A spectacular detached family home, in the most idyllic and private setting, with extensive gardens, parking, garaging and with planning granted for a two-bedroom detached annex.
This exceptional house sits behind a gated entrance at the end of a particularly private lane on the Battledown Estate, just 3 miles from Cheltenham in one direction and a short walk of surrounding countryside in the other. The profile of the building is imposing, slightly elevated, it was designed to overlook the grounds to the front and to provide a grand feel on entry. Set over two storeys, the internals extend to over 3884 Sq Ft of immaculate accommodation which has been the subject of continual improvements and enhancements by the current owners who have injected a contemporary approach to the space, volume, and natural light of the house.
The clever layout has been designed with family life, entertaining and quiet retreat in mind, with free-flowing communal rooms in perfect balance with more formal space. Clever details have given a sociable and playful feel with the southerly side of the house, organised as a considerable, open plan kitchen/family room adjoining a large garden room. The kitchen itself is beautifully appointed with a range of modern units, integrated appliance and a four ring Aga set into a beamed recess. A Jack and Jill fireplace naturally divides the space to an area for seating and dining. This entire arrangement connects to outside, by way of a view from both rooms or, from two sets of doors from the garden room, merging the exterior and interior space in order to fully enjoy the garden to both the front and rear. To the other side of the house is a formal drawing room with a feature bay window and log burner. Behind here is a bedroom, an ideal space away from the main bedrooms for guests or an Au Pair. There is a large pantry and utility room in addition to a cloakroom on this level.
As with any of the best family homes the upstairs space is both impressive and balanced to that of the reception rooms. A gallery staircase leads to a large landing area of which the bedrooms are elegantly set around. In itself a feature, the landing connects to a viewing balcony to the front of the house which in turn interlinks both the master and guest bedrooms. The master suite overlooks the lawns, a beautiful room with a large dressing room and en suite bathroom with twin sinks and a separate shower. The guest room, also with en suite shower room, enjoys the same view in symmetry. The design of the floor has allowed for a spacious games/playroom to act as a connecting room to two of the bedrooms, each with their own en suites, making an ideal arrangement for children. Owing to the design of the landscape, the games room opens out to a sun terrace and further to the gardens through double doors merging the exteriors to inside and flooding this floor with natural light.
The approach is very special, along an infrequently used lane just off the prestigious Ashley Road at the tip of the Battledown Estate. The house offers an incredibly private plot, discreetly set behind a brick perimeter wall and accessed through high electric gates, flanked with manicured hedging, revealing very little of the house from the front. The driveway sweeps around to the front of the property turning back on itself, with beautifully curated gardens surrounding each side and a Cotswold stone framing wall with a built-in seating area. The extensive grounds continue along the side of the house and to the rear, where an expanse of level lawn is stocked with mature specimen trees, hedging, and fencing to the borders. This is a haven for families to play and enjoy in a space that is private and mature with the natural wooded setting of which Battledown is so well known for. To the front of the house, replacing former outbuildings at the side, there is a large area set away from view, which has planning granted to build a two-bedroom annex. This would provide ideal guest or ancillary accommodation in addition to a home office. The garage can be found at the front with off road parking for several vehicles.
Battledown is without doubt one of the most desirable and highly sought after pockets of Cheltenham. A private and gated estate, it was built in circa 1859 for the gentry and as such is an exclusive address characterised by impressive homes set within spacious plots and enjoying some of the most enviable views in Cheltenham. Oakridge House is set off Ashley Road, a tree lined avenue dotted with some of the best homes in Cheltenham. With idyllic walking and riding countryside set to one side of the estate and Cheltenhams stylish centre to the other, it offers the rare balance of town and country living that has become so highly sought after. The property is within walking distance to Cheltenhams fashionable shops, Michelin starred restaurants, salons and bars. Less than a hundred miles from London, Cheltenham nestles beautifully between the Cotswold Hills and the Wye Valley and is home to numerous prestigious schools including Cheltenham College, The Cheltenham Ladies College, St Edwards and Dean Close. Owing to this and the cultural lifestyle on offer, including playing hosts to several highly acclaimed festivals, it is now regarded as one of the places to live and raise a family.
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Local Authority Cheltenham Borough Council
115 Promenade, Cheltenham
Gloucestershire, GL50 1NW
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