Spirit of Capability Brown evoked at Catalpa House
23rd November 2017
The spirt of renowned landscape architect Capability Brown was evoked when Catalpa House was built on the eastern fringe of Lechlade.
Passing through black iron gates flanked by two columns set into high Cotswolds stone walls, visitors wend through the parkland grounds on a sweeping gravel driveway lined by an avenue of trees, passing a serpentine lake and an ornamental fountain before arriving at the front door.
There are no sheep grazing the lawns – although with five acres to play with that’s entirely feasible – but shy deer peek from the woodland at the boundary of the property, and trout come to the surface of the lake to snatch flies, while ducks and moorhens bob on the surface of the water.
And, of course, there’s a catalpa tree… well, there is now.
When the original four-bedroom cottage was built around forty years ago, it was named in honour of the tree which grew in the garden. It was only decades later that a tree surgeon identified it as a Judas tree. A true catalpa – with its distinctive heart-shaped leaves – has since been planted, and commands a pride of place at the front of the property.
The original Catalpa Cottage was erected in the 1970s in the former grounds of historic Claydon House, built by Robert Bathurst in the 17th Century.
In the late 1990s the present owners bought the cottage and set about extending the property, doubling the size of the house, and taking their design cues from Claydon House.
The new house was completed in time for the millennium celebrations, and the name changed from Catalpa Cottage to Catalpa House to better reflect its status as a handsome eight-bedroom property.
Now, Catalpa House is on the market again with Cotswold estate agent Moore Allen & Innocent, with an asking price of £1.95m.
The house is constructed of natural stone elevations with drip mouldings and stone mullion windows.
To the front of the property, large triple aspect windows let natural light flood in to both the large (9m x 6.7m) sitting room – with views over the gardens and neighbouring farm and woodland – and the splendid dining room, which has plenty of space (9m x 4.3m) to seat 14 or more guests.
At the rear, a large kitchen-diner with hand-built units and a comfy snug provides the home with its modern hub, and leads to a south-facing conservatory which is bathed in sunlight all day.
The ground floor also incorporates a study, two cloakrooms, and a utility room.
A wide staircase leads to a balcony landing that serves three double bedrooms with en suite facilities and views over the grounds, three further double bedrooms, and a family bathroom fitted to a high specification.
A stairwell leads to the second floor with two further bedrooms and bathroom.
To the rear of the house is a decked area with tidal pool and hot tub. Concealed from the driveway and gardens by a high hedge, a large garage provides space for three cars, and its first floor is ideally suited for home office or hobbies room.
A substantial timber outbuilding, meanwhile, accommodates a games room with adjoining mower store.
The majority of the landscaped gardens lie to the front of the property. The triple-tiered lake – crossed by three timber bridges and incorporating a duck island – is fed at its northern end by a natural spring, and flows into the River Thames at its southern extreme.
Roy Bowyer of Moore Allen & Innocent said: “Catalpa House is a substantial residence set within its own private landscaped grounds. An internal inspection is highly recommended.”
For further details, or to arrange a viewing, please call 01367 252541.