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Elegant period family home with magical garden

Guide Price £1,150,000 Sold
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Address: The Old Vicarage - Sparrow Hill Way, Weare
Town/City: Axbridge
Postcode: BS26 2LE

County: United Kingdom
Sale Type: Sold
Ref: #9843922

Property Summary

The Old Vicarage lies in a picture perfect spot with exceptional and far reaching vistas towards the Mendip hills. Its unique position charmingly combines with its proximity to the village church resulting in an exceptional opportunity to live in an elegant and substantial village house, in a remarkable setting, within a friendly and welcoming community.

The current owners have cleverly and very tastefully re-designed this property without losing sight of its Georgian and Victorian core. The result is a beautiful house in which traditional style sits easily within spaces that are perfectly suited to contemporary living. In this house you will find beautiful fire places, picture rails, cornicing and shutters along with perfectly proportioned window seats. Along with its elegance and style this is also a well insulated, warm and comfortable house.

Well appointed rooms bathed in plenty of natural light offer tantalising views of the exquisitely planted garden and are complemented by generously wide and spacious hallways. The accommodation provides everything that you would expect to find in a house of this standing. Of particular note and forming the heart of the downstairs is a wonderful 35’ family room with a wood burning stove and dining area in front of an open fireplace. The well equipped kitchen with attractively painted wooden units, granite work tops and Aga is conveniently placed just off this room continuing the open plan scheme. This house is as well suited to entertaining as it is to family living. A beautiful drawing room overlooks the front garden, a peaceful and light study is the perfect place to tuck yourself away and the practicalities are amply provided for with a boot room, separate utility area and cellar.

On the first floor there are five beautifully decorated double bedrooms; two, including the master suite, are situated in the front Victorian part of the house and three in the Georgian rear. The en-suite to the master bedroom and the family bathroom have been re-fitted in a contemporary style with spacious walk in showers and beautiful baths all finished in a neutral stylish colour palette. On the second floor a further two bedrooms and bathroom offer the perfect opportunity to create a wonderful guest suite with en-suite bedroom and sitting room or alternatively this area would provide the perfect spot for older teenagers.   

The superb gardens have been created with the benefit of the current owners’ wonderfully detailed knowledge of plants and artistic flair. The combination of the traditional Victorian façade at the front of the house and the magical foil of the planting is unique and stunning. Sweeping lawns are divided by a planting scheme that mixes structural evergreen specimens, including a remarkable Wellingtonia that is believed to have been planted around 1870, and contemporary clipped box with the seasonal flow of colour and texture provided by the extensive herbaceous perennials. 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 raised beds in the kitchen garden area and then make your way over the wooden bridge that crosses the little stream and along the winding woodland walk. 

Tucked at the western boundary adjacent to the house there is an extensive range of outbuildings believed to incorporate the original parsonage that even pre-dates the Georgian part of the Old Vicarage. These buildings are absolutely delightful and offer huge scope and potential for the next owners to create ancillary accommodation, a place to work from home or an entertaining space. The lovely barn has been used extensively by the current owners for parties and its infrastructure already includes new wiring and lighting. 

Finally parking; the driveway sweeps round from the gated entrance through the garden ending in an extensive parking area with open fronted purpose built car barn. There is ample space here for several cars to be left out of sight of the house. There is even additional covered parking in buildings adjacent to the house.


Weare is a quiet village situated in beautiful surroundings located just off the A38 with great access to the M5 and main routes to Bristol and the airport. The gently rolling slopes of the Mendip Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, lie just to the north. The surrounding fields, which provide rich grazing to cattle and sheep, are criss-crossed by a network of footpaths and drainage rhynes. They, and the nearby hills, are well used by walkers and horse-riders keen to appreciate the natural beauty of the countryside.

Most of the village has developed along Sparrow Hill Way, between the present position of the School (where it has been since 1895) and St. Gregory’s Church (mainly 15th century). The church is part of Crook Peak United Parish, along with 5 other local churches, and is the major focal point of the village. http://www.wearevillage.net/

The Old Vicarage is well located between the pretty and vibrant villages of Wedmore, Cheddar and Axbridge.

Wedmore has Saxon roots and a medieval church, is less than 4 miles away and has three pubs offering excellent food and boutique style accommodation, a delicatessen, various shops, including a newsagent, butcher, chemist and greengrocer/fishmonger. At the Wheatsheaf Inn, Stone Allerton (less than 2 miles), you can enjoy a local ale and pick up some locally smoked meats and fish at their new, highly regarded Valley Smokehouse shop/delicatessen. 

Axbridge is a charming market town at the foot of the beautiful Mendip Hills, with a character all of its own. Once part of a Saxon defence system against the Viking invaders, its history goes back to King Alfred's time with its medieval square in its centre - pride of place in the square goes to King John’s Hunting Lodge which is a National Trust property. It was once a river port and valued for its wool production. There are a number of independent shops, local butchers and places to eat and drink.

The Cheddar Valley Railway Line, which became known as ‘The Strawberry Line’ for taking the local fruit to London, is now a foot and cycle path linking Yatton and Cheddar . 

There is the well known Isle of Wedmore Golf Club within a few miles and sailing & windsurfing can be found at Cheddar Reservoir and Badgworth Equestrian Centre is close by.


There are excellent state schools in the area, including Weare Academy First School (rated outstanding). Wedmore First School Academy, Hugh Sexeys Middle School and the high performing Kings of Wessex Academy along with the independent schools of Wells Cathedral School, Sidcot, Millfield, Taunton School, the Bruton schools, All Hallows and Downside are all within easy distance.


Mains electricity and water, private drainage, oil fired central heating.

Council Tax - Band G




BS26 2LE – From A38 turn onto Notting Hill Way and follow the road along for a short distance, opposite the school turn left into Sparrow Hill Way. Continue along the lane through the village and The Old Vicarage can be found on the right hand side just before you reach the church.


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Please note that all areas, measurements and distances in these details are approximate and the text, photos and floor plans are for general guidance only. Prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves and Lodestone Property cannot guarantee any matters relating to planning permission. No fixtures, fittings or apparatus has been tested and any furniture or fixings not itemised in these particulars may be removed by the vendors. 

Lodestone Property | Estate Agents | Sales & Lettings | Wells & Bruton Somerset

  • Ref: 9843922
  • Type: Detached House
  • Availability: Sold
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Reception Rooms: 4
  • Tenure: Freehold

Property Features

  • Fabulous house with amazing gardens
  • Peaceful and private location
  • Georgian origins with Victorian additions
  • Recently and stylishly renovated
  • Great outbuildings including a "party" barn
  • Seven bedrooms and three bathrooms
  • Open plan kitchen/dining/sitting room
  • Utility room, garages and plenty of parking
Guide Price £1,150,000

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