Round House on the idyllic Thames Canal

Nestled in the beautiful Golden Valley, the Round House and its idyllic setting evokes an overwhelming sense of magic, intrigue and romance in Stroud, Gloucestershire, a county in South West England. It is one of five such Round Houses, built in the 1790’s, along the now disused Thames and Severn Canal. Originally, a Linesman’s cottage, the horses were stabled on the ground floor, and the family lived on the two floors above. The 861 square foot (80 square meters) house retains a wealth of period features such as Oak beamed ceilings, a beautiful Georgian range, striking Gothic style windows, as well as unique stained glass windows, surrounded by gardens on all sides. An 18th Century child’s silk shoe, left hidden in the house since it was built, was rediscovered when the house was modernized. This remains in place and is to be passed on through generations for good fortune.

There is a spacious reception room with original Georgian range, with views overlooking the duck pond, church and across the front garden. A delightful light kitchen features a window overlooking an ancient magnolia tree in the side garden. A garden room with exposed washed beams is currently being used as a studio / bedroom. French doors leads directly into small patio, overlooking the main garden. A stone spiral staircase from the ground floor leads to a beautiful light and airy master bedroom with exposed beams and stunning views from both sides of the house. An attractive wooden staircase leads to the second floor where there is a second bedroom with views of the Golden Valley, currently used as a music room/bedroom.

The garden is idyllic, with huge willow and lime trees, sweeping lawn, a newly planted tapestry hedge, and the most unique water feature; a mill race flowing through the center of the garden, surrounded by lavender hedging. Following the path to the left of the house is a private cottage garden; with a thriving raised vegetable patch and herb garden; and a wooden garden shed.

This unique property is listed for sale at $482,100, from here.

The Round House in 1901.

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10 years ago

I would love to have this kind of house but how much this house cost? It doesn’t look cheap to me??? Anyone knows? Pls advise.

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11 years ago

Absolutely beautiful. What a wonderful treasure. Not only saved and restored, but given better landscaping than it apparently ever had. It stands as a contrast to so many bold, jarring, modern, industrial designs driven mostly by ego. This house pays the ultimate respect to the designers of the past. And to great, timeless design itself. We need more of these!

11 years ago

It’s amazing how untouched by time and magical this place is. I would love to live there-it’s so nostalgic!