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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Cuck Hill, Shipham

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Property Description

Key features

  • Imposing 1920s detached house of quality and prestige
  • Set in beautiful gardens approximating just over an acre
  • Stunning countryside views
  • Reception hall, three large reception rooms
  • Kitchen/breakfast room, sun room, utility room
  • Master suite with dressing room and ‘Jack and Jill’ bathroom
  • Three further double beds, study/bedroom five, bathroom and shower room
  • Substantial double garage and off street parking

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

DESCRIPTION This hugely impressive 1920's built detached house of unquestionable style and character is set in a tucked away spot, in idyllic gardens approximating 1.1 acres with far reaching countryside views. Our vendors have been in situ for 37 years and are actually only the second family to live in the property for almost 100 years. They have in this period undertaken a wide array of improvement and renovation works that really have taken the already impressive accommodation to the next level, both aesthetically and practically. Indeed the property was originally seven bedrooms, but our vendors have reconfigured the living space to focus more on creating a luxurious contemporary layout, as opposed to purely a large amount of rooms. This living space is beautifully presented with a focus on the views, light and space, yet retains all of the original character of this impressive 20s building.

It is set over two floors and briefly comprises, on the ground floor; reception hall (with space for a baby grand), 23' living room with large bay window, dining room, snug, luxurious fitted kitchen/breakfast room, sun room with stunning views, utility room and shower room. Upstairs there are four good sized double bedrooms including a master bedroom suite doubled in size by a dressing room area, a luxurious 'Jack and Jill' bathroom, further family bathroom, separate WC and study. The buzz phrase internally really is 'attention to detail' as our vendors have left no stone unturned in their quest to transform what was, to all intents and purposes, a bit of a wreck 37 years ago into the extensive and luxurious family sized living space you see today.

Unusually, the quality of the internal specification is more than matched by the unrivalled external space, a magical mix of mature lawned gardens with numerous al fresco dining areas from which you can survey the stunning countryside views extending towards the Welsh coast on a clear day. It measures approximately 1.122 acres, and although beautifully tended with its evocative mature trees and well stocked beds and borders, offers a huge amount of potential for those of a green-fingered persuasion. At road level there is a substantial gravelled off street parking and turning area and a sizeable detached double garage (originally we understand, a cottage), so absolutely no issues with parking or storage.

We would suggest that a family wanting a rural yet not isolated village aspect would suit Old Rydon down to the ground, not least because of its proximity to quality local schools, its fantastic transport routes to Bristol, Bath and Wells, and its access to the beautiful surrounding countryside and views to match. Trust us, Old Rydon is a one-off and for the right buyer offers a wonderfully varied and flowing living accommodation, and a stunning outside space and position with room and real potential. Offered with no chain, so don't delay! EPC rating D.

DIRECTIONS Travelling into Shipham from the Rowberrow direction, proceed into The Square and on past Hansfords and The Penscot. Continue straight on up Cuck Hill passing Templars Way on your left hand side, and Old Rydon can be found a little way up around the corner on your left hand side.  

SITUATION Shipham is a highly sought after village nestled in the picturesque Somerset countryside. It is well served by both primary ( and middle schools ( and is much sought after by those commuting to Bristol, as it offers all the advantages of rural living with the Mendip Hills close by with convenient routes to primary business centres. Indeed, it is very well positioned for local transport links and the M5 motorway which is accessible via junction 20 at Clevedon, junction 21 at St Georges and junction 22 at Edithmead. Village facilities are available, including butcher/stores, garage, public house, hotel and further shopping facilities at nearby Winscombe and Cheddar. The new village hall (with its stage, sports hall, function rooms and kitchen) is a popular centre for a broad range of community events and activities for all ages. Private sector schooling is close by at Sidcot and the Downs School at Wraxall is within easy reach, as are Wells Cathedral School and Millfield. In the state sector, Kings of Wessex School ( is nearby and for sports and recreational amenities, Churchill School is a short drive away. The surrounding area is excellent riding country and is sure to appeal to equestrian enthusiasts and walkers. There is an international airport at Lulsgate and access to the mainline railway station at Yatton. 

OUR VENDOR SAYS... We bought the house in March 1979 and moved in, after 6 months building works to make it habitable. We purchased a semi derelict property sitting amidst a wilderness, but it had (and still does have) huge potential, that we have attempted to capture over the years. There are amazing views from many aspects of this spacious home and the beautiful garden which are both easily maintained. It is also set on the edge of a vibrant village with a vast range of activities for both adults and children, and of course for travelling, there is easy access to the M5 motorway, mainline train stations and the airport. We will be sad to leave, but are moving to be closer to family in France. 

WE HAVE NOTICED... Imagine the lifestyle... An attractive and prestigious 1920s exterior, and spacious accommodation literally bursting with character, all encompassed in a beautiful detached house set in stunning gardens. Our vendors have done a huge amount of work in their 37 years of ownership and have presented Old Rydon to a wonderfully high standard, making it an eminently 'move-in-able', light and airy living space, where character abounds. The epitome of country living - luxurious room for a large family, in a semi rural location with views but without isolation - character, style and contemporary features all wrapped up! Offered with no chain! Viewings highly recommended! 

PROPERTY DETAILS Obscure double glazed entrance door to:  

ENTRANCE PORCH 4' 9" x 3' 5" (1.45m x 1.04m) Tiled flooring, burglar alarm control point, dado rail.

Double inner entrance doors to: 

RECEPTION HALL 14' 2" x 11' 11" (4.32m x 3.63m) Upvc double glazed window to front aspect, cast iron fireplace, under stairs storage cupboard, radiator. First stairs to first floor landing.

Access to:  

MAIN HALL 31' 0" x 0' 0" (9.45m x 1.04m) Upvc double glazed window to rear aspect, doors to rear garden with large walk in wardrobe (5' 11" x 3' 5" (1.8m x 1.04m), upvc double glazed panel to rear aspect.

Doors to:


LIVING ROOM 23' 2" x 16' 6" (7.06m x 5.03m) Upvc double glazed bay style window to front aspect with far reaching countryside views, upvc double glazed window to rear aspect, upvc double glazed double doors to side aspect, fireplace with tiled surround housing living flame gas fire, second fireplace with tiled surround housing cast iron fireplace, original wood flooring, shelving, store cupboards, TV point, coved ceiling, two radiators. 

UTILITY ROOM 7' 5" x 6' 6" (2.26m x 1.98m) Obscure upvc double glazed window to rear aspect, upvc double glazed panel to side aspect, barn style door to rear garden, roll top work surfaces with tiled splashbacks, belfast style sink, central heating boiler, plumbing for washing machine, space for tumble dryer.  

FAMILY ROOM/SNUG 12' 6" x 11' 11" (3.81m x 3.63m) Upvc double glazed window to front aspect with far reaching countryside views, storage cupboards, wood effect flooring, coved ceiling, radiator.

Arched open access to: 

DINING ROOM 12' 7" x 11' 11" (3.84m x 3.63m) Upvc double glazed window to front aspect, fitted storage cupboards, wood effect flooring, coved ceiling.  

SHOWER ROOM WC 6' 5" x 6' 6" (1.96m x 1.98m) Upvc double glazed window to rear aspect, low level WC, corner shower cubicle housing 'Mira' shower inset wash hand basin with mixer tap and under sink storage cupboards, tiled flooring, radiator.  

FITTED KITCHEN 20' 09" x 11' 05" (6.32m x 3.48m) Two double glazed upvc windows to rear aspect, luxury range of base and eye level units with work surfaces, splashbacks, inset sink with mixer tap, two integral fridges, wine fridge, integral freezer, integral dish washer, 'Stoves' seven-ring range style cooker, under unit lighting, peninsular unit with breakfast bar, base level heater, 'Karndean' flooring, soft close drawers, space saving carousel and corner units.

Open aspect to stairwell and: 

BREAKFAST SUN ROOM 14' 0" x 9' 11" (4.27m x 3.02m) Upvc double glazed double doors with adjacent panels to sun terrace with stunning countryside views, upvc double glazed window to front aspect with far reaching countryside views, 'Karndean' flooring, radiator.  

STAIRWELL 12' 7" x 5' 10" (3.84m x 1.78m) Upvc double glazed panel to side aspect, 'Karndean' flooring, under stairs storage area with upvc double glazed panel to front aspect. Stairs to second first floor landing.

Stairs to: 

FIRST FLOOR LANDING 37' 5" x 3' 4" (11.4m x 1.02m) Upvc double glazed window to rear aspect, access to loft, walk in fitted storage cupboard 3'10 x 6'06, two radiators.

Doors to: 

BEDROOM TWO 16' 7" x 11' 1" (5.05m x 3.38m) Multi aspect upvc double glazed windows with far reaching countryside views, picture rail, radiator.  

BEDROOM THREE 12' 8" x 12' 2" (3.86m x 3.71m) Upvc double glazed window to front aspect with far reaching countryside views, picture rail, radiator with cover.  

BEDROOM FOUR 16' 2" x 8' 7" (4.93m x 2.62m) Three upvc double glazed windows to front aspect with far reaching countryside views, wood effect flooring, picture rail, radiator.  

WC 6' 5" x 3' (1.96m x 0.91m) Obscure upvc double glazed window to rear aspect, low level WC, wash hand basin with tiled splashbacks, tiled flooring.  

BATHROOM 6' 4" x 6' 5" (1.93m x 1.96m) Obscure upvc double glazed window to rear aspect, pedestal wash hand basin with tiled splashbacks, panelled bath with mixer tap and shower attachment, tiled flooring, radiator.  


DRESSING ROOM 12' 4" (measured into fitted storage wardrobe) x 12' 8" (3.76m x 3.86m) Upvc double glazed window to front aspect with far reaching countryside views, range of mirror fronted fitted storage wardrobes, coved ceiling.

Arched open access to:  

MASTER BEDROOM 12' 8" x 11' 11" (3.86m x 3.63m) Upvc double glazed window to front aspect with far reaching countryside views, coved ceiling, radiator.

Door to: 

EN SUITE 'JACK AND JILL' BATHROOM WC 11' 4" x 11' 11" (3.45m x 3.63m) Obscure upvc double glazed window to rear aspect, luxury white suite incorporating feature free standing bath with swan neck mixer tap and shower attachment, low level WC, double size shower cubicle housing stainless steel shower fittings, his and hers bowl sinks with mixer taps, access to loft, wood effect flooring, two stainless steel ladder style radiators.

Door to: 

SECOND FIRST FLOOR LANDING 15' 11" x 5' 11" (4.85m x 1.8m) Upvc double glazed window to front aspect with far reaching countryside views, radiator, two fitted storage wardrobes.

Door to: 

STUDY/BEDROOM FIVE 7' 11" x 6' 6" (2.41m x 1.98m) Upvc double glazed window to rear aspect, wood effect flooring, radiator.  

OUTSIDE The property has a 'cock and hen' walled front drive offering a substantial off street parking and turning area with steps and path up to the gardens and the house.

Here you will find a: 

DETACHED DOUBLE GARAGE 19' 9" x 18' 5" (6.02m x 5.61m) narrowing to 15'02" (4.62m) Remotely controlled double roller door, power and light (we are informed was originally a cottage and may have scope for conversion subject to appropriate consents).

Our vendors have over the course of their ownership turned, in their words, 'a wilderness' into the stunning gardens you see today. Varied and mature, yet manageable with numerous places you can enjoy a Provencal Rosé surveying the views. The front garden area is laid to lawn with steps down to the road and a paved patio. To one side of the property, immediately next to the sun room double doors, is a paved terrace with far reaching views extending to the coast on a clear day, raised flower and shrub beds and lighting. Up a few steps again and you reach the upper paved terrace area with plant and shrub borders and access to the main garden and a gravel path to a greenhouse area. To the immediate rear of the property is a paved path with a tap. Here you will find an original air raid shelter 8'02" x 5'01" with possible use for storage if the bombs don't drop! The main part of the garden comprises a large area of lawning including numerous specimens of mature trees that continues to the side of the property. This culminates at the top of the garden in a further paved patio and seating area with pond. To the rear the property has two sheds and a decked seating area. The entirety of this idyllic plot measures approximately 1.122 of an acre with huge amounts of further scope for a gardener of vision, but a manageable and useable scape for those who just want a large sociable outside area. 

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