CHESNEYS, CATHEDRAL CITY OF WELLS, BA5 2LQ
An exceptional house enjoying great privacy, standing in mature walled grounds, about 250 metres from the Cathedral and in comfortable walking distance of the Market Place.
The house, re-built in 2007, has generous accommodation (towards 5,000 sq.ft.) with a reception hall, cloakroom, sitting room, dining room, study, kitchen & breakfast room, utility room, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms - plus – a north wing which includes a superb indoor pool.
Outside are garaging and mature, well landscaped grounds surrounded by high stone walls. About 0.72 acres.
Chesneys has a superb, unique location and was designed and built to very high standards by the current owners. They have maintained it superbly and there is no doubt the sale offers a great opportunity to acquire a splendid property.
N.B. The house has many features and not least are its wide doorways and halls, with level approaches (ideal for a wheelchair) and its lift from the hall to the first floor.
New Street is on the northern approach to Wells and is a popular residential area which mainly includes period and individual properties reflecting the character of England’s smallest and very beautiful Cathedral City with its population of about 12,500.
Wells has a medieval Market Place, a good range of shops and a wide variety of amenities plus social and sporting associations and clubs. Practically all are within walking distance of New Street. The bells of the Cathedral are within ear-shot with the Cathedral being within 250 metres.
Chesneys was designed and built to the exacting and high-quality specifications of the current owners in 2007. The result is a luxurious home with spacious and well-appointed accommodation, flooded with natural light and which enjoys a light environment. There are many noteable details of construction, technical equipment and style. These include solid oak flooring, doors and carpentry, excellent decoration, well-appointed bathrooms and kitchen, high tech. underfloor central heating throughout (gas, solar and P.V.), rainwater harvesting and a pool house with a controlled environment.
The front door, incorporating local stained glasswork, opens into a large reception hall with oak timberwork and both picture and wall lights. A door opens from the hall directly into a lift to the first floor.
There are 2 principal reception rooms being the dining room and the sitting room which is a wonderful room designed to have a cosy fireside area (bookcases, drinks cabinet and wood burner) and a more expansive sitting area with 2 pairs of French doors opening into the gardens.
A hallway continues past a well fitted study to the 28ft. plus kitchen and breakfast room with Bath stone flooring. This extends into the garden and is a fabulous room with a partly vaulted ceiling and linked triple aspect windows. There’s an extensive range of German fitted units (drawers extra deep – 75mms), 2 sink units, Indian Granite work surfaces and a 5 oven electric Aga with a Brazilian Granite splashback. Other appliances include extractors, an American style fridge and freezer, waste disposal, microwave oven and coffee maker.
The large breakfast area has plenty of room for a table and chairs and also has a French door to the garden.
From the hall a door opens into a large utility room. This is well equipped with fitted cupboards and a double porcelain sink unit. Cupboards contain the hot water Megaflow cylinder, PV, solar and electrical controls – Cat 6 wiring to all rooms. From the utility are doors to the garden and the pool room.
The oak staircase (broad treads & low risers) leads to a large landing with a china display cabinet, fitted closets, loft access and a large linen cupboard.
Double doors open to the master bedroom which has an en suite bathroom with a tiled floor, fitted units, basin, wc, bidet and bath. A door leads from this bathroom into a second bedroom which is used as a dressing room being fitted with a large double wardrobe.
The third bedroom has a door to the landing and also contains the lift. This bedroom also has a door into a wet room which also has direct access from the landing . The wet room has a basin, wc, bidet and shower.
On the opposite side of the landing is the fourth bedroom.
The Pool Room
This is a large 60 ft x 25 ft. room with a controlled environment preventing condensation. There are 2 sets of bifolding doors and a French door to the garden.
The tiled pool is 13ft. x 36 ft. with a depth of about 3ft to 8 ft. and includes a swim jet for training.
Within the room is a kitchen area, shower and cloakroom. The plant room contains 2 gas boilers, a heat exchange unit and the pool filter.
An entrance from New Street opens to Chesney’s drive of about 35 yards to electric timber gates to an internal, resin bonded inner driveway which leads to the triple garage building.
The gardens have been carefully landscaped and have matured with constant maintenance. There are clearly planned “rooms” in the garden. These include – a fern garden with a herbaceous border (next to a mounting block), a small orchard with espaliered apple trees, a small pond and wet garden with bridge, terrace with a pergola, a lawn with wildflower and wild grass areas, soft fruit cage, a small stone henge and many stone walls and neatly clipped hedges. There’s also a brick garden shed with sink (hot water), fridge and loo.
On the east side of the house is a large paved terrace, flower and shrub beds, a kitchen garden (with raised beds) and a bamboo screen to a composting area. Alongside is a greenhouse with cold frames. Beyond on the norther side of the house is a covered log store. A fascinating detail on the exterior of the house is a scientific sun dial which is (again) exceptional. Not least of the gardens characteristics are the high stone walls which bound it and give it the wonderful privacy it enjoys. These walls being complemented by the gardens beautiful trees.
Mains services. Gas central heating. PV panels. Solar heating. Rainwater harvesting system with tap outlets throughout the garden.
Freehold. Not listed. EPC rated 79 Band (C). Council Tax Band (F). Local Authority - Mendip District Council, Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet. BA4 5BT.
About the area
Wells is the smallest city in England (population about 11,000) 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.
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 & independent schools in the area 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 35 minutes drive away.
From our office go along Priory Road, turn right at the junction. Continue through the traffic lights, bear right, pass the petrol station, at the mini roundabout turn left, pass Waitrose & at the T junction lights turn right. Continue and at the next T junction lights turn right.
The drive entrance to Chesneys is about 50 ms along on the left. There is a nameplate on the wall.
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