An historic property that started life as a humble game keeper's cottage and boathouse in Stroud is on the housing market for £3 million.

Built in the mid 19th Century the six-bedroom cottage in Minchinhampton has undergone an extensive and meticulous enlargement using local materials and craftsmen to create an exceptional home.

Approached via a long private driveway, through electric gates, the house enjoys a private and tranquil spot directly on the shores of Gatcombe Water. Beyond the formal gardens, the house is surrounded by woodland, much of which belongs to the property, with the remaining land being owned by the Gatcombe Park Estate.

The position of the house is its most stunning feature and this has been the key focus throughout the enlargement with the inclusion of as many windows and viewpoints as possible, with all principal rooms enjoying this superb aspect.

The existing owners have created a dramatic feel to the house, particularly in the double height drawing room.

Designed as a welcoming entertaining space and ballroom this takes centre stage in the property and exudes quality and grandeur. This space then opens onto the dining room and in turn the kitchen/breakfast room and sitting room.

These, more cosy and intimate spaces, are ideal for day to day family life, with the minstrel's gallery being the perfect space for smaller gatherings.

The principal suite enjoys a tremendous double aspect view, as well as dressing area and bathroom. With five further bedrooms and four bathrooms, there is ample space for family and guests alike.

An independent former boat house attached to the main dwelling. Recently refurbished and ideal for guests, staff or any number of uses, with a private courtyard garden directly onto the lake.

A two-storey building with the ground floor used as triple carport, two loose boxes and storage. The upstairs has been designed as a large office, with a toilet on the ground floor.

This property is beholden only to its wonderful position. Located at the head of a long private drive the house is ideally situated to make the most of the dramatic views. There are landscaped gardens which surround the house, with large patios, terraces and decks from which to relax and enjoy the view. The quality of these areas match the quality of the house.

The land continues behind the house and is mostly woodland with ancient tracks and what is believed to be, a former icehouse (now largely derelict). Planning permission was passed for the construction of an infinity swimming pool complex (now lapsed), in an elevated position near to the house. This could be re-instated (subject to planning) and would provide an incredible facility.