THE MOUNT, MOUNT HEY, SOMERTON, SOMERSET, TA11 7PG
A splendid period house in a quiet, tranquil setting in mature grounds within a short walk of the market square of this historic Somerset town.
The Mount is originally Georgian, was updated in the Victorian Gothic period, is not listed, and is simply a delightful house with generous accommodation and most appealing mature gardens. The accommodation includes a reception hall, cloakroom, drawing room, snug and a dining room opening through a wide archway into a well fitted kitchen with an adjacent laundry.
There are two staircases and on the first floor are 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and on the second floor are 3 further bedrooms and a bathroom.
On the lower ground floor, with both internal and direct external access, are several very useful rooms including a utility, workshop and stores.
The whole house has great flexibility and the accommodation is ideal as one large family home and also offers other opportunities.
Outside is a double garage and absolutely delightful mature grounds of over an acre which enhance the house and provide great privacy.
In brief summary a stunning family home in a peaceful location with all the space inside and outside usually only found in country properties.
Price Guide £1,250,000
Somerton is a small country town with a fascinating history and a good range of amenities including good pubs and restaurants. Mount Hey is within walking distance of the marketplace, and The Mount stands within its own grounds enjoying privacy being well screened by its beautiful trees and shrubs.
Double timber entrance gates give access to a gravel drive which continues to a turning circle around a central lime tree with ample parking for several cars. The house was built in the Georgian era and later extended and improved in the Victorian Gothic style.
The current owners have carried out good deal of improvement and maintenance works and it benefits from gas central heating and an excellent kitchen and well appointed bathrooms. All these works have been in sympathy with the character and charm of the property with period details retained. Also, as would be expected with a property of this age, there are large windows which flood the house with sunlight.
The front door has an attractive Ham stone architrave and portico and leads into an outer hall with a parquet floor which continues into a large cloakroom with a coats area and toilet.
From the outer hall a door leads into the inner reception hall which has grand return staircase, a fireplace, a picture rail and doors to the reception rooms.
The drawing room is a charming and impressive room with a picture rail, wall lights, fireplace and a large bay window with fine views.
The snug is just off the hall and is ideal as a smaller sitting-room.
The third reception room is the dining room being a well proportioned room with elm polished floorboards which extend through a wide opening into the kitchen.
Here there is an excellent range of fitted units with granite worksurfaces and including an island unit with a twin bowl sink and an integral dishwasher. There is also a gas fired 4-oven Aga, as well as a dual fuel fired element stove.
Conveniently situated just next to the kitchen is a linen room with shelved cupboards. Also next to the kitchen is the rear hall with steps down to garden door and further steps to the lower ground floor.
The first floor is approached by staircase from the main reception hall and also from the back hall.
The master bedroom has a range of fitted wardrobes, a fireplace and a bay window mirroring the drawing room bay below. It also has an en-suite bathroom with hand basin and bath. There are 4 other bedrooms on this floor and a family bathroom.
On the second floor is a further 3 bedrooms, an excellent bathroom and a deep store cupboard.
The lower ground floor has a workshop, utility room, stores, games room, etc. and outside is the boiler house (gas fired). This floor has its own external access and has scope for many uses.
Close by is a large garage with access to the entrance drive.
One of the most appealing features of the property is its wonderful mature trees and shrubs. There are magnificent beech trees, copper beech, ash, sycamore, yew, holly and others bordering the lawned gardens. Thanks to these wonderful trees and the great privacy they offer, it’s easy to forget how close to the town centre this property is.
The lawned gardens are well tended to and sweep around the southern side of the property. The lower lawn has a completely level surface and could be reinstated as a tennis court if desired.
Set amongst the lawns are a number of mature beds, particularly worthy of note are the stunning Dahlia beds visible from the kitchen and dining room windows. Just outside the kitchen is a fabulous decked seating terrace which with a southerly aspect, is a real suntrap.
At the front of the property is a large gravelled parking area with turning circle approaching the house.
In total the grounds extend to over an acre.
About the area
Somerton is a thriving Market Town in the heart of Somerset yet with easy road access via the A303 road a few miles south and the main line rail station at Castle Cary. Somerton provides a wide range of local services including an independent Supermarket, Doctors Surgery, Library, Butchers, Newsagent, Chemist and Post Office. Close by are other small towns including Street, Glastonbury, Wells, Castle Cary, Yeovil and Sherborne whilst Bristol, Bath and Taunton are also within easy reach.
There are excellent state and independent schools locally which include a well respected primary school in Somerton and secondary schools (and 6th form college) in Street and Huish Episcopi. Independent schools include, Millfield (at Street & Glastonbury), Wells Cathedral, Downside, All Hallows and the schools at Bruton and Sherborne. There are lots of good restaurants and pubs in the town and surrounding villages, and most sporting, cultural and social requirements can be met.