1 ORCHARD LEA, CATHEDRAL CITY OF WELLS, BA5 2LZ
An exceptional property recently redeveloped and now a superb home in a great location, within walking distance of the centre of this charming Cathedral City.
The generous, well-appointed accommodation includes a hall, cloakroom, sitting room, snug, an open plan kitchen/dining/living room, pantry kitchen, utility room and gym.
On the first floor are 3 principal bedrooms and 3 bath/shower rooms plus an attic room with scope as a 4th bedroom if required. These rooms include 2 suites – one with a bedroom, dressing room and shower room and the other a bedroom, dressing room and bathroom. The third bedroom being close to a bathroom. (N.B. The snug and gym are both suitable as extra bedrooms if required.)
The property enjoys far reaching stunning views and both the Cathedral and Glastonbury Tor can be viewed from the largest of the bedroom suites.
In addition, there is an integral garage/store and a carriage driveway giving easy access and parking area. The garden extends around the house with the main part on the south and private side of the house.
Orchard Lea is a quiet cul de sac approached from Ash Lane which runs through the northern part of the City. There’s a footpath which runs down to Waitrose and there’s easy access to the High Street, schools and the Cathedral.
I Orchard Lea is an impressive house being the result of the entire redevelopment of the property, completed in 2021, by the well-known local builder Julian Forsey. The project involved an extensive re-build and double -height extension and works included -
Complete electrical re-wire with numerous sockets, many with USB charging.
Complete replacement of plumbing and heating system.
Complete re-roofing using natural slate to tie in with extension.
Complete rendering of existing and new extension.
Complete replastering of every room.
Complete replacement of all glazing (Reynaears aluminium).
“Smart” front door installed.
Wired alarm system with sensors and control panel.
Fire-rated doors to bedrooms and utility area.
The resulting home provides excellent accommodation of a very high standard and well suited to contemporary needs. There are large windows and garden doors which combine to flood the house with sunshine and create a light and airy environment throughout. These are complemented by double glazing and gas central heating (radiators and underfloor).
The carriage drive through the landscaped garden. creates a fine and impressive approach on the northern side.
The ground floor has porcelain tiles throughout, a ring video doorbell (wired to mains), LED spotlights, dimmable lighting and bespoke skirting and door architraves throughout
The front door opens to the reception hall which has a fully tiled cloakroom with a black stone basin and plantation shutters and a cloaks cupboard with a floor mounted security safe
The heart of the house is the fabulous open plan kitchen and living/dining room. The kitchen area has a double aspect, garden doors and details including
John Lewis fitted cabinetry & Corian worktops, Central island with shelving, cupboard storage & concealed power sockets with USB charging. Underfloor heating in front of units (electric). Elica Tesla induction hob with integrated downdraft extractor. NEFF double oven with concealed extractor. Franke boiling water tap. Hard wired TV connection. Double glazed glass doors to the terrace.
An archway leads into the kitchen pantry with
John Lewis fitted cabinetry & Corian worktops
Pull out pantry cupboard
Fisher and Paykel fridge freezer with ice machine and chilled water function
Fisher and Paykel 144 bottle chilled wine cabinet with dual temperature zones and locking function
Integrated dishwashers x 2 (Miele and NEFF)
2nd sink with spray tap
An archway also opens from the kitchen into the dining/living room which again has a wide garden door, with acoustic wood-panelled, split level ceiling with spotlights and also a hard-wired TV connection
The sitting room is also approached from the kitchen and again a wide double glazed glass door doors to a terrace.
Another great living area is the separate snug with dimmable lighting, hard wired TV and a New Forest electric fire by British Fires, with variety of settings and remote control.
Close by is the gym with hard wired TV and a cupboard housing the boiler. Beyond is the utility room, with door to rear garden. This has John Lewis fitted cabinetry with Minerva Calcutta worktop, space for washing machine and tumble drier and a bucket fill tap and sink.
A staircase with floor level LED lights leads to the first floor with a luxurious carpet throughout. On the landing are linen storage, low level LED lighting and access to the large loft space with a fitted ladder.
Suite One – with stunning view of both the Cathedral and Glastonbury Tor
This includes a large bedroom with dimmable lighting, bedside wall mounted reading lights, panic button linked to alarm system and hard-wired TV. The dressing room has motion sensor lighting and plentiful storage
The shower room has “The Room” polished porcelain tiles, plantation shutters, tiled shower seat, rainhead shower, wall mounted vanity unit and countertop basin, Crosswater taps and fittings, non-mist heated light up mirror, In-shower mounted waterproof TV, heated towel rail and electric underfloor heating
Suite Two- with far reaching views
This includes a large bedroom with dimmable LED lighting, bedside wall mounted lights, acoustic wood-panelled headboard, panic button linked to alarm system and a hard-wired TV
The dressing room has motion sensor lighting and plentiful storage (this could be easily knocked through from bedroom 1 dressing room to double the size for bedroom 1, if preferred).The bathroom has “The Room” polished porcelain tiles, plantation shutters, dimmable lighting, heated towel rail, electric underfloor heating, Crosswater taps and fittings, wall mounted vanity unit and countertop basin and a bath.
Bedroom Three- with far reaching views
This has wall mounted bedside lights, dimmable LED spotlights, hard wired TV and a door to a
This is an ideal movie room or for yoga, hobbies or just for additional space. It has dimmable lighting, is Insulated and easily converted into another bedroom by installing a window to front or rear elevation. Subject to necessary consents.
This has wall mounted wooden cabinets, a Rainhead shower over bath, heated towel rail, electric underfloor heating, vanity unit with hidden drawer storage and plantation shutters.
Externally the entrance and grounds were landscaped and works included:
Wiring and sockets installed for electric gates at both driveway entrances
External LED lighting with sensors and external socket
Lighting on raised flower bed wall and hidden electrical socket
Water taps in garage store and by back utility door
Planting including Tasmanian Tree Ferns along the driveway
The property now has an excellent garden which is starting to mature and will soon complement the house perfectly.
Freehold. Main services. Gas central heating. EPC Band C.
About the area
Wells is the smallest city in England (population about 12,000) lying in beautiful countryside between the Somerset Levels and the Mendip Hills – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wells medieval centre has local markets twice a week, good restaurants, a thriving high street and many important ancient buildings, including the Cathedral and moated Bishops Palace and gardens. There are four major supermarkets on the edge of the city. Wells Leisure Centre has the usual facilities of gym and swimming pool to add to Wells Rugby Club, tennis club, bowling club and golf course. Throughout the year Wells hosts festivals for Music, Literature, Art and Food, and has twinned links with Burgundy, the Rhineland and Northern Italy. There are many societies and clubs for those who would like to join a diverse social community.
The major towns of the area - Bristol, Bath, Taunton and Yeovil are all within commuting distance. There are excellent state and independent schools close by which include several good primary schools, Wells Blue School, Strode College, Wells Cathedral School, Downside, All Hallows and Millfield.
Wells is a transport hub for bus services, including daily services to London. Main line trains run from Castle Cary and Bristol International Airport is 30 minutes’ drive away.
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From our office continue along Priory Road and at the junction turn right. At the traffic lights go straight across, follow the road past the petrol station. Turn left at the roundabout, pass Waitrose and turn right at the lights. Continue and take the first left into Milton Lane. Continue and at the junction turn left into Ash Lane. Continue and take the right turn into Fir Tor Avenue. Orchard Lea is a short distance along on the left and No. 1 is immediately on the