2 Shaftesbury Hall forms part of this award winning Grade II listed development in the heart of Cheltenham’s town centre.
This gated development stands within impeccable grounds with this particular apartment overlooking the courtyard garden with its fine array of planting and ornamental, fishpond with fountain.
The apartment has its own private entrance leading into the property. The large open plan sitting room has tall sash windows enjoying an abundance of natural light and an integrated kitchen. There is also a useful cloakroom.
On the first floor the galleried bedroom overlooks the sitting room and has a shower room and walk-in closet housing the boiler and plumbing for a washing machine.
The allocated private parking space is located conveniently to the side of the courtyard and accessed via secure electric gates on St Georges Place. There is a communal bike storage facility along with a recycling area and vegetable patch. Full use of the communal grounds are available for the residents to enjoy.
The Chelsea Square residents website has an interesting history section focusing on the development which states the original building (now Shaftesbury Hall) opened as St Mary’s College – a teacher training college for women – in 1869. The site expanded and changed names but remained an educational establishment, eventually becoming part of the new University of Gloucestershire. It housed a theatre and performance space and many who were not students here remember it as a venue for films, dance, drama, music and discos. However, it fell into disuse and disrepair in the late 1990s and was sold for development.
It was purchased by Kingerlee developments (of Kidlington in Oxford) who appointed the Arbuthnott Ladenberg Partnership of Cirencester as architects. The present developments was completed in 2001.
When it was completed it received a ‘highly commended’ award from Cheltenham Civic Society. In addition, Shaftesbury Hall is a Grade II listed building and the whole development is within the Central Cheltenham conservation area.
In 2014, Chelsea Square was given a Silver Award as a wildlife friendly garden under the Living Gardens project of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.
The property was granted a 125 year lease from 29th September 1998. The service charge for 2019 is £1918.18 p.a. with a ground rent of £100 p.a. The building is managed for Chelsea Square Management Limited by Fraser Allen in Cheltenham.
My protracted sale was full of twists and turns and buyers who tested my patience but throughout the process, Chloe was always there to support me and her dedication and persistence ensured that I ended up with a smile on my face!