The Old Rectory is an extremely attractive family home approached by a circular driveway working its way around a central lawn.
An impressive dwelling on a manageable scale with a layout that lends itself perfectly to modern family living. The property benefits from the option of using the right wing as a separate annex.
On entering the property, you are immediately faced with charm and character. The large inviting reception hall is an impressive room with an attractive glass roof and Mandarin Stone floor with under-floor heating.
The principal reception rooms are accessed from the reception hall, these include the dining room which is a well-proportioned room with space for a large dining table.
The formal drawing room has a beautiful flagstone floor, an open fireplace and stunning views of the valley. There is access to the second floor via the original wide paneled staircase. A panelled door leads to the snug which is a lovely cosy room and could work well as a playroom.
The kitchen/family room is the perfect place for all the family to get together. The kitchen is an Old English bespoke design created by Jonathan Lear Kitchens and features granite worktops. There is a gas-fired cream four oven AGA. A half glazed stable door leads to a sunny terrace area. At the other end of the kitchen there is plenty of room for sofas and chairs to sit around the inglenook fireplace, housing a wood burning stove. Also, on the ground floor, you will find a cloakroom with separate WC, a very large utility room and a workshop.
The right wing which lends itself to be self-contained accommodation or provide space for working at home, has two lovely light reception rooms: one with French doors on to a suntrap terrace and also a stable door giving independent access, and the other with spectacular valley views. There is also a bathroom with a separate bath and shower.
The charm continues to the first floor where you will find a spacious newly fitted fabulous family bathroom with a roll top bath and double shower. The bathroom benefits from contemporary panelling and Harvey Maria flooring.
There are four double bedrooms, two of which are dual aspect and all of which are a good size and enjoy views of the garden.
Grounds and Gardens
The front of the house is covered with a stunning white wisteria. The house is surrounded by enclosed gardens, consisting of large areas of lawn and a variety of mature trees, plants and shrubs. The gardens are a wonderful area for children to play as they are fully enclosed and give the house a true sense of seclusion whilst being in the centre of the village. There is a kitchen garden and greenhouse and three terraced sitting areas where you can enjoy the open countryside views.
There is a stone detached garage, a timber shed and a one acre paddock.
The Old Rectory is situated in the small village of Norton Malreward on the northern edge of the Chew Valley. The village was mentioned in the Doomsday Book (1086) and also boasts a Grade II listed Church dating from the late 12th Century.
The neighbouring village of Chew Magna has a good range of local shops including a well-stocked supermarket, master butcher, coffee shop, travel agent, post office and a bank. There are also four public houses nearby, one of which (The Pony and Trap) has been awarded a Michelin star.
The village’s situation in the Chew Valley offers commuters excellent access to the regional Centre of Bristol which is 6 miles to the north and the Heritage City of Bath which is 14 miles to the east. The Cathedral City of Wells, which offers further facilities, is 16 miles to the south.
The Chew Valley and Blagdon lakes are close by, notable for their fishing, birdlife, sailing and nature study amenities. A visit to Salt and Malt at Chew Valley Lake is highly recommended, as this modern tearoom/fish restaurant is owned by the same family as The Pony and Trap. The Mendip hills, well known for their limestone features, provide a wide range of informal leisure opportunities.
High speed rail services to London Paddington are available from Keynsham (6 miles away) via Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa whilst Bristol International Airport is just 7 miles away.
The property falls within the catchment area for Chew Magna Primary School and Chew Valley School (secondary), both of which are highly regarded. There are also a number of good independent schools within the locality.
Travelling from Chew Magna towards Pensford, turn left after the garage into Norton Malreward and proceed into the village, drive pass the village hall on the right hand side and The Old Rectory can be found on the left.
Mains electricity, water and drainage. Oil fired central heating.
Local Authority and Council Tax
Bath and North East Somerset Council Tel: 01225 477000.
Council Tax - Band G
Strictly by appointment with the Vendors Agents, Killens 01749 671172
Fixtures and Fittings
All those items usually regarded as retained to the Vendors are specifically reserved out of the sale although may be available by separate negotiation.