- Impressive Grade II listed family home offering approx 4099 sq ft of living space
- Situated in the heart of Corsham on the High Street
- A stunning array of period features from Jacobean through to Georgian
- Three beautiful reception rooms
- Well appointed kitchen/breakfast room with utility
- Family bathroom with window seat and shutters
- Six double bedrooms including a wonderful master bedroom with en-suite bathroom
- Attractive walled garden
- Excellent access to all local amenities
The Old Bank House is an impressive and handsome Grade II listed family home situated in the heart of the pretty Wiltshire market town of Corsham. A former gentleman’s residence, this substantial property is steeped in history and offers a rare wealth of beautiful period features from the Jacobean through to the Georgian periods. Being one of Corsham’s oldest houses it dates back to 1601, and has links to Oliver Cromwell and Corsham Court nearby. More recently the house was a key location for the BBC’s period drama Poldark, where the house doubled as "The Red Lion Inn".
Accommodation is arranged over three floors and offers circa 4099 Sq ft of living space with the wide main hallway running centrally through the middle of the ground floor with all reception rooms and kitchen/breakfast room leading seamlessly off, giving a real sense of airiness, light and space. The drawing room is steeped in history with its huge stunning inglenook fireplace and bread oven, Georgian panelling, window seats and fielded panelled shutters and a remarkable elm Jacobean staircase leading to the first floor. A beautifully appointed kitchen/breakfast room is very much the heart of the home with a bespoke kitchen built around the cream Aga and there is access through to the utility room with deep under-stairs storage cupboard. The sitting room is beautifully light with two 16-pane sash windows and glazed door leading into the garden and has a wonderful bath stone fireplace with open fire. Also on the ground floor is the charming double-height cloakroom with period feature window, together with an elegant and light dining room with moulded panelling, shutters and fireplace which looks onto pretty Church Street and catches the morning sun, being the perfect place to take breakfast.
On the first floor are four considerable double bedrooms, all with period features including the sizeable master bedroom with a high ceiling and a pretty light-filled ensuite. There is also a generous family bathroom with panelling, window seat and shutters, shower and BC Sanitan suite and taps, and a separate WC with contemporary basin and skylight.
Oak stairs lead up to the second floor where there are two further bedrooms, one which extends the width of the house, and both having exposed beams and oak trusses which add to the charm of this stunning home.
Outside, the attractive walled garden enjoys plenty of privacy and includes a high stone gabled wall with an array of climbing flowers, along with fig, damson and bay trees, weeping pears, mature shrubs, topiary and well stocked borders. There is a glass canopy over the flagstone patio which makes for the perfect place for al fresco dining in all weathers and leads onto a central pathway that takes you through a rose arch to an additional flagstone patio. The sizeable stone summer house has double doors, glass inserts and power, which is ideal for garden storage or for the creation of a home office. To the rear of the property is a gate which provides pedestrian access, especially useful for bringing bicycles through.
The Old Bank House offers all the conveniences of town living whilst having the beautiful Cotswolds countryside, and all it provides, on one’s doorstep.
Corsham is a pretty and historic town located on the southern fringes of the Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty, 8 miles from the World Heritage City of Bath, which itself offers some of the finest shopping outside the capital. Noted for its High Street, Corsham has a wealth of beautiful buildings dating from the 16th Century, including the magnificent stately home, Corsham Court with its landscaped open parkland and fields, perfect for walking dogs and exercising. The immediate area around Corsham is rich in countryside walks, bridleways and rural pastimes. Corsham enjoys an array of independent shops, coffee houses, boutiques, restaurants and a variety of excellent public houses. The highly regarded Heywood Preparatory School is less than a minute’s walk away. There are also very good Primary and Secondary schools in the town and the newly built Springfield Leisure Centre offers a variety of activities for children and adults alike, including an indoor climbing wall, pool, tennis courts, gym and outdoor Parkour park. Castle Combe Circuit nearby also offers motor racing.
The pretty historic towns of Lacock, Bradford-upon-Avon and Castle Combe are a short drive away and, like Corsham, have all been used as various filming locations including Wolf Hall, Downtown Abbey, Harry Potter and Stephen Spielberg’s Warhorse.
Communications are excellent: Bath, Bristol and Swindon are all within easy driving distance and there are fast road links to London and the West Country via the M4 motorway at Junction 17, together with superfast direct main line rail services from Chippenham station (4 miles distant) to London Paddington (approximately 65 minutes).