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Property Description

A small country estate set in 25 acres of land with an imposing Manor House, planning consent for a barn conversion and beautiful gardens.

The Property At A Glance

Ground Floor
• Reception Hall • Drawing Room • Dining Room            • Sitting Room • Garden Room • Study • Cloakroom
• Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Back Hall • Utility • Cellar

First Floor
• Master Bedroom Suite with Dressing Room and                                                Ensuite Bathroom.
• Two Double Bedrooms • Bathroom and Office.

Second Floor
• Two further Double Bedrooms and Bathroom
• Attic with further potential

• Attractive partly walled Gardens • Garaging
• Outbuildings
• Separate barn with planning consent for secondary accommodation • Double garage

• Approx 25 acres of productive pasture

In 1536 the Manor of Thornhill was granted to Edward Seymour, later Duke of Somerset (executed 1552) and continued in the family until it was devised to Brasenose College, Oxford, in 1696, to increase the number of scholarships that had already been founded there.

The earliest part of the house is to the rear and is believed to date from 1596 as is seen in the date stone on the gable wall which reads Vingt Cours/Herfordie 1596 VCH. The house was then substantially extended in a Queen Anne style with a southern wing added in 1723-4 giving superbly proportioned formal panelled reception rooms and bedrooms.

The Manor House was in the ownership of Brasenose College, Oxford for over 300 years until the current vendors bought it in 2002.

The house is built in Flemish bond bricks with a plat band under a stone tiled roof, cross windows with leaded glazing and elaborate wrought iron catchplates. It is arranged over three floors with a cellar. The house is in excellent decorative order throughout with many original features including a fine wide oak staircase in five flights of stairs reaching from the front hall to the second floor.

The gravelled pathway stretches through the front garden directly to the front door. This leads into the Entrance Hall and to the south facing dual aspect Drawing Room, with panelled walls, open fireplace, window seats and shutters. Double aspect Dining Room with panelled walls, stone fireplace and leaded light windows. Steps lead down to the Sitting Room with ornate timber fireplace, beamed ceilings and Garden Room to one side with a door to the terrace. There is a private Study/Library with beamed ceiling leading off the sitting room.

The Kitchen/Breakfast room has a range of fitted floor and wall units including a 1½ glass bowl sink, built in dishwasher and fridge, Range Master oven and hob, timber mantelpiece with open fireplace, door to Rear Hall, Cloakroom and Utility Room with washing machine and dryer, Belfast, Boulter oil-fired boiler and hot water tank. Stable door to outside.

Cellar comprising two rooms with wine store.

A wide oak staircase rises to the first floor landing. Master Bedroom Suite with beamed ceiling and views over garden, Dressing Room with built-in wardrobe and Ensuite Bathroom, roll top bath, built-in corner shower cubicle, WC and hand basin. Family Bathroom with panelled bath, corner shower cubicle, WC and hand basin. Small Office. To the front there are two Principal double Bedrooms with panelled walls, stone fireplaces, cast iron grates and leaded light windows giving stunning views to the south. The oak stairs continue to the second floor with two further Double Bedrooms with vaulted beamed ceilings with views over the garden. Half landing with bathroom, roll top bath, WC, hand basin and shower cubicle. Door to landing with secondary staircase to ground floor. Door leading to Attic space.

Thornhill Manor is situated in the quiet hamlet of Thornhill between the popular villages of Clyffe Pypard and Broadtown with stunning views over open farmland and to the Downs beyond. Royal Wootton Bassett is located some 3 miles to the north, 8 miles to Swindon and 10 miles south to the attractive market town of Marlborough.

Communications are excellent with M4 Junction 16 (4 miles) and regular rail services to London Paddington from Swindon (approximately 54 minutes, reducing by 10 minutes once electrification happens, due in 2018). The historic cities of Bath, Oxford and Salisbury are within easy driving distance.

Schools include primary schools in Broad Hinton and Broadtown, Pinewood Preparatory School, Marlborough College, St Margaret's and St Mary's Calne. The surrounding countryside, with many footpaths and bridleways, is ideal for country pursuits including walking and riding.

The Manor House is approached by a tarmac driveway with ample parking/ garaging for two cars and a single loose box of brick construction. A separate path leads through a walled garden with an ancient olive tree to a stone porch and Gothic door. A gravel drive then continues to sweep around the front of the house to a circular turning circle with a pathway straight to the front door.

The beautiful gardens surround the house with further well established shrubberies and borders bounded in part by brick walls with yew hedging, fruit trees and an ornamental pond with reeds and water lilies. To one side lies a small brick outbuilding (which could be used as a studio subject to consent). On the west side is a small arboretum with horse chestnut and maple interspersed with fruit trees. There are stunning views over the fields and beyond to the wood.

This brick and blockwork barn has been granted planning permission (05/00254/LBC) for conversion to an attractive four bedroom south facing dwelling. There is a courtyard area to the front and magnificent views stretching to the Downs and beyond. There is great potential for the building to be used for a wide range of alternative uses, subject to planning.

The Land
The pasture land extends to about 25 acres (10.41 hectares) of mostly level ground with thick, mainly stock proof hedges. The land is a fertile loam and is capable of growing heavy crops of grass for grazing, hay and silage. There is a separate road access through a wide gateway for large agricultural machinery and equipment. The vendors will fence A-B and C-D as shown on plan. The purchasers' solicitors can advise if agricultural use of the land may result in lower SDLT.

Council Tax
Council Tax Band G

Mains electricity, water and private drainage.

Council Tax
Council Tax Band G

Easements, Wayleaves and Rights of Way
Thornhill Manor is sold, subject to or with the benefit of all existing rights of way whether public or private, including wayleaves, easements, covenants, restrictions and obligations whether referred to in these particulars or not. The land is crossed by public footpaths.

Strictly by appointment arranged through Woolley & Wallis.

Basic Payment System
The land is registered with the Rural Payments Agency for Basic Payment Scheme with 10.41units of entitlement. The owners will make the Basic Payment Scheme application for 2017. The 10.41 units will be made available to the purchaser as part of the purchase price and upon completion of the sale, the entitlements will be transferred in the usual manner. The purchaser will be required to keep the land in good agricultural condition for the remainder of the calendar year.







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Thornhill, Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN4

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