THE GRANGE, MONKS DRIVE, SHAPWICK, SOMERSET, TA7 9NL
Street 5 miles, Glastonbury 7 miles, Wedmore 7 miles, Wells 12 miles, Castle Cary Station 16 miles, Bridgwater Station 7 miles, Taunton 21 miles, M5 motorway (J23) 9 miles, Bristol 30 miles.
An absolutely delightful, listed period house dating from the 17th century enjoying a quiet peaceful setting on the outskirts of a small rural village in easy reach of Street, Glastonbury, Wedmore and Wells
The Grange is the handsome western wing of Shapwick House and has great style and character. It includes a hall, drawing room, sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility, cloakroom, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
Outside there’s a garage with a studio /office above, parking areas, gardens, courtyards and beautiful southerly views across parkland. The accommodation totals towards 3,000 sq.ft.
Shapwick House is a private country house which built by Glastonbury Abbey in the early Tudor period. The Grange comprises the western wing and is one of several entirely separate and independent houses formerly part of the estate.
A private drive leads from a quiet country lane to the house which faces south with lovely views. It is noteworthy that near the entrance of the driveway is access to a network of miles of footpaths through the unspoilt surrounding countryside. This includes one path which leads to the nearby Nature Reserve.
The main section of the house dates from the Stuart era with Victorian additions and later additions. It’s stone built with slated roofs and retains many original details including mullioned windows, flagstones and fireplaces. These are complemented by contemporary details including an Aga and oil central heating. All combine and produce a unique warmth and appeal.
The principal reception room is the stunning 31 ft. drawing room which has a large inglenook fireplace with a wood burning stove, bookshelves, the front staircase and double French windows leading out into the garden.
The sitting room is equally comfortable having a large fireplace together with an archway into the very pretty dining room.
A door leads into the kitchen & breakfast room which is also approached from the hall and has the back staircase. There are lots of fitted kitchen units, a central island with a ceramic hob and also an oil fired Aga. Leading off is a large utility/back kitchen again with lots of storage units and beyond is a cloakroom with a loo.
The staircase from the drawing room leads to the front landing and the magnificent master bedroom with en suite bathroom together with stunning yet incredibly peaceful views of parkland and the 500 year old cedar tree that presides over the garden. A further stairway leads to a quaint but very charming bedroom on the second floor.
The front landing links with the rear landing approached by the staircase from the kitchen. This landing serves two further good sized bedrooms and a large bathroom with free standing bath. In all there are 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
There is a large 27 ft garage and above it, approached by an external stone staircase, is a similar size studio or office.
In front of the house is a mature, well stocked and tended English cottage garden with expansive views and privacy. On the other side of the driveway is a further grassed area which provides plenty of parking and tucked away is a compost and potting area.
Around the house are idyllic courtyard gardens with flagstones, cobbles, rose trees, shrubs and high walls and fences clad with climbing hydrangeas, clematis and Chilean potato tree plants. All with great privacy and creating areas perfect for al fresco dining, relaxation and perhaps simply reflection.
The house sits in an area of outstanding beauty with the famous Shapwick Nature Reserve within easy walking distance. The estate is peaceful and private, but the few neighbours in the surrounding houses ensure that there is a valuable element of security at all times.
The property is freehold and with Shapwick House is Grade ll* listed reflecting its superb historical and architectural quality.
Council Tax Band (E). Mains water and electricity. Private drainage.
About the area
Shapwick lies in the heart of the beautiful somerset countryside well away from any busy roads or unsightly commercial developments. It's a traditional village surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside little changed for many years. The village has a very active community and within easy driving distance are various small towns and larger villages which provide range of shopping, cultural and sporting activities. These include Glastonbury, Street Wells, Wedmore and Bridgwater with Taunton and Bristol also within commuting distance.
There are good road communications with the M5 and A303, Bristol and Exeter airports and direct rail services to London at Taunton and Castle Cary.
The area has excellent state and independent schools including Millfield, various primary schools and secondary schools, Hugh Sexeys and Kings of Wessex, Sidcot, Wells, Cathedral and the Taunton and Bristol schools.
The Church is in the centre of the village. Take Church Road, westwards, which is in the south side of the Church. At the end of the row of houses on the right turn right into the lane called Timberyard. At the junction turn left onto Kent Lane. Continue and turn right onto the private drive, Monks Drive, next to the Lodge.
Follow down this private drive, through the stone pillars and park outside The Grange on the right.
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