OLD MANOR, BOWLISH, SHEPTON MALLET, SOMERSET, BA 45JR
Wells, Glastonbury, Street & Castle Cary all within 8 miles. Bath & Bristol within 20 miles.
An exceptional house, in a beautiful setting, dating from the Tudor period (mid 16th century) and recently considerably improved with a new west wing added.
Old Manor has great charm and character complemented with contemporary benefits which together with the generous accommodation create a large house of enormous style and appeal. It includes a reception hall, cloakroom, a wonderful open plan drawing room and dining room (37ft. x 30 ft. overall), sitting room, office/snug, well fitted kitchen, utility room and boot room. On the first floor, approached by 2 staircases, are 5 bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms.
Outside there are large, mature gardens, outbuildings and ample parking.
The house and the extension works were nominated by the Local Planning authority Building Inspector for “Building Excellence” Awards in 3 categories in 2020- including “Best Extension.”
Bowlish is a small, historic hamlet just west of Shepton Mallet, towards Wells, with a cluster of delightful period properties, many of which are listed as being of historic or architectural interest. There is a good pub, restaurant, primary school and a very social community. There are also many footpaths close by which give immediate access to the beautiful bordering countryside.
Old Manor stands well away from roads being approached by a quiet country lane on the edge of the hamlet.
Old Manor is a Grade ll listed house which has been extensively improved by the present owners. The original part dates back to around 1550, was modified in the 17th and 20th centuries and recently extended with the new west wing.
The original part being limestone with squared quoins, a pantile roof, coped verges, attractive arch surrounds, mullioned windows and gothic doors.
The modern section having rendered elevations with a mainly tiled roof.
Very pleasing features of the property are the stone arches, gateway and garden walls.
In addition to these characteristics the house now has totally new wiring and plumbing, new water and gas supplies, mains drainage and surface water soakaways and gas central heating with 2 new boilers -- plus -- the house has also been entirely redecorated to high standards.
Another noteworthy feature is there are 28 windows in the property with practically all having views over the gardens and the mature trees. (Not least being a handsome walnut tree.) Most of these windows are in the new wing and these flood the house with sunshine.
A driveway leads in from the country lane to a parking area with a path to the new entrance into a reception hall with wooden & glazed floor to roof screen , with front door inset, flagstones, the main staircase and a cloakroom with basin and wc. A stone arch leads to an inner hall and the second staircase.
From the main hall arched double doors set in a stone surround open to the stunning open plan drawing room and dining room. This is a large room with engineered oak flooring and a triple aspect with windows and French doors to the gardens. The focal point of the room is a large Doulting stone fireplace with a Clear View woodburning stove. The dining area is spacious with plenty of room for a large table and chairs.
To the side of the dining room a door leads to inner halls and the kitchen. This has a porcelain tiled floor, an excellent rang of fitted units, quartz work surfaces, a double Belfast sink and appliances including a Falcon Range Cooker, warming cupboard, dishwasher, fridge and freezer.
Off the adjacent inner halls are a boot room and a utility room.
The hall in the original part of the house gives access to 2 reception rooms being a sitting room and a snug (or office). Details include Doulting stone fireplaces with Clear View woodburners, window seats and panelling.
The first floor of the house is well arranged with 5 good size bedrooms with 4 having en suite bathrooms and 1 an en suite shower room.
There are several stone buildings which offer scope for further development subject to any necessary consents.
The house stands in gardens of towards an acre and the present owner has been undertaking considerable landscaping works. These are now starting to mature and enhance the building considerably.
The gardens include flower and shrub beds and have beautiful mature trees including walnut, yew, holly, cherry, magnolia, camelia and many others.
Mention must be made again of the boundary walls, part dating from the 16th century and which incorporate a mounting block.
About the area
Shepton Mallet is an historic market town with close to the Bath and West Showground, near to the city of Wells with its stunning, ancient Cathedral, and within easy reach of the Roman and Georgian splendours of Bath.
Kilver Court, home of the Mulberry factory shop, along with many other designer outlets, a great place to shop, eat or just wander in the delightful gardens, is a few minutes’ walk away.
There is ongoing new development and the Prison was closed some years ago and is awaiting residential redevelopment. The thriving Cathedral City of Wells, about 5 miles away, with its many concerts and cultural events also provides a wide range of amenities. The increasingly well known town of Bruton is also just a short drive away.
This part of Somerset with the Mendip Hills to the north, Wells to the west and Frome to the east provides some truly hidden treasures within its undulating countryside.
Communications in the area have improved significantly with the upgrading of the A303 to a dual carriageway the majority of the way to the M3 and London. The A37 leads to Bristol and Bath whilst Bristol International airport is about 20 miles to the northwest. Of particular note is the mainline railway station at Castle Cary (Paddington about 100 minutes).
There are excellent schools for children of all ages within easy motoring distance including Millfield, the Blue School at Wells, Whitstone, Wells Cathedral School, Downside, All Hallows and Strode College at the town Street which is just a few miles to the south.
The area is well provided for with bridleways, quiet lanes and footpaths suitable for all outdoor enthusiasts. Golf is available at nearby Mendip Springs, Farrington Gurney and Wells. Racing at Wincanton, Salisbury, Bath and Taunton. Leisure centres at Shepton Mallet and Wells.
From Wells take the A371 towards Shepton mallet. Continue through Croscombe. The next hamlet is Bowlish. Pass the school and take the next left (opposite Bowlish House) just before the Horseshoe Inn. Continue up the hill, take the first left and continue to a fork in the lane. Old Manor is in the fork. Go right and the entrance is on the left.
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