Town/City: Near Frome
Postcode: BA3 5QG
Sale Type: Sold
The Old Vicarage in Leigh on Mendip is a beautiful, period country house, set in enchanting grounds in the heart of Somerset. Situated on the edge of Leigh on Mendip, it is one of two pre-eminent houses in the village and offers complete privacy and magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Dating from 1598, there is an abundance of original features throughout the house that blend effortlessly with contemporary touches that combine to offer luxurious accommodation over three floors.
The drive opens onto an attractive cobbled area at the front of the property, sheltered by the magnificent and ancient façade that is the west wing of the house. The front door lies beneath a picturesque porch and leads to an elegant hall replete with oak beams in the ceiling and an original Victorian tessellated floor underfoot. Off the hall are two beautiful and well-proportioned reception rooms with magnificent stone fireplaces and perfectly formed mullion windows shaded by exquisitely restored original shutters. Oak panelled walls in the dining room and original beams in the ceiling lend an air of elegance and opulence to this, the oldest part of the house. Following from the hall is a comfortable snug that in turn leads to the kitchen at the heart of the house. Both feature striking flag stone floors and pretty windows facing south that look out to the terraces beneath stylish oak lintels. There is Farrow and Ball paintwork throughout the house and the kitchen is well equipped with “Neptune” bespoke units, granite worktops and recessed lighting. A gas fired AGA and an island/bar with an oak worktop lend a touch of understated luxury. Conveniently accessible from the kitchen is a sizeable larder, downstairs cloakroom and a good-sized utility room leading to a boiler room with washing and drying machines. Attached to the kitchen is a “breakfast room” perfect as an everyday dining room for the family and leads via a corridor to a generous study at the rear of the house. A charming, cast iron spiral staircase winds its way up to a spacious mezzanine floor that acts as a perfect adventure playground for small children, or a sumptuous storage area! Also off the corridor is a remarkable Chubb “strong room”; custom built into the very fabric of the house containing a full size, fire tested, Chubb safe.
The first floor is accessed via an appealing circular staircase that runs to the very top of the house. Two principal bedrooms occupy the west and oldest wing of the house, one with an en-suite shower room and dressing room. Two further bedrooms and a family bathroom make up the rest of the first floor, while a further 50ft bedroom suite occupies the whole of the second floor and would make an ideal teenage sanctuary. All the bathrooms are furnished to the highest standards and come with a stand-alone clawfoot bath, a luxurious mosaic tiled walk in shower and high-end fixtures and fittings. All the generous bedrooms offer superb views of the gardens and ample room for storage is available in a 350 sq. ft. loft, accessible from the landing.
The grounds and gardens are simply magnificent. Well-manicured grass sweeps away to the south of the house towards a boundary of mature trees and shrubs that overlook a small stream. A majestic weeping willow offers shade in the height of summer whilst elegantly crafted beech hedging surrounds a planted gravel garden and an array of delightful pathways and seating areas. To the north is a sizeable grassed area that is currently home to a brood of chickens and to the south is a formal vegetable garden replete with raised beds. Close to the house, layered seasoned stone terraces mingle with stone steps and shrubs that provide the perfect backdrop for summer entertaining and a beautiful croquet lawn is only enhanced by sensational and uninterrupted views of the Somerset countryside - The Old Vicarage almost certainly lies in one of the finest landscapes in and around Leigh on Mendip and offers complete privacy and seclusion.
Attractive stone outbuildings include two sizeable interconnecting offices, a good-sized workshop and a store ideal for garden equipment. Ample roofspace storage over the workshop and store is accessed by a wooden stairway in the workshop. The whole house is equipped with three phase electricity. A facility for Wi-fi with speeds of up to 300 mbps will be available imminently. Planning has been granted in the past to convert these pretty outbuildings into additional accommodation and so offer the potential for further development. The cobbled courtyard is a delight and is accessed directly from the kitchen porch. There are also two double garages that will house at least three cars.
The Old Vicarage is a period gem. Situated discreetly on the edge of the village, it offers extensive accommodation of over 4200 sq. ft. and is the ideal family home as well as affording the opportunity to entertain on a grand scale. The gardens are truly beautiful, the views delightful and the spacious office suite offers the potential for significant working from home. The house has retained much of its original character – a Tudor chimney pot, several magnificent fireplaces and unusually beautiful mullion windows all hint at the past yet combine effortlessly with every modern amenity in this wonderful home.
Leigh on Mendip is one of a cluster of sought-after villages on the edge of the Mendip Hills in Somerset. It has a very fine 14c church, an excellent village pub and a primary school awarded Outstanding in its last report by Ofsted. Close by is the up-market Talbot pub in Mells and Babington House, Soho House’s country mansion is only a five minute drive away. Leigh on Mendip lies about 7 miles West of Frome, one of the most fashionable market towns in the country and recently featured in the Sunday Times as the best place to live in Somerset. Frome has a comprehensive choice of boutique retail outlets and all the usual amenities. 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. Equally fashionable Bruton lies approximately 12 miles to the south with its famous Hauser & Wirth Art Gallery and Roth Bar & Grill.
Close by are various footpaths, Asham Woods and a bridleway to the nearby village of Mells. The Macmillan Way, a long-distance path passes through the village and there are ample opportunities for walking and cycling along converted railway lines and alongside the Mells river.
Local independent schools include All Hallows and Downside, and Prior Park, Monkton Combe and King Edwards in Bath.
Transport links are good with a railway station in Frome that connects to Westbury and from there, to London Paddington or the South West. In addition, 15 miles to the North, there is the fast train from Bath to Paddington.
From the centre of Frome, head West on Broadway and continue onto Egford Hill. Continue on this road until you reach the little village of Mells - turn left onto Limekiln Lane. Continue for ½ mile and turn right onto Knapp Hill. At the T-junction turn right onto Leigh Street for 200 metres and The Old Vicarage is on your right.
Mains water, electricity and private drainage.
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- Stunning period 5 bed (plus) country house
- Set in 2.5 acres of formal gardens and parkland, including an orchard and an arboretum
- Unrivalled location not far from Frome in popular village
- Private and secluded
- Grade II listed
- Garaging and ample parking
- Extensive outbuildings, partly converted into offices
- Glorious views of Somerset countryside
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