You Can Now Live on the Site of A Historic Roman Villa

By Martha Davies

1 year ago

Look inside this jaw-dropping home, which stands on the site of one of the largest Roman villas in England

Lusting after some luxurious properties? Add this stunning Cotswold manor house to your list – it is perched on the site of a huge Roman villa.

You Can Now Live on the Site of A Historic Roman Villa

Romanesque pool house with pool in front and shrubs surrounding.

The pool house. Image credit: Ed Shepherd

This Grade I listed country home tells a rather astonishing story: it stands on the remains of one of the largest Roman villas in England. 

Although the property has been gradually and meticulously restored, its glorious heritage can still be glimpsed in its interiors – and in the spectacular Romanesque pool house in the garden. 

Now covered, the remains of the Roman villa reach across a two-acre plot, with the entire estate encompassing 85 acres of land. It sits in an enviable location close to the bustling market towns of Stroud and Nailsworth, offering both charming village scenes and breathtaking bucolic views.

Exterior of The Old Priory, a Cotswold manor house.

Image credit: Ed Shepherd

Known as The Old Priory, the house itself dates back to the 16th century. Beyond the exquisite vaulted entrance hall is an array of grand rooms including a drawing room, dining room and library, plus an enormous principal suite which occupies its own wing of the property. There are four further bedrooms and bathrooms, and you’ll even find a secret tower room hidden within one of the suites.

The professional kitchen is particularly impressive, featuring glossy work surfaces and a beautiful stove. You can curl up in front of the cosy fireplace in the sitting room, or head downstairs to explore the cavernous wine cellar.

Study with wood-panelled walls, a mahogany desk and a red chair.

The study. Image credit: Ed Shepherd

For comfortable country living, there is a plant room, boot room and utility room – and outside you’ll find a variety of outbuildings such as a three-bedroom cottage and a stable block. 

Alongside the all-important swimming pool and the pool house (which boasts a staggering 32-foot entertainment room), there is a tennis court, a Victorian spring water garden and an enormous lake. You can also take a stroll across the formal lawns, wander through the woodland or check out the orchard.

With such rich heritage and truly stunning interiors – not to mention gorgeous grounds – this is a property like no other.

Aerial view of The Old Priory, a Cotswold manor house.

Image credit: Ed Shepherd

Available through Savills and Blue Book Agency for £7.85 million. 

Featured image credit: Ed Shepherd