Immaculate topiary and manicured lawns surround historic 18th-century manor Shaw House, which looks period-perfect on the outside but has been cleverly reimagined on the inside.
A tree-lined driveway leads up to the Grade II-listed structure, which sits in six private acres of grounds just east of Bradford-on-Avon and the historic city of Bath.
The nine-bedroom country property was built in 1711 for wool merchant Thomas Smith on the site of an earlier 13th century home – itself part of the barony of Castle Combe though, it’s also been used as a private school from the early 19th century. Shaw House is now for sale via Inigo for the princely sum of £4m.
Interiors delve between the 18th, 19th and 21st centuries: open fireplaces are in all the principal rooms, as are dark hardwood floors and cornices. The piece-de-resistance is the wide sweeping staircase in the hallway that adds peak drama. Meanwhile, finishing and colours are crisp and contemporary and enliven the historic rooms with a modern flare.
The Wiltshire property is within 10 miles of Bradford-on-Avon, once described by The Guardian as ‘the loveliest town in the whole country. High praise indeed.