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5 bedroom country house for sale

Upper Tockington Road, Tockington, Bristol, BS32

Sold STC £1,450,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Impressive galleried hall
  • Three reception rooms and a kitchen breakfast room
  • Five substantial ensuite bedrooms & wet room
  • Large cinema/gym room & wine cellar
  • Large loft with potential for further bedrooms, subject to consent
  • Stable block converted to studio office & separate workshop
  • Extensive gardens c.1.4 acre plot with all weather tennis court
  • In total, over 6,000 sq ft of accommodation.

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

 


The house has striking elevations in random stone, believed to have come from the Little Down Quarry, which can be seen on the hill behind the house. The leaded windows are dressed in Cattybrook Brick to the front, stone lintels to the side and an impressive stone mullion gallery window to the rear.   The entrance porch has a reclaimed tessellated tiled floor and a wonderful old door, which is believed to predate the postal service, hence the lack of a hole for a letter box. The old lock is thought to be circa 18C.The galleried hall is Victorian Gothic Revival in design and this makes for a perfect entertaining space for all times of the year, including the present owners’ daughter’s wedding reception (when 150 guests partied in the house). Due to the height of the ceiling a substantial Christmas tree has become a favourite festive highlight. The Chandelier (available by separate negotiation) was brought to the Court as a dowry by Anne Salmon from Tockington House (when she married in the 1930’s). The balcony in the hall is older than the mezzanine level and panelling, which was added later. A gas fire is currently installed in the impressive centrally situated fireplace. The Berkeley Hunt balls used to be held in the Court in the 1930’s.  In the Dining room, the oldest part of the house, the fireplace was hidden until it was rediscovered in the 1930’s. You can stand up inside and look up the chimney, where it is thought small boys would climb.  There is an original old bread oven in the fireplace and a stone seat, which possibly provided a small comfort when turning the trivet.   The current kitchen was originally a court yard between the main hall and the old range kitchen (now the East Wing). Planning permission has recently been granted to extend the kitchen over the patio to form a dining/sun room with views over the garden (plans are available upon request).


 


The Lower Ground Floor is now used as a cinema/media/gym room with separate wine cellar. This impressive space has vaulted ceilings and as the previous owner was a fine art dealer exporting paintings worldwide, he went to great pains to create the correct climate control in the room, reinforced the doors with steel and fitted fire alarms to the boiler room.  The attractive sitting room has the most delightful small conservatory off the front and the farm safe is still intact, but today is more interestingly used as a drinks cabinet.   The elegant staircase sweeps around on to the galleried landing area, giving an impressive view back over the Hall. This mezzanine level provides an ideal stage for groups/a string quartet or simply filling the hall with music.  The gallery leads to all the bedrooms, which are well laid out in generous proportions and benefit from storage and access to ensuite facilities and a tiled wet-room. Three of the en suite bathrooms are designed to allow guests access to washroom facilities without needing to enter the bedrooms (which is valuable for hosting large functions).   The master bedroom also benefits from a substantial ladies wardrobe and dressing room area. The front guest bedroom has wonderful castellated wood panelling and there’s an old doorway which could be reinstated to create conjoined bedrooms.  There are two decent size part boarded and insulated lofts, with the largest one having potential, subject to the necessary consents, for conversion to further bedrooms if required.



The Grounds


The house sits in beautiful mature gardens with a sweeping drive and ample parking for cars. All beds are well stocked with two patio areas for al fresco dining, an attractive pond and a raised well, which is still full of water. To the rear of the walled garden there is the all-weather tennis court, which had a new surface laid in 2000. The tennis posts can be removed, to convert this into an all-weather playing surface/basketball court. The far end of the garden backs onto open countryside, where there is an attractive summerhouse built into the perimeter wall. Former outbuildings have been cleverly converted into a super studio/office and separate workshop.  The garden naturally splits in two with the immediate garden at the entrance lending itself to a potential building plot, again subject to all the necessary consents. 


Renovation history


The present owners have spent over seven years restoring the property, as a 'labour of love'. Some notable benefits to the new owners of this work are: 


The property is in excellent decorative order. Walls and ceilings have been re-plastered or skimmed, so changes to the colour scheme are relatively straightforward.  


Two very attractive showers and a wet room have been added this year. 


A new consumer unit (electrical) was fitted with RCD's in 2015, when the wiring was comprehensively tested to current standards. Retesting is not required until 2025 and the certificates are available on request.


The thermal efficiency of the property has been significantly improved and the central heating zoned (although this benefit is not reflected in the EPC). 


Cat 5 cable links all the living spaces and bedrooms, which means you can set up a network (LAN/Wifi) anywhere in the house. Local internet speeds are good.  Satellite cable is connected to 4 rooms, and coax cable connects the rest, allowing a TV to be set up in each living room/bedroom.  


Period features have been retained or added to from reclamation sources.  Many traditional skills have been employed, including restoring the leaded windows and re-pointing the house in lime mortar mixed with coal dust to accurately reflect the original.


What the owners think


  “Visitors to the Court simply say this is a hidden gem. To us this is a home, full of memories from 26 very happy years, which we share with family, friends and business associates.  Tockington Court has character in abundance, is at its best when entertaining and has been in the perfect location for us: part of a friendly village, just a few minutes’ drive to the M4/M5, the Bristol Parkway mainline station and the Cribbs Causeway shopping centre.”


Services


 Mains water, electricity and drainage. Gas central heating. We would like noted that the EPC rating does not reflect the actual level of insulation fitted by the current owners as it was not all visible to the assessor.  The owners are very happy to discuss this in more detail. There are two boilers and the heating system is zoned. There are two stop cocks but also with a separate shut off facility for both the cold and hot water systems.


Directions


From J16 of the M5 take the A38 north. After passing through Almondsbury and crossing over the M4, take the next left into Fernhill. Follow the road into Tockington and at the village green turn left onto Upper Tockington Road, where the driveway to the house can be found about 300m on the the right, after passing through the tall stone wall/gateway.


Local Authority & Council Tax


South Gloucestershire Council, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood BS15 9TR Tel: 01454 868009 - www.southglos.gov.uk  Council Tax Band H (Currently £3372 per annum).



Situation


The village of Tockington is situated to the north of Bristol, west of the A38, about 3 miles from the M4/M5 interchange and about 5.5 miles from Bristol Parkway mainline station(with London Paddington from 83 minutes). Bristol Airport provides UK, national and international flights. The parish of Olveston has a good range of shops including Post Office, local shop/newsagent, butcher and baker. The market town of Thornbury is approximately 3.5 miles to the north east and Cribbs Causeway out of town shopping and leisure complex is about 5 miles away. There are local primary schools in the villages of Lower Almondsbury and Olveston. Marlwood and Castle (both highly regarded secondary schools), are in Thornbury. Tockington Manor school (independent) sits within the village. Bristol's other leading independent schools, which many local children attend, are mostly within a commutable distance. The popular Swan Public House is situated just off the green and there are two other pubs locally. Tockington is a highly desirable conservation village with a vibrant local community. Recreational activities that are close by include Golf at St Pierre, Almondsbury and Thornbury and Horse Racing at Chepstow, Bath & Cheltenham.



History


Tockington Court is a fine period manor house with a fascinating history and the current owners were told the oldest parts of the house were believed to date back to the 12th century. The property can be seen on the earliest map of the area, dated 1841, and was described in the sale particulars of 1867 as a "Capital Farm House and Homestead suitable for a gentleman". The name was changed from Manor Farm to Tockington Court sometime before 1897, and a copy of the Elizabethan Manorial Court records are held at Gloucester Records office. Later during WW1. The Court was used to house wounded Belgian soldiers. In and around 1971, the property was sold to Leonard Bryer, a Bristol bookmaker, who divided the house into three/four dwellings. Marks can still be seen on the old Douglas Fir tree where his horse jumps were attached. A study of the stone work shows the property was extended lengthwise (from the living and dining rooms), before the entrance hall, main hall and servants quarters were added. Finally, what is now the kitchen (previously the nursery), was added s a later extension. Unusually whilst set in a conservation area, the house is not listed.




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  • Pilning (2.9 mi)
  • Patchway (3.5 mi)
  • Severn Beach (4.3 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

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