The Grange Pilcorn Street Wedmore BS28 4AW
The Grange is a classical Georgian style house with large well proportioned accommodation which is very liveable and manageable. It includes a reception hall, cloakroom, 3 reception rooms, study, kitchen, 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and useable cellars.
The property also includes a coach house and mature gardens of around three quarters of an acre including a delightful walled garden.
Pilcorn Street is a continuation of Church Street which runs south from the village centre which is within walking distance as are practically all the amenities of the village.
The Grange has access from Pilcorn Street with two impressive entrances set in a stonewall which varies from about 4ft. to 12 ft. The main entrance is through decorative wrought and cast iron gates which sweep through lawns to the house.
Certainly one of the prettiest houses in the area The Grange has a symmetrical frontage, rendered elevations with ashlar quoins and a hipped slated roof. It's a two storey house with 12 pane sash windows with tapered arch stones and reeded architraves. The front door is protected by a beautiful portico with a stone decorated canopy on Tuscan columns and flanked by bay trees and box hedges.
Internally there are many original period details remaining including elegant decorative cornice and coving, fireplaces, flagstone flooring, working window shutters and good quality architraves and skirtings.
The house has been empty in recent years and yet maintained and improved where necessary. Whilst requiring some works and decoration it is an absolutely delightful property which has enormous charm and character. The front door opens to the reception hall with egg and dart coving, a central ceiling rose, flagstones and a fine staircase. This has cast iron balustrading and a cross band mahogany handrail. Further into the hall is a door to a cloakroom and there's also a cloaks cupboard.
At the front of the hall to the left and right are the two principal reception rooms. The drawing room has a marble fireplace with a cast iron insert flanked by two arched alcoves with a third alcove in another wall. Another attractive detail is the rose and lily cornice.
The dining room on the opposite side of the hall has similar proportions and style to the drawing room again with a marble fireplace, side alcoves with picture lights flanking the fireplace and the room also has a flagstone floor.
The kitchen has a tiled floor, a range of fitted units, work surfaces, tiled splashbacks, a gas hob (with griddle and fryer), oven, extractor, and a dishwasher. The breakfast room has a tiled floor and a large inglenook fireplace with a wood burning stove.
Leading from the breakfast room is an outer porch and a door to a study with an excellent range of fitted cupboards across one wall which also has a central fireplace.
At the rear of the hall is a door to the cellars which include a wine cellar and a large room with the oil central heating boiler and a staircase to the garden.
Returning to the entrance hall a staircase rises to the first floor landing which has an attractive window with stained glass panes.
There are 5 excellent sized bedrooms with one having an en suite with a basin and wc and 2 having closets.
In addition there is a bathroom and a shower room.
From one of the rear bedrooms a closet gives access to the loft.
In addition to the front drive double timber gates give access from Pilcorn Street to the rear of the property. The rear drive enters a gravelled courtyard and leads to the Coach House This is another handsome and substantial stone building, wisteria clad, which did provide stabling, a carriage house and grooms quarters and is now an excellent range of outbuildings suited to many varied uses and having great scope, At the end the original lean to piggery is now another store. Opposite the coach house is a loggia with a door through to the front garden.
The gardens of the property total around three quarters of an acre which ensure the privacy and character of the property. At the front of the house the garden has lawns, a variety of mature trees including several English and Irish Yews and a lovely Acer, together with a small summerhouse. There's also an original stone garden shed.
A pathway leads around the house on the western side and close to the back porch is a magnolia tree and flowerbeds. Beyond the coach house yard is a wisteria clad wall and a further large lawned garden area with two greenhouses.
Finally one of the most attractive and appealing details of this, or indeed most gardens, is the fully walled garden. This has a gently sloping aspect with 4 quartered lawns divided by footpaths with the central focal feature being a yew tree. Around the walls are flower and shrub beds and espalier pear trees. There's also another pretty archway to the front garden.
Freehold. Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Oil central heating. The Council Tax Band is G
Note. There is a small bridge to adjoining land under the same ownership but that land is not included in the sale and there are no rights of way nor access.
About the area
Wedmore has been an important village since Saxon times. This can be seen in the attractive architecture, which combines cottages and grand houses from the Georgian and Victorian periods, with a number of fine historic buildings such as the medieval church and 16th century coaching inn. It is also reflected in an extensive range of clothing, food and other interesting shops including a delicatessen, fishmongers and butchers, as well as a chemist, post office and general store, plus pubs, restaurants and tearooms. There is a wide range of cultural and sporting clubs and societies, e.g. swimming pools at both Cheddar and Wells, sailing and windsurfing clubs at Cheddar Reservoir, the Badgworth Equestrian Centre, Wedmores 18 hole golf course, floodlit AstroTurf tennis courts, indoor and outdoor bowling greens, football and cricket grounds, plus a theatre club and the well-regarded Wedmore Opera.
The Cathedral City of Wells is approximately 8 miles away and also provides a good range of business, recreational and shopping facilities. City shopping centres are available at Taunton, Bath and Bristol (each approximately 25 miles away). Communications in the area are good with access to the M5 (J22 - 10 minutes) connecting to the M4 (J16). A local train service from Highbridge (9 miles) links with the intercity train services at Taunton and Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington, taking approximately 1.30 hours. Bristol International Airport is 16 miles away. There are excellent state schools in the area including Wedmore First School, Hugh Sexeys Middle School which has an Outstanding Ofsted rating, and the high performing Kings of Wessex Academy. Independent schools include Wells Cathedral School, Sidcot, Millfield and Taunton School.