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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Downside, Chilcompton, Somerset, BA3

Offers in Excess of £1,150,000

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An intriguing detached 6 bed late Georgian former Vicarage set in approx 1.75 acres between Bath and Wells
* Reception Hall * Music Room * Library * Drawing Room * Dining Room * Breakfast Room * Kitchen * 5 Bedrooms * 2 Bathrooms * North Wing/Annexe * Passage * Gothic Room * Kitchen * 3 Bedrooms * Bathroom * Conservatory * Coach House/Garaging * Gazebo * Mature partially walled Gardens * In all, about 1.75 Acres


The Old Vicarage is situated between the villages of Chilcompton and Stratton on the Fosse and close to Downside Abbey School. The property backs onto open farmland and is within reach of local amenities. It lies approximately 13˝ miles south west of Bath, 8 miles north east of Wells, 17 miles Bristol and within easy driving distance of the motorway network. There are mainline connections at Bath, Westbury and Bristol Temple Meads.


An intriguing late Georgian former Vicarage built by the Bath Architect John Pinch the Younger in 1838 with later additions.

Beautifully presented throughout with many retained architectural features including ornate decorative ceiling cornices, working window shutters, sash windows with glazing bars, marble fireplaces and fine Regency staircase. Listed Grade II as being of Special Architectural and Historic Interest. Potential annexe. Garden and grounds of about 1.75 acres (0.71 hectares).

The Old Vicarage is a two-storey late Georgian village house that was acquired from the Diocese of Bath and Wells about 28 years ago by the present owner. It has particularly flexible accommodation with a number of exceptional features including several Georgian marble fireplaces, highly decorative ornate plaster ceiling cornices, architraves, panelled doors and a superb cantilevered Georgian curving staircase with mahogany handrail and decorative cast iron newel posts. The property benefits from the three principal reception rooms having attractive views over the garden and, in particular, the south lawn. The property has the flexibility of providing an entirely separate north wing, which incorporates a fascinating Gothic room, and perhaps the conversion of all or part of the coach house into ancillary residential accommodation, subject to Listed Building Consent and Planning Permission.


The property benefits from a light and airy feel throughout.


Glazed porch: with Victorian tessellated tiled floor.

Reception hall: with curving staircase to first floor. Decorative ceiling cornice.

Music room (W): with ornate ceiling cornice, plaster ceiling rose,working shutters.

Library (S): marble fireplace surround, working cast iron grate. Mahogany bookcases in alcoves. Decorative ceiling cornice, central rose.

Drawing Room (S): marvellous views over the garden and the south lawn. Georgian marble fireplace surround with working cast iron grate. Decorative ceiling cornice, ceiling rose. Door to

Dining Room (S): decorative ceiling cornice depicting grapevine and fruit, and similar central ceiling rose. Marble fi replace surround with working fireplace. View over garden.




Breakfast Room (E): with Rayburn gas fired cooker/boiler, sash window, pine herringbone woodblock floor, impressive original full height pine dresser, built-in pine cupboard and corner cupboards, door bells panel. Leading to

Kitchen (E and W): stainless steel double bowl sink unit, plate rack, fitted hob and oven and floor cupboards.
From breakfast room to Butler’s Pantry - built-in cupboards and glazed pine cabinets above.

Rear Hall: Door to dining room.

Utility Room: (from kitchen) – tiled floor, stainless steel double drainer sink unit.
Internal log store.


From utility: room via a door to the Passage with gothic windows.

Front Porch: with Gothic windows.

Passage: with primarily red and black quarry tiled floor. Heavy gothic Church door with original hinges. Access to paved terrace. Recessed oil fired boiler providing domestic hot water and heating for the North Wing.

Cloakroom: with high level cistern, wc and wash basin.

Gothic Room (E and W): an outstanding room with two Gothic sash windows and glazing bars, magnificent Gothic limestone fireplace with open hearth with ecclesiastical stone and marble screen with niches. Gothic pinnacles. Staircase to first floor. Gothic ecclesiastical pine screen between this room and the kitchen.

Kitchen (W): with sink unit. Door to exterior.


Impressive Landing (W): with decorative ceiling cornice, fl oral relief pattern ceiling rose.

Bedroom 1 (W): with sash window, glazing bars, decorative ceiling cornice and rose, attractive painted cast iron fireplace surround.

Bedroom 2 (S): with sash window, attractive fireplace, decorative ceiling cornice. View over garden.

Bedroom 3 (S): (Principal Bedroom) with two sash windows, unusual marble fireplace surround, cast iron grate, highly decorative ceiling cornice, central rose. View over garden.

Inner Landing/Passage: with classical fluted pilasters and moulded bases and Ionic capitals flank the openings either end of the landing. Long architectural vista through the middle of the house.

Bedroom 4 (S): sash window and glazing bar. Ornate decorative ceiling cornice, fireplace with blue Delft tiled surround.

Bathroom (N): with panelled bath, pedestal wash basin, wc.

Passage and Linen Cupboard

Bedroom 5 (E): ornate cast iron grate, range of full height built-in wardrobes and fine views over open fields.

Shower Room

Office (Potential Bathroom/Dressing Room) (E): with comprehensive range of bookshelves.
Bedroom 6 (E and W): with fitted bookshelves, fireplace with Delft tiled surround.

Passage (Annexe)

Bedroom 7 (W): ornate ceiling cornice and central rose, cast iron grate within marble fireplace surround.

Bathroom (N): with bath, pedestal wash basin and wc.

Bedroom 8 (E): a lovely room above the Gothic room below with marble fireplace, cast iron grate, highly decorative ceiling cornice and central rose.


Stable Block/Coach House: lying to the north of the main house.

Workshop/former Stables: with flagstone floor, iron steps to Store Room/Studio above.

Open Fronted Garage

Garden Shed: with wooden staircase to potential studio above.

Outside Cloakroom
Victorian style Conservatory with raised flower boxes and two doors lying on the east elevation.

The property is approached through two Gothic stone pillars with wrought iron gates. Driveway sweeping to the courtyard and garden. Centrepiece Beech tree. To the north there is a walled kitchen garden with gazebo and Detached Stone and Tiled Small Garage/Shed. The property has attractive south facing gardens laid to lawn with pond and sunken stone garden. There are a number of mature trees and the garden extends to about 1.75 acres.





Mains drainage, gas, water and electricity. Gas central heating to the main house, oil fired to the North Wing.


Mendip District Council. Telephone: 01749 648999.


BA3 4JQ.


All items in the nature of fixtures and fittings described in the particulars are included in the sale. All other items are specifically excluded. Carpets, curtains and light fittings as seen could be available subject to separate negotiation.


From Bath take a southerly route out of the City on the A367, signposted Exeter. Continue on the A367 through Radstock and at the White Post roundabout take the third exit onto the B3139 (Wells road). Proceed through Chilcompton and turn left at the Co-op supermarket. Proceed over the crossroads into Stockhill Road. The Old Vicarage will be found on the left hand side in approximately ˝ of a mile, just before the Church.

From Wells City Centre take the B3139 road to Chilcompton, doglegging across the A37 at Emborough. Proceed through Chilcompton and turn right into Stockhill Road at the Co-op supermarket.


The Agent has not tested any apparatus, equipment, fixtures and fittings or services and so cannot verify that they are in working order or fit for the purpose. A Buyer must obtain verification from their Legal Advisor or Surveyor.

Stated measurements are approximate and any floor plans for guidance only.References to the tenure of a property are based on information supplied by the Seller.The Agent has not had sight of the title documents and a Buyer must obtain verification from their Legal Advisor.

Nothing in these particulars is intended to indicate that any carpets, curtains, furnishings or fittings, electrical goods (whether wired or not), gas fires, or light fitments or any other fixtures not expressly included form part of the property offered for sale.

Items shown in photographs are NOT included within the sales particulars. They may however be available by separate negotiation.Buyers must check the availability of any property and make an appointment to view before embarking on any journey to see a property.

Whilst we endeavour to make our sales details accurate and reliable, if there is any point which is of particular importance to you, please contact us and we will be pleased to verify the information. All property offered subject to being unsold.

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17 May 2011


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