We haven’t done anything period for a while, so this John Forbes-designed nine-bedroom Regency villa in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire has come along at just the right time.
Ok, here is the history. This detached Regency villa was built as part of the development of this area by Joseph Pitt in 1825-42 in conjunction with the architect John Forbes. In 1851 the house was sold to William, Earl Fitzhardinge of Berkeley Castle for £1000 as his Cheltenham residence and as a home for his mistress, Jane Barker. It has no doubt changed hands a few times since, but not a great deal has changed.
That does, of course, means it needs refurbishment. But if period features are your thing, this should appeal. We suspect it has been used as either office space of split dwelling space in the past, but once renovated, this will be a stunning place to live, with plenty of rooms for you, your family and your belongings.
Access is via seven steps up to a porticoed entrance with iron railings to the side. That takes you into the entrance hall with ornate cornice to ceiling and ceiling rose, then onto a dual aspect drawing room with arched full length sash window to front with shutters and large window to side with shutters, sealed marble fireplace, high skirtings, egg and dart and floral cornice and ceiling rose.
There’s also a dual aspect dining room with arched full length sash window to front with shutters and large window to side with shutters, marble fireplace, picture rail, grape and vine and acanthus leaf cornice, ceiling rose and high skirtings, plus a small kitchen and a ground floor bathroom.
At mezzanine level there is a further bathroom and a cloakroom. On the first floor are four bedrooms and a utility room. On the second floor are two further bedrooms and a cloakroom. On the lower ground floor are two further bedrooms, a storage room and a cloakroom, with two doors to the outside.
In addition, there is a flat with kitchen, bathroom, sitting room and bedroom. Outside, there is a lawned front garden with steps down to the basement level, two iron gates, raised shrub beds, various trees and shrubs plus off-road parking for one car and space where a garage stood.
Want to make it your own? The guide price is £700,000.