Postcode: BA3 5TA
Sale Type: Sold
Property SummaryThe Old Vicarage is a fabulous Grade II listed village house with a beautiful formal garden and Coach House.
The house is constructed of stone with stone mullion windows, approached from the lane through wrought iron gates opening into the formal garden with its water feature canal and box bordered path to the front door.
The reception hall sets the tone of the property, it is spacious and welcoming with a stone fireplace and a rare medieval floor. Several rooms lead from the hall and a wide glazed door opens onto the passage leading to the kitchen. The arch-framed 17th century staircase also opens onto the hall. The sitting/dining room has a large medieval inglenook stone fireplace and French windows with original shutters opening into the garden. Most of the rooms in the house have retained both their fire surrounds with grates or wood burners with original shutters at the windows. The accommodation flows well over two floors offering plenty of space.
An added advantage is the newly renovated self-contained ground floor studio. This is a well proportioned room with oak boards and its own access from the rear courtyard. A large limestone wet room makes it potentially suitable for use as additional sleeping accommodation if required or for generating some income via Airbnb.
(Please note that there is planning permission to add two sky- lights to the kitchen).
The Coach House is a fabulous addition to the property and consists of a large vaulted space with under floor heating as well as power and light, and would make an excellent studio, gallery, home office or workshop which could be especially useful post Corona Virus for somebody moving their work to home. There are large double doors to the front with vehicular access from Ames Lane to the side.
The formal garden is divided from the main lawn by a yew hedge. The lawn slopes down to a small stream at the end of the garden. There is a small stable or piggery along with a woodshed next to a vegetable patch. On the Western side of the house two sets of French doors open onto a stone terrace leading to the lawn, ideal for enjoying the evening sun.
Kilmersdon is a very desirable village with a popular pub. Located near the renowned private members’ club of Babington House, and about 3 miles from the village of Mells. Frome is 6 miles to the West and Bath 12 miles to the North. The award winning Talbot Inn in Mells is 4 miles away. Trains leave regularly to London, Paddington from Bath Spa and Frome and from Westbury to Waterloo. There are also excellent local amenities in the nearby market town of Frome. The area also benefits from an excellent range of footpaths and bridleways for endless walking and riding, in addition the number 24 cycle track runs through the village.
Local primary schools include Kilmersdon C of E primary school, Mells C of E first school, Leigh on Mendip first school and Stoke St Michael Primary. Independent schools include All Hallows, Downside, the Bath schools including Prior Park, Monkton Combe and King Edwards and the Bruton schools that include Bruton School for Girls, Sexeys and King's.
Mains Electricity, Water, Drainage and Oil central heating
Photos- due to Corona Virus the photos have been taken by the current owner.
What i Love about my house... by current owner:
We moved to Kilmersdon just over 20 years ago. We fell in love with the Old Vicarage as soon as the front door opened and revealed the huge, welcoming hall. Like a big hug.
We couldn’t believe our luck.
There was a lot to do and nothing to do. The house was untouched so retained all of its original detailing…including Victorian wallpaper!
If pushed, I suppose my favourite room might be the hall. It is the heart of the house and all other rooms lead off it. We put the Christmas tree in one corner and light the wood burner on Christmas eve. It has a lovely shell cupboard, an ancient casein floor and a wide glazed door leading to the kitchen.
I always describe the house as Medieval with Georgian improvements. We have a small pamphlet written by a woman who lived in the house in the 1800’s. Her description of village life is so interesting. She loved the house and was very put out when her father, the vicar, built a new Vicarage on School Lane! The Coach House is an amazing, light space. We opened an Art Gallery when we first moved here. Then it became the best ever place for children’s parties. It has great potential to be almost anything…
The canal and formal garden is a very peaceful and private place. We sit on the bridge with a coffee and feed the fish. There are also newts, frogs and toads in there. The beautiful yew hedging creates a room separating from the lawn and vegetable patch.
When we bought The Old Vicarage we had no idea that Babington House had opened 6 months earlier. We can walk there through the most magical bluebell woods. It’s an amazing bonus to see film previews and meet friends there. It turns out that Somerset is home to many like minded creative folk. So many opportunities for theatre, exhibitions, films and shopping! Frome has an amazing Independent Market every month with local, seasonal and regional food and drink producers and vintage fashion, collectibles and furniture.
We love all the walks around here, especially the cycle track just above us. You can cycle to the Talbot Inn in Mells as well as Bath and Bristol if you’ve a mind.
Bath, Westbury and Frome are all equidistant stations. You can get to London in about 1 hour 20 minutes.
The Vicarage is in the centre of the village yet also very private. The village has a very active core and we have a village day as well as an apple pressing events and a Wassail every year.
This is the most beautiful house we will ever live in. It was a fabulous family home with many happy memories. So many rooms and spaces for family to go. On the kitchen door jamb is the record of the growth of our children and their friends…marking such very happy times here.
From the centre of the village follow Church lane which runs to the west of the Joliffe Arms. The Old Vicarage can clearly be seen on the left hand side behind railings and opposite the church.
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- Grade II listed Vicarage
- Village location
- Six bedrooms
- Beautiful garden c.0.5 acre
- Detached Coach House
- Self contained annexe
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