***VIDEO TOUR*** Provender Cottage, Circa early 1700’s & Grade II Listed, is an excellent example of a traditional, double-fronted, mid-terraced Wiltshire townhouse, built of Cotswold limestone under a stone-tiled roof.
Steeped in charm & history, it possesses a wealth of original features whilst also providing for a stylish home appropriate to modern living. Situated to the quiet end of Cricklade high street, with a good range of shops, services, health facilities, hairdressers, public houses, cafes & restaurants.
Historically comprising two cottages, in its earlier days it was variously known to be owned by a Bootmaker, a Provisions merchant and a Sign-writer. The dual-dwelling of its distant past has allowed for some interesting spaces in current use, presently providing for 2-3 receptions, kitchen, garden/breakfast room, utility room, wet-room, family bathroom and a top-floor WC, with 3 double bedrooms plus a dressing-room
In the mature, west-facing garden behind, there is a convenient brick-built, garden/cycle shed, plus a sizeable Victorian-style, end-of-garden Summer-house containing a separate store area, which would perfectly provide for a peaceful studio or office space. The garden is laid out with several distinctive areas, to include a camomile and thyme herb-lawn edged by raised, well planted borders; a flagstone-laid dining area; a rockery & pond area bordered by small fruit trees & bushes which screen the end, kitchen-garden area, containing 4 x Victorian style, raised vegetable beds, set between traditional brick pathways. For many decades last century, this garden (a double-sized Saxon burrage plot) was used to provide the fruit and vegetable produce for the ‘Old Stores’ at no 64 The High Street, next door (which was incidentally owned by another member of the same, long- established Cricklade family). Hence the soil in the garden is of excellent, friable quality which has been well maintained over the years.
The current owners have held the property for almost 25 years and it remained within the family of the previous owners for almost a century. Importantly it also has NO ONWARD CHAIN and the owners already have another property, making a swift move very viable.
Located at the widest, most favoured and peaceful, lower part of Cricklade High Street, (originally known as St Mary’s), Provender Cottage enjoys to the front a most attractive aspect over the town’s War Memorial Cross and the C17th manor, Brook House, whilst also being just a short walk from the Infant River Thames and Cricklade’s World Heritage, ‘SSSI site’ protecting its 100 acre Fritillary & wild flower meadows. (This protection fully prevents any development in the vicinity). Close at hand there is the Thames Path with its walking, cycling & riding opportunities and just five minutes’ drive away is The Cotswold Water Park which offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including sailing, water skiing & clay pigeon shooting. With regard to everyday amenities, Cricklade is very well provided for with a good range of shops, services, health facilities, hairdressers, public houses, cafes & restaurants. The nearby Cricklade Country Club & Spa also includes a golf course, plus there is a good in-town Leisure Centre. Cricklade, generally, is well-known for its excellent & neighbourly social scene, its town festivals etc. & has many times been a gold & silver medalist in the Britain in Bloom competition. There are two, top level OFSTED-rated private sector schools & an excellent state school within the town. Finally, Cricklade could hardly be bettered for its central location to Cirencester, Swindon, Cheltenham, Oxford, Marlborough, Malmesbury, Bath & Bristol etc - all of which are readily accessed via the A419, A417, M4 & M5. In addition, Swindon & Kemble railway stations offer frequent & direct access to London, Paddington as does National Express bus service.