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THE Manor HoUSE

THE SQUARE, STOW ON THE WOLD OFFERED FOR SALE WITH DETAILED PLANNING CONSENT, THE MANOR HOUSE PRESENTS AN EXCITING DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY TO CONVERT AN HISTORIC BUILDING SITUATED IN THE ANCIENT COTSWOLD CENTRE OF STOW ON THE WOLD. THE NEW DEVELOPMENT WILL PROVIDE FOUR LUXURY APARTMENTS, EACH BENEFITING FROM OFF-STREET GATED PARKING, AND A SMALL RETAIL PREMISES FACING ONTO THE HISTORIC MARKET SQUARE. For centuries, Stow on the Wold was an important trading place for the wool industry, situated on the crossroads at the heart of the North Cotswolds between Cirencester and Stratford, Cheltenham and Chipping Norton. Today, the sheep are gone but the market square remains an essential hub, renowned as the glamorous, affluent centre of the North Cotswolds and as such, a thriving tourist destination. The square is flanked by independent outlets offering luxury goods and gifts, alongside the established galleries and antique shops for which the town is also famous, and of course numerous delicatessens, inns, coffee houses and tea shops to cater for the regular influx of visitors and holiday makers. To the western edge of the square stands The Manor House, its history as varied and in some ways as influential as the town itself. At the end of the 18th Century it was owned by Mr. Webb, a surveyor, whose responsibility it was to chart local maps of property boundaries, for which purpose he employed a young local man, William Smith, who stayed with him for four years as an apprentice. William Smith eventually became renowned for his map-making of the British Isles, and is respectfully known as the Father of English Geology.

In more recent years the Manor House has undergone various transformations, passing from living to mainly commercial usage, as with most of the buildings surrounding the square. Part of the Manor House has been home to the famous Fosse Gallery for over 35 years, renowned as one of the principal art galleries outside London and, as such, will be retained by the owners as a going concern. Cleverly designed by Eastabrook Architects of Stow on the Wold, the conversion of the remainder of this substantial building proposes to make maximum use of potential living space, enhancing the integral character and utilising the Georgian proportions of the original property. Four new apartments, situated above and to the side of the Fosse Gallery, have been approved, and the courtyard behind the main house will provide off street, gated parking.

...FLOODED WITH LIGHT, BLESSED WITH ELEGANT PROPORTIONS AND HIGH CEILINGS, OFFERING DELIGHTFUL VIEWS OVER THE MARKET SQUARE TOWARDS THE CHURCH, LOOKING DIRECTLY OUT OVER THE ANCIENT STOCKS AND GREEN BELOW…

Presiding over the fascinating hustle and bustle of the town centre, the apartments will undoubtedly make excellent lets – indeed, the current owners already operate three neighbouring cottages as successful holiday homes (Windrush, Coln and Evenlode – these properties also form part of the sale). With generous and pleasing proportions, the apartments should equally attract permanent residents or those seeking a pièd-a-tèrre with easy access to amenities – the location is ideal for commuting to London from Kingham station, for example. www.cotswold-homes.com 99

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