If you needed one more property to fall in love with the Cotswolds Natural Beauty Area, then get ready to dazzle The Orangery.
If your first word after viewing photos of The Orangery was “wow”, then welcome to the club. It’s hard not to be in awe of this wonderful converted orangery building in Northwick Park.
The four bedroom property is set on 35 acres of beautifully manicured communal gardens and is currently listed for sale through Hayman-Joyce with an estimated price of £1.5 million.
Come from 17th century, the Grade II listed William and Mary Orangery is simply sublime. From an architectural point of view, a conspicuous exterior will be the first thing that catches your eye.
There are six symmetrical window frames with bolekshn architraves, in the middle of which is a French double door that sits next to the ashlar façade.
A double flight of stairs leads down to beautifully landscaped gardens, from which you can access the larger community gardens.
Northwick Park has a rich history, as you would expect from a property that is over 300 years old.
It was bought in 1681 by Sir James Rushout, the son of a Flemish silk merchant. A number of reconstruction works followed in the following years, and it is believed that the Orangery dates back to work carried out in 1686. The design is attributed to the famous English architect William Talman, although this has not been confirmed.
The estate was passed down the family line, ending with the Spencer Churchill family in 1966, after which it was sold to a syndicate. The estate fell into disrepair and was vacant for several years between the 1970s and 1980s before it was purchased by a number of developers who began the first phase of development.
Today, The Orangery showcases elegant interiors with high ceilings and a soothing color palette. On the lower ground floor, you’ll find an impressive vaulted-ceiling kitchen, with a series of characteristic arches and a mini-staircase leading to the fridge nook.
From the kitchen you can access a private sunken terrace known as the East Terrace which has a spiral staircase leading to the landscaped gardens ahead.
An impressive 56-foot living room spans the entire length of the first floor, with six floor-to-ceiling windows, French double doors, oak wood flooring and hand-painted murals in arched niches. Needless to say, this is the place for your guests if you want to impress.
Also on this floor is a living room or potential bedroom and an office or another potential bedroom. On the second floor there are two bedrooms with bathrooms (needs a little modernization).
The bases are a major draw in and of themselves. The 35 acres of managed gardens and grounds include two tennis courts, a heated outdoor pool, a croquet lawn and 24-hour security. All of this is in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, about a mile and a half from the village of Blockley.
The conservatory is currently listed for sale through Hayman-Joyce with an estimated price of £1.5m – see more photos or contact an agent for more information.
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