THE OLD VICARAGE, MARK ROAD, BURTLE, NEAR WEDMORE TA7 8NJ
Glastonbury miles 7, Street 9 miles, Wells 13 miles, Taunton 24 miles, Bristol 33 miles, M5 8 miles.
An outstanding large and comfortable Victorian house (not listed) standing in half an acre of mature grounds in a quiet setting in a small Somerset village.
This unique property has been extensively restored and has generous accommodation towards 3,500 sq.ft. (325 sq.ms.) This includes hallways, cloakroom, 3 reception rooms, study, large kitchen (not yet fitted nor equipped), utility room and an office/downstairs bedroom. There are front and back staircases to the first floor which has 5 bedrooms, an en suite bathroom, wash room (basin & loo) and a further large bedroom planned as a further bathroom(s). It also has scope to extend into the large loft area.
Outside are mature gardens of around half an acre.
Burtle is a small, quiet village well away from busy main roads but in easy reach of Wells, Wedmore, Glastonbury and Street. The Old Vicarage stands alongside a lane on the outskirts of the village. The village church in Burtle was built in 1839 and in 1896 the Vicarage, designed by a local architect, Arthur Patterson, was constructed by the Diocese of Bath and Wells for the Vicar, The Reverend Thomas Lewis and his family.
The property was the vicarage for the village from 1896 until 1976 when it was sold to a local private school for use as a boarding house. (The adjacent property to the north previously comprised school buildings.). In 2016 planning consent was granted to convert to a private house. The present owners have carried out extensive renovation works including replastering and rewiring throughout, plumbing and structural matters. The utility room has been used as their kitchen with the original kitchen now ready for fitting. The renovations are being completed in neutral tones with new carpets and it is now ready for individual interior design choices.
This unique Vicarage was built to an excellent standard, incorporating many modern features and good quality materials, reflecting the best of Victorian building. It is an historic property and the original detailed specification and plans are held at the Heritage Centre in Taunton.
The house is architecturally well-balanced with superb proportions featuring two bay windows on the ground floor, a central doorway and three windows on the first-floor elevation with a portico gable.
The construction of the front of the house is mainly brick with Ham Stone dressings to the two bay windows and to the front door arch as well as the window lintels on the first floor. There are matching quoins and copings to the parapet walls and also the vent into the roof are all in Ham Stone (the principle stone of Somerset). It is the most glorious honey gold Jurassic limestone and found in the most important and good quality buildings of the era.
Most interestingly the house is built with cavity walling which was unsual until the 1920s. External walls are “one brick” thick with lime pointing which again highlights the quality of the building. Internally there are suspended timber floors in part and flagstones elsewhere (mostly covered) and beautiful pitch pine timberwork. The well proportioned rooms have details including high ceilings, deep skirting boards, picture rails and ornate door architraves. There’s generous accommodation, with considerable character, rarely found other than in period houses such as this. On the ground floor there’s lots of great living space and 2 staircases leading to the first floor. Here there are 5 bedrooms, a linen store, an en suite bathroom and a washroom. There’s also a large 6th bedroom which has plumbing nearby and scope to create 1 or 2 further bathrooms.
The carefully restored English oak front door leads into the reception hall and to the Drawing and Sitting rooms both of which have large south-facing bay windows, high ceilings and attractive fireplaces. The reception hall still contains the beautiful original pitch pine staircase which rises to the landing running the full width of the house. The reception hall leads on to the dining room with views of the garden and the walnut tree.
From the sitting room a separate door leads into a passageway to a quietly positioned study. The large kitchen/breakfast room has been completely replastered, rewired and neutrally painted ready for the installation of a new kitchen. From the kitchen there is a conveniently located outer porch with a cloakroom whilst another door leads to a newly fitted out utility room. The remainder of the ground floor comprises a downstairs study/ bedroom and back hall with wood panelled under stairs storage. There is a second main entrance with a stained glass front door leading directly on to the driveway.
The first floor is equally impressive with a long landing with original darkwood banisters and five bedrooms all with beautiful views. The master bedroom has a new ensuite with a large bath and separate shower. The other large south-facing bedroom currently contains a full king size four poster bed and closed fireplace. There are two further double bedrooms to the rear of the landing, one with views of the walnut tree. The landing also leads to a washroom, a large linen cupboard and a storage cupboard.
The 5th bedroom, the maid’s room, sits under the eaves at the back of the house and has direct access from the second staircase
6th Bedroom or more bathrooms
Finally, a sixth room where the school housed four separate shower rooms has been returned to the original walls with extensive plumbing for conversion into a large family bathroom, or split in two to form a family bathroom and another en-suite bathroom.
The property is entered from the quiet country lane through an entrance with two gate pillars and double timber gates. The driveway then leads to the house and there is extensive parking space.
On the south and east side of the house are lawned gardens bounded by hedges and with mature shrubs and trees including conifers, holly and a magnificent walnut tree.
Freehold. The property is not listed. Property 0.47 acres. EPC 40 (E). Council tax band F
There are no footpaths across the property. A public footpath runs across the fields lying to the south which links to a network through the beautiful surrounding countryside. This provides wonderful walking access to the area.
About the area
About the area
Burtle is located in the beautiful county of Somerset in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The area has been farmed for thousands of years and provides good agricultural land to sustain many livestock farms. There is a thriving local community within the village with people socialising in many different ways including at the Village Hall. See http://www.burtlevillage.co.uk
The surrounding towns and villages provide a wide and diverse range of cultural, social, commercial and sporting activities and societies to serve most needs. There are excellent state and primary schools in the area including a number of primary schools, Crispins, Strode College, Wells Cathedral and Millfield.
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