You Can Now Live on the Site of A Historic Roman Villa
This Grade I listed country home tells a rather astonishing story: it stands on the remains of one of the largest Roman villas in England.
Although the property has been gradually and meticulously restored, its glorious heritage can still be glimpsed in its interiors – and in the spectacular Romanesque pool house in the garden.
Now covered, the remains of the Roman villa reach across a two-acre plot, with the entire estate encompassing 85 acres of land. It sits in an enviable location close to the bustling market towns of Stroud and Nailsworth, offering both charming village scenes and breathtaking bucolic views.
Known as The Old Priory, the house itself dates back to the 16th century. Beyond the exquisite vaulted entrance hall is an array of grand rooms including a drawing room, dining room and library, plus an enormous principal suite which occupies its own wing of the property. There are four further bedrooms and bathrooms, and you’ll even find a secret tower room hidden within one of the suites.
The professional kitchen is particularly impressive, featuring glossy work surfaces and a beautiful stove. You can curl up in front of the cosy fireplace in the sitting room, or head downstairs to explore the cavernous wine cellar.
For comfortable country living, there is a plant room, boot room and utility room – and outside you’ll find a variety of outbuildings such as a three-bedroom cottage and a stable block.
Alongside the all-important swimming pool and the pool house (which boasts a staggering 32-foot entertainment room), there is a tennis court, a Victorian spring water garden and an enormous lake. You can also take a stroll across the formal lawns, wander through the woodland or check out the orchard.
With such rich heritage and truly stunning interiors – not to mention gorgeous grounds – this is a property like no other.
Featured image credit: Ed Shepherd