Postcode: TA7 9QJ
Sale Type: Under Offer
Property SummaryLockhill Hall is a beautiful early nineteenth century country villa benefitting from beautiful views over its own parkland and the countryside beyond. This Grade II listed house has been sympathetically and extensively renovated by the current owners with a wealth of wonderful period features.The building has a striking symmetry with its central semi-circular headed doorway and recessed pair of half glazed doors setting the tone for the quality, elegance and style of the interior. What makes Lockhill Hall so unique is the effortless way it blends this traditional elegance in a generous, atmospheric and welcoming family home.
From the imposing entrance hall, exceptional architectural details feature throughout the house. The original flagstone floor in the hall, newly crafted twelve pane sash windows, shutters, dado rails and cornicing are complemented by the high ceilings and classic proportions of the rooms. The original bell calls to each principal room provide a charming reminder of the property's past.
Bathed in plenty of natural light the rooms provide everything that you would expect to find in a house of this standing. At its heart a beautiful drawing room interlinks with the dining room through glazed doors. These rooms are dual aspect and offer sumptuous views out over the lawn flowing uninterrupted past the traditional ha-ha. These rooms have an understated elegance with their beautiful walnut floors and clever use of trench heating allowing for flexible furniture placement with doors leading to the terrace and garden. Woodburning stoves add a cosy ambience here in cooler months. There is also a peaceful and light sitting room which provides the perfect place to relax, read or tuck yourself away.
The informal and cosy family kitchen is found off the hallway and is well fitted with traditional wall and floor units and a gas range. Just off this room is a charming breakfast room with log burner, perfect for leisurely breakfasts and a door to outside. This area of the house amply provides for all the practicalities too with a wonderfully spacious utility area, large boot room downstairs WC and shower, also situated here is the secondary staircase to the first floor.
From the entrance hall the elegantly cantilevered main staircase rises through a beautifully light stairwell. The current owners have cleverly used a very attractive roof lantern above the stairwell and galleried landing which combined with the generous proportions of the landing area make a wonderful first floor from where the bedrooms lead off. As you would expect the master bedroom reflects the elegance and proportions of the house and is served by a generous ensuite bathroom which can be shared or assigned to the main guest bedroom to suit requirements. There are a further five beautifully proportioned bedrooms on this floor and the family bathroom. There is a generous sized linen cupboard with stairs leading to the attic.
It should be noted that in 2008/09 the house was completely re-wired, re-plumbed partially re-roofed and re-plastered with lime plaster. Two new gas boilers were also installed at this time.
Adjacent to the hall its own annexe is accessible from the main house at both ground and first floor levels. The annexe was constructed with stone from the original tithe barn in the 1920's. This annexe is currently providing an income stream through rental and, like the main house, has been extensively re-furbished. The front door leads into the recently fitted kitchen with a dining room leading off and a large sitting room beyond. The ground floor is also served by a practical cloakroom and utility room. Upstairs are two generous double bedrooms and a very generously sized bathroom. The annexe is in excellent order and offers flexibility for the new owners to either continue to enjoy the income stream it currently generates, incorporate it back into the main house or use it as self contained guest accommodation.
In addition to the annexe are some beautiful and extensive period outbuildings to which some renovation and conversion work has been started but here there remains huge potential for re-development. Currently a three double bedroom cottage with large sitting room featuring a wood burning stove, kitchen, utility and dining area has been completed providing another additional income stream. A similarly proportioned section of barn already has planning permission to convert to provide further accommodation. Usefully there is also permission in place to create a further access point from the road.
The gardens at Lockhill Hall offer the opportunity for the next owner to create something wonderful by returning them to their potential. The sale price includes the 5 acres of garden which surround the house and 17 acres of farmland known by locals as 'The Park' that is currently let to a local farmer. There are a further 12 acres of farmland available by separate negotiation (see shaded orange area on map)
Ashcott lies to the west of Street with great access to the M5 close to the Polden Hills and on the Southern edge of the Somerset levels. The village has three pubs, a church and a primary school and an annual Ashcott Beer Fest is held on the Coronation playing fields at the end of June/beginning of July each year raising money for the local schools and playing fields. The Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve is nearby where the beautiful starling murmurations can be seen. Nearby, the thriving town of Street offers a wide variety of retail opportunities including Clarks Village and the usual selection of supermarkets. Recreational facilities include two swimming pools and Strode theatre. Local pubs include the Ashcott Inn and Ring ‘O’ Bells in Ashcott, the Crown Inn and the King William Inne in Catcott. Transport links are good with the A39 leading to the M5 just 8 km away. Ashcott is well situated for Glastonbury (approx 2 miles) a town that is steeped in history going back to the legends of King Arthur. There was a Celtic monastery here in 500AD, which during the next 1000 years evolved into one of England’s wealthiest and influential Abbeys. The magnificent Glastonbury Abbey ruins and the famous Glastonbury Tor attract tourists to the town and so although small, it is a thriving town and it is well served by markets and a huge range of festivities. It is one of the few towns that has managed to shun many of the main chain stores whilst still providing all the necessary shops, restaurants, cafes, doctors, pharmacies, dentists, a wealth of clubs and sporting facilities and supermarkets.
For shopping, “Clark’s village” in Street offers a wealth of retail opportunities with more shopping and local amenities to be found in nearby as well as in Glastonbury, Somerton and Wells. For further shopping and recreational activities, Bath, Bristol, Wells and Yeovil are all within about an hour’s drive.
There are good rail transport links to London from Castle Cary and Bridgwater railway stations, (just about 20 mins drive), which both offer excellent direct rail services to London Paddington. Bridgwater also has an excellent hospital and access to the M5. There are Airports in Bristol and Exeter offering connections within the UK, Europe and beyond.
The primary school in the village of Ashcott. Local state secondary schools and colleges can be found at Street (Strode College). Glastonbury and Bridgwater (Bridgwater College) as well as the excellent independent schools which include Millfield Senior and Prep School, Wells Cathedral School, Shapwick School which is an independent school specializing in dyslexia. Additionally there are many independent schools in Taunton and Downside and All Hallows prep school are all within easy reach.
Services – mains gas, private drainage, water and electricity
Tenure – Freehold
Directions – TA7 9QJ – Coming from Street, Lockhill Hall lies on the A39 just before the village of Ashcott just after the junction of A361.
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- Georgian "country villa" with period features
- Extensively refurbished main house
- Bordered by its own land
- Six bedrooms Two bathrooms
- Two bedroom annexe and three bedroom cottage
- Large number of outbuildings for redevelopment
- Income potential