Historic homes go under hammer

Cricklade Street, Poulton

Cricklade Street, Poulton

Period properties to suit all pockets will be going under the hammer in the Cotswolds next month.

From £165,000 to £600,000 there’s a historic home to meet most budgets at Moore Allen & Innocent’s property auction in Cirencester on Monday, April 16.

Number 10 Cricklade Street in Poulton is one of the most unusual properties to come to auction in the Cotswolds for a while.

Carrying an auctioneer’s estimate of £165,000, the charming 17th century detached cottage has just one bedroom above a sitting room and kitchen.

A covenant restricts extension of the property, but planning consent exists to extend the kitchen into an adjoining storeroom and create a bathroom on the first floor.

Cricklade Street, Poulton (exterior)

Cricklade Street, Poulton

The 570 square feet of Grade II listed space packs in a whole host of features – flagstone floors, exposed Cotswold stone walls, timber beamed ceilings, original stone fireplace and a pretty cottage garden. The auctioneers say it will make a lovely holiday let or weekend bolt hole.

Pear Tree Cottage at Filkins is another quirky property. Built in 1821 and Grade II listed, accommodation is provided over three floors – an unusual design for an estate workers’ cottage.

Bids upwards of £350,000 will buy bags of period features, including timber window seats, beamed ceilings, fireplaces and the potential for four bedrooms.

As the name suggests, there’s a pear tree in the south-facing garden and a peach tree too, at this peach of a property.

Number 4 Trewsbury Road at Coates is the only modern property in the line-up. The former council house is in a great village-edge location on a large plot, making it ideal for a young family.

And there is, subject to consent, potential to extend the three bedroom house, as several of the neighbours have already done in this child-friendly community. Bids from £220,000 are invited.

The Wool House offers bags – or should that be woolsacks – of space in the popular tourist destination of Bibury, while being away from the main tourist trail.

Wool House, Bibury

Wool House, Bibury

Historically two or three separate workers’ cottages, the accommodation stretches to three bedrooms on the first floor with a fourth in the attic, along with a sitting room, dining room, family room, large kitchen and study on the ground floor.

In addition to the 2,200 square feet of accommodation in the main Grade II listed house, which dates from the early to mid 17th century, the property offers a further 1,000 square feet in its outbuildings, which include a two storey cottage and a row of former dray sheds, which could be converted into an office, studio or hobby room.

There’s a south facing garden and plenty of parking space too, all for an auction guide of £485,000.

The Gastons, at Cherington, near Tetbury, is an exceptional development site of one-and-a-half acres with full planning consent to construct a replacement to the existing detached cottage, which is in poor structural condition.

The proposed accommodation includes a sitting room, study, and dining room/kitchen on the ground floor, three ensuite bedrooms on the first floor and two further bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor.

A basement is included in the plans, with utility room, wine cellar, larder, laundry room and games room. The planning permission also provides for a detached double garage and log store. The auctioneers will be looking for bids upwards of £450,000.

Roadside Farm, Longcot

Roadside Farm, Longcot

And Roadside Farm at Longcot, near Faringdon, also offers the opportunity for development in its half-acre grounds.

The Grade II detached farmhouse, with a date stone of 1757, overlooks the village green and was once a shop and post office. It contains a number of period features and is ripe for refurbishment, subject to planning consent.

It also benefits from a large traditional stone barn, which is attached to the main house and is as large as the house itself. Meanwhile, planning consent has been granted for the construction of a terrace of four new three-bedroom cottages in the farmyard. The property carries a guide price of £600,000.

All of the properties will be offered for auction at Moore Allen’s Cirencester salerooms, on the outskirts of Cirencester, from 11am on Monday, April 16. For further details about any of the properties log on to www.mooreallen.co.uk or call 01285 648100.

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