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5 bedroom detached house for sale
Cole, Bruton, Somerset
Tenure: FreeholdReception hall, Drawing room, Dining room, Garden room, Kitchen/breakfast room, 5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Wine Cellar, Adjoining self contained 3 bedroom annexe, Separate office and other outbuildings, Stunning landscaped gardens, River, mill stream and mill pool. Micro-Hydro electricity generator,Paddock,In all about 4.919 acres
Cole Manor is a delight. It has been carefully and sympathetically improved by the current owners over the last 16 years and now provides extremely comfortable and very flexible family accommodation.
The main part of the house offers five bedrooms and there is also an additional wing, accessed via the entrance hall which offers a further three bedrooms, dining room, kitchen and sitting room. This wing could either be used as further accommodation within the main house or, with minimal alteration, be used to run a business from home or a self-contained bed and breakfast business.
The house is Grade II Listed and thought to date from the 16th Century with later additions of local stone with Doulting stone dressings with mainly casement windows; some mullioned, under a stone tiled roof.
Alongside the west wall of the former mill is the turbine and generator for the micro-hydro scheme. Powered by the River Pitt it generates up to 4.5 kilowatts per hour. Any electricity not used ‘in house’ is sold back to the grid. The scheme is fully accredited for FIT payments and is one of a number of water mills in the area which generate their own power.
The house is approached through stone gate piers and flanking walls with a solar-powered five bar gate which leads to a wide gravelled turning and parking area.
The front door opens into the reception hall with doors to the annexe and the wonderfully light garden room which links both to the spacious drawing room and the dining room.
The garden room which faces south and west has doors leading directly onto the gardens as does the large farmhouse style kitchen/breakfast room with a gas fired Aga and an integrated 2 electric ovens/gas hob module.
The main stairs lead up to two double en-suite bedrooms, one with a large dressing room. A third bathroom at this level services the two second floor bedrooms accessed via a further staircase. This second floor also has a spacious study/sitting area ideal for older children.
From the large utility area, adjoining the kitchen a secondary staircase leads to a further suite of sitting room, bedroom and bathroom.
The mill annexe, as well as having an internal door from the house, has separate access from both the drive and the garden. On the ground floor it has two bedroom suites, a kitchen and a good sized dining/sitting room, entered by a bridge over the mill wheel, with large picture windows overlooking the gardens and doors to a pergola covered terrace. The first floor has a further bedroom suite and a large reception room which leads onto a balcony providing wonderful views across the gardens to the countryside beyond.
Below the annexe is a good sized wine cellar and a separate undercroft which provides space for garden tractors and mowers.
Cole Manor lies in the centre of the small hamlet of Cole through which runs the River Pitt, a tributary of the River Brue.
This house and former mill have a unique setting with gardens landscaped to enjoy the river as it meanders through the grounds. Cole Manor is surrounded by lovely undulating countryside
typical of this very attractive part of South Somerset.
Cole and the neighbouring hamlet of Pitcombe use the country towns of Bruton and Castle Cary for their everyday requirements with the larger centres of Wells, Bath, Bristol and Salisbury providing a more comprehensive range of shopping and cultural facilities.
The area is well known for its wide range of state and private schools including; King’s Bruton, Bruton school for Girls, Sexey’s School, The Sherborne Schools, Hazlegrove, Port Regis, Wells Cathedral School, Millfield, Bryanston, St Mary’s Shaftesbury and St Antony’s Leweston
Communications in the area are good with the A303(T) 6 miles to the south providing a link to the south west and to London via the M3. By train the stations at Castle Cary and Bruton link to London Paddington (from 1.5 hours) and from Templecombe to London Waterloo (about 2 hours). Bristol airport is about 45 minutes drive to the north west.
The beautiful surrounding countryside offers much for the walker and rider, there is National Hunt Racing at Wincanton and Taunton and Flat racing at Bath and Salisbury; golf at Wincanton, Sherborne and Yeovil.
To the west of the house is a range of small traditional outbuildings including a well-appointed detached office, various garden stores and a large modern greenhouse.
An important part of the appeal of Cole Manor is the interaction between the house, the water and the wonderful gardens.
Flagstone terraces on the south side of the house and annexe lead onto the main lawned gardens with flanking flower borders, which run down to the River Pitt.
To the west, the mill stream emerges through terraced steps to join the river. Close by is a circular garden with well stocked surrounding herbaceous borders, beyond which is a well laid out and productive kitchen garden and fruit cage.
To the east of the house is the mill pond, beyond which is a meadow which lies between the river and the mill leat. To the north of the leat is the paddock and a useful agricultural building.
There is a footpath which, to all practical purposes, follows the boundary of the property on part of its eastern edge. This current line of the footpath has been encouraged by the Local Authority for several years although on most maps, the footpath still appears to take a different course along the edge of the paddock. More information on the history and practicalities of the footpath is available from the agents.
Overall, the gardens provide a most private and wonderful setting for the house.