The Old Rectory, Newton Toney, Wiltshire

A spacious Georgian home with pristine gardens and a rich history

THE PROPERTY: Tucked away in a tranquil rural village is this magnificent Georgian house: an archetype of 18th-century architecture in its refined elegance. The building’s history extends back to 1778, when the Rector Rev John Ekins demolished the former Jacobean rectory and rebuilt the current house, sourcing stone from the Cathedral at Old Sarum. While the property retains its classical appearance and much of the original stone, a recent refurbishment endows it with all the comforts of a 21st-century home. The surrounding two-acre garden is equally immaculate, with flat lawns and topiary making for picturesque views.

THE LOCATION: The property is situated in Newton Toney, a remote village just nine miles from Salisbury. More than just home to a world-famous Cathedral, Salisbury is bursting with characterful restaurants, shops and cultural venues along its historic streets and alleyways. London is just over a two-hour drive away, or a 77-minute train journey from the nearby Grateley Station. 

THE INTERIOR: Reached via the entrance hall are the drawing- and sitting-rooms, each generously sized and fitted with fireplaces. The house consists of five first-floor bedrooms and a top floor cleverly converted into two double bedrooms with an additional sitting-room. The property is flooded with light, thanks to the double-height windows throughout. 

WHY WE LOVE IT: There is ample space from which to admire the surrounding landscape, such as the east-facing terrace, which leads out from the kitchen. It makes the perfect spot for al-fresco dining, or for cooling off after a game of tennis on the ground’s court. 

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