WEARNE WYCHE, LANGPORT, SOMERSET, TA10 9AA
Somerton 3 miles, Street 9 miles, Glastonbury 10 miles, Taunton 15 miles, Castle Cary station 16 miles, Templecombe 20 miles, A303 7 miles and the M5 12 miles
An enchanting period house standing in beautiful mature grounds of several acres about a mile from the small country town of Langport and about 3 miles from Somerton. The property is on the market for the first time since 1980.
Wearne Wyche is a splendid Victorian Gothic House (not listed), built in 1873, with great style and generous proportions including elegant reception rooms, plenty of living space, 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and outhouses. In all about 5,000 sq.ft.
The house sits well in its grounds with well laid out gardens, paved terraces, rolling lawns and exceptional mature woodland with meandering pathways.
Langport is a small and very friendly town with good access to all the surrounding towns of Street, Glastonbury, Somerton, Sherborne and Taunton. Combined, they provide a wide range of amenities and facilities including excellent independent schools with Millfield, Hazelgrove, Wells, Bruton, Wellington and Taunton schools all within reach. Additionally Taunton Schools, Millfield and Wellington all provide pick up bus services from Langport.
Wearne Wyche is about a mile from Langport approached off a country lane which runs to the pleasant village of High Ham.
This house has been a wonderful family home since 1980 when it was last on the market.
Certain properties are very special, combining excellent architecture with unique locations and magical grounds. Wearne Wyche is such a property with great character throughout.
The house was designed by the notable architect and artist George Nattress who was also responsible for the well-known Dillington House and was featured in The Building News of 1875.
Wearne Wyche is a two storey, handsome building of white lias stone with Ham stone facings under tiled roofs, stone mullioned windows and with most attractive details including an oriel window and castellated porch and bay window. Other features being lancet style doors and windows with stained glasswork.
Internally the rooms are well proportioned with Victorian high ceilings and many other period features including original floor tiles, blue lias and timber floors, coffered beams, fireplaces picture rails, coving, and an oak staircase. Particularly pleasing are the door and window architraves and the panelled doors with the original fittings.
Studded double gothic style doors in the splendid entrance open to a porch and through into the impressive reception hall which has a half timbered ceiling, patterned floor tiling, a stone fireplace with a log burner and stained glass lancet shaped windows with window seats.
The dining room is a fine room with a marble fireplace and a square bay window with stained glass detail and panelling.
The large and elegant drawing room is captivating with large southwest facing windows and wonderful views across the gardens. The room measures over 25ft. x 17 ft. and has an arched alcove opposite to the marble fireplace with wood burner.
The reception hall opens to the staircase hall which links with inner halls, giving privacy and access to all parts of the house.
Off a side hall is a cloakroom and beyond a study which has an adjacent shower room.
This hall then leads to a scullery and through to the kitchen. This has an oil fired Aga (plus side module) and fitted cupboards and units including a central island. Also, a store cupboard houses the oil fired boiler.
Another door leads to a side hall with the backstairs, a courtyard door and a door to a laundry room.
An internal hall leads through to a study and beyond a lobby (with garden door) and a shower room.
Returning to the laundry a door leads to an inner passageway and workshops and stores.
The oak staircase rises to a galleried landing with a part timbered ceiling, large southwest facing windows with stained-glass and hand-blown glass detail.
The large principal bedroom is above the drawing room and matches the size and the large windows with wonderful views of the garden. The room also has a fireplace and a range of fitted wardrobes.
The second bedroom (no. 2) has fitted wardrobes, a large bay window seat and an en suite bathroom with both a bath and shower.
There are 5 other bedrooms, all with fireplaces, leaded windows and all with fitted wardrobes. In addition to the en suite bathroom there are 3 other bathrooms on this floor, a linen room and a second landing for the backstairs.
A small staircase leads to an area with direct access to the roof and also to the attics.
Gardens and grounds
A gravelled drive leads from the road to the north side of the house, partly clad with climbing hydrangeas and ivy, and the main entrance. This courtyard area is sheltered by a magnificent oak tree and bounded by flower and shrub beds. The drive continues a short distance beyond to a double garage. In former years this has been used as an office with loft storage. A path behind the garage, flanked by a small rose garden, leads to a pedestrian lane access.
The gardens continue around the house with pathways and flower and shrub beds merging with rolling lawns into the bordering woodland which includes numerous trees, not least being Cedar of Lebanon, a magnificent Hornbeam, Redwood, Willow,Beech and Evergreen Oaks. All highlighted in spring by bluebells, daffodils and wild orchids and snowdrops in winter
Over many generations the grounds have been lovingly maintained and planted – aided by the proximity of the Kelways Nursery.
Close to the house is a summer house, christened ‘the cafeteria”, many years ago for having a wood burning stove, kettle, fridge and adjacent water tap.
On the far southern side of the garden is a disused grass tennis court with a rustic pavilion and adjacent timber store. A pathway leads from the court, alongside a boundary stream and back to the house.
In all the grounds total towards 4 acres.
Freehold. Not listed. Mains water, electricity and drainage. Part oil fired and part electric heating. EPC rating Band (E). Council Tax band G. Alarm system, telephone and broadband.
Post code TA10 9AA –
from the B3153 (Somerton to Langport) turn north towards High Ham.
This junction is 100 yards or so east of Kelways Garden Centre.
Continue for about 300 yards and the entrance to the property is on the left hand side.
Roderick Thomas, their clients and any joint agents state that these details are for general guidance only and accuracy cannot be guaranteed. They do not constitute any part of any contract. All measurements are approximate and floor plans are to give a general indication only and are not measured accurate drawings. No guarantees are given with regard to planning permission or fitness for purpose. No apparatus, equipment, fixture or fitting has been tested. Items shown in photographs are not necessarily included. Buyers must rely on information passed between the solicitors with regard to items included in the sale. Purchasers must satisfy themselves on all matters by inspection or otherwise.
VIEWINGS. Interested parties are advised to check availability and current situation prior to travelling to see any property.
All viewings are by appointment with the Agents.
Roderick Thomas, 1 Priory Road, Wells, BA5 1SR.