This Historic Home Built By The Founders Of The Arts & Crafts Movement Is Up For Sale
Looking for an idyllic country retreat that’s also historically significant Look no further. Once home to Alfred Hoare Powell and his wife Ada Louise Powell – prominent figures of the Arts & Crafts movement – this Grade II listed house has just been brought to the market by Savills for £1,850,000.
Located in rural Gloucester near the village of Sapperton, The Thatched House is set in an elevated position and surrounded by secluded woodland. Originally two 18th-century cottages, the property was taken on by the Powells in 1910 and converted into a magnificent home with all the hallmarks of the Arts & Crafts movement. Since then, it has been lovingly restored with the help of local craftsmen and materials.
The Arts & Crafts movement was an international trend that developed in Britain between 1880 and 1920. The movement championed traditional craftsmanship and drew on medieval or folk styles of decor.
Alfred Powell and his wife Ada were some of the most influential figures of the movement. Together they decorated pottery for Wedgewood, with many of their most iconic designs inspired by the gardens and natural beauty of The Thatched House.
Today, the house is as charming and elegant as ever. Behind the wooden doors you’ll find a reception room with a spiral staircase, an airy oak kitchen/dining room and a cosy sitting room with original hand-carved cornicing. There’s also a double height, timber panelled drawing room featuring a wood burning stove and a separate library/study room.
But the star of the show is the media room. Once used as the Powell’s studio, the space has flagstone floors, vaulted ceilings and original furniture made by one of the Powell’s craftsmen friends. Underfloor heating was added to the room during the renovation, meaning it is now both a comfortable and historic room which would make a striking dining room or study.
Upstairs there’s three bedrooms, stylish bathrooms and glorious views of the countryside. Meanwhile, if you venture out into the grounds you’ll find landscaped gardens bordered by herbacous flower beds, terraces overlooking the fauna, and a large lime tree planted by Alfred Powell himself.
Brimming with history and surrounded by nature – what’s not to love?
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