Postcode: BA11 1EJ
Sale Type: Sold
Number 4 South Parade is a fantastic family home tucked away in a peaceful position that belies its proximity to the bustling and fashionable town of Frome and with the unusual bonus of off-street parking. This is an opportunity to live merely a hop skip and a jump away from the vibrant and popular Catherine Hill with all its wonderfully quirky stores offering everything from florists, cafes, boutiques to vintage wares.
Built in the 1700s this Grade II historical property, once a boarding school for young ladies, retains many of its original features representing the bygone days and set within a conservation area. The front door has unique stained-glass panelling, a legacy from a former owner, Edwin Horwood, a local manufacturer of stained glass. The wide entrance hall, with original servants’ bell, leads into two spacious receptions both with woodburning stoves. The first reception has original beams overhead and the second with French doors to the outside courtyard. The heart of this home is unquestionably the country-style kitchen with its sympathetic extension creating the perfect dining space and opening out onto the garden to enjoy the summer months. A shower room with loo is positioned discretely to the rear of the ground floor.
A wide and winding staircase leads to three spacious double bedrooms and a family bathroom with views overlooking the gardens and surrounding rooftops. The third floor provides a further double bedroom which could serve as a teenage hide-away, as a peaceful office or a guest bedroom.
The pretty walled garden is an abundance of mature planting to include olive trees, roses, shrubs, a fig and a bay tree to name just a few. Laid to a mixture of lawn and paving this stunning English garden has quiet spaces in which to relax and a courtyard, conveniently accessed from both the sitting room and the kitchen, creating the perfect place for outside dining. A paved area at the end of the garden provides parking for two cars with access to the parallel street behind enclosed with large wooden gates.
Frome is one of the South West’s leading market towns and was 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, The town has a comprehensive choice of retail outlets and all the usual amenities - Culturally, Frome has more than 500 listed buildings and in the 1990s the town benefited from considerable investment in the restoration of its historic buildings through the English Heritage Economic Regeneration Scheme. Founded in 2013, the “Frome Independent” is an award-winning independent street market that is held on the first Sunday of every month and attracts 80,000 people a year. Frome is also known for its vibrant music and arts scene with leading musicians and comics performing at 'The Cheese and Grain'.
South Parade is right in the heart of one of the most desirable areas of Frome, situated in the area at the top of the famous Catherines Hill with all of its independent shops and is a continually developing area that contains restaurants, wine bars, artisan bakery, butcher to name a few. It is also very close to leafy Victoria Park which as well as being a lovely open pace with a playground but it also has tennis courts.
There are excellent transport links to Bath, Bristol and London. Within easy driving distance is the magnificent Georgian city of Bath and Bruton, a small town that has grown a big reputation in the international art world thanks to the recent opening of the Hauser & Wirth gallery. Babington House Hotel is just four miles away. Train links are excellent with a mainline railway station that connects to Westbury and from there, to London Paddington or the South West. There is also a faster line at nearby Westbury.
Frome offers several good state schools and a variety of local independent schools. It is also home to the first publicly funded Steiner Academy in the UK. There are a range of good schools in the area which include Frome Media Arts College, All Hallows, Downside, Millfield, Wells Cathedral School, Sexeys, Sunnyhill and Kings School, Bruton, plus the Bath schools.
Mains electricity, water, drainage and gas.
From Market Place, take Bath Street in a southerly direction to the roundabout. Turn right into Christchurch Street/ A362, after a few hundred yards turn right into South Parade and the property will be found after a short distance on the right hand-side.
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- Spacious period property with original features
- Four generous bedrooms
- Private, mature gardens with courtyard
- Off street parking for two cars
- Walking distance to Frome centre
- In one of the most desirable parts of Frome
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