Postcode: BA5 3QN
Sale Type: Sold
Parsonage House will provide its next owners with the perfect combination of living in a notable village house that also stands in a peaceful and secluded position within the village. This property is highly individual and unique looking out over the charming village of Croscombe to the front and its own beautifully maintained and tranquil large gardens and land to the rear.
Traditional features abound in this historically fascinating and elegant property and combine seamlessly with the contemporary additions. Original beams and stone mullion windows add character and charm with the overall impression being one of understated elegance with many practical features contributing to this rare gem of a property.
The origins of Parsonage House are believed to be Jacobean when it was constructed for the village parson. During the Georgian period the east and west wings were added along with the beautiful front façade that we see today and which gives the house its classic symmetry. The Victorian additions at the rear of the house, once the servants quarters, now house the main kitchen and utility areas. The current owners have cleverly retained the historical features of the house whilst creating a home that provides all the comforts of modern living with the peace of mind and convenience of new plumbing, heating, electrical and data networking systems.
From the central entrance hall your eye is drawn to the light and beautiful south facing gardens accessed through an attractively glazed door. Off to the left of the hall is a wonderfully light double aspect sitting room with open fire. The panelling in this room has been refurbished with nature-inspired wallpaper that combined with the refurbished sash windows and shutters to the front makes for a truly atmospheric place to relax. Under an arch to the inner hallway is a well-placed downstairs cloakroom and beyond there is a bespoke Shaker style kitchen designed by local company Ebbtide. The kitchen is triple aspect and provides everything that you would expect in a kitchen of this standard, including gas fired Aga and integrated appliances. There is ample room for a sofa to curl up on, a dining table for family meals and a desk for doing house admin or homework. A utility room, access to the rear staircase and door to the rear terrace all lead off this room to make it the genuine hub of the house.
From the central hall to the right, the dining room boasts a most impressive inglenook fireplace fitted with a range. When lit the range provides the facility to keep food warm while waiting to be served, an ideal solution to elegant dinner parties and Christmas lunch. This room contains the main staircase to the first floor and a door leads to an oak floored double aspect study with wood burning stove. In addition next to this room there is a double bedroom with en-suite shower room. This could easily be combined with the study used as a sitting room, to offer a luxurious set of rooms for a dependent relative or returning offspring.
On the first floor is a beautiful double aspect drawing room from where the pretty village of Croscombe, its church and fields beyond can be enjoyed through the sash windows to the front and the peaceful gardens of the house to the rear. This room evokes a feeling of Georgian elegance at its best and again provides a place to connect with the outside, access being through a door to the terrace and out to the garden. This floor also houses the impressive and generous master bedroom suite with gorgeous full height windows, en-suite shower and bathroom, dressing room and ample fitted wardrobes. The more recent addition of a bespoke oak framed garden room leading off the master suite provides a light and airy contemporary twist and access to the perfect spot to relax and feel connected to the outdoors in all seasons. The second staircase of the house returns to the utility and kitchen area from here.
Additionally on this first floor guests are treated to a beautiful suite with a well proportioned double bedroom featuring full height windows and luxuriously fitted bathroom. There is a third generously proportioned double bedroom and additional shower room on this floor.
Parsonage House is as well provided for outside as it is inside, which is rare to find in a village house. To the front it stands within a walled forecourt where a large attractive double garage reflects some of the stone mullion windows found in the main house. Adjacent to the garage is a well stocked fish pond with a water fountain setting the tone for the elegance of the property. To the rear of the house the south facing garden slopes gently from the terrace where steps lead to the kitchen garden area. Of note are the well stocked borders and established trees, including a magnificent and ancient and very beautiful Copper Beech. A charming woodland walk weaves through a copse of trees and on to the tennis court and paddocks. This is wilderness territory, offering seclusion for the adults and adventure for the children, a perfect place for a den or camping party and within easy proximity of the house. The tennis court has it’s own pavilion with cloakroom, ideal for entertaining or to dive into on showery days in the garden. At the boundary of the land is an extensive parking area for at least 6 cars, accessed via gates from the adjoining country lane, complimented by the recent addition of a large steel framed building that would be perfect for motor enthusiasts or as a workshop with a separate lean-to for animals. In all the land totals just under two acres.
Croscombe is a pretty village, mentioned in the Domesday Book, with a thriving pub "The George" which acts as the hub of the community with its "Take Away" night as well as doubling as the village stores. The village hall has monthly film nights as well as the Charter Market where villagers sell their local produce, a village orchestra, amateur dramatics society and village school, playground and sports field. There is excellent walking in the area as the village is littered with footpaths.
The city of Wells is approx 3 miles away, and offers all the usual attractions of a market town including banks, doctors surgeries and dentists with supermarkets including Waitrose, Morrisons and Tesco, a cinema and a market every Wednesday and Saturday. The high street is vibrant with a small selection of the usual chain stores plus a variety of independent shops, pubs and restaurants including the award winning "Goodfellows". At the very heart of the city is the medieval Cathedral, Bishops 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 over two weeks and attracting big names, 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.
Golf Clubs are in Wells and on the Mendips. Sailing and fishing can be found on the Chew Valley and Blagdon Lakes.
Bath and Bristol are within commuting distance and there is a main line railway station with links to London (Paddington) in Castle Cary just a few miles away with trains to London in approximately 90 minutes. Street and Glastonbury are 20 minutes away. Bristol airport is an easy 30 minute drive.
There are excellent state and independent schools in the area including a junior school in the village of Croscombe itself as well as several primary schools in Wells. There is also the extremely sought after Wells Blue secondary school, plus Wells Cathedral School, Downside School, All Hallows Preparatory School and Millfield all in close proximity.
Mains services - water, gas, electricity, drainage and superfast fibre-optic broadband
BA5 3QN - In the village of Croscombe on the A371 the approach lane to the house can be found opposite Croscombe primary school.
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- Notable Grade II Village House
- Historically fascinating and elegant
- Light and airy oak framed garden room
- Beautiful double aspect first floor drawing room
- Set in just under two acres of charming grounds
- Bespoke locally built shaker style kitchen
- Peaceful and secluded position
- Generous master bedroom suite
- Tennis Court with pavillion
- Traditional features combine with contemporary additions
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