The substantial and principal part of a Grade II listed Jacobean Manor House in a pretty hamlet, with extensive gardens, outbuildings and stunning views. (Approximately 6,946 sq ft / 644 sq m)
Hall • Sitting room • Drawing room • Kitchen/breakfast room • Utility rooms • Cloakroom
Master bedroom suite comprising bedroom, dressing room, en suite bathroom • Four further bedrooms • En suite to bedroom four • Family bathroom
Recording studio comprising kitchen with study/lounge area, studio, bathroom, integrated garage and storeroom
A substantial part of a 17th century Manor House with earlier origins, built of Ashlar stone elevations with slate and stone tiled roofs and coped gables. There are various examples of Jacobean features throughout. It was originally the Manor of the Long family during the 16th and 17th century, and then owned by the Northey family from the 18th century to the 20th.
A formal gated entrance leads onto a private driveway that leads to the entrance of the property, with a large turning area and adjoining the expansive gardens.
An ancient oak and wrought iron studded front door which sits under an intricate carved stone sconce with pillared sides leads into an impressive grand entrance hall with parquet brickwork hearth and intricate stone surround and a sweeping baroque style wood staircase. The panelled sitting room and drawing room are also of a generous size, the drawing room in particular draws the eye with its imposing stone fireplace emblazoned with a Latin inscription which translates as “Fire tests gold, adversity tests strong men.” The Drawing room opens out onto the side terrace patio through French doors.
At the rear of the house opening onto the garden is a generous farmhouse style kitchen/breakfast room with AGA creating a social dining and entertaining space. Two grand staircases, one of Jacobean design, leads to the first floor from either end of the property.
Upstairs are five double bedrooms, several of which have wood panelling and period fireplaces. The second floor is home to the outstanding spacious master bedroom, which boasts its own large dressing room, study and en suite bathroom all looking out to the front of the property.
The grounds surrounding the property are extensive, being in all around 1.2 acres. The rear lawn is abutted by a carved stone pillar wall with gorgeous far reaching views to the west. There is a heated outdoor swimming pool which overlooks the lawn. The front and rear gardens both extend wider than the property giving you an excellent amount of space to cultivate and enjoy. A wide driveway adjoins the two gardens and gives plenty of space for parking and turning.
There is a two storey recording studio/annex providing lounge/dining space as well as a kitchen and sleeping quarters.
Ashley is a pretty hamlet located between Bath and Chippenham, close to the village of Box and Corsham, both having local shops for day to day amenities. Chippenham is 8 miles away and has a mainline train line to London (Paddington) from 75 minutes as well as having access onto the M4 (J17). Bath, only 6 miles to the West is a World Heritage City, famous for its architecture and Roman past, with the acclaimed Thermae Bath Spa. It enjoys first class cultural and leisure facilities as well as great sporting with premiership rugby, horse racing, golf courses. The schooling is excellent locally with Stonar, St Mary’s Calne, and the schools in Bath include King Edwards, The Royal High School, Kingswood, Prior Park, Monkton Combe and Bath University is regarding as one of the best in the country.
There are several excellent local gastronomic treats to enjoy, notably The Northey Arms a short stroll away, The Methuen Arms at Corsham, Neston Farm Shop, The Longs Arms at South Wraxall, and The Kings Arms at Monkton Farleigh (recently run co-operatively).
From Bath proceed towards Chippenham on the A4. Go along the dual carriageway and continue straight over the roundabout and past the Land Rover garage on the left. Proceed on for 2 miles, at The Northey pub and restaurant turn right signposted to Ashley. Go up the hill and turn right at the T-junction, then take the left turn up Doctors Hill, then branch right up Wormcliff Lane. The property can then be found immediately on your right hand side.