Rookwoods is a remarkable Grade II listed country home dating back to the 17th Century. It is set in the most beautiful, secluded position overlooking the unspoiled Holy Brook Valley, deep in the Cotswold Hills. The house is constructed with traditional Cotswold stone with charming mullioned windows under a stone tiled roof.
Internally, the house is beautifully presented with an excellent range of accommodation and space for entertaining. Boundless character and charm throughout. The principal rooms have impressive exposed ceiling timbers, fabulous fireplaces, beautiful wood and stone floors.
Rookwoods is approached through electric gates down a long drive to a gravelled parking area with a path leading to steps down to a stone terrace and an oak front door. The front door opens to the hall, which leads to a large dining/reception hall with an impressive stone fireplace, stone floor and oak beams. The dining room opens to a sitting room with a large open fireplace with stone hearth. An oak door, formally the front door, leads out to the wonderful gardens. Beyond the dining room/sitting room is a study, from which the kitchen and snug leads. The drawing room occupies a wing, originally built in 1954 and subsequently extended by the current owners. The impressive room is perfect for entertaining with french doors out to the terrace. The kitchen is a large open-plan family room opening into a sitting and dining area, creating the family hub of the house. Built in around 2000 with a vaulted ceiling of impressive oak timbers, this is a magnificent attribute with excellent space to enjoy at every opportunity. The kitchen has a Mark Wilkinson fully fitted units, limestone floor, central work island, Aga and wood burner. Steps lead down to the conservatory breakfast room which boasts lovely views over the gardens. Through the kitchen is a further small hall with a flower room on one side and a family room on the other. The family room/orangery is a new extension by the current owners and links into the large utility room with a WC. There is a self contained guest wing extending over ground and first floor, which includes a kitchen, sitting room and one bedroom with a bathroom.
The main staircase leads from the entrance hall onto the first floor landing where towards the end of the landing the principal bedroom suite can be found. The principal bedroom is remarkable with a vaulted, oak timber-framed ceiling and wonderful views over the gardens and grounds. There is a large, beautifully appointed ensuite bathroom and an impressive dressing room that has plenty of built-in cupboards and storage and extends over two floors via its own staircase. There are three further bedrooms with boundless character and charm on this floor and a family bathroom. The second floor has two further bedrooms with another family sized bathroom.
The gardens and grounds are set in an idyllic and private location. The owners re-created the grounds to an exceptional standard including a fantastic kitchen garden, children's playground with tree-house in the woods, hard tennis court, a rockery with a lovely stream, a spring-fed lake with a jetty, meadows, farmland and an area of woodland. The property is ideal for those with equestrian interests with well laid out paddocks. The outdoor swimming pool sits within a protected setting with a Cotswolds stone surrounding wall, and a pavilion with kitchen, changing rooms and WC. Approached over a continuation of the drive
is an outdoor riding manège and a clay pigeon trap hut.
Closest to the house is a range of 5 loose boxes of timber, stone and clay tiled roof and two open fronted bays. The range comprising the stable yard, stable flat and garage flat was built in 2006 by the current owners, with 3 garage bays, WC and 3 loose boxes. At the back is a stable flat comprising a sitting room/bedroom with kitchen and shower room. Above is an excellent garage flat with laundry room, sitting room, kitchen and bedroom.
Rookwoods is located amidst one of the most beautiful parts of the Cotswolds, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A rural idyll, but within easy striking distance of national road and rail links via the M4, M40 and the Swindon mainline station and Kemble mainline station. Bisley, just under 2 miles away, has a village shop, post office and 2 pubs The Bear Inn and The Stirrup Cup. The popular village of Sapperton is about 3 miles with its popular pub The Bell. Stroud, 6 miles away, and Cirencester, 8
miles away, are ideal for everyday shopping with their regular weekly and monthly markets and choice of supermarkets. They also boast a wealth of independent shops and cafes.
The larger town of Cheltenham offers a greater choice of shops and is host to a number of festivals including the Jazz and Literature Festivals. There is local access to bridleways and footpaths to enjoy in this completely unspoiled part of the Cotswolds. The magnificent parkland and estate of Cirencester Park is nearby with extensive walking and riding (by permission). Sporting opportunities include racing at Cheltenham and Bath and golf at Cirencester and Minchinhampton. There is also polo at nearby Edgeworth, Beaufort and Cirencester Park Polo clubs. In addition there is hunting with the Cotswolds Hunt and water sports are nearby at the Cotswold Water Park. There is a wide choice of both preparatory and public schools in the area including Beaudesert, Cheltenham College, Cheltenham Ladies, St Edwards, Dean Close and Westonbirt.