Very rarely does such a fine example of a perfectly located country house come on to the market. Approached via a long and sweeping gravel driveway through sensor electric wooden gates, the property has an impressive and welcoming aspect.
The six bedroom property dates back to around 1820 but has been superbly modernised for a comfortable country life whilst still boasting a wealth of traditional features.
The original front door leads into an impressive double height hallway with double oak staircase and gallery. To the left, three steps lead down to a comfortable morning room with views out through the bi-fold doors to the gardens, and then into the kitchen and dining area beyond; a glorious triple aspect room with high ceiling with two sets of bi-fold doors, and which is a fantastic place to entertain.
The kitchen is a pleasing and quite unexpected family room with a lovely contrast of contemporary and traditional features. The kitchen is home to an AGA and a bespoke range of kitchen units. There is also a utility room and cloakroom just off the kitchen.
Behind a hidden doorway in the kitchen, stairs lead to the lower basement where there is an impressive cinema room. The control room is also on this level. Returning to the entrance hall you will find a sumptuous drawing room and imposing dining room with original stone flooring and both with open fireplaces. A boot room and shower room complete the ground floor with a further side door leading to the gravelled driveway.
Upstairs there are three en-suite bedrooms, including a grand master suite, and a further three bedrooms, a dressing room and two shower rooms. On the top floor, a large attic room is currently used as a work space and storage area.
The house is set in grounds of approximately 3.5 acres and there are delightful contrasts between more formal enclosed gardens, a walled kitchen garden and paddocks. There are many peaceful seating areas including a large stone terraced area directly outside the kitchen.
This is a very special and unique opportunity in the heart of one of the region’s most attractive and sought after location.
As part of the restoration, the old apple barn was deconstructed and then fully rebuilt to provide a smart two storey building which is perfect for those seeking the opportunity to work from home in independent office space.
It is worth noting that the barn had planning permission to be used as a holiday let, which would provide useful additional income if so desired. The planning permission would need to be resubmitted.
The double garage block was built from new and on the first floor is a terrific space (left to be finished by the buyer to their own bespoke specification) but floored and insulated and very much in the latter stages of completion.
South Widcombe is on the edge of East Harptree, a small but thriving village with a village hall, post office, church, a very popular public house and village pond. The neighbouring village of West Harptree has an excellent General Stores, church and public house.
A comprehensive range of shops including a supermarket is available at Chew Magna about 4 miles away, and the small city of Wells with two markets a week is 9 miles away. Primary Schooling is available at Ubley, West Harptree, Chew Stoke and Chew Magna. Private schooling at Wells Cathedral in Wells, Millfield at Street, Sidcot Quaker School at Sidcot and a choice of excellent private schools in Bristol. Secondary school at Chew Valley Comprehensive School in Chew Stoke.
The village’s situation in the Chew Valley offers commuters excellent access to the regional centre of Bristol which is 13 miles to the north and the Heritage City of Bath which is 15 miles is to the east. The Cathedral City of Wells, which offers further facilities, is 9 miles to the south.
The nearest motorway access can be found at junction 21 of the M5 in Weston Super Mare. High speed rail services to London Paddington are available from Bristol Temple Meads (98 minutes) and Bath Spa (85 minutes) whilst Bristol International Airport is 10 miles away.
The Chew Valley and Blagdon lakes are close by, notable for their fishing, birdlife, sailing, and nature study amenities whilst the Mendip Hills, well known for their limestone features, provide a wide range of informal leisure opportunities.
There is a wide range of good educational establishments at all levels in the local area from the public and private sectors. Most schools provide transport within the village or nearby.
Main electricity and water. Private drainage. Oil central heating via an external boiler with underfloor heating throughout most of the ground floor, solar panels. There is also a generator to ensure no electrical disruption.
Bath and North East Somerset 01225 477000.
Energy Performance Certificate Rating D
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.
From the village of East Harptree, turn left towards South Widcombe and follow the road until you reach Widcombe Lodge on your right hand side. Take the lane immediately to the right of the building and the entrance is a little way further up on the left hand side.
Strictly by appointment with the vendors' agent Killens 01275 333993.