EAST BURFORD HOUSE, WEST COMPTON, NR. WELLS, BA4 4PA
Wells 5 miles, Glastonbury 6 miles, Castle Cary & Rail Station 8 miles, Bath and Bristol 21 miles.
A splendid period country house standing within its own beautiful grounds in a quiet, little known, sheltered valley between Wells, Glastonbury and Castle Cary and in easy reach of Bath and Bristol.
The early Victorian house (not listed) has been extensively improved and has excellent, well-appointed accommodation including a galleried hall, cloakrooms, 4 reception rooms, a large kitchen with dining, gym, indoor pool, boot room, double garage, 6 bedrooms - main bedroom suite (dressing room + 2 bathrooms), 5 further bedrooms (3 en suite) plus attic rooms suitable for further bedrooms / bathrooms. The house already has planning permission for an additional eastern wing fronting the lake that would comprise two additional rooms.
The stunning grounds of around 4 acres include formal walled gardens, a kitchen garden, an informal wild garden with a small lake, lawns, a hard tennis court, cricket net, football pitch and a pavilion. Beyond the gardens is a 5 acre meadow overlooked by the house. In all the property totals over 9 acres.
The hamlet of Burford is situated in a secluded Mendip Valley close to the picturesque villages of West Compton and Pilton, and within 5 miles of the cathedral town of Wells. It enjoys a quiet setting in beautiful rolling countryside with no “through traffic” and yet is very accessible.
Bath and Bristol are just over the Mendip Hills, an area of outstanding beauty, which provide for most requirements.
It is in the catchment area for a number of highly regarded primary schools such as Millfield Prep (10 mins), Wells Cathedral Prep, All Hallows Prep as well as senior schools such as Millfield (15 mins), Kings School Bruton, Wells Cathedral, Wells Blue and Downside.
East Burford House was originally the coach house and stable block for Burford House which stands a little further west. The buildings were redeveloped in the 1800s to create an impressive family home.
The entrance drive leads in through landscaped grounds bounded by park railings on the north side with gently sloping meadows and woodland beyond. The front drive continues through an impressive gateway with stone pillars and ballustraded walls to a carriage sweep in front of the house. This is a very handsome building with pitched tiled rooves, limestone elevations and sandstone mullions, portico pillars and doorway architraves.
In recent years the house has been the subject of extensive works including plumbing, heating, wiring, conversion of the old study/dining room into a pool and gym, as well as significant painting, refurbishment and modernisation elsewhere within the house. The grounds have also received great attention and are an absolute delight.
The entrance to the house is on the north side with double doors to a porch opening to a large galleried reception hall extending to the full height of the house and giving access to the 4 reception rooms which all face south with beautiful views. Also off the hall is a cloakroom.
The drawing room is very light and airy and has a Doulting stone open fireplace. Two sets of double doorway lead through from the adjoining games room and the two rooms together create a wonderful entertaining area with a garden door to the terrace.
Double doors open from the hall into the library which is a stunning room with a large bay window (with window seats) and bookshelves. Again, double doors lead into the adjacent sitting room. This is the 4th reception room and is equally suited as a formal dining room if preferred. It’s next to the kitchen and has a garden door, a wood burner in an inset fireplace and a wine store.
The kitchen and dining room has a good range of units and appliances. The dining area is set within a large bay window area. Leading off the kitchen are a pantry, utility room and a boot room with a garden loo close to the back door. This leads out into a very useful loggia conveniently adjacent to the driveway, and has a charging point for electric cars.
Next to the kitchen, and also south facing, is a large studio currently used as a gym (equipment not included). The south facing wall has a full width of windows and is ideally suited to many uses including a garden room, playroom, office, artist’s studio, etc.
Adjoining is the pool room which has an Elite Endless Pool – 7ft. x 14 ft. fitted with overhead and below water mirrors and programmable twin jets controlled either by remote control or via an app (iPad/android). The room has air conditioning, roof skylights (electric) and French doors to the terrace. There’s also a door through into the large double garage and store.
First & second floors
A staircase from the main hall leads to a large galleried landing which serves four bedrooms, which are all south facing with wonderful views. The master suite has a bedroom with fitted wardrobes and a dressing room totally fitted out with wardrobes and cupboards. Within the suite are a bathroom and a shower room. The other three bedrooms on this floor are all en suite, one with its own dressing room and bathroom accessible through secret doors, hidden in a panel wall.
Upstairs from one of these bedrooms, accessed via a spiral staircase, are the 5th /6th bedroom and attic rooms. The house already has permission and plans drawn up to relocate the stairway and convert part of the attic space into an additional bathroom.
The house faces due south with climbing roses, wisteria and a number of doors opening out onto large terraces with ornamental ponds and flower beds. Steps lead down to an exquisitely landscaped walled garden with lawns, a canal with an avenue of espaliered fruit trees, rose beds, herbaceous beds and numerous shrubs.
Screened and sheltered by yew and laurel hedges is a well designed kitchen garden with raised beds, a fruit cage and greenhouse. The gardens have an abundance of fruit trees including apples, pears and figs. Adjacent is a garden storage shed suitable for housing ride on mowers and other garden equipment.
Grounds & land
A spacious pavilion, which could also be used as a home office, overlooks the newly resurfaced tennis court and the adjacent cricket net and football pitch.
Beyond is a wild garden and woodland area with pathways around a small lake. Originally a Victorian garden it’s now totally in line with the current move to wilding.
On the southern side of the gardens lies a second greenhouse and across the lane is a meadow of about 5 acres planted as parkland.
Freehold. Mains and private water. Mains electricity. Private drainage. Oil central heating.
About the area
Glastonbury has been a religious centre throughout history and back into the times of legends. The Celtic monastery evolved into one of England's wealthiest and most influential abbeys and the town grew up alongside it. Today it’s a small but thriving town and a major tourist venue, welcoming thousands of visitors each year. Medieval Glastonbury - designated a conservation area - clusters around the evocative ruins of the Abbey.
To the northwest is Wells,the smallest city in England (population 10,000). Its centre is the market place (local markets twice a week) surrounded by many medieval buildings including the Cathedral and moated Bishops Palace.
Immediately to the south (2 miles) of Glastonbury is the more recent town of Street and these centres provide a huge range of facilities and amenities.
Southeast is Castle Cary is one of the prettiest towns in Somerset and which dates back to Norman times. Its population is towards 3,000 and has a town centre with historic buildings, the nearby “Newt” and of course the rail station with trains under 2 hours to Paddington.
There are excellent local schools and the private sector includes Millfield, Wells Cathedral School, Downside, All Hallows and the Bruton and Sherborne schools.
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