An English country estate showcases the best of old and new – DIRT

In the picturesque county of Cotswold, Gloucestershire, Rookwoods is perhaps the pinnacle of the English country house.

Constructed of the gleaming golden stone for which the Cotswolds are famous, the fully renovated residence dates back to the 17th century. Today, the sprawling house sits on a secluded site of nearly 54 acres, where it overlooks unspoilt countryside that includes a lake, stream, woods, meadows and farmland. Other fine amenities include stables and paddocks for horses, swimming pool, tennis court, converted barn into an entertainment pavilion with games room and home cinema, plus additional guest cottages and several guest apartments. personal.

Listed by Ed Sugden and James Moor at Savills and Bruce Tolmie-Thomson at Knight Frank, Rookwoods is priced at $11.4 million.

The seven bedroom, four bathroom main house is built in traditional Cotswold stone, with mullioned windows under a stone tiled roof. Inside there is plenty of space to accommodate gracious entertaining and a large family. And with exposed beams, ancient fireplaces and beautiful wood and stone floors, the charm and character is evident throughout the Grade II listed building.

Through the electric gate and inside the front door, a hall leads to a combined lounge and dining room, with a fireplace at either end, and a more comfortably proportioned lounge with another fireplace and exposed beams on the ceiling. Added in 2000, the kitchen has a vaulted, wooden ceiling, limestone flooring, an oversized island and an Aga cooker. Next to the kitchen is a glass-enclosed breakfast room with a view of the garden, what the British call a ‘corner’, essentially a cozy eating and lounging area, and a family room/orangery. The service wing also includes a laundry/laundry room and a flower room. (What, you don’t have a room dedicated to arranging flowers?)

Ideal for guests or resident staff, the two-storey guest wing with one bedroom and one bathroom, which includes a living room and kitchen, offers privacy for residents and guests. Up the main staircase are the family bedrooms. The master suite features a vaulted oak ceiling and fantastic garden views, a bathroom with a huge spa bath and a two-story dressing room connected by its own staircase. Three further bedrooms are located on this floor, along with a family bathroom, and there are two further bedrooms and a further bathroom on the upper level.

Outside, the current owners have renovated and extended the gardens and grounds to a high standard. There is a vegetable garden, a children’s play area with tree house, a hard tennis court, a rockery with stream and a spring-fed lake with a jetty. The swimming pool is located in a protected setting, with a surrounding stone wall, and nearby is a pavilion with kitchen, changing rooms and bath.

Horse lovers will appreciate the stables, with five boxes and well-appointed paddocks, as well as an outdoor riding arena (an arena for training horses). Other equine accommodation was built in 2006, including three garages, a shower room and three other boxes. At the back is a stable apartment with a living room/bedroom with kitchen and shower room. Above is another apartment with utility room, living room, kitchen and bedroom.

Savills’ Ed Sugden comments: “Far from the madding crowds overlooking the unspoilt valley of Holy Brook, Rookwoods is the ultimate Cotswolds estate to simply get away from it all. In addition to the home’s secluded location, another unique feature is an Art Deco cinema designed by a renowned theater designer. It is rare to see a country estate that lends itself so well to family life and the demands of modern life. The appeal of Rookwoods is evident as soon as you turn down the long driveway.