Self build plot next to Princess Anne’s royal estate goes on the market

An artist's impression of the refurbished property
An artist's impression of the refurbished property on the plot of land next to Princess Anne's Gatcombe Estate (Image credit: Carter Jonas)

A Cotswolds property that backs on to Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Estate has gone on sale as a self build opportunity.

The Old Quarries itself is a Grade-II listed building set in the Avening Valley, on the outskirts of the village of Avening in Gloucestershire.

The parkland, which surrounds the property adjoins Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Estate, was bought by Queen Elizabeth II in 1976 for Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips for between £500,000 and £750,000 and you can now have your own palace next door to it.

What is the history of the plot?

The site was originally constructed in the 19th century and later owned by Viscount Lee of Fareham who extended it, constructing a gallery to house his collection of artwork in 1938.

In the Second World War it was used to house and protect some of the artworks from the National Gallery.

The Old Quarries was more recently in institutional use as a care home for children with learning disabilities.

The site was originally constructed in the 19th century

The plot has extensive history as it was used to protect precious artworks in the National Gallery during World War Two (Image credit: Carter Jonas)

What does the plot include?

The approval includes the conversion of several existing buildings and construction of six new units.

The property features large rooms with high ceilings, some original features and a historic walled garden.

The site is being sold by estate agent Carter Jonas who have described it as an "exciting and unusual development” that will appeal to anyone keen on renovating a house.

The listingfor the Old Quarries says it benefits from two planning permission consents.

The first is the extant and implemented full and listed building consent, and the second is for use of existing buildings from residential institution to residential use.

This takes the form a total of 11 dwellings through demolition of modern extensions, internal alterations and extensions, demolition of the modern institutional buildings and replacement with new dwellings, associated garaging, landscaping, construction of new wall in alignment of historic walled garden and associated works.

The vendors are seeking to dispose of the land via informal tender with bids due on Thursday January 18.

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