THE OLD VICARAGE, ZION HILL, OAKHILL, BA3 5AP
Between Wells 6 miles, Frome 10 miles, Bath 13 miles and Bristol 17 miles
An immaculate period house in delightful quiet setting on the rural outskirts of this popular village between Wells, Frome, Bristol and Bath. These centres are all within easy reach as are the top independent schools to be found nearby.
The property includes a large 7 bedroom former vicarage (not listed), a converted coach house and landscaped mature gardens.
The accommodation is generous, 5,500 sq.ft., appointed to exceptional standards and includes a hall 3 principle reception rooms, study, a superb kitchen & dining area, utility & boot rooms, cellar (gym), 7 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and dressing rooms.
The coach house includes a sitting room, kitchen, bedroom, shower room and has scope to extend. It's ideal for various residential lettings and has previously been used as a home office.
The mature gardens provide the perfect setting for this delightful home.
Oakhill is part of the ancient parish of Ashwick, which appears in the Doomsday book and is typical of the picturesque Somerset villages on the fringes of the Mendips. The landscape has changed little over the centuries because of strict planning laws and careful stewardship by landowners. The Old Vicarage was built in 1890 for the vicar of All Saints Church, and has been improved in recent years to create a unique, spacious and inviting home. It retains its original character which is complemented by the addition and integration of contemporary standards and benefits with great attention to detail.
The Old Vicarage succeeds in retaining its period charm whilst providing excellent accommodation for modern day family living. Upon entering there's a superb hallway with original Victorian mosaic tiled floor and a magnificent oak staircase. There are three main reception rooms each enjoying good proportions, high ceilings and fine fireplaces.
The spacious, light-filled Smallbone kitchen opens out to a glazed orangery to the rear, providing a stunning informal dining space and a four-oven electric Aga with electric hob, built-in Miele Nespresso coffee machine, Miele microwave, Miele wine cooler and a Quooker instant boiling water tap. Featured in Essential Kitchens magazine, this magnificent space has under-floor heating and air-conditioning as well as a built-in sound system.
Also on the ground floor are two cloakrooms, one featuring a Thomas Crapper Victorian suite, a study/office room, large fully-fitted utility room with Belfast sink and flagstone floors, pantry, separate larder, boiler room and log store.
Two separate staircases lead to the first floor, with six double bedrooms, five including original fireplaces. Two of the double bedrooms form an enclosed guest suite with an under-floor-heated Jacuzzi bathroom. Also at first floor level is a recently re-fitted family bathroom.
Of particular note is the master bedroom suite, occupying the entire second floor. This exceptional attic conversion was completed in 2009, winning the South West Regional Master Builder of the Year Award.
With views as far as the White Horse in Westbury, the suite comprises a beautiful open-plan bedroom and sitting room area benefiting from generous ceiling height, with kitchen facilities, two dressing rooms, spacious limestone bathroom and a balcony. Flooded with natural light from the glass roof crown, the space is fitted with touch sensitive multi-location memory dimmer lighting and is air-conditioned and professionally sound-proofed.
A notable feature is the separate set of secret stairs behind a bookcase, opening onto a hidden staircase leading to bedroom five below. The balcony provides a lovely place to sit out and enjoy the wonderful views.
The cellar has been converted into an air-conditioned gym and houses the hub for a cabled network for internet and audio-visual systems throughout the house
The gardens comprise just over an acre of mature, well-maintained borders together with spacious level lawns. There is a fenced vegetable garden with six raised beds, a greenhouse and a shed. A small orchard includes a variety of apple and pear trees which annually bear fruit.
Attractive brick-paved patio areas offer ample space for al fresco dining, and a recent addition to the outdoor space is a top-of-the-range 10-seater Skarsgard Swedish wood-fired hot-tub which can be enjoyed year-round to relax and take in the open views of the surrounding countryside.
The property is approached via an automatic gate, and a driveway provides access as well as ample parking for numerous vehicles. A large garage adjacent to The Coach House offers vehicle and other storage space.
The Coach House
Separate from the main house is a detached Coach House which has been converted and refurbished into a useful one-bedroom annex. In 2009 it was awarded 4* Holiday Accommodation status by Visit Britain and has been successfully rented by the current owners as a popular holiday let. The Coach House includes a fully-fitted kitchen with Smeg appliances: dishwasher, washer/dryer, electric oven and halogen hob. There is a sitting room, double bedroom and a shower room with under-floor heating. It has its own boiler situated in the garage and its own oil tank. The separate garden is accessible via a wooden gate to the side of the Coach House, and there is patio and a raised lawn area with flower beds.
About the area
The Old Vicarage occupies a wonderful position on the fringe of the village, tucked away from main roads. Oakhill boasts a very popular gastropub, the Oakhill Inn, a primary school and recreation ground. Amenities are available at Shepton Mallet, (approx 3m), Wells (approx 6m), with more extensive facilities available in the World Heritage City of Bath and the commercial centre of Bristol, about 13 and 17 miles to the north respectively.
Communications in the area are excellent with the A37 nearby; a fast train service runs from Castle Cary (approx 11m) to London Paddington, journeys taking approx 90 minutes. Alternatively, there is a service from Bath taking approx 85 minutes. Bristol International Airport is 17 miles away, offering national and international flights.
There are several exceptional schools within reach of the property, including Wells Cathedral School, Millfield, Downside, Milton Abbey, Sherborne and St Mary’s Shaftesbury, plus those in Bath, nearby Bruton and Bristol.
Sporting facilities in the area include golf at Wells, Maesbury and Castle Cary; racing at Wincanton, Bath and Salisbury whilst shooting and fishing are extensively available locally.
From Bath take the A367 Wells Road, around the Peasedown bypass on through Radstock and towards Wells. Continue along the A367 to the White Post roundabout, and take the second exit onto the A367. Continue to Oakhill and turn into the High Street almost opposite the Oakhill Inn. Continue for about 200 yards taking the first right. Ascend Zion Hill, continue past the recreation ground and the drive will be seen on the left.
The property has its own unique postcode (BA3 5AP), so satnav should bring you directly to the house.
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