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4 bedroom detached house for sale

East Lambrook, Somerset, TA13

Sold STC £655,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Grade II Listed
  • Historic Vicarage
  • Strawberry Hill Gothic Style
  • Sympathetically Extended
  • Glorious Gardens
  • Grounds of 0.42 of an Acre
  • Plentiful Parking and Carport
  • Office/Workshop Space

Full description

A detached Grade II 4 bedroom house that has been sympathetically updated and improved with a contemporary extension that combines the conveniences of modern living with a period features. 0.4 acre, far reaching views, double car port, workshop and parking.

The Property - Glebe House is a beautiful, historic home which has been carefully preserved and sympathetically enlarged over time to create a property that has a charming personality of it's very own. Believed to have been constructed around 1790 as a rectory in the Strawberry Hill Gothic style, the property is justifiably Grade II Listed and is surrounded by it's own gardens on every side, creating a great sense of separation from neighbouring properties. Consequently, Glebe House exhibits many fascinating features including fascinating arched windows, a lovely original fireplace in the sitting room and baking ovens in the kitchen which are understood to date from the late 19th century. More recent elements of the property have been carefully chosen to add to the overall sense of character whilst creating comfortable yet elegant surroundings with an emphasis on providing modern convenience.

Having been refurbished under the current ownership the property is full of opportunities for all types of entertaining whilst retaining a relaxing atmosphere for day-to-day existence. The living space is a feature which has been particularly improved with the addition of an architect-designed sitting room, where a striking Jotul woodburner, limestone tiled floor and double doors to both the garden and conservatory enable a stylish yet comfortable environment in all seasons whilst the conservatory is currently used to great effect as a dining room with windows and glass doors on all sides providing a seamless transition of indoor/outdoor living when the weather allows and underfloor heating maintaining temperate conditions during colder months. The original part of the house features a marvellous family room which has retained many period features, offering a wonderful setting for special occasions.

Another particularly handsome room is the kitchen/breakfast room which is arguably the heart of this home. Bespoke ash units beneath a combination of sealed elm and granite work surfaces are complemented by oak floorboards and a variety of quality fittings including a ceramic double Belfast sink. French doors open directly to the garden and allow glorious countryside views to be enjoyed, whilst even more character is added by fascinating doors leading to the baking ovens, creating the image of a modern cooking and family dining experience within an authentic farmhouse-style environment. Domestic elements are well provided for by a well equipped utility/laundry room, separated from the kitchen by the entrance hall. This useful space benefits from a Belfast sink and flagstone flooring with plumbing for a washing machine beneath fitted wooden units making this an excellent room for wet and muddy shoes and dogs to be cleaned before entering the rest of the house.

The first floor accommodation is divided between ancient and more modern parts of the house with independent staircases leading to each section, allowing house guests or a mature family a degree of separation if desired. From the sitting room, one staircase rises to a mezzanine floor with glass wall panels and oak floorboards, ideal for use as a study or additional sitting area, from which the master bedroom can be reached. This is a delightfully spacious room with a vaulted ceiling and a concealed door leading to an en suite shower room which has been fitted with a stunning suite including a stone basin and shower tray. Rising from the entrance hall in the older part of the house, another staircase gives access to two sizeable double bedrooms, an endearing occasional bedroom, bathroom with free-standing claw footed bath and a cloakroom. Strawberry Hill Gothic arch windows in both double bedrooms and the bathroom allow the fine views to be enjoyed to their fullest advantage, and a charming feature fireplace in the larger bedroom provides an attractive reminder of the age of the property.

Outside - Glebe House is surrounded by wonderful gardens which have been lovingly created under the current ownership to provide a variety of "rooms", each positioned carefully to allow the sunny aspect and glorious views to be enjoyed as well as to complement the attractive elevations of the property. Adjoining neighbouring farmland, the front garden is a joy with an avenue of magnolias leading to box-hedged beds full of old English roses; a feast for every sense when in bloom. An easily enclosed area of private pleasure lawn occupies a secluded position bordering open fields with mature trees including a weeping willow, weeping beech and an ancient walnut providing a lovely environment in which to relax and watch children and dogs at play.

To the rear of the property, the beautifully appointed formal garden is an excellent place for for relaxing with a sun terrace surrounding the conservatory. A splendid array of flora, including acers, paper bark maples, tree peonies and tulip trees, form the perfect backdrop for outdoor entertaining, with several doors leading directly into the sitting room, kitchen and entrance hall allowing guests to flow freely between the house and garden. Separated from the formal garden by an old stone wall, the kitchen garden is a delight with an area planted with a variety of mature herbs and a large vegetable garden, divided from the rest of the grounds by yew hedges. This comprises two slightly raised planting beds, a fruit cage, greenhouse and tool shed, suggesting a touch of "the good life" and representing the fantastic rural lifestyle which can easily be achieved here.

Parking is well provided for at Glebe House. Approached from Church Lane through double gates, the property benefits from a generous parking and turning area for a number of cars. This also gives access to a detached barn which benefits from power and light and is currently arranged as a two bay car port with an adjoining office/ workshop room, from which there is a pedestrian door to the side thus creating an excellent space for those working from home or desiring a hobby space.

Situation - East Lambrook is a charming and sought after village within which is a highly regarded pub, The Rose and Crown, and the famous East Lambrook Manor Gardens, which enjoys a tea room, shop and plant nursery. South Petherton is within easy reach, with an excellent range of everyday shopping, leisure and health care facilities available including a community hospital. The area offers a wealth of opportunities for outdoor activities with excellent footpaths providing endless walking or jogging routes, and both cyclists and horse riders well provided for with miles of country lanes to explore.
Transport links are easily accessible with the A303 trunk road less than 3 miles distant and train stations in Yeovil and Taunton offering regular rail services to London (Waterloo and Paddington respectively), Exeter, Bristol, Birmingham and The North. The M5 can be joined at Taunton (J25).
Education is well catered for with a wealth of state and independent schools for children of all ages nearby. Glebe House lies within the catchment areas for Kingsbury Episcopi Primary School and Huish Episcopi Language Academy School, with independent schools including Millfield at Street, Sherborne Schools and Taunton Schools within easy reach.

Services - Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Oil fired central heating. We understand that the vendors currently hold home insurance with Aviva at a premium around £400 per year.

Directions - From the A303 Hayes End roundabout, take the exit towards South Petherton and follow this road straight ahead at the two mini roundabouts to join Silver Street. Pass the hospital and turn left towards East Lambrook, Pass over the bridge and turn left into Middle Street. Proceed along this road and turn left into Church Street: Glebe House can be found on the right.

These particulars are a guide only and should not be relied upon for any purpose.

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14 April 2016


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