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7 bedroom house for sale
Combe Down, Bath, BA2 5JJ
- 7 bedrooms
- 5 reception room
- 5 bath/shower rooms
- Coach House
- Games room
Combe Down village is on the southern edge of Bath. It offers an active community with shops, public houses and a delicatessen, and is within walking distance of Monkton Combe and Prior Park College. Bath city centre itself is within 2 miles and regular buses run from The Avenue. Bath is one of only three World Heritage Cities in the UK and is renowned for its cultural, recreational and shopping facilities. The property is also within reach of a number of well regarded schools which in addition to Monkton Combe and Prior Park College include King Edward's, The Royal High School and Kingswood as well as being well placed for Bath University with its state of the art sporting facilities and for Sham Castle golf corse. Bristol International airport is 20 miles due east of Bath.
"Originally built as a vicarage by the Diocese of Bath & Wells in 1838, this immaculately and sympathetically restored turn-key property is set in the small hill-top village of Combe Down overlooking Bath. A set of stone gate piers opens onto the drive which leads to a forecourt that stands to the north (front) of the house and provides ample parking. Lawn and mature trees including Chestnut, Beech, Yew and Holm Oak form the border. A secondary drive leads to the rear of the house and provides vehicular access to the coach house, old stables, outbuildings and rear garden.
The Old Vicarage has stone mullion windows with proud drip cornice mouldings, an oriel window and tall highly decorative chimneys topped by star copings. These all combine to create a very handsome house which portrays domestic architectural heritage in a solid manner typical of 19th century ecclesiastical style. The south and east elevations are both garden facades and show three storeys with wide gables and crenelations over ground floor bay windows. A large orangery with a traditional lead roof occupies a recess between the gabled elevations and its timber and glass walls.
The gardens are a joy with hoggin paths meandering throughout. Low stone steps lead to different garden areas and draw you to explore further and lawns are bordered by Yew and Box hedges. A deep perennial border along the eastern boundary has an evergreen backdrop and shade for a hidden seating area. The kitchen garden takes full advantage of the southern elevation with long established fruit trees partnering raised beds of soft fruits and a dozen regimented vegetable beds.
The outbuildings are all of ashlar and complement the house in their arrangement. The garage, formerly a parish soup kitchen, is attached to the house and contains the original hand pump. There is a pair of lean to stores at the rear. The coach house provides a large garage with the former tack room to one side and is topped by the apple store, accessed by external stone steps. Opposite stands the old stables which now provide a third large garage with hay loft above. The courtyard between these buildings is planted with rose and lavender beds. The lawn from the garden meets the hoggin and cobbled yard.
On entering the house, one immediately senses the precise attention to detail of the recent restoration. The quality is revealed as you pass from room to room and this quality is endorsed by the appropriate decorative style and appealing interior design. The hall, with its fine stone staircase has a decorative and practical Victorian encaustic tiled floor and panelled doors to the principal living rooms. The drawing room, dining room and kitchen/breakfast rooms are all elegant rooms with ornate acanthus leaf relief along the ceiling and large windows with broad shutters. Both the drawing room and the kitchen/breakfast room enjoy large bay windows. The fireplaces here and in other rooms have original chimneypieces and offer real flame gas fed fires today.
The large family kitchen dining room stands between the orangery and formal dining room. This ensures all the rooms are used and enjoyed. Built by Mark Wilkinson the kitchen cabinets are superb. Hand-made of oak all the work surfaces are honed granite. A large central island provides added dimension. The Lacanche oven has 5 ring gas hobs, 2 electric ovens and warming drawers below. In addition there are larder cupboards, plate rack and double and single sinks. From the kitchen, a glazed door leads into the orangery; beautifully traditional in its construction, the glazed elevations have French windows to the garden. The Bath stone floor and skirting is repeated along the sills. Under floor heating is concealed by ornate iron grills and this is repeated in the drawing room.
The inner hall is at the centre of the informal part of the house. The floor, staircase and secondary staircase are stone. Originally the staff wing, this part houses the sitting room with 19th century range oven (now converted to a gas fire). There is a wet room beyond so this could be a ground floor bedroom annexe suite if required. The delightful pantry has a sink and space for a dishwasher and freezer. The boot room also has a sink, door to the garden, extensive cupboards and a well appointed laundry room (with two brand new washing machines and tumble dryers) - all with practical and original stone floors.
The first floor provides the principal bedroom suite, a guest bedroom suite, two additional bedrooms and a bathroom. There are far reaching views and a superb arrangement of large bedrooms and bathrooms of traditional white ware and marble tiles and lots of cupboards. The second floor offers flexibility and can be used as four extra bedrooms or a staff flat of kitchen, sitting room and two bedrooms with en suite shower or bathrooms. Alternatively it would make an ideal apartment for a family member/guests or staff and would provide sitting room, dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms both with en suite shower or bathrooms. "
Porch, Hall, Cloakroom, Drawing room, Dining room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Orangery, Inner hall, Pantry, Sitting room, Wet room, Boot room, Laundry room. Landing. Master bedroom suite, Guest bedroom suite, 2 further bedrooms, Bathroom. Landing. Kitchen, Dining room, Sitting room, Bedroom with en suite shower room, Bedroom with en suite bathroom, Games room, Workshop, Wine cellar, Vaulted stores. Garage, Stables, Coach house, Apple store, Garden stores, Outside WC, Tunnel.
From the centre of Bath travel south along Prior Park Road passing the National Trust Prior Park gardens and Prior Park College on your left. At the crossroads go straight ahead into The Avenue. At the end there is a T Junction. Turn left and The Old Vicarage is on the right hand side just after Holy Trinity Church.