First house to get a phone goes under the hammer

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A substantial 18th century house with bags of period features will be going under the hammer in the Cotswolds next month, with a guide price of £300,000.

Estate agents Moore Allen & Innocent anticipate considerable interest in the Grade II listed property, which sits close to the centre of the Cotswolds market town of Fairford and offers total accommodation of over 2,500 square feet.

Built during the boom years of the 18th and 19th centuries, when the town rapidly expanded with the arrival of the stagecoach, Milton House continued to be one of Fairford’s most important residential properties into the 20th century.

In 1908 it was the first residential property in the town to be assigned a telephone number – Fairford 6; the first five were snapped up by businesses, and even the local constabulary, the doctor and the railway station were pipped to the post.

Positioned on the end of a row, the property boasts three reception rooms and four bedrooms over two storeys under its blue slate roof.

There’s also a large garage with mechanics pit to the side of the property, and a garden bound by Cotswold stone walls, extending to around 80 feet in depth.

However, the new owner of the property will have their work cut out. “The house has not been occupied for a number of years,” says Mark Hill of estate agent Moore Allen & Innocent, who will be auctioning the property at the nearby Bull Hotel at 3pm on Thursday, March 14.

“It requires full refurbishment and modernisation.”

But the potential is tremendous. The six panel front door leads into an entrance hallway with flagstone floor and stairs to the first floor.

To the left is the living room, also with flagstone floor. A tap on the plasterboard wall to the right of the fireplace reveals that something is behind it – perhaps the circular staircase which continues from the bedroom directly above it to the attic.

To the right of the entrance hall are a sitting room with open fireplace and a study, with original wooden floorboards.

To the rear of the first floor – a later extension to the original building – are the bathroom, kitchen and pantry.

On the first floor are four bedrooms, all with original fireplaces. From the first bedroom, the aforementioned circular staircase leads up into the attic, which runs half the length of the house and offers more than 360 square feet of space.

For more information, or to arrange a viewing, call Moore Allen& Innocent on 01285 648115.

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