The Dillay is nestled within the Dillay Valley with the Dillay Brook at its core. The area was famously the home of the author Laurie Lee and the setting for his book ‘Cider with Rosie’.
Hidden away down a long private drive The Dillay offers a secluded and peaceful spot which is within easy reach of local amenities. It provides a rare opportunity to acquire a sort after compact sporting estate within the Cotswolds that is very hard to find. The Dillay as a whole extends to approximately 164 acres with about 39 acres of undulating pastureland and 118 acres of mixed woodland.
Dillay Farmhouse sits in a prominent position on the side of the Dillay Valley overlooking its own land. Of Cotswold stone construction under a slate roof the house boasts wonderful views and offers perfect family living. The kitchen is accessed from the garden and is open and light with an Aga and central island. A recently constructed oak framed garden room adjoins the kitchen offering open plan living with superb views. The garden room benefits from a modern woodburner and under floor heating. A dining room accessed from the kitchen provides a good entertaining space which leads through to the drawing room with attractive open fire place and under stairs storage. A study at the end of the house provides a good working space with views and door to the garden. The main entrance door which can be accessed from the drive opens into an entrance hall which has a downstairs cloakroom and gun room. To the back of the kitchen is a utility area with secondary doors to the garden. Upstairs is the master bedroom with ensuite bath room and four further guest rooms with a family bathroom and shower room.
Outside is the Lodge and the Granary both one bedroom cottages perfect for guests or staff. There is a good range of outbuildings and a wonderful shoot lodge located within the woodland which offers the perfect entertaining space.
The Dillay lies within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty approximately 4 miles north west of the village of Bisley. The market town of Stroud is 5 miles to the south west and offers all amenities and a popular award winning Farmers Market. The main regional centre is Cheltenham (10 miles) which has excellent shopping facilities as well as many cultural amenities including the literary festival. The popular town of Cirencester is 14 miles to the south east. The Dillay is perfectly located to access wider networks with Junction 11A of the M5 motorway only 8 miles to the north west and the A417 dual carriage which is accessed at Birdlip (4 miles) to the north east and provides direct access to the M4 to London. Rail services from Stroud Station to London Paddington are frequent with the fastest train approximately 95 minutes.
The garden at The Dillay is located adjacent to the house and has been carefully nurtured by the current owners with wonderful views across the land. The recently landscaped garden adjoins the garden room with attractive lawns, flowers beds and a patio area perfect for outside entertaining. A rose garden with garden path which provides access to the house sits to the southern elevation of the house.
At the end of the garden is what is known as an ‘Arctic House’ a delightful timber building with internal fireplace and sitting/sleeping area.