Douro Villa, Douro Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Probably one of the area’s most notable detached houses standing on a prominent, secure plot in Douro Road which was entirely refurbished and worthy of its Civic Award in 2011

Douro Villa is without question a very special home of exquisite style. The house was in need of complete restoration and can now be found in faultless condition.

The refurbishment was carried out by New & Tilley who are renowned for their workmanship in refurbishing quality homes and the result is a truly beautiful home, stylish and comfortable with wonderful entertaining areas, enhanced by the garden room with its full bi-folding doors that open on to the private terrace.

The formal reception rooms are tastefully decorated, original fireplaces and cornices have been restored and from the most elegant reception hall rises a stunning stone cantilevered staircase with original metal work.

There is an equal balance of important period features and a luxurious feel that comes from an exceptionally high finish throughout, which includes a Smallbone Walnut and Silver kitchen with Miele appliances and Sub Zero fridge, primarily Philipe Stark bathrooms and a handmade copper bath to the family suite.

The lower ground floor has been created to the optimum specification with an outer shell and membrane plus underground sump. There is a gym room, plus well vented cellar, storage and plant room housing all the modern workings of the house. Outside, the gardens have an imaginative layout and planting, with the eye catching contrast of stone terraces against softer lawned areas and densely stocked borders, all the boundary walls have been rebuilt and replaced as well as the spearhead railings that enclose the block paved driveway to the front that leads to the double garage with lead roof.

The owner’s emphasis has been to retain as much of the original fabric of the house as possible to keep future maintenance down to an absolute minimum.