St Leonards Farm is a fine example of a stunning Grade II listed farmhouse located in the picturesque Conservation area of Lower Village, on the outskirts of Blunsdon, Wiltshire. The property sits on approximately 5 acres of land and boasts over 10,000ft² of mixed-use outbuildings. The two-storey rendered property is steeped in history and thought to be one of the first homes built in the hamlet. There are many beautiful original features including four ranges of late C18th cross glazed sash windows with moulded architraves, as well as a mid-C19th porch with lattice work and scalloped bargeboard.
The original part of the house is on two levels offering six large bedrooms and three bathrooms on the first floor, plus three reception rooms (enjoying stone and wood floors and feature fireplaces), kitchen, and utility (with traditional bread oven) on the ground floor.
The property has been sympathetically extended over time, linking the old to the new with the creation of a stunning sunroom with three sets of bi-fold doors, now forming part of the kitchen / diner. The later accommodation creates two additional flexible living spaces. Firstly, a self-contained annexe comprising, reception room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom (ideal for elderly parents or grown-up children). Secondly, a family room, wet-room and cinema room with office and a spectacular vaulted oak beamed ceiling, all also benefitting from under-floor heating. This part of the ground floor can easily provide further self-contained accommodation, ideal for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility benefitting from level thresholds and widened doorways.
Immediately outside the property are two South facing walled gardens, providing a safe play space for young children, as well as an entertainment area ideal for large family BBQs in the sun. To the left is an orchard, complete with Apple, Pear and Cherry Plum trees, and further beyond you will find another fenced play space for children with large wooden play equipment for them to enjoy. The large farmyard including open barn, former cowshed and dairy leads to a further substantial outbuilding providing stables, indoor manege, and a 56ft long garage and workshop. The property also enjoys very generous parking to the side, with gated access controlled by mobile phone and key-fobs.
Due to the size and flexibility of the accommodation, the property and grounds could be used for a number of purposes, not just as an incredible family home. The 10,000ft2+ of outbuildings offer a variety of uses from office accommodation, garaging, storage, as well as room to practice your hobbies, whatever they may be. And not forgetting the land, manege and stables for the animal lovers. Internally, the property could suit multi-generational living, an Airbnb or Guest House, holiday accommodation and a whole host of other income-generating options.
The village of Blunsdon boasts its own Doctors surgery, shop, pub and village primary school. The nearby Blunsdon House Hotel (formerly the Hunting Lodge for St Leonards Farm) provides a restaurant, spa and fitness centre. There is also a newly opened Secondary school within walking distance, as well as a number of Special Needs Schools.
Although the rural location, St Leonards Farm is ideally located for commuters; the M4 motorway can be reached in just 10 minutes, the M5 in 30 minutes, and major A roads providing excellent connections to Swindon, Cirencester, Oxford and Cheltenham all within 30 mins by car. Larger cities including Bath, Bristol and London can all be reached in under one hour on the train. Furthermore, the beautiful Cotswold Water Park can be reached in only 15 minutes offering a variety of eateries, adventure and water activities.
The nearest large town, Swindon, can be reached in less than 10 minutes (approx. £8 in a taxi) which offers a wide range of shopping from high-end retailers at the Designer Outlet, to large retail parks, and the more traditional town centre stores. There is a wide variety of cultural cuisines on offer throughout the local area, as well as the independent bars and restaurants in the Old Town, from a Champagne, Gin and Oyster bar to a Japanese Steakhouse.
A message from the owners
'St Leonards Farm has been our family home for nearly 10 years and home to our five children and a significant number of others, but the time has come to downsize and move on to another chapter of our lives.
Lower Village is a small hamlet of 45 houses separated from the village of Blunsdon by a parcel of land. It's a peaceful and picturesque location of individual homes within an established, friendly and supportive community just a short stroll from the village pub 'Heart in Hand' and the Blunsdon House Hotel, spa and fitness centre.
Nestled on the edge of the Lower Village, the location is perfect with views over open farmland and countryside towards the Cotswolds and the towns of Cricklade and Cirencester. Good links to the M4 and M5 via the A419, the town of Swindon provides a vast array of leisure and shopping experiences. Whereas locally, walking, running, cycling and horse riding are common activities enjoyed by a variety of folk.
St Leonards Farm itself is steeped in history/ As one of the oldest houses, as a Grade 2 listed property it offers extensive accommodation over two floors (six bedrooms, four bathrooms, five reception rooms, kitchen/diner) and a self-contained annex (lounge, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom).
The house flows beautifully for day to day living and entertaining, whilst affording space to suit all. Having been refurbished and extended over the time we have been here it now blends modern facilities (bathroom, kitchen, underfloor heating with period classic architecture. Outside you will find access to the walled garden and hot-tub, a variety of outbuildings and land extends to approximately five acres in total'.
Council tax band: NotSet