MAPLESTONE HALL, QUARR, SHEPTON MALLET, BA4 5NP
Mapleston Hall enjoys a quiet tucked away setting in this historic Somerset town.
The house includes a hall, 3 reception rooms, kitchen, laundry, 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, (3 being en suite) plus an adjoining cottage suite with a sitting room, bedroom and shower room.
Outside are a courtyard and a beautiful walled garden.
In excess of £775,000. to include the B&B business and also the fixtures, fittings and furnishings for the business to continue as a going concern.
Maplestone Hall, dates back to at least the 17th century and possibly has earlier medieval origins and stands within a mature, walled garden, in the historic market town of Shepton Mallet, 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. Cheddar Gorge, Glastonbury and the Mendip hills are also easily reachable.
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.
Quarr is a small no through lane towards the northern outskirts of the town bit in east waking distance of the amenities.
The house is a very attractive Grade 11 listed building with a tiled roof and the main entrance door architrave bordered by a splendid Wisteria. The house has enormous character and many period details are evident including flagstone floors, stone fireplaces, beams, stone mullion windows, circular stairways. These are enhanced and complemented by central heating, an excellent fitted kitchen and plenty of good quality bathrooms.
The substantial front door opens into a reception hall with brick and timber walling, a tiled floor, deep cloaks cupboard and a cloakroom with hand basin and loo. The hall gives access to 3 rooms. The study is a quiet oasis currently fitted with bookshelves. To the left of the hall is the very inviting sitting room which has ceiling beams, flagstone flooring, a window seat and and Inglenook fireplace with a wood burning stove.
On the right hand side of the hall is the dining room. This has two alcoves with shutters, a further alcove with bookshelves ceiling beams and a doorway into the kitchen. This is extremely well fitted with both floor and wall units which include “pull out “larder cupboards and carousel, a 2 ½ bowl sink unit, a hand basin and appliances including 2 ovens, hob, extractor and 2 dishwashers.
There is also a well-equipped laundry room beyond the sitting room with the water cylinder, filter, gas boiler and awashing machines and dryer.
A discrete doorway in the sitting room opens to a circular timber staircase to first floor landing off which is a bedroom (with fitted wardrobes and cupboards) and a bathroom. The staircase continues to the second floor where there is a room currently used as a study.
A staircase also leads from the dining room to the first floor and serves to find bedrooms both with ensuite shower rooms. There are also two other bedrooms with the smaller being used as a storeroom.
On the east side of the House and external doorway opens it into a lobby with a staircase to a further splendid first floor bedroom and currently furnished with an impressive fourposter bed. This room also has its own ensuite shower room. Double doors from his bedroom open onto a short Bridgeway which links to the garden.
The Cottage annexe
Adjoining on the western side of the house is this cottage annexe which currently has a sitting room, bedroom, shower room and loo.
Quarr is a little used lane which runs up to Maplestone and continues beyond as a field entrance and footpath (which links to a network of paths through the countrside). The lane gives access to a parking area in front of the eastern part of the house. Archways lead from the parking area and also the lane through the high stone walls into a stunning courtyard garden. This is well planted and tended and must be viewed to be fully appreciated.
Freehold. Mains water electricity gas and drainage connected. Gas central heating. Council tax band G. The property isGrade ll listed and accordingly it does not have an EPC
Maplestone Hall has been very successfully operated as a small boutique multi award winning guest house and is now for sale as a superb private home or as an ongoing business. It is for sale inclusive of fixtures, fittings and furnishings as required. Details of trading figures are also available upon written request by bona fide potential buyers.
About the area
Shepton Mallet is an historic market town with the usual features and also benefits from a Mulberry Outlet Shop and Kilver Court being a major designer outlet. 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 A271 to Shepton Mallet. Enter Shepton Mattel and at the first roundabout turn left.
Continue down the hilland at the bottom take the turn right. Continue and take the first left which leads down a short hill to Legg Square. Continue a short distance and bear left , pass the Dusthole Pub. Keep left up Quarr and Maplestone is the last house on the left hand side.