PARSONAGE HOUSE, CROSCOMBE, NEAR WELLS, BA5 3QN
The house has generous and flexible accommodation of great character with a hall, cloakroom, 4 reception rooms, a large kitchen/breakfast room, garden room, 4 bedrooms, dressing room and 4 bathrooms. The current configuration is 4 bedrooms but can be used as 5/6 bedrooms.
Parsonage House stands with mature grounds, woodland, paddocks, tennis court and excellent garaging. In all about 2 acres.
Parsonage House is a principal house in the vibrant village of Croscombe which lies in the lee of the Mendip Hills just a few miles from Wells.
The house is situated between the Old Rectory and Parsonage Farm, facing the village green and the school – all this land being historically owned by the Church.
Parts of the House date from the early 17th Century with both Georgian and Victorian later additions and alterations. This progress has continued with the present owners extensively and sympathetically improving the structure. These works have included completely new plumbing (including central heating) and electrical infrastructure, data networking, installing a new main staircase in its original position in the centre of the house, remodelling several bedrooms, fitting additional bathrooms, a complete redesign of the kitchen and scullery, adding the garden room, restoring the rear staircase plus major refurbishment to other parts and total decoration.
The result is an exceptional home which retains original details, features and character within its comfortable, well appointed accommodation. In all towards 4,000 sq.ft.
The house stands back from the approach lane behind a walled forecourt and has a handsome Georgian front elevation with sash windows and a central stone doorcase with Tuscan pilasters. The front door opens into a central hall which is a through passageway with a door to the beautiful south facing gardens.
To the left is a light and airy sitting room with a double aspect, a fireplace with a Jetmaster open fire, panelling and an arch to an inner hall area with a cloakroom.
Beyond is the farmhouse style living kitchen/breakfast room which is the heart of the house. It's well fitted and appointed with bespoke tulip wood units and appliances including an Aga (mains gas) and integrated dishwasher and fridge. Leading off the kitchen is the utility room (with a water softener) and the back stairs to the garden room.
Returning to the hall a door leads to a dining room with flagstones, an inglenook with a working range and also with the approach to the staircase. Through from this room is a further reception room currently used as a study and also approached through the dining room is a bedroom suite with a shower room.
The oak staircase leads to the first floor landing with double doors to the splendid drawing room which also has a double aspect and is flooded with sunlight. The room has oak flooring, a glass encased gas fireplace and a french door to the garden.
A door leads through to a very generous master suite which includes a bedroom (with fitted wardrobes), a well appointed bathroom (bath and shower) and dressing room. Beyond is an oak framed garden room which has the back stairs and french doors directly into the gardens.
Also on the first floor are a shower room, bedroom and a guest suite with the bedroom and a luxurious bedroom en suite bathroom.
At the front of the house is a large forecourt with parking area and this is flanked by a substantial garage. In addition there is further extensive garaging and parking at the rear of the property.
On the south side of the house is a large paved terrace with steps to absolutely delightful, walled gardens with flowerbeds, mature trees and shrubs and gently sloping lawns rising to a kitchen garden area.
Beyond is a copse, paddock and tennis court with a studio/pavilion with a cloakroom. At the end of the grounds and adjoining a small country lane is a large parking area and a substantial garage.
About the area
Croscombe is an historic village known to date back to at least 706 and it developed in the 16th and 17th centuries with the boom in the wool trade. During this period many houses, cottages and inns were built and the church was reconstructed. Today Croscombe is a popular residential area with a very friendly and active community (of about 600) with its Church, an excellent primary school and pub.
Just a few miles west is Wells, the smallest city in England (population about 11,000) lying in beautiful countryside between the Somerset Levels and the Mendip Hills – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wells medieval centre has local markets twice a week, good restaurants, a thriving high street and many important ancient buildings, including the Cathedral and moated Bishops Palace and gardens. There are four major supermarkets on the edge of the city. Wells Leisure Centre has the usual facilities of gym and swimming pool to add to Wells Rugby Club, Tennis club, Bowling club and Golf course. Throughout the year Wells hosts festivals for Music, Literature, Art and Food, and has twinned links with Burgundy, the Rhineland and Northern Italy. There are many societies and clubs for those who would like to join a diverse social community.
The major towns of the area, Bristol, Bath, Taunton and Yeovil are all within commuting distance. There are excellent state & independent schools in the area which include several good primary schools, Wells Blue School, Strode College, Wells Cathedral School, Downside, All Hallows and Millfield .
Wells is a transport hub for bus services, including daily services to London. Main line trains run from Castle Cary and Bristol International Airport is 35 minutes drive away.
To the east of Croscombe is Shepton Mallet, an historic, small market town with many medieval houses and buildings and a wide range of facilities, including the well known Kilver Court shopping outlet.
Parsonage House was originally built by the church for the village Parson/Rector who would probably have had as his stipend the rent paid by the farmer at Parsonage Farm next door. The two central ground floor rooms- the dining room with its inglenook fireplace and the panelled living room – are believed to date from the Jacobean period. The House fell into poor repair in the 18th Century and was significantly restored and extended by the Church with the Georgian façade at the front and the two wings on the West and East ends.
At some later time, the two rear-projecting extensions were added and, in 1963 the owner remodelled much of the interior, adding the two bathrooms which give one rear projecting extension an asymmetrical gable, the creation of the large Drawing Room on the first floor and removal of the servants staircase, and adding the garage at the front.
The Church built a new Rectory on the adjacent land in the 1820’s and in due course sold Parsonage House into private hands”.
Mains services - water, gas ,electricity and drainage plus superfast fibre broadband
Tenure - freehold
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