THE former home of Rudyard Kipling’s parents has been put up for sale with offers in excess of £1.5m being sought.

Believed to date from 1860, with some later additions, The Gables is a spacious and elegant family home set in an elevated position overlooking its own expansive and beautiful grounds within Tisbury.

It is believed that Kipling wrote his novel Kim at the property and that the original illustrations for The Jungle Book were drawn by Rudyard's father, John Lockwood Kipling, in the drawing room.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and on the fringes of the beautiful Fonthill Estate, with its rolling countryside and parkland, The Gables is located in a peaceful position on the edge of the sought-after village of Tisbury - lying just half a mile from the high street.

The five bedroom home boasts 4.7 acres of grounds, including an arboretum and tennis court.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

The entrance to the house is via a lavender-lined gravel path, with stone steps up to the front door, under a pretty porch with a tiled roof.

From the entrance hall, the large dual-aspect drawing room has deep window seats into both bay windows, fitted bookshelves and a fireplace with wood burning stove.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

Also accessed from the main hall is the dining room, cellar, cloakroom, with original tiled floor, and stairs to the first floor, with principal bedroom accommodation, including three double bedrooms, a family bathroom and separate shower room.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

Adjacent to the dining room is a utility room and also the kitchen, which has French doors on to the garden and also a back door onto a useful enclosed courtyard.

James McKillop, head of residential sales at Savills in Salisbury, said: “To find a large family house with such extensive grounds, so close to the centre of Tisbury, is very rare and I love the historical connection with Rudyard Kipling too - who hasn't read one of his books?!”

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

The Gables is being marketed by Savills for in excess of £1,500,000. For more information, contact Savills Salisbury on 01722 426820.

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