Oldown is a gentleman’s small country estate situated in an unspoilt rural location approximately 2 miles to the West of Tetbury which has Royal connections, being the home of HRH The Prince of Wales at Highgrove. The subject is within the Cotswold’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it comprises a little over 50 acres of agricultural and woodland which has been well managed, but also has modern stabling and paddock lands appropriate for polo or other equestrian activities, if required. The present garage building has three bays plus a two bedroom style flat. The stable yard arrangements are of good quality modern design and include generous accommodation, but currently used as machinery storage rather than an open barn design able to be partitioned for equine use if required. There are also garden amenities including a hard tennis court, heated swimming pool, pavilion, party areas etc. The principal house is built on two storeys and has a distinctive architectural style themed upon the movement known as “Arts and Crafts.” There are other interesting examples in this Cotswold area, many of which have been listed as being of architectural historic interest. The walls of the house and most of the other buildings are built of natural limestone known as random rubblestone, regular coursed and with dressed stone quoins. The columns to the three arches which form the main entrance and the two matching chimneys are examples, and the co-ordination of the treble dormer of the roof enhance the front elevation. This indicates high quality architectural input at the date of design, which I believe is 1932 on behalf of the family Preston. Sir Kenneth Preston has been a client of the writer in history and was an important naval engineer.
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