Town/City: Nr Pilton
Postcode: BA4 4PD
Sale Type: For Sale
Bridge House is a magnificent seven bed family house situated in nearly two glorious acres of land and gardens and in a prime location. Originally dating from the late 18c, the property has been extended and restored to create sumptuous and lavish accommodation over three floors and is now an impressive, elegant and luxurious family house.
The house is approached through gates via a pretty gravelled drive that runs discreetly from the road to a parking area adjacent to the house. Set beneath a charming porchway, the front door opens to an elegant reception hall featuring an original stone fireplace and a new staircase that runs to the first and second floors. Off the hall is a cloakroom, a cosy snug room and a spacious sitting room with hardwood double glazed French doors leading to the terrace outside, both these rooms and the hall feature original stone fireplaces and are warmed by Chesneys wood burners and underfloor heating.
Beyond the sitting room is a fabulous 510 sq. ft. kitchen breakfast room; a Fisher & Paykel “American style” fridge freezer, a fan oven and hob set into a stylish island and a double Belfast sink compliment bespoke, handmade fitted units, integrated Miele appliances and granite worktops to lend this room an opulent but homely atmosphere. A natural limestone floor and a new 5 door black dual control AGA make this room extra special. For entertaining in the summer, 2 pairs of hardwood French doors lead directly to a pretty paved terrace outside. Off the kitchen and with access to the rear of the house are further facilities that include a boot room, a utility room and a further cloakroom and shower.
Upstairs seven bedrooms and four bathrooms are laid out over two floors; the master bedroom is palatial and comes with a luxuriously appointed en-suite bathroom and walk in dressing room. Four further bedrooms share a “Jack and Jill” bathroom and a family bathroom – the remaining two bedrooms on the second floor share a shower room. All these rooms are beautifully proportioned and come with stunning views of the gardens and the countryside beyond. All the bathrooms are equipped with high end fixtures and fittings that include walk in showers, tiled flooring underfoot and traditional heated towel rails.
Just as the house has been sympathetically and beautifully restored, so too have the grounds and gardens. A stunning, fully floodlit South facing terrace has been constructed to the front of the house that makes the most of the views to the countryside beyond. A new wall (also fully floodlit at night) has been created to ensure total privacy in the gardens, a canopy of mature trees and a pretty stream line the boundary and provide the perfect backdrop to newly landscaped lawns, whilst an enchanting wisteria adorns the front of the house. A post and rail fence outlines a pretty paddock that runs to the north of the house.
The property comes with an array of outbuildings and encompasses two double garages, a home office that sits above these, a workshop, an additional stone building that could be converted into a gym and a further double garage that could be converted into an annex with the relevant planning.
The attention to detail evident both in the house and outside is very impressive – a ground source heat pump guarantees low running costs whilst reclaimed double Roman roof tiles retain the charm of the original house; old single pain Crittal windows have been upgraded to double glazed units and stone mullion windows have been preserved and enhanced; the whole house has been re-limed plastered and new insulation, electrics and plumbing have been installed throughout.
The property occupies a central but discreet position in a small hamlet just outside the popular village of Pilton. It nestles amongst a handful of attractive and substantial period properties and offers total privacy to its owners.
The historic city of Wells, just 10 minutes’ drive away, offers a wide variety of independent shops and all the usual attractions of a market town; supermarkets include Waitrose, Morrisons, Tesco and Lidl. At the very heart of the city is the medieval Cathedral, Bishop’s Palace and Vicars’ Close, "thought to be the oldest continuously inhabited street in Europe". Wells is also rich in culture; concerts are regularly performed in its cathedral and there are regular shows and comedy nights in the Little Theatre. The Wells Literary Festival and its food festival are increasing in popularity each year and attract thousands of visitors.
For more variety, the pretty market towns of Castle Cary and Bruton are close by and offer a range of boutique shopping as well as a good choice of pubs and restaurants. Bruton has several well-known restaurants, pubs and bars including “At the Chapel” and “The Roth Bar” at the world-renowned Hauser & Wirth Gallery whilst Castle Cary boasts “The Newt”, the newly opened 5 star hotel and spa.
In addition to the wide range of local facilities, Yeovil, Bath and Bristol are all within reasonable driving distance.
There is a choice of five primary schools within a three-mile radius and there are three state secondary schools in the local area, including the state boarding school at Sexeys in Bruton. Nearby private schools, include Downside, Wells Cathedral School, Millfield, Kings Bruton and Bruton School for Girls and All Hallows Prep School.
Transport links are excellent - The A361 is just one mile to the south giving swift access to the M5, 20 miles to the west and the A303 linking to the M3 to London is only 16 miles away. There is a mainline rail service from Castle Cary to London Paddington taking 90 minutes on the fast train. Bristol Airport (40 minutes) and Exeter Airport (70 minutes) both provide connections within the UK and to many international destinations.
Take the A361 towards Pilton, on entering Pilton at the bottom of Whitstone Hill go straight ahead between the Crown Pub and the old village stores into Totterdown Lane. Follow the lane to the top and then down the other side passing Burcott Manor on your left, carry on up the next hill and then drop down into West Compton, where the lane bends sharp right turn left, just after Summerlane House and before Rose Cottage there is a driveway on the left, the house will be found at the bottom.
Mains water, 3 phase mains electricity, new private drainage
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Wells |Bruton |Shaftesbury
- Magnificent 7 bed house
- No onward chain
- Gardens and grounds of approximately 2 acres
- Double garaging and separate home office
- 6 miles from Millfield Prep
- Eco-friendly and minimal running costs
- Superb private village location
- Converted outhouse ideal for a gym
- Potential annex conversion
- 10 miles from Bruton