Drayton Manor, Drayton, Langport, Somerset, TA10 0LL
A charming Georgian manor house enjoying a tranquil setting on the edge of a small rural village. The Manor includes the main house, 2 cottages, a garden lodge, landscaped gardens and paddocks. In all about 7 acres.
The house, Grade ll listed has been extensively refurbished and includes a hall, 3 reception rooms, an open plan kitchen/dining/orangery, rear hall, cloakroom, study, utility room, boot room, larder/wine cellar, bike store & double integral garage. On the first floor are 4 bedrooms, dressing room (potential 5th bedroom), 3 bathrooms and a large loft space.
In the grounds are a pair of attractive cottages plus a garden lodge ideal as a home office, studio, gym, etc.
There are beautiful formal and informal gardens, domestic outbuildings, many fine mature trees, a small arboretum, a stream, pond and two paddocks. In all about 7 acres.
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Drayton Manor is situated on the edge of the small village of Drayton, which is surrounded by unspoilt Somerset countryside and has a parish church, village hall, the Drayton Arms public house, and an annual Street Fair. For further details visit www. draytonsomerset.co.uk.
Close by is the small country town of Langport and Taunton, the county town of Somerset, lies 13 miles west.
Originally a 15th Century manor house, it was largely burned down in the late 18th Century and re-built in a distinctive Portuguese style reflecting the origins of the wife of the then owner. Today it’s a very pretty house of mellow red brick under a Welsh slate and plain tile roof. It has a classic late-Georgian symmetrical front elevation decorated with flanking louvered shutters and an attractive stone doorcase. The entire property has undergone a full programme of renovation and modernisation to the highest standards over the past few years. Under the direction of the renowned interior designer, Melanie Hall, an ultra-modern and vibrant style has been introduced to the interior of main house, which respects the authenticity and style of the original building and yet provides a striking contrast with the beautiful, old exterior.
On the ground floor a great sense of space and light has been created with broad openings off the centrally positioned reception hall to the sitting and dining rooms on either side. Both rooms have tall windows overlooking the garden and fireplaces fitted with wood-burning stoves. The dining room can comfortably seat twelve and is open plan to the state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen with central kitchen island and breakfast room. Adjacent to the drawing room is the family room and the newly built orangery, which opens onto the terrace. Beyond the kitchen is the study, which contains the inglenook fireplace from the original house, the cloakroom, the walk-in larder and wine room, the laundry room and the boot room.
On the first floor the layout of rooms has been re-configured to provide a larger principal bedroom suite, with a dressing room and en suite bath and shower room. There is a secondary double bedroom with en suite bath and shower room and two further double bedrooms, which are both en suite to a dual-access bath and shower room.
Cottages, garaging & outbuildings
Located some way from the main house are Apple Loft Cottage and Drayton Manor Cottage. The former currently serves as a guest cottage and has a sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, three bedrooms, shower room and cloakroom. The latter is used for staff accommodation and has a sitting room, kitchen breakfast room, two bedrooms, shower room and cloakroom. Attached at the rear of the house is a newly extended double garage with adjacent bicycle store, log store and gardener’s WC. A short walk from the main house is a newly built home office and gym which overlooks the stream and pond. There is also a summer house and adjacent to the kitchen garden are the garden store and greenhouse.
In the larger of the two paddocks is a new modern machinery store with scope to create stabling if required, subject to consent.
Garden & grounds
The property sits back from the village lane down a private drive, which forks to a parking area at the front of the house whilst a secondary spur continues to the garaging at the rear of the house and on to both cottages. The main house sits centrally to its land with gardens on all sides providing a sense of seclusion and privacy from neighbouring houses. The gardens and grounds surround the house with the wide swathes of lawn, two terraces, a tulip garden, a vegetable garden, many fine mature trees and a small arboretum. On the southern side of the house is a sunken hot tub and a delightful stream flows around two sides of the garden. The gardens are complemented by two paddocks, one of which has separate access directly from the village lane. In all the gardens and grounds extend to about 7 acres.
Freehold. Grade ll listed. Mains water, electricity and drainage. Oil central heating.
Council Tax Bands. Drayton Manor Band G. Apple Loft Cottage Band A. Drayton Manor Cottage: Band D
EPCs. The main house is exempt. Apple Loft Cottage rating 59 Band D. Drayton Manor Cottage rating 50 Band E.
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About the area
Langport is an historic town alongside the river Parrett which was the Roman accessway 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 Tesco’s. 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.
The surrounding countryside is beautiful and is accessible with many footpaths and bridleways. It is also ideal for cycling with its small lanes and little traffic.
Nearby, Street, Glastonbury, Taunton, Wells and Sherborne offer a wide range of amenities and the area offers a good choice of country pubs and restaurants.
Communications are excellent via the M5 motorway linking the north and south and the A303 to the east and west. There is a mainline rail service from Yeovil Junction (16½ miles) to London Waterloo taking about 2¼ hours and from Castle Cary (17½ miles) to London Paddington in about 90 minutes on the fast train. Bristol & Exeter Airports are both within about 1 hour’s drive offering connections within the UK and to many international destinations.
There is an excellent choice of state and independent schools including Huish Episcopi Academy, Millfield, Sherborne, Hazelgrove, Taunton and Bruton Schools, Wells CathedralSchool, and Sixth Form colleges at both Richard Huish, Taunton and Strode College in Street
Sporting facilities several good golf courses and numerous clubs for a wide variety of sports (cricket, tennis, squash, rugby, soccer, etc.) There are also many cultural and artistic societies and organizations within this very active and friendly community of Somerset.
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