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10 bedroom detached house for sale

Maperton House, Wincanton, Somerset

Under Offer £4,900,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Exceptional country house
  • 10 beds, 7 baths, 5 receps
  • Coach House / 2 bed flat
  • Swimming Pool & Tennis Court
  • Paddock, about 7.85 acres

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


Situation

Maperton House is pleasantly situated in the small hamlet of Maperton. It is surrounded by the lovely rolling countryside with views across impressive gardens, parkland and open countryside. Although Maperton House is the most prominent house in the hamlet, the boundary walls, wooded grounds and gardens afford great privacy.

Maperton is made up of a cluster of period houses and cottages and a pretty church. There are village shops and public houses in nearby Charlton Horethorne and Templecombe. Other local services and a more extensive range of day to day amenities are close by in the busy market town of Wincanton (3 miles to the east). The A303 is approached 3 miles to the east bringing London within 2 hour's drive. There are regular train services to London Waterloo from Sherborne and Templecombe stations and an Intercity service runs from Castle Cary (12 miles), to London Paddington (from 1.5 - 2 hours). Heathrow airport is within 2 hour's drive and there are International Airports at Bristol and Southampton

The towns, villages and countryside around Maperton House provide for an excellent selection of recreational and sporting activities with golf courses nearby at Sherborne and Wincanton; racing at Wincanton (national hunt) and Salisbury (flat). There is excellent walking and riding country all around and the south coast is within one hour's drive for water sports at Poole and Weymouth. The area has also become increasingly popular because of its excellent selection of schools at all levels including Sherborne School for boys and girls, Bryanston, Canford, Milton Abbey and Millfield with prep schools close by at Leweston, Port Regis, Hazelgrove, Sandroyd, Handford and Knighton House.

DESCRIPTION
Maperton House is one of the hidden gems of Somerset and is mentioned in Pevsner's Buildings of England. In 2005 it was voted "Best house in Country Life" by their readership. It is believed there has been a house on this site since the early 17th century and like a lot of good houses on the Somerset / Dorset border Maperton started life as a hunting box in the Blackmore Vale country.

The present house dates mainly from the 19th century with 18th century fragments. It is a very pleasing and interesting house from all sides, constructed in the attractive mellow local Ham stone. Achictectural features include Georgian bays, a porch with Doric columns, stone pilasters, stone urns and ball finials. To the south east there is a wonderful Victorian conservatory dating from circa 1876. Much of the present look of the house owes itself to 20th century influence. The Ridley family who occupied the house in the early part the 1900s added the front porch and the angled bay window on the west elevations. In the 1970's the house was owned by a well known musician passing to a European Aristocratic family in the early 1980's. Maperton House remains an exceptional country house with a wonderful atmosphere.

Internally the accommodation is arranged over three floors with the addition of extensive cellars with wine stores and boiler room. The accommodation is centred on an impressive reception hall with a wide shallow staircase rising to a large halfway landing. To the right of the hall are the three principal reception rooms, the pretty library has an unusual and rare serpentine fireplace and wide double doors opening into the generous and attractive drawing room with an outlook to the west and south. The dining room can be approached from the library, the conservatory, the hall and there is a serving entrance to the kitchen passageway. To the left of the reception hall is the morning room (now a family sitting room), cloakroom, a rear porch and second staircase and beyond the hall, an office, kitchen and utility room complete the ground floor accommodation.

From the halfway landing stairs continue to the main landing which gives access to five bedroom suites with bathrooms, including an impressive master bedroom suite with a bathroom and dressing room. A corridor from the landing has the original extensive linen cupboards and gives access to two further bedrooms and a bathroom on this floor and a further staircase leading to the second floor where there is a nursery/playroom, a further bathroom, three bedrooms and a studio / sewing room.

The accommodation in the main house is complemented by an excellent two bedroom staff flat above the Coach House which also contains a Billiard Room and Garaging.



Description

Maperton House is one of the hidden gems of Somerset and is mentioned in Pevsner's Buildings of England. In 2005 it was voted "Best house in Country Life" by their readership. It is believed there has been a house on this site since the early 17th century and like a lot of good houses on the Somerset / Dorset border Maperton started life as a hunting box in the Blackmore Vale country.

The present house dates mainly from the 19th century with 18th century fragments. It is a very pleasing and interesting house from all sides, constructed in the attractive mellow local Ham stone. Achictectural features include Georgian bays, a porch with Doric columns, stone pilasters, stone urns and ball finials. To the south east there is a wonderful Victorian conservatory dating from circa 1876. Much of the present look of the house owes itself to 20th century influence. The Ridley family who occupied the house in the early part the 1900s added the front porch and the angled bay window on the west elevations. In the 1970's the house was owned by a well known musician passing to a European Aristocratic family in the early 1980's. Maperton House remains an exceptional country house with a wonderful atmosphere.

Internally the accommodation is arranged over three floors with the addition of extensive cellars with wine stores and boiler room. The accommodation is centred on an impressive reception hall with a wide shallow staircase rising to a large halfway landing. To the right of the hall are the three principal reception rooms, the pretty library has an unusual and rare serpentine fireplace and wide double doors opening into the generous and attractive drawing room with an outlook to the west and south. The dining room can be approached from the library, the conservatory, the hall and there is a serving entrance to the kitchen passageway. To the left of the reception hall is the morning room (now a family sitting room), cloakroom, a rear porch and second staircase and beyond the hall, an office, kitchen and utility room complete the ground floor accommodation.









Accommodation

Please see attached floor plans for room dimensions and layout.

The Coach House
Located to the west of Maperton House is an attractive ashlar stone coach house which is beside the drive. This is believed also to date from 1876 and has a central arch dividing the ground floor of the building into two sections, one half containing garages and the other a billiard room and the entrance to the independent flat.

The Staff Flat
The first floor of the coach house has been converted into a spacious and light flat providing ideal staff accommodation. A staircase rises from the billiard room up to a landing / hall with a generous living room and kitchenette at the south end and two bedrooms and a bathroom at the north end.

Outbuildings
There is an excellent range of outbuildings located around the property including the coach house with garages which is described above. Also accessed from the service courtyard to the north of the house is a range of stone buildings of a similar construction to the coach house. This range incorporates a garden store, two workshops and a fuel store. The fuel store houses a range of separate tanks for central heating and the Aga. There is also a generous log store. Overlooking the sunken garden there is an attractive stone summer house and beside the swimming pool, there is a generous pool house incorporating an entertaining suite with bar and kitchenette, changing rooms, shower room and WC, boiler and plant room.

Gardens and Grounds
Maperton House is approached through impressive stone piers with decorative eagles and large iron gates. The gravelled drive swings round through an attractive avenue of pollarded Limes to a forecourt beside the west front of the house. A secondary drive leads through under the coach house into a service courtyard to the rear of the house. The gardens which surround the house lie predominantly to the south with wide sweeping lawns with informal shrub and herbaceous borders interspersed with an impressive display of mature and newly planted specimen trees. These include a magnificent Copper Beech, Tulip and Plane trees. The central focus of the gardens is a magnificent London Plane tree which shelters the now dilapidated tree house. At the southern end of the principal gardens is a smaller area of formal garden including the original sunken garden with its pretty stone summer house, two charming and a pleached Lime walk. From here steps lead up to the private and secluded swimming pool area. A tall Yew hedge screens the tennis court.

The western edge of the garden is planted with a wide variety of mature shrubs, prunus and tall conifers. To the east, there is a sloping lawn which rises up high above the house towards the pretty church. This area is also flanked by a large rose garden and kitchen garden with raised beds. A path leads up around the church to a small area of woodland planted with Beech and Chestnut. On the other side of the church walk to the east of the house there is a separate paddock with access from the woods at the top of the hill or through a gate from the lane which runs along the northern boundary.

In all the property extends to about 7.83 acres (3.16 hectares).






Directions

From Salisbury leave the city on the A36 heading west, turning left at the Wilton roundabout onto the A30 towards Shaftesbury. On reaching the village of Barford St Martin fork right on the sharp left hand bend turning onto the B3089 to Hindon and Mere. Shortly after passing through Hindon you will reach the cross roads with traffic lights on the A350. Proceed straight over following the signs to the A303. Turn left onto the A303 and head west to Wincanton. At Wincanton turn off the A303 and follow the signs for the A357 to Sherborne and Sturminster Newton. After turning left at the third roundabout you will drive back under the A303. Once you have passed under the A303 take the first right turn opposite the Shell petrol station signposted to Maperton. Follow the lane for approximately one mile passing through the first part of the village to the crossroads with the telephone box. Turn left leaving the telephone box on your left and proceed down the hill into Maperton. When you reach the top of the hill in the centre of the village the tall stone wall and entrance gates to Maperton House will be in front of you.

From London head west on the M3 and A303 until you reach the turn off for Wincanton. Turn left off the A303 following the signs for Wincanton and then the A357 for Sherborne and follow the directions above.


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24 June 2010

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