Address: 14 - Chamberlain Street
Postcode: BA5 2PF
Sale Type: For Sale
Postcode: BA5 2PF
Sale Type: For Sale
Property SummaryOne of Wells’ finest centrally located, grade II listed properties has become available for the first time in 10 years. This spacious characterful property has a wealth of period features and the current owners have substantially improved it by adding a wonderful kitchen and a light filled dining room with doors to the garden. At the entrance, the classic south facing Georgian façade sets the tone for this exceptional house. Once inside, the small City of Wells melts away and you are transported to something more akin to the atmosphere and grandeur of a beautifully presented small country house. This is completed by a charming walled garden amounting to approximately a third of an acre. There is private parking for at least three cars at the rear, accessed from Lovers Walk and being attached on only the East side, convenient pedestrian access to the rear of the property is available.
From the wooden floored entrance hall immediately left and right are a brace of studies. Period features, as you would expect, are evident throughout the property and here include original panelling to dado height, ceiling architraves and useful inset shelving and cupboards for keeping everything organised. Double doors at the end of this first hallway allow for the front part of the house to be closed off if required.
At the centre of the house the majestic main reception hall is flooded with light from a traditional roof lantern and from this impressive space the main ground floor reception rooms lead off. A beautifully proportioned drawing room overlooks the rear terrace and visually connects the house with the seasonal flow of the garden through large plain sashes set into a bay window. The rooms in this area flow on from each other with an inner library providing a cosy and peaceful place to tuck yourself away with a good book. A spacious dining area leads through into the kitchen converted from an original outbuilding and integrated into the house by the current owners. This room makes use of the A frame of the original building and so it is airy and light. The Chalon fitted cupboards topped with American walnut work tops and the addition of an eclectic mix of free-standing pieces make this room atmospheric and unique, windows at the side look out onto the garden.
The ground floor is completed with the practicalities amply catered for, including a downstairs cloakroom and useful coat cupboard, utility room, tool store, slate shelved larder cupboard and an extensive half height cellar that runs under the drawing room and through to the left hand sitting room at the front of the house.
A sense of timeless calm and old fashioned quality pervades as, from the main reception hall, a beautiful staircase rises and sweeps around to meet the galleried landing on the first floor. Three excellent double bedrooms and three bathrooms found on this floor include the master bedroom, formerly the drawing room of the property. Here a marble and granite fireplace takes centre stage and light floods in from the rear of the house. The bathroom serving this room features a free standing contemporary bath, double sinks and a large shower. On the lower landing there are two front facing double bedrooms, the ‘green room’ has an adjacent bathroom and built in wardrobes with the ‘pink room’ providing a small suite with bathroom included. Complementing this floor there is a linen cupboard.
Rising to the second floor, from a spacious hallway a charming suite of rooms comprises two double bedrooms a single bedroom and a bathroom. Here, subject to the usual consents, there is the wonderful potential to update and convert this second floor into a self contained apartment. Currently the double aspect main bedroom sits within the apex of the roof and offers eaves storage as well as useful access to the roof of the property.
During their time as custodians the current owners have cleverly and sympathetically improved the property and the accommodation it offers without losing site of its historic core. What is found here today is truly exceptional; a beautiful house in which traditional style sits easily within spaces that are perfectly suited to contemporary living. Viewing is highly recommended.
Double doors from the ground floor dining area lead out to the superb garden and sunny terrace complete with pizza oven. Lovingly created with the benefit of the current owners wonderfully detailed knowledge of plants and artistic flare, designed by Helen Johnson. Paths weave their way through the stunning mix of herbaceous perennials and grasses providing a seasonal flow of colour and texture. Benefitting from the seclusion provided by a high wall on the eastern boundary, this is a garden to lose yourself in. Wander the paths and settle amongst the plants in one of the sheltered seating areas, tend to the vegetable beds in the kitchen garden area and if it starts to rain dive into the summer house where there are electrics and a wood burning stove. Sculpture by Candace Bahouth (http://candacebahouth.com/about.html), a water fountain constructed from pieces of stone recovered from the garden renovation punctuate the free flowing planting style and are complemented in this role by some wonderful established trees including an old mulberry and a Ginkgo. The garden is served by a beautiful Hansel and Gretel style tool and potting shed and there is a perfect spot for a green house.
Wells is the smallest Cathedral city in England, and offers all the usual amenities that you would expect in a small town including banks, doctors surgeries, dentists and a selection of primary schools and the excellent Blue School and Wells Cathedral school. The high street is vibrant with a small selection of the usual chain stores plus a variety of independent shops and restaurants and pubs as well as a twice weekly market and a choice of supermarkets including Waitrose. At the very heart of the city is the medieval Cathedral, Bishop’s Palace and Vicars’ Close (reputed to be the oldest surviving residential street in Europe).
The Wells festivals are increasing in popularity each year with the Literary Festival now taking place over two weeks and attracting big names in the literary world, the very well attended Food Festival and many regular Arts festivals. With both the Cathedral School and the Cathedral itself there are endless opportunities for musical concerts, plus there are regular shows and comedy nights in the Little Theatre. Both Bath (21 miles) and Bristol (22 miles) are within commuting distance and there is a main line railway station with links to London in Castle Cary 13 miles away. Street and Glastonbury are 20 minutes away and Bristol airport is an easy 30-minute drive.
There are excellent state and Independent schools in the area including highly regarded primary schools in Wells, Wells Cathedral Prep, Millfield Prep and senior schools, the popular Wells Blue Secondary School, Wells Cathedral School, Downside School and All Hallows Preparatory School.
Directions BA5 2PF
From the mini roundabout on New Street head to the traffic lights at the top of Sadler Street and straight on into Chamberlain Street. No. 14 can be found a little way down on the right hand side.
Gas fired central heating, mains drainage, mains water and electricity
Council Tax - Band F
Local Authority -Mendip
Tenure - Freehold
Viewing by appointment only
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Wells |Bruton |Shaftesbury
- One of Wells' finest grade II listed houses
- Six bedrooms, Four bathrooms
- Exceptional Garden
- Original period features
- Ideal for family living and entertaining
- Classic Georgian facade
- Magnificent main reception hall
- Potential for self-contained apartment on second floor
- Parking for several cars
Guide Price £1,400,000enquire now
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