedestrian approach to the property. The kitchen and breakfast room with a broad oak door leading to the outside courtyard, has a limestone floor and traditional, hand built, wooden kitchen units with concealed appliances. There is a two cover AGA and granite work surfaces. The ample utility room provides access to a boot room and cloakroom with WC and also incorporates the back staircase.
Bedrooms are well proportioned and the majority contain stone surround fireplaces. The principal bedroom suite has hand built, panelled wardrobes a superb en suite bathroom featuring a central roll-top bath, fireplace and stand alone power shower. One wall bears the date 1617. There is a vanity unit with double sink and marble surround.
This property has 13.93 acres of land.
A major benefit to the property is the scale of the outbuildings there are six in total which are positioned around the front section of the house and beyond. The 17th Century main barn, which incorporates some stabling and a workshop, is built of random stone elevations under a stone tile roof. There are numerous further barns, some of which were former cart sheds and cow byres. All are constructed of similar materials and are in keeping with the main house. A log and garden store is situated nearby. The rest of the land surrounding the various outbuildings is arranged as a series of paddocks, divided by post and the rail fencing and with mains water fed troughs. The main lawned garden is enclosed within well-kept beech hedges and a Cotswold stone wall. Features include a lined walkway and climbing roses. There is also a charming stone terrace near the front of the house that is ideal for tables and chairs in the summer months. Beyond the main barn and not visible from the house are barns with planning permission and listed building consent to create a separate single dwelling which faces away from the main house and outbuildings.
This appealing, listed manor house is ideally situated on the edge of the unspoilt Cotswold village of West Kington, which comprises a hamlet, a church, large neighbourly private nurseries and a thriving community. This village is most sought after because it offers the rare combination of peace and tranquillity together with easy access to the M4 motorway and the railway (at both Chippenham and Bath Spa stations). It is only 9 miles north west of the historical and picturesque market town of Chippenham. Castle Combe, acclaimed as Englands prettiest village, is 2.5 miles away and the National Trust village of Lacock can be reached in just over 12 miles. It is also only 10 miles from the fashionable, compact Georgian city of Bath. All offer comprehensive shopping and recreational facilities in addition to the good local shopping that is found at the nearby villages of Marshfield and Nettleton.
The nearest station is Chippenham offers direct First Great Western service to London Paddington, from 1 hour 10 minutes.
There is a good selection of local schools. Notably Saint Marys Calne, Marlborough College and Cheltenham Ladies College. Stonar at Atworth and Westonbirt School are also close by. Beaudesert & Heywood, Corsham are excellent prep schools.
Bath has numerous sporting clubs and there are premiere division rugby clubs at Bath, Bristol and Gloucester. There are golf courses at Tracy Park and Castle Combe and a racecourse at Bath. There is excellent walking and riding country in the Conservation Area surrounding the property. Lucknam Park (health spa and private members club) is close by. Bath has a nationally renowned music festival and a fine theatre as well as a famous array of historic sites and museums. M4 junction 18 can be accessed in approximately 4 miles. Nearest airport is Bristol Airport, approximately 26 miles away. Heathrow Airport can be reached in around 94 miles.Read all
- Entrance hall, Dining room, Drawing room, Sitting room, Kitchen, Breakfast room, Utility room, Boot room, Cloakroom, Study, Principal bedroom, suite with en suite bathroom, Five further bedrooms, Two further bathrooms, Extensive outbuildings and barns providing stabling and garaging,
- Barns with planning permission for a single dwelling
- Gardens, Grounds, Paddocks
- About 13.93 acres
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