An impressive Grade II Cotswold Arts and Crafts country house.
The dry stone walls on the approaching lane curve inwards to form the main entrance to Warrens Gorse House. Through an automated gate, the drive leads through the grounds arriving at a circular forecourt. Warrens Gorse House is an impressive Cotswold stone building, built from limestone with a Cotswold stone tile roof. It follows a traditional style with three gables and a two storey entrance porch to the front of the house. The house is roughly square in proportion with what was originally a service wing to the left. The main entrance to the house is through an impressive studded plank door within the entrance porch.
Warrens Gorse House is an intriguing house with many beautiful features from the early twentieth century when the house was designed and built. Of particular note is the original Arts and Crafts open well staircase featuring carved newels of a squirrel, fox and rabbit and charming panel doors with leather pull timber latches. The many stone mullion windows to the front and back of the house provide ample light and views across the extensive grounds. Most windows benefit from secondary glazing.
The house has a warm and welcoming character, with rooms flowing from a central hall with a stunning master staircase to a partly galleried landing. Norman Jewson is said to “have liked to surprise” and the house has a few enjoyable quirks which reflect this. A stone floor porch leads to an outer hall and a capacious inner hall with wood panelling and exposed wood beams throughout. Double doors lead dramatically into an elegant Dining Room with a carved stone fireplace and French windows leading to a loggia overlooking an ornamental pond in a formal lawn.
Continuing to the right of the hall, is a magnificent Drawing Room with double height ceilings, windows to the full height and an inglenook fireplace with stone surround in the recess of the room. The room features panelled walls, within which is another door leading through to what was originally the organ room, now used as a Study, with full height windows to one wall and fitted bookshelves. From the hall and next to the drawing room is a comfortable Sitting Room with lower ceilings, fitted book shelves and a stone surround fireplace. Interestingly a window sits above the fireplace as the flue bends to the right. From the hall is a charming wood panelled Cloakroom.
A bright and airy Kitchen is situated next to the dining room, with painted panelling, granite worktops, lower fitted cabinets, an oil fired 5-door Aga and a door leading to the loggia. A second door from the kitchen leads to the secondary wing of the house and a Breakfast Room. From this room is a door to an original Larder with slate surfaces and a Laundry. Opposite the breakfast room is a Play Room with door to the garden, and a useful Boot Hall with access to the gardens and store rooms. The main back door leads to a boiler room, Stores and a Workshop.
The master staircase arrives at an expansive landing in the main house from where a short flight of stairs leads to a Master Bedroom with dressing area and a beautiful panelled en-suite Bathroom with central marble surround bath. A hidden door in this bathroom leads down to a second Bedroom, also accessed from the main landing. Two further Bedrooms with fitted wardrobes and lovely views across the gardens, a Bathroom and a separate fifth Bedroom with ensuite Bathroom complete the accommodation in the main house. Two doors in a hallway lead from the main first floor accommodation to the original service wing providing useful accommodation that can be separated or linked to the main house as desired. These further well-proportioned rooms include 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms and a second Kitchen. Secondary stairs lead down from here to the back door on the ground floor.
The grounds are bordered on three sides by wonderfully mature woodland and meadow land forming a habitat for a variety of flora and fauna, including wild orchids. The gardens are mainly laid to lawn with box hedge and gravel walkways running around the house and loggia. The loggia overlooks an elegant south facing formal lawn with a central Pond, home to several varieties of rare newt. Views extend across the lawn to the fields beyond separated by dry stone walls and stately stone wall gate posts mounted with ball finials. To the right of the formal lawn and pond is a heated outdoor Swimming Pool, hidden from view of the house by attractive yew hedges.
A hard surface Tennis Court is situated between the house and the stable yard, surrounded by a tall hedge with a lawn viewing area. Within the grounds are a Kitchen Garden and a Greenhouse attached to the workshop and stores. Beyond the garden is a field which extends to a belt of woodland which forms the southern boundary. There is further woodland adjacent to the driveway entrance. In all the property extends to 15.3 acres.
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Architectural Style: Arts & Crafts
Lot Acres: 15.3