UPLANDS HOUSE, BAWDRIP LANE, BAWDRIP, TA7 8PS
A magnificent unlisted Georgian property of impressive proportions and restored to the highest of standards, set in a quiet and extremely private location within c.3 acres of grounds.
Uplands House enjoys elegant accommodation including a large reception hall, kitchen breakfast room, nine reception rooms, laundry room, two cloakrooms, stores, 12 bedrooms and six bathrooms. In addition, there is a two bedroom detached annexe, 3 car garage with store and separate air conditioned building currently used as a gym/ games room.
Within the three acres of grounds there is ample parking with drive in drive out access with electric gating, extensive garaging, beautifully maintained gardens and enchanting woodland.
Uplands House was first built in c.1822 and was formerly the village Rectory. Since the owners purchased the property in 2010 they have overseen an extensive range of improvements to the property including total refurbishment of the interiors, roof works, plus renovation of the annexe and garaging to name a few. The property has classical Georgian features including high ceilings, sash windows, coving and ceiling roses in many of the rooms. The house has a majestic facade with six large sashes adorning a prominent front bay and two sashes to either side. It has rendered elevations underneath a parapet wall and slate tiled roof. The property would make an ideal home for a family and is extremely well-suited to multi-generational living. Alternatively it would be a super boutique hotel, retreat or indeed a house with home office facilities.
An electric gated driveway with intercom opens to a sweeping driveway which passes through the woodland of Uplands House and up to the parking and garaging. The main door enters an entrance vestibule that leads into the reception hall which is an elegant and welcoming area full of character features with chequered polished stone tiling, coving and dado rails, ceiling roses with chandeliers, and recessed niches.
On the left hand side of the hall, doors lead into the two main reception rooms being the sitting room and drawing rooms. Both rooms are full of character and enjoy lovely outlooks over the formal front lawn, and with original ceiling roses and chandeliers. Within the sitting room there is a bay window, and a limestone fireplace with inset electric fire. The drawing room is arguably the most elegant of all the rooms within the property, with the impressive bay with tall sash windows looking out over the gardens. There is also a marble fireplace, original coving and dado railing.
The kitchen breakfast room is a spacious and sociable living area with french doors leading out to the garden and a double aspect. There are plenty of units and a large central island with breakfast bar and granite work surfaces. There are plenty of integrated units including an electric range cooker, dishwasher, two fridges, two freezers, multi-oven microwave, wine cooler and coffee machine.
The dining room adjoins the kitchen and is thought to have been the former prayer room of the Rectory. It has beautiful features including another prominent bay opening with tall sashes, picture rails and a chapel-like recessed niche.
There is a central hallway, off which there is a cloakroom, laundry room and two large storage cupboards. Also on the ground floor, there are five further reception rooms including a play room, music room, cinema room, snug and study/library; each of these rooms could provide options for a multitude of other uses. There is a ground floor, northern wing with a snooker room, bedroom, cloakroom and further reception room which was formerly used as a home office which could be re-instated if desired or indeed it could become a self-contained integral annexe as there are plumbing facilities from when there used to be a kitchen within this part of the premises. Any alterations would be subject to the usual planning permissions.
There are two sets of stairs, the main staircase rising from the reception hall up to a central landing area with light flooding in through a roof lantern.
The principal bedroom suite occupies the first floor of the prominent bay above the drawing room and is most impressive. There is a roll-top bath in the main bedroom area and there is also a luxurious en-suite shower room with twin basins, LED lit mirror above, floor and wall tiling, shower, basin and 2 heated towel rails and underfloor heating. By the en-suite there is a large walk-in wardrobe.
The 2nd bedroom is equally stylish, with fantastic views out of the three bay openings with views towards the Quantock hills beyond, as well as having a built in wardrobe, and a totally refurbished en-suite with bath, overhead shower, basin, w/c, heated towel rail and underfloor heating.
On the southern side of the house, there are two further double bedrooms which are serviced by the main bathroom which is fitted to the highest of standards, having a free- standing bath, separate shower with rainfall shower head, twin basins , with LED mirror light above, w/c, and floor and wall-tiling with underfloor heating. The sheer extent of the house must be seen to be appreciated as there are seven further double bedrooms, one shower room and two further fully fitted bathrooms, one includes a further shower.
Freshly completed in readiness for sale, is the annexe which is detached and totally self- contained. There is a new kitchen with white arabesque quartz worktops, and built-in appliances including a washing machine, fridge, freezer, electric oven, microwave, and induction hob with ceiling mounted extractor. The kitchen is easily large enough to dine within, and there are two double bedrooms, a freshly finished bathroom suite with underfloor heating and an adjoining garage. This annexe would be a great source of income for long-term or holiday lets, or could equally be used for guests or relatives.
Uplands House is nestled centrally within its own gardens and grounds and totally surrounded by its own woodland, offering complete privacy throughout the plot. The driveway sweeps into the gravelled parking area and there is an exit drive which is also gated for security with its own intercom system. In addition to the extensive parking available, there is a further triple garage with an internal store room, loft space, internal and external lighting, power and both 3 electric roller doors and a pedestrian side door. There is provision for several EV car charging points, including a 3 phase supply.
Accessed from the outside of the house, there is a boiler room which houses the two commercial sized oil-fired boilers. Immediately in front of the house, there is a neatly manicured formal lawn which takes in the spectacular view of the facade. The lawns are encircled by mature trees and shrubbery and wrap round the South and west sides of the property. Between the games room and dining room there is a totally sheltered, paved courtyard with hot-tub, an area that perfectly lends itself to al-fresco dining.There is another outbuilding, located on the left hand-side of the entrance drive which is currently used as a home gym. The air conditioned timber outbuilding is nearly 30’ long and 20’ wide so is easily large enough to fit a comprehensive selection of machines within and could equally be used as a summer house, home office, studio or workshop
The remainder of the grounds are currently laid to enchanting woodland, adding to the peaceful and tranquil feel of the property. Within the trees there is a much-loved zip line, tree-house platform and wooden children’s play area, which children will surely enjoy. In addition, there is a small area of clearing which takes in fabulous views of the Somerset levels. This area is well-away from the house and close to the road access so could feasibly be developed subject to planning.
In short, this is a property of palatial proportions, extending to nearly 12,000 sq. ft. in total. Properties like this so rarely come onto the market and are even less frequently marketed at this high standard of refurbishment. This really is a special listing.
Mains water, drainage and electricity. Oil-fired central heating with two commercial sized boilers.
Superfast BT broadband.
Three phase wiring within the premises. Tenure: Freehold.
Energy Performance Rating: E
Council Tax Band: H
About the area
The property is situated in an elevated position on the north western side of the Polden Hills, enjoying rural views of the edge of the Village of Bawdrip which lies approximately 2 miles north east of the market town of Bridgwater. In the village there is a Primary School and church. Nearby are access points to a vast network of public footpaths and byways giving access to the wonderful bordering countryside. There are none on the property.
The town of Street with its famous Millfield School and popular shopping facility of Clarke's Village is approximately 20 minutes drive away. Within easy driving distance there are various other small towns and larger villages that provide a range of shopping, cultural and sporting activities. These include Glastonbury, Wells, Wedmore and Bridgwater with Taunton and Bristol also within commuting distance.
There are superb communications links with the M5 nearby making commutes to Bristol, Taunton and Exeter easy. The A303 is also not far away giving access to London and the South West. There are airports at Bristol and Exeter and direct rail services to London at Taunton.
The area has excellent state and independent schools including various primary schools, Hugh Sexeys and Kings of Wessex, Hazelgrove, Sidcot, Wells Cathedral, Millfield and the Taunton and Bristol schools.
While the property does not have paddocks for equestrian use, next door there is a livery with menage, perfect if an equestrian lifestyle is desired.
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