Innovative 'gasworks' conversion for sale for £1.6m:four-bedroom Cotswolds bolt-hole comes with a two-storey tower cased in rusty Corten steel

The stunning four-bedroom house in the Cotswolds was originally built as a retreat for author Jeanette Winterson.

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Writers looking for a rural retreat to inspire them may be tempted by the former bolt-hole of author Jeanette Winterson.

The Gasworks in Gloucestershire is a renovated 19th-century, Grade II-listed stone cottage with a light and modern extension, on the market for £1.59 million in the Cotswolds village of Upper Slaughter.

It was designed by award-winning Chris Dyson Architects for the Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit novelist, who raved about their plans but ultimately decided to sell the site to an author friend before construction. 

The innovative property is largely cased in rusty corrugated Corten steel to reflect the area's rich industrial heritage and took 14 months to complete, finishing in 2015. 

The single-storey annexe has four en-suite bedrooms with large skylights, with the master bedroom stealing the show thanks to its huge picture window with amazing views across the countryside. 

In the charming, blue-windowed older building is a living room with high ceilings, a kitchen/breakfast room and a formal dining room. A second sitting room and study are in the starkly contrasting two-storey circular tower. 

Four en-suite bedrooms are in the single-storey annexe (Peter Landers)

Outside, a central L-shaped courtyard nods to the traditional Cotswolds barn layout, extensive gardens are surrounded by farmland and woodland and a gravel drive leads to a large parking space.

There is also a self-contained office building at the front of the house, complete with a log burner and excellent views.

The architects wanted to emphasis the contrast between old and new (Peter Landers)

The Eye river runs close by and the Michelin-starred restaurant at the Lords of the Manor Hotel will appeal to foodies. For more facilities, try the market towns of Stow on the Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh or head to Cheltenham, Cirencester, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Commuters can reach Oxford in 30 minutes or Paddington in 90 minutes from Kingham station, a 20-minute drive away.

The Gasworks has been on the market since September. The owner is a lawyer and is selling because the property is his second home and he doesn't get to spend enough time there.

The Gasworks is for sale through The Modern House for offers of £1.59 million

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