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Glastonbury £1,200,000

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  • Wonderful location within the old grounds of Glastonbury Abbey
  • Great privacy and a short walk to the High Street
  • Superb principal house
  • 4 reception rooms plus cinema & games room
  • Great kitchen/breakfast/living room
  • 5 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms
  • Secondary 2/3 bedroom detached coach house
  • Landscaped mainly walled garden
  • Views over the Abbey

A distinctive and prominent Grade II listed townhouse within the Abbey Grounds and undoubtedly one of the best private residences in Glastonbury.



A distinctive and prominent Grade II listed townhouse within the Abbey Grounds and undoubtedly one of the best private residences in Glastonbury. The exceptional accommodation is of a very high standard and includes a hall, cloakroom, 4 reception rooms, a superb kitchen & breakfast room, utility room, cellars, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a 2nd floor cinema and games room. In addition there is an excellent 2/3 bedroom detached cottage and well landscaped and maintained gardens. This charming house is within the grounds of the Abbey in the heart of Glastonbury and in easy walking distance of all the amenities. The property was part of the Abbey until the early 1800’s and was owned by Montagu Phippen Porch who became Lady Randolph Churchill’s third husband and stepfather to Winston Churchill, who visited the property a number of times


Abbots Leigh is Grade II listed and a dedicated Scheduled Monument (due to its location next to Glastonbury Abbey) It's a detached and prominent townhouse with a handsome front red brick façade with stone quoins under a double hipped clay tiled roof with stone parapet and stone copings and brick chimneys. The pretty front door has a cut stone surround and attractive fanlight window over with sash windows on the front elevation. At the rear a stunning Orangery has been added opening onto the garden. Internally there are many attractive details including cornices, marble fireplaces, panelling, sash windows, polished floorboards, well appointed bathrooms and a quite exceptional kitchen & breakfast room.


The front door opens to an impressive hall with black and white marbled floor tiling and being centrally situated leads to the principle reception rooms. There's also a door to stairs down to useful cellars (with low headroom). The drawing and dining rooms are a well proportioned similar size and both excellent reception rooms. At the end of the hall is the splendid 30 ft. David Salisbury orangery with a tiled floor, 4 roof lanterns and double doors directly into the garden The kitchen/breakfast/family room is also 30 ft. and makes a wonderful living area. It has a stone tiled floor, and an extensive range of bespoke wall and base units with polished granite worktops inset with twin bowl Belfast sink. There's a tiled alcove with carved timber surround inset with 4 oven gas- fired Aga (red) with energy efficient AIMS system, plus an adjoining module with gas hob and electric fan oven. Appliances include a dishwasher and a red Aga fridge/freezer and wine chiller. In addition within this rooms is a fireplace and bags of room for sofas and a table and chairs.


A concealed door leads to a cloakroom and into a utility room with fitted units, a Belfast sink and cupboard housing a gas-fired boiler. There's also a door from the kitchen into a library (or sitting room) with an extensive range of fitted bookshelves and a fireplace. A staircase from the hall leads to a landing on the first floor, the bedrooms and well appointed bathrooms. All the bedrooms are a good size and the master bedroom has a large en suite bathroom and another bedroom has an en suite shower room. The three further bedrooms are served by a family bathroom with a shower and bath. A door on the landing leads to a staircase to the first floor which is used as a cinema and games room.


Double wrought iron gates access a gravelled drive which leads in past the side of the house and to a large parking area shaded by 2 splendid walnut trees. Beyond is the The Coach House

The Coach House

This is a detached 2/3 bedroom cottage which is light and spacious. It's well presented and includes on the ground floor a hall, sitting room, kitchen and a study (or possible 3rd bedroom). On the first floor are two bedrooms each with en suite bathrooms. The coach house has in the past been used as a home office and is equally ideal for residential use.

Garden and Grounds

At the front of the house are the original double wrought iron gates to an "in and out" drive which sweeps around a crescent shaped lawn with box hedging. There are flower and rose beds, trees and shrubs mature hedging and stone walling. This front drive is no longer in daily use and a side drive is now the main access and leads to the rear garden. This area is predominantly walled with a large grey flagstone terrace adjacent to the Orangery – excellent for alfresco dining and relaxation. Beyond are lawns, box hedging, mature shrubs and trees including a fine Weeping Willow.

About the area

Glastonbury has been a religious centre throughout history and back into the times of legends. The Celtic monastery evolved into one of England's wealthiest and most influential abbeys and the town grew up alongside it. Today it’s a small but thriving town and a major tourist venue, welcoming thousands of visitors each year. Medieval Glastonbury - designated a conservation area - clusters around the evocative ruins of the Abbey. Just 5 miles from Glastonbury is Wells which is the smallest city in England (population 10,000). Its centre is the market place (local markets twice a week) surrounded by many medieval buildings including the Cathedral and moated Bishops Palace.


Immediately to the south (2 miles) of Glastonbury is the more recent town of Street and these centres provide a huge range of facilities and amenities There are excellent state and independent schools including St Dunstans, Strode College, Millfield, Wells Cathedral and the Bruton and Sherborne schools. About 12 miles south east is Castle Cary station with a main rail line to London. Bath and Bristol are both within an hour


Mains water, electricity, drainage and gas. Gas-fired central heating and AGA. Council Tax Bands – Abbots Leigh: G. The Garden House is not rated separately if it is used as an annexe to the house. Fixtures and fittings All fitted carpets, curtains and garden ornaments are excluded from the sale but could be made available by separate negotiation. Local authority Mendip District Council. Telephone: 01749 648999


Roderick Thomas, their clients and the 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. 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.

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Name Location Type Distance
Magdalene Street
Glastonbury BA6 9EW
County: Somerset
Sale Type: Sold STC
Ref #: 5091