Guide price £1,850,000
The Property: Covenant House has to be one of Chipping Campden's finest townhouses. A light and spacious residence with high ceilings and wonderful southerly views, it is now in need of some updating. It retains an abundance of original features, including large sash windows with interior shutters, mullion windows, leaded lights, parquet floors, open fireplaces with marble surrounds, and a bell on the exterior which was rung to summon the vicar's staff. It is entered via an impressive reception hall with a turning staircase leading to the first floor. Two large reception rooms and the dining/kitchen room radiate from the hall, making it ideal for entertaining. The first floor consists of 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms looking over the gardens. There are plans in place to reinstate access to the attic rooms, which was lost with the removal of the Victorian wing. The main attic room offers fantastic views across Chipping Campden and the High Street. Outside: Covenant House has a large walled garden to the South and West of the house, totalling 0.62 of an acre. Overlooked by the exceptional church tower, the garden is a haven of greenery, with herbaceous borders and mature trees, including cedar, acaia and copper beeches. A gravel drive wraps around the house, with lawns sloping down to a pond, a rockery, a yew circle and various seating places. The gardens are enclosed by a high stone wall, pierced by a Gothic gate, which gives privacy and security. A gravel path leads to oak-framed garages in the far corner. Location: Covenant House sits at the top end of the town, immediately opposite the West front of St. James's Church, and a short walk from the famous High Street. Chipping Campden is well known as one of the most beautiful of the Cotswold towns, with a range of historic buildings dating back to the Middle Ages. The town lies in a fold of the Cotswold Hills, in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, approximately 12 miles to the south east of Stratford- upon-Avon and 22 miles north of Cheltenham. There is a good range of shops catering for most everyday needs as well as a number of specialist suppliers, a library, schools and a doctor's surgery. Cheltenham and Stratford-upon-Avon are the main shopping and cultural centres for the region. There is a mainline station to London from Moreton-in-Marsh (about 8 miles) and most West Midland centres are within daily commuting distance. History Note: Covenant House, previously Chipping Campden Vicarage, is a Grade II listed house in a wonderful elevated position opposite St James' Church. Dating back to the C16 with later additions and alterations, the front of the house is Jacobean, while the back is largely Georgian. The original house was extended by Thomas Mansell, vicar from 1709 to 1734, and again in 1847, when a large Gothic wing was added on the North side. This was demolished 100 years later, when vicarages on a grand scale became too expensive to run. Other changes were made by the Church in the 1960s, when the South end was reduced in size. When sold by the Church to the current owners in 1992, the house was made subject to certain covenants, one of which required that it should no longer be called the Vicarage. The current owners therefore named it Covenant House. Although it has changed over the years, the house is clearly recognisable from 18th and 19th century depictions, and from an early engraving. Schooling: There are many excellent local schools, including St Catharine's RC Primary School and Chipping Campden School (outstanding with Ofsted) within walking distance; Cheltenham Ladies College, Cheltenham College and Dean Close at Cheltenham; Kind Edward VI School and the Girls' Grammar School at Stratford; Warwick School for boys and Kitebrook Preparatory School at Moreton-in-Marsh. Sporting Opportunities: The surrounding countryside offers superb walking, cycling and horse riding, including the well-known Cotswold Way. Broadway Golf Club is only a few miles away and there is racing at Warwick, Stratford and Cheltenham.
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