An excellent five bedroom detached family home, recently renovated with lovely gardens and far reaching views. (Approximately 3,680 sq ft / 343 sq m)
Entrance porch • Dining room • Sitting room
Drawing room • Barn room • Kitchen/breakfast room • Pantry/larder • Scullery • Cloakroom • 5 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • Attic room • Unconverted store rooms •
Garaging and outbuildings • Front and rear gardens • Driveway and parking
Ashley Cottage is a delightful detached family home, surrounded by beautifully planted gardens and grounds and thought to date to the 17th century, with later additions. There is plenty of period charm and character throughout including exposed beams, fireplaces and sash windows with shutters. The accommodation runs over three floors with a practical, flowing layout.
The property has an intriguing history having had an important occupier in 1814, when the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge stayed there. During his time there he started a major piece of work, a translation of Goethe’s classic play, Faust.
There is a welcoming feel to the property with an oak floored entrance hall and dining room featuring a period fireplace and sash window with original shutters. There is a bright and
generous bay windowed double-aspect sitting room adjacent, also with an original sash window and shutters. The dining room leads through to a spacious triple aspect drawing room with glazed doors that lead out to the gardens.
The newly fitted kitchen/breakfast room contains a wide range of handcrafted cabinets with solid French oak facings, marine ply carcasses and granite counters. There is a gas-fired AGA as well as Miele appliances comprising induction hob, electric oven, refrigerator and extractor hood. Adjacent to the kitchen is a pantry/larder fitted with a cold counter of Delabole slate, Somerset Willow storage baskets and shelving. Also adjacent is a scullery/utility room with units and counter matching those of the kitchen, gas-fired boiler and facility for dishwasher, washing machine and dryer. A half-glazed door leads from the scullery to the garden.
On the first floor are four excellent bedrooms and the two family bathrooms. The largest bathroom is double height with exposed beams, twin basins, bath and shower enclosure, with Purbeck limestone floor and wall tiles and counters. The
second bathroom has a free-standing cast iron bath, oak flooring and Purbeck limestone counters. Both bathrooms have Villeroy & Boch fittings. The landing has an unusual period fireplace which adds charm. There are original fireplaces in three bedrooms. A concealed flight of stairs leads
from the landing to the second floor and bedroom five. There is access to a further room beyond which is suitable as a guest bedroom with large eaves’ storage.
The current owners have recently comprehensively renovated the property using the services of Emery Builders of Bath. New electrical wiring, central heating and a pressurised hot water system have been installed.
Ashley Cottage has extensive and well-tended gardens holding a wide range of plants, shrubs and trees, many with physic attributes. To the front of the property there are extensive lawned areas bordered by pretty flower beds and
shrubs. A sunny garden facing terrace, ideal for outside dining and entertaining, has extensive views over the Bybrook valley and the distant countryside. At the bottom of the garden is
an area devoted to fruit and vegetables with raised beds/cold frames. A traditional English hedge bounds the end of the property. The garden is a paradise for children with plenty of
space for games and hide-and-seek. To the side of the garden are stone built store-rooms fitted with electrical lighting and sockets, including an outside WC with hand basin. There are further external electrical power sockets.
An expansive gravel driveway with lawned areas either side leads to the two garages and car port in addition to the useful storage room.
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.
Services Mains services connected.
LocalAuthority: Wiltshire County Council
Council Tax Band F