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8 bedroom detached house for sale

Ashwick Court, Ashwick, Nr Bath, Somerset

Guide Price £4,000,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 5 reception rooms, 5 bedrooms
  • 3 bed annexe, outbuildings
  • 3 bedroom cottage
  • Parkland and paddocks
  • In all about 48.5 acres

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


Ashwick Court is positioned just to the north of the village next to St James's Church and to the south is the larger village of Oakhill which has a post office and primary school. It lies about 7 miles from the cathedral city of Wells with more extensive amenities available in Bath and Bristol about 13 and 17 miles to the north respectively. Babington House and Spa is also within easy driving distance.

Communications in the area are excellent with the A37 nearby. A fast speed train service runs from Castle Cary (about 11 miles), to London Paddington taking approximately 1 hour 33 minutes. Alternatively there is a service from Bath Spa taking approximately 1hr 25 minutes. Bristol International Airport is 17 miles away offering excellent national and international flights.

Sporting facilities in the area include golf at Wells, Maesbury Castle, Castle Cary and other local courses and racing at Wincanton, Bath and Salisbury. The property lies within the Mendip Hunt Country. Shooting and fishing are also available locally. There are several exceptional schools within one hour including Millfield, Downside, Milton Abbey, Sherborne, St Mary's Shaftesbury and Wells Cathedral School plus those within Bath and Bristol.


Ashwick Court is believed to date back to the early 17th century, standing on land which belonged to Bath Priory. Research shows that Judge Jeffries, renowned as the Hanging Judge, not only stayed at Ashwick Court but actually tried cases here in the aftermath of the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685.

During its early history, the house was owned by the Strachey family, whose coat of arms is emblazoned on the stone faƧade.

In 1892 the house was let to Dr Newton Wade, who believed he could taste oil in the spring water and on the vegetables harvested from the vegetable garden. The water well (still in existence) was investigated and "an abundance of oil" was discovered. Dr Wade and his engineers managed to fill eight 40-gallon barrels. He formed the Somerset Petroleum Wells Company Limited which he attempted to float on the stock exchange. Such was the belief that oil could never be discovered in
Great Britain, that the floatation failed and the company never took off. A book of press cuttings and photographs from various journals around the world documenting the discovery, and the events of the time, remains at Ashwick Court. It appears that Dr Wade's discovery was no
more than a small reservoir of tallow. Dr Wade left Ashwick Court shortly thereafter and the property has passed through various owners.

This Grade II* Listed period house stands at the head of a tree lined drive in an elevated position overlooking wonderful undulating countryside and parkland. It is believed to have been
built in the late 17th century and is of rendered construction under a slate roof. The present and former owners have carried out an extensive renovation programme to both the house and
outbuildings so it now offers accommodation which is both ideal for formal entertaining and family living. This most attractive country house occupies arguably one of the best positions in
Somerset standing on the edge of the Mendip Hills. The house is sheltered by belts of mature trees and the neighbouring St.James's Church. Generations have ensured that the setting is
enhanced by spectacular tree planting yet leaving open and remarkable views.


The majority of the reception rooms and bedrooms take advantage of the breathtaking views. The rooms have good proportions and are well arranged around an elegant Bath limestone staircase. This rises through the house to the first floor landing with a domed mural on the ceiling. On this floor is the master bedroom suite, with dressing hall and 2 further bedrooms, bathroom and a shower room. A staircase then rises to the second floor landing leading to 2 further bedrooms and bathroom.

Gardens, Grounds and Parkland
These are a particular feature of the property and they enjoy beautiful views over the house and surrounding countryside.

The house is approached through a pair of electric iron gates set in stone pillars and wall. The gravel driveway then sweeps down through a beech avenue to a parking area to the front of the house. This is bordered by a York stone terrace with an attractive parterre and stone balustrades with steps leading down to the terraced croquet lawn. From the terrace to the front of the house you can admire the lovely Folly which has been added by the current owners and beautifully matches the style of the house. To the west of the drive is a large area of lawn which historically was a grass tennis court.

To the west of the house is a sunken garden with York stone terrace, box hedging with a circular pond leading into a canal incorporating water falls. This area has well stocked herbaceous borders and stone walls with a gate opening to the parkland to the west. Below the sunken garden is the water garden with a pond overlooked by a wooden walkway with wisteria clad wrought iron railings leading onto the lower driveway.

The Walled Garden
To the east of the house is a lovely walled garden with a hard tennis court, vegetable beds and a small parterre. This would be a perfect position for a swimming pool and the previous owners did
obtain consent for this but this has now lapsed. On the north side of the garden are the old kennels with runs enclosed by wrought iron railings.

Courtyard Annexe and Former Stable Block
This is accessed via a courtyard from the lower ground floor of the main house and provides additional bedroom accommodation for staff, guests or family. It comprises 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a reception room. There is also the old Pool Room off this courtyard which has a
wc and shower.

Attached to the eastern end of the Annexe is the Grade II listed former stable block which has a date stone of 1696. This has now been converted into 2 offices. In addition, on the eastern side is a further machine store with double wooden doors.

The layout and dimensions of the accommodation can be seen in further detail on the floor plans.

Garaging and Outbuildings
These are approached via the secondary driveway which also leads to the rear of the house.

Located to the east of the house is the garage constructed of stone under a slate roof with space for two cars and further storage space. There is also a glass house approached from the walled garden.

This driveway also sweeps down below the house and provides access to a single storey stone barn divided into a work shop, 2 garden stores and a 3 bay machine store opening to a further storage area.

The Parkland
To the west the garden is divided from the park by a former ha-ha that has been converted to a stream with attractive bridges over. The parkland provides amaple grazing and is dotted with numerous specimen trees including Chestnut, Beech, Tulip trees and American Oak. To one corner
of the parkland is a newly planted plantation comprising deciduous and Lime trees, Scots Pine and Holly.

Farm Buildings and Tractor Shed
These have there own access from the lane and are set in the south west corner of the property. They comprise 2 modern agricultural buildings and a tractor shed, set around a yard with electricity and water connected. For those with equestrian interests this could easily be converted into a stable yard.

In all about 31.5 acres (12.78 hectares).

Lot 2 Church Cottage
Church Cottage is situated to the east of St James's Church opposite the main driveway to Ashwick Court.

The garden is mainly laid to lawn with well stocked herbaceous borders with garden shed, oil tank and single car garage.

Beyond the garden is a 3.6 acre paddock with a 3 box stable block that has water and electricity connected.

In all about 3.6 acres (1.44 hectares).

Lot 3
Further Land: Situated to the east of Ashwick Court and approached via Heckley Lane is a further area of land. This is divided into a number of stock proof paddocks with some additional woodland abutting the village of Neighbourne.

In all about 13.4 acres (5.4 hectares).


From London and the south east take the M3, joining the A303 just after Junction 7. Proceed westwards on the A303. At Stonehenge turn off and follow B390 through Shrewton and Chittern, following signs to Warminster (by-pass) A361 and at Shepton Mallet take A37 signposted
Bristol. After approximately 3 miles take a right turn signposted Ashwick next to the Mendip Inn and garage. At the T-junction, turn right and immediately left signposted Ashwick Church 1/2 mile (No Through Road). The entrance gates to Ashwick Court will be found on your left hand side
just before the church of St James.

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03 November 2010


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