ST. GILDAS HOUSE, THE HILL, LANGPORT, TA10 9QF
A magnificent Georgian property of palatial size and elegance, set within circa 3.65 acres of beautiful grounds, close to centre of Langport market town.
The accommodation has been meticulously restored by the current owners throughout to reinstate the incredible original features in all their glory while adding modern conveniences to make this an exemplary property in which to live. The extensive living quarters includes a kitchen/breakfast room, four substantial reception rooms, utility, boot room, a large basement with cellars, stores and boiler room, 8 bedrooms in total including five principal bedrooms and a three-bedroom first-floor annexe, library; and 6 bath/shower rooms.
Outside there are glorious expansive grounds, predominantly laid to lawn and surrounded by majestic trees. There is a quiet pond area and a totally private, heated outdoor pool. The driveway leading into the property wraps round to the sizeable parking area in front of the house and there is further parking on the gravelled area by the open-fronted oak car port. Enjoyed from the gardens and house are beautiful views across to the Aller Hills and beyond. In short, this is a stunning property of impressive grandeur with features and richness of history rarely seen.
About the area
Langport is an historic town alongside the River Parrett which was the Roman access-way to Avalon and later the invading Danes. It was also the site of an important battle in the Civil War. It's now an idyllic small Somerset town which has changed little over the years which gives it great charm and character. Individual shops remain without large chain outlets other than the useful Tescos. It also has very pleasant and popular cafe/restaurants alongside the river much used by walkers and nowadays cyclists as well as the local townspeople.
Somerton, the ancient capital of Wessex is also within a few miles and provides a further range of amenities and facilities including good restaurants.
The surrounding countryside is absolutely beautiful and is accessible with many footpaths and bridleways. It is also ideal for cycling with its small lanes and little traffic (see Somerset Cycle Route).
The nearby towns of Street, Glastonbury, Taunton, Wells and Sherborne offer a wider range of amenities and the area offers a good choice of country pubs and restaurants. The award winning Halfway House being just a short drive away.
Communications are excellent via the M5 motorway linking the north and south, and the A303 to the east and west. The nearby towns of Castle Cary and Taunton both provide fast rail links to London.
There is an excellent choice of state and independent schools including Millfield, Sherborne, Bruton, Taunton School, Wells Cathedral School, Huish Episcopi Academy and Sixth Form colleges at both Richard Huish, Taunton and Strode College in Street; Hazlegrove and Leweston are very popular local Preparatory schools.
Sporting facilities several good golf courses and numerous clubs for a wide variety of sports (cricket, tennis, squash, rugby, football, etc.) There are also many cultural and artistic societies and organisations within this very active and friendly community of Somerset.
St. Gildas House was built by the Stuckey family who were famous and wealthy bankers from Somerset in the late 1700s, and throughout the 20th century was run as a convent; and more recently a Christian Centre. It is said that the nuns of the convent were even visited here by Mother Teresa in 1970.
The property was built in the late Georgian era, and then later extended in the Victorian era. Over the past four years, the present owners have given immense time and attention to improve and restore the property, and have left no stone unturned in their attempt to revive the original property’s splendour. Within the improvements floors have been stripped, windows overhauled, complete redecorations throughout the property, the plumbing and electrical systems have been completely upgraded, and the roof restored. This is the perfect blend of modern ease of living and period style and elegance. The property given its size perfectly compliments multi-generational living.
Throughout the house are many period features typical of the Georgian era including shuttered sash windows, large and light rooms with excellent ceiling heights, cast iron radiators, marble and granite fireplace surrounds and of course the servants bells!
The property is entered through a beautiful ham stone portico with supporting columns, in the heart of the original Georgian facade into the majestic open reception hall which enjoys further classical columns, an elegant staircase rising to the first floor galleried landing and a parquet floor.
Arguably the most impressive room in the house is the drawing room. It has a long list of noteworthy period details including ornate cornicing, carved embellishments to three decorative mirrors with their candelabra sconces, a working marble fireplace and two peaceful outlooks through the curved ceiling high sash windows which have original shutters. If ever there is a room for entertaining, this room is the one in which to do so. The dining and living rooms share many of these period details and particularly of note is the fascinating, bespoke curtain pole in the dining room above the main bay sashes. This is a rare detail of great craftsmanship and the owners have taken the time to commission handmade curtains in order to retain the charm of such a feature.
The study is also of good proportions and could happily be utilised as a playroom or further reception room. It has ample shelving, a window seat and two large lockable safes.
The kitchen sits within the more recent Victorian part of the property and has also seen significant improvements of late. There is an excellent array of fitted units with wooden worktops, a twin Belfast sink, inset Cookmaster gas range, wine cooler, dishwasher and an American style fridge freezer. There is a kitchen island providing further storage and worktop space too. The kitchen also has ample room for a large dining table and there are french doors leading out to the grounds at the front. Off the kitchen is a utility and a most useful pantry. Accessed from an inner hall by the kitchen with an encaustic tiled floor is a boot room with a dog shower and space to hang coats. Also accessed from the inner hall is a ground floor shower room with extravagant, twin porcelain basins, w/c and a modern walk-in shower with stylish wall tiles.
A staircase rises from the inner hall up to the first floor annexe where there are three good sized double bedrooms, all enjoying fabulous views and a shower room.
From the reception hall the staircase with its pretty balusters and polished rose wood hand rail sweeps up to the first floor galleried landing where there are two octagonal sky lights allowing the light to pour in and a chandelier set within a ceiling rose. Half way up the stairs is a bathroom with intricate floor tiles, a roll top bath, shower, basin and w/c.
There are four bedrooms to the first floor, the largest of which being the principal bedroom which enjoys stunning views over the grounds to the Aller Hills beyond, as well as a large built in wardrobe, dressing room and en-suite shower room. The second bedroom also enjoys the same views through it’s mirroring curved elevation; as does the library set between the two. The library is fully fitted with floor to ceiling recessed shelving and enjoys a marble fireplace and pine floorboards. Nearby is the main bathroom which is impressive in its own right. It has a free standing bath, patterned floor tiles, a w/c, granite fireplace and twin basins set into a fashionable vanity unit.
The third bedroom on this floor would make a great guest room as it has its own en-suite and enjoys splendid views in a southerly direction, past the church and over the levels. The fourth and fifth bedrooms connect to one another with a staircase rising from the fourth bedroom to the fifth. This arrangement resembles an integral apartment and would benefit a teenager wanting their own private space.
There is a substantial basement with a large room currently used as a bar and gym; as well as dry, vaulted cellars perfect for wine storage and a boiler room with two gas fired boilers to service the property.
The driveway leads round from a quiet lane through a set of timber gates within the stone boundary wall and up to the expansive parking area in front of the property. There is ample space to parking many vehicles here and there is even further parking on a gravelled area to the west of the house by the 2-bay oak carport.
Gently sloping away from the house to give way to the delightful countryside views is the main lawn which is bounded on either side by magnificent trees including a Cedar, Beech, Sycamore and Walnut to name a few. You’d be forgiven for thinking you were in the middle of the countryside given this parkland like setting that St. Gildas House enjoys. The lawn sweeps down to a large field with a metal cow shed and further surrounding trees.
On the eastern side of the house are further garden areas including a most peaceful pond area enjoying total privacy and seclusion. In addition there is an outdoor heated pool, also enjoying complete privacy; surrounded by paving and further lawns. Close by is a small orchard area and there are 3 separate timber sheds, each providing a range of uses; one of which housing the pool pump and a ground source heat pump which warms the pool.
Planning permission was granted to build a two bedroom coach house with parking beneath, by the car port. This has now lapsed but could be re-applied for if desired.
The field at the end of the northern lawn is subject to an overage clause. Enquire with the vendors agents for further information.
A right of access has been granted to two neighbouring properties over a pathway on the western side of the property to access their gardens close by. A plan denoting this access can be provided upon request.
Mains gas, water, drainage and electricity.
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