An historical gem in a unique location.
Priestley House is a unique family house of historical interest located on the town’s picturesque Green - within the conservation area. Calne itself provides a comprehensive range of amenities including a choice of shops and supermarkets, numerous sports centres with indoor swimming pools, a contemporary public library, churches and schooling for all age groups.
It is an expanding North Wiltshire town within easy travelling distance of larger towns that include Chippenham 6 miles and Swindon 18 miles. Junctions 15 and 16 of the M4 motorway are both easily accessible, whilst the mainline railway station at Chippenham provides regular services to London, Bath and Bristol. The historic market town of Marlborough is approx 11 miles away, with many boutique shops, cafes and restaurants. There is an excellent range of private schooling in the area with St Margaret’s Prep and St Mary’s in Calne, Marlborough College and Dauntsey’s in West Lavington.
An individual one-off family house of historical interest, Priestley House is Grade II* listed dating back to the C16 with later additions mid C18, constructed of limestone elevations relieved by ovolo mullions and pane sash windows under a tiled roof. Priestley House has historical interest as its name derives from Joseph Priestley, the celebrated C18 scientist and radical thinker who discovered oxygen while working as a librarian for the Earl of Shelburne at Bowood House. He lived in Priestley House between 1772-1779. Over the last 25 years the present owners have carefully refurbished and maintained the property presenting Priestley House to a particularly high standard, yet retaining its period features. The property is arranged over four floors providing the warmth of a bygone age meshed with modern living, comprising seven good size bedrooms complemented by four contemporary ensuites, four reception rooms and three rooms in the basement with windows, linked at the front. This special house is characterised by a mixture of practicality and elegance. The drawing room with large sash window underlines its period and the well-appointed kitchen/breakfast room boasts handmade cabinetry and a wonderful five door AGA. There are three hallways which are the heart of this unique house that offer additional entertaining space. The basement rooms have been restored and offer opportunities for a studio, hobbies or alternative entertaining with plenty of storage. It enjoys an open plan arrangement with a wealth of charm including exposed beams.
Priestley House has a large walled garden. Doors lead from the kitchen to the garden and also from the conservatory onto a stone sun terrace with a Balinese wall. This is a fantastic entertaining area with a lovely tropical feel. There are fold aside doors enclosing this area that fully open to allow access to the lane. The garden has been landscaped to create different “rooms” each with a tranquil feel. A lawned area leads to a water feature and a secluded area for a Jacuzzi hot tub (currently in situ). There is a single garage/workshop/store with a hard standing area for 2 cars accessed through the rear gates. An arboretum has been created in the final section of the garden with a further outbuilding. It has established acers and other specimen trees creating a great entertaining area with room for a marquee.