A charming detached Grade II listed Cotswold stone village home in an excellent position set back from the green. (Approximately 3,187 sq ft / 296.1 sq m)
Reception hall • Sitting room • Study • Utility room • Kitchen • Dining room • Garden room • Cellar • Four bedrooms • En-suite to master • Two dressing rooms • Rear garden • Parking
Hawthorn Cottage is a stylish detached Cotswold stone Grade II family house, which dates back to around 1700, and is favorably positioned on the Green. It is full of character, and has the unusual advantage of being a very light filled house, with a south-facing garden.
The generous reception hall has a wonderful beamed ceiling, cast iron range in a corner fireplace and contemporary travertine stone flooring. The shaker style kitchen with gas Aga is a major feature and offers the open plan living, cooking and dining that is so often coveted. Oak flooring, exposed beams and stonework compliment the hand made kitchen units with granite work surfaces and a large oak topped island. The dining room area has a high vaulted ceiling with oak beams and has East, South and West facing windows. The garden room leads directly off the kitchen, with a tall A-frame ceiling and three pairs of French doors leading out to the South facing terrace, and garden. This is a perfect L-shape of living accommodation. There is a large utility room off the upper hallway near the kitchen. The sitting room leads off the lower hallway, with a lovely beamed ceiling, a very impressive Bath stone fireplace with a 'Jet master' open fire, and a pretty bay window, overlooking the front garden and beyond towards the village green. The original front door has been blocked in internally but could easily be opened up again. The study, which leads directly off the sitting room, also benefits from a front bay window and views (and has further window overlooking the private courtyard. There is also a contemporary Rudloe stone fireplace with a living flame fire. Off the lower hallway is a contemporary style downstairs cloakroom.
The staircase off the lower hallway leads to the first and second floors. The master bedroom suite on the first floor has a pretty window seat to the front looking across to the Green and the pretty period homes of Biddestone. The dressing room has plenty of built in cupboards, and the en-suite bathroom completes a wonderful master suite. The second bedroom is really two into one with a study/dressing room with lots of built in cupboards leading on to a separate bedroom, again with good storage and shelves and a wash hand basin, and a character vaulted ceiling. The family bathroom completes the accommodation on the first floor. The second floor is home to two very pretty double bedrooms; again with plenty of good storage, with ancient oak beams adding character but modern skylights provide light filled rooms and views across the roofs and gardens of the village.
Outside, there is a pretty graveled gated courtyard which can park 2/3 cars, and at the rear a wonderfully planted south facing garden with formal box hedging, roses, lavender, grasses and informal herbaceous planting in an easy to maintain style. The stone terrace leads directly from the kitchen and garden room, with a pergola to offer some shade. There is also a kitchen garden with raised beds.
Biddestone is a charming and peaceful village with attractive traditional Cotswold Stone houses and cottages centred around the village green with a duck pond and two public houses. The nearby towns of Corsham, Chippenham and Bath provide very good local shopping and Bristol and Cirencester are close by. Biddestone sits near to the South Gloucestershire border. Biddestone is very well located for communications; it is about 5 miles from Junction 17 of the M4 motorway and there is a regular train service to London from Chippenham.
Sporting activities in the village include tennis at the popular Biddestone tennis club which has four courts, two of which are floodlit. There is also a football and cricket club, hunting with the Beaufort, Polo at Westonbirt, racing at Cheltenham, Bath and Newbury, and golf at Chippenham, Castle Combe, Bowood, The Park and Lansdown. Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa is 4 miles to the east and the nearby town of Corsham has an active arts centre. Schooling in the area is excellent and includes Westonbirt, St. Marys Calne, Stonar, Dauntsey’s, Marlborough College, Heywood School, and the Bath schools that cover all ages including Kingswood, Prior Park College, King Edward’s, Royal High and Sheldon School as well as the two universities Bath Spa and Bath Uni.
From Junction 17, M4 take the second exit off the roundabout onto the A350 towards Chippenham. After about 2.7 miles take the second exit off the roundabout on the A350 towards Warminster. After two more roundabouts take the fourth exit at the third roundabout, signposted for Bristol and Castle Combe on the A420. After about 2.3 miles turn left onto Yatton Road, signposted for Biddestone. On entering the village bear left onto Cuttle Lane, follow the road as it opens out onto The Green, passing the duck pond and White Horse pub on your right. The property can then be found on your right hand side. Alternatively, if coming from Bath, travel east out of Bath on the A4 (Box Road), continue to Corsham then turn left at the Cross Keys Pub crossroad, signposted to Biddestone. Upon entering Biddestone, you will pass the Biddestone Arms, the property will then be found on the left hand side.