- Fabulous family home in active village
- Large south facing gardens
- Stunning reception rooms
- Period features
- Five plus double bedrooms
- Outside studio with WC
- Walking distance to popular Pub
- Good local school
- One bedroom Annexe - potential to easily incorporate into main house
- Close to excellent schools
Underleigh faces the sun all day long in a sheltered bowl just off the top of the Mendip Hills. From the front of the house you look south at its well kept garden with fields beyond and feel like you’re in quiet countryside. From its street door on the north you step onto the high street of Oakhill and find yourself in the centre of this bustling, sociable village where you can walk to the village school and pub in 3 minutes. Built in the 1840s, this gracious family home is light and airy and particularly stylish. High ceilings, large windows, and its flexible floorplan make this a very desirable house.
The front door opens to a generous hall with vintage mosaic tiling and the two reception rooms are on either side, with the elegant staircase leading to the bedrooms. The drawing room features stripped pine floorboards, an open fireplace, and a mullioned bay window. Original painted panelling accents the three alcoves. Across the hall is the original dining room, cleverly used as both the dining room and a sitting room. The sofa and the table have been chosen so that they can be swapped to maximise the room’s function. It also has the three alcoves and a mullioned bay window.
The kitchen leads off the dining room and is breathtaking. The large room is flooded with light from the south-facing French doors and windows. Bespoke painted cabinetry topped with granite complement the original dark-painted wooden doors rescued from the old pantry that are now used for tall cupboards. A new 2-door gas Aga, and a gas hob and electric oven in the island provide plenty of cooking space. More heat can be added with the multi-fuel stove by the kitchen table. Behind the kitchen is a handy study/playroom, with the laundry room and loo beyond. Past the stairs is another office with a downstairs loo as well.
At the top of the stairs is a generous family bathroom, two spacious bedrooms, the large master bedroom, all with original fireplaces and cupboards and a dressing room. The bedrooms all face south and are flooded with light. A narrow balustrade sits below the bedroom windows. Behind a slatted wooden door off the landing is the staircase to the attic. At the top of the house are two further spacious garret bedrooms with dormer windows and a shower room. All are beautifully decorated. A large attic behind a door in the one bedroom gives you all the storage you are likely to need.
A door in the wall off the High Street leads to a private courtyard and the entrance to Underleigh’s separate flat. Storage and a lobby lead to the stairs that take you up to the living area on the first floor. Like the main house, the flat is light and airy with high ceilings and generous windows. Off the large hall is the bedroom, laundry room, shower room, and separate loo. The living room is a lovely light room with yet another fireplace, and delicate ribbons in the plaster work run along the top of the walls. A sunny kitchen sits next to the living room. The owners have used the flat for guests and air b&b. You can also access the flat from the interior of the house by the door to the High Street. It would be quite straight forward to return the flat to the main house if you wish, making it a significantly larger dwelling.
A private gravelled drive through wrought iron gates leads past the garden to a carport with room for 2 cars and parking for more. A useful storage shed with toilet adjoins it. There is also a studio with two french doors and shutters – perfect for teenage parties or band sessions. The garden is well established with a traditional style down the boundary walls, and more contemporary with grasses and perennials in the central borders. A terrace runs along the front of the house, and a patio outside the kitchen is the ideal spot for drinks in the garden or a barbeque.
Underleigh is in the picturesque Somerset village of Oakhill approximately 14 miles south of the City of Bath and approximately 6 miles from Wells. The village has a thriving community and includes The Oakhill Inn, which is a very popular gastro pub, a doctors’ surgery and a primary school. One mile (15 minute walk) from the Old Vicarage is an excellent village shop/Post Office in the neighbouring village of Gurney Slade where you can buy your groceries and newspapers – or have them delivered if you don’t feel like walking. The fashionable market town of Frome is one of the South West's leading market towns and was recently featured in the Sunday Times as the best place to live in Somerset. It has become a "foodie hipster haven" due to the influx of young families, with St Catherine's Hill at the centre of the artisan quarter. The town has a comprehensive choice of retail outlets and all the usual amenities. Bruton is now well known for the award winning “At the Chapel” restaurant and the Hauser & Wirth gallery are a short drive away as is, Babington House and private members club (Soho House’s country mansion). Other recreational pursuits such as golf, racing, shooting and fishing are catered for within easy distance.
The secondary state schools are excellent, Wells Blue School and Writhlington School are close by as well as independent schools including All Hallows Prep School, Wells Cathedral, Millfield, Downside and several more choices in and around Bath.
Underleigh is well located for both Bristol (18 miles) and Bath (14 miles) with excellent access to the M4/M5 and mainline stations, and A303 to Devon and Cornwall. There are also trains that run from Castle Cary (approximately 11 miles) to London Paddington taking approximately 90 minutes. Bristol Airport is 17 miles away.
BA3 5AS - Underleigh can be approached from A367 and A37 and is on the high street in the village of Oakhill.
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