“ We have made our home in this lovely and slightly weather-beaten house and its beautiful walled garden created by the ancient aunts, sadly no longer in this gardener’s world. For some years, we have welcomed musicians, who come to create their music in our peaceful surroundings. And so we are pleased to welcome artists of all types, and hope that there may be a long playing record of the magical atmosphere that is Croft House. ”

Architectural History

Croft House is a late eighteenth century detached Grade II listed town house, with single storey bows added in 1826 enlarged with 2-storey bows in 1866 on becoming an asylum; reverting to domestic use in 1893. The coach house and Gazebo are both also listed and date from late 18th and early 19th centuries. There is also a long ancient cow barn date unknown. These are set in an outstanding tranquil private walled garden of just over an acre. Located in a conservation area in one of the quietest parts of the town.

Architectural Features

Original Georgian façade. The stonework is distressed in places. Beautiful cantilevered staircase with large Georgian arched window overlooking the walled garden. Two large reception rooms with elegant high corniced ceilings. Much of the early 19th Century interior remains, including plaster groin vaulting in corridor, reeded door surrounds, internal shutters, and niches in bow wings. Many original fireplaces.

Gazebo
Beautiful arched and round Georgian windows. Ancient winding staircase. Original iron fireplaces upstairs and downstairs. Lopsided weather vane.

Ancient Cow Barn (Hovel)
This very rustic open sided building contains its original stalls and cobbled floors inside and out. It measures 29 metres long.

Coach house
Gabled loft door with original gantry at the side. Original stalls and some wall mounted feeders at rear. The front has been used as a garage for many years and contains a massive antique wall mounted battery charger. Artist’s studio upstairs (not in use now).

Garden
The garden is totally enclosed by 9 to 10 foot high Cotswold stone walls. It is arranged in three rooms all well established and featured in Country Life in 2005. A majestic Cedar tree dominates the main lawn. There are several arched doorways and the many paths lead to hidden corners. There are many old stone statues and urns.

Filming Attributes

The site has good access less than 400 metres along a tarmac lane, from the A417. It has off-road parking accessible through gates over 2.95 metres wide. Most of the walled garden is totally private with very few areas overlooked by neighbouring houses. Access to the walled garden is through arched wooden doors 90cm wide and 203 cm high (to top of arch). Larger equipment could easily be hoisted over the wall. There is 3 phase electrical power in the main house, and single phase in the coach-house and in the gazebo which is in the far corner of the garden. We are both retired so are usually available by email and telephone and have back-up if we are away on holiday. We are normally resident in the house and will be available and happy to help with any issues. The main rooms face south and have plenty of natural light. The garden is predominantly flat and all areas are accessible to trolleys with wheels. We welcome the use of candles indoors and torches in the gardens and we love dogs and other animals. Night shooting would be fine. We also have a flat if it is necessary to vacate our bedroom. Heavy plant machinery may be used on the front and side drive areas, provided it can fit through the access gates. It will not be possible to use it within the walled garden. It will be possible to store large pieces of equipment in the garage which has a Yale lock only. Smaller and more valuable equipment may be stored in the house.

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Special Considerations

  • Animals Allowed
  • Hotworks
  • Night Shoots
  • Weekend Shoots

Topography

The drives at the front and side of the property are gravel. The walled garden is grass and soil, with gravel paths and some paved areas. There are street lights on The Croft, the road which runs along the southern boundary of the front garden. There is an airfield at Fairford (2.8 km as crow flies), but due to the orientation of the runway, we do not get low flying aircraft and only rarely hear noise from there. There is another airfield at Brize Norton which is 10 miles away. The nearest commercial airport is Cotswold Arport 16 miles away. Fairford has 2 small supermarkets, a bank, a number of pubs, a small hotel and numerous other shops and takeaways. Cirencester, the nearest large town, is 10 miles away. Nearby Railway Stations: Kemble 14 miles, Swindon 15 miles (London Paddington in 1 hour 5 mins from Swindon). M4 junction 15: 17 miles, 29 minutes. Heathrow: 79 miles, 1 hour 30 minutes.

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Contact

Email: nancy.sheridan@heritage4media.com

Phone: Heritage4Media: 07736 364722

Website: crofthousefairford.co.uk/