5 bedroom detached house for saleAshes Lane, Freshford, Bath, BA2
Guide Price £2,900,000
- Live, Relax and Enjoy
- Exceptional accommodation
- Smallbone kitchen/dining room
- Indoor swimming pool complex
- Heated double garage
- Breathtaking panoramic views
- Beautiful parkland gardens
- EPC Rating = D
A majestic country house in exquisite grounds close to Georgian Bath
The attractive village of Freshford is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which constitutes part of the Bath Green Belt. The village lies approximately 6 miles due south east of Bath and is ideally situated for access to Bath and Bradford on Avon and further afield via the A36/A303. The village offers a lively community and also benefits from the day to day amenities which include a community shop, popular primary school, doctor's surgery and a riverside public house. Freshford Station is on the Bristol, Bath, Salisbury and Portsmouth mainline with direct services to Paddington taking approximately 90 minutes from Bath Spa and to Waterloo from Bradford on Avon.
There are excellent schools nearby in both the state and private sectors, including Ralph Allen, Monkton Combe, King Edwards and Prior Park College and the Paragon in Bath and St Laurence School in Bradford-on-Avon. Leisure facilities are available nearby at Homewood Park hotel and spa, and at Combe Grove Manor hotel and spa: Bath University is within 4 miles and provides world class sports facilities that are used by many recent Olympians. Bath is a World Heritage Site famed for its Georgian architecture and Roman heritage and enjoys a wealth of cultural, business and recreational facilities. Communication links are excellent with a mainline rail link to London Paddington (journey time approx 90 minutes) and Bristol Temple Meads (journey time approx 15 minutes). Junction 18 of the M4 is approximately 10 miles north.
A magnificent country house of exceptional quality situated in glorious countryside close to Historic Bath with its world renowned Roman and Georgian heritage. The property has a commanding and beautiful facade that reflects the architectural quality of this exceptional family home. Originally constructed in 1934 of stone and oak elevations under a tiled roof, the property is lavished with details that provide charm, character and gravitas. The property has been significantly extended and remodelled to exacting standards and considerable investment by the current owners. All improvements have been implemented with considerable style and unrivalled attention to detail. Reclaimed materials sit happily alongside contemporary fixtures and furnishings, with a seamless blend between the original house and the later additions. Internally the proportions are fabulously balanced with superb architectural detail, merit, size and disposition. Entering through the oak front door the feeling of space and grandeur is immediately apparent. A large reception hall with a galleried landing & stained glass windows provides a grand welcome. A stained glass oak framed auriol window adorns the front elevation. All the doors, and many of the window frames, skirtings and architraves, are made in the linen folded style from light Oak.
A wonderful enchanting room situated directly off the main reception hall. The proportions are excellent and the ceiling is embellished with elaborate detailed plasterwork. A fine stone and marble fireplace sits at the heart of the room and the dual aspect leaded mullion windows giving a fabulous sense of light and space.
Another room with real presence. A glorious crafted ceiling and hand painted pilaster frieze is further enhanced by attractive oak panelled walls, oak floor and an open fireplace with stone surround giving it warm and atmospheric setting. There is a beautiful stained glass leaded mullion window that faces due south and provides wonderful views over the garden. A secret door and intriguing sound system make this the perfect room for the perfect meal.
Library/media room/snug/sun room/study
Situated off the reception hall is the charming and cosy library that provides further reception space and has a beamed ceiling, feature fireplac e, plate rail and book shelves. An ideal spot for a quiet moment. A light and bright sun room with an attractive exposed feature stone wall, light oak block flooring and a choice of doors that lead outside onto the adjoining terrace which overlooks the garden and is completed by a fabulous remote controlled sun canopy to give shade to the exposed sunny orientation.
At the heart of the ground floor and enjoying a southerly aspect is the stunning large bespoke kitchen/dining room that has been beautifully fitted by Smallbone with granite work surfaces and incorporates an extensive range of integrated Miele appliances. The room is bathed in light enhanced by a roof lantern and reflected on the mellow Cotswold stone floor with under floor heating. There are full length glazed doors that lead onto the breakfast terrace overlooking the gardens and rill towards the White Horse in the distance cutely styled Charles Rennie Mackintosh window adds intrigue and taste to the room. It is a perfect space to enjoy cooking whilst entertaining friends and family. Off the kitchen is a walk in pantry, a boot room and cloakroom along with a door to the back garden. There is also a fully fitted utility room.
Further ground floor utility rooms
An enticing walkway leads off the main hall to the right to a gym area and internal access to a large double garage. The walkway has an exposed stone wall with three mullion stone arch windows overlooking the front garden. A travertine tiled floor extends into the gym area/garden room where two pairs of double doors lead out to a terrace overlooking the beautiful manicured secret garden with a charming feature pond and gentle bubbling fountain. The heated double door garage is accessed from here and features twin automatic doors and a sink unit. Off the main entrance hall you will also find a media cupboard, coat cupboard and a cloakroom with quarry tiled floor and Heritage suite.
First floor Accommodation
The spacious first floor provides four generous bedrooms, luxurious en-suites and family bathroom. The Master bedroom suite is positioned at the rear of the house and occupies a majestic location to enjoy the magnificent views. An impressive stone fireplace warms the room with its decorative ceiling plasterwork, mullion windows and in built bedroom furniture including an illuminated canopy, generous wardrobes and a dressing table all designed and fitted by a quality bespoke bedroom furniture manufacturer. The en suite shower room is extremely well appointed with high quality fixtures and furnishings throughout complimented by sophisticated modern lighting and features his and hers matching sinks. There is also a spacious balcony overlooking the grounds and surrounding countryside. The second master suite enjoys a dual aspect, garden views facing east and south along with a minster stone fireplace, walk in wardrobes and luxury en suite shower room. There are 2 further double bedrooms (one en suite) again of excellent proportions with bedroom three having a gorgeous light Oak floor. The well appointed family bathroom with superb high quality branded modern suite and designer lighting. completes the first floor accommodation.
Linked to the rear lobby of the house are exceptional spa facilities complete with a warm and comfortable changing area, pine clad family sized sauna and an invigorating multi jet shower from here we enter the superb remodelled swimming pool with fabulous roman steps leading into the pool. Frescos of beachside images line the walls with a good sized seating area, stylish Bisque radiators and electric sliding cover. West facing doors lead from the pool complex to the outside sun terrace from which the panoramic views are truly breath taking. A perfect sunbathing area when desired.
Woodwyck House is set in beautiful parkland gardens. Accessed via electric gates the entrance is positioned off Ashes Lane, the driveway is lit and flanked by Victorian style lanterns and sweeps down to the house. There is an extensive gravelled parking area off which there is access to the double garage and detached workshop. The workshop is heated, and has multi power points, water supply and a fitted sink unit. Adjoining the workshop is a potting shed and there are additional outbuildings including a tractor shed, wood store and a revolving Victorian summer house.
To the front of the house is a large lawned garden with ample space for a pony. This lawn then leads to a pretty and mature orchard. Mature trees line the boundary and provide shelter, privacy and seclusion. To the rear of the house are three attractive terraces, each carefully positioned to follow the sun throughout the day perfect for breakfast, lunch and supper al fresco dining.
The enchanting secret garden is a beautiful serene spot to enjoy the last of the summer sun with its pretty and appealing seating area. The garden is laid mainly to lawn, great for croquet or putting practice with mature herbaceous borders planted with a magnificent array of lavishly coloured shrubs and flowers.
The main rear gardens are also laid predominately to lawn and seem to disappear towards the far reaching panoramic views. An infinity rill with its tantalizing fountain provides further aesthetic appeal. At the far edge the level slopes down to a well stocked pond gloriously set amongst landscaped rockery that has been designed and implemented with meticulous attention to detail and includes a gushing waterfall and Monet bridge, again the views from here are outstanding both to marvel at the exceptional views but also as a standpoint to admire the stunning architecture of the South elevation of Woodwyck House. A special and unusual feature beyond the pond is a fascinating bog garden which attracts wild ducks and an array of other interesting wildlife. Beyond the pond and bog garden is a large wild flower meadow to dream away the summer days. In addition to the main gardens there is a healthy and productive vegetable garden with shed with power and wood store. This lovely oasis is discreetly positioned on the western boundary completely hidden from view with an exposed quarry area giving a real sense of privacy and seclusion to relax, enjoy and live.
Acreage: 3.7 Acres
Freshford is accessed via the A36 and Woodwyck House is along Ashes Lane on the left hand side.
From Bath take the A36 Warminster Road. At the traffic lights at the Limpley Stoke viaduct continue straight over following the A36 up the hill. Just as the road levels at the top of the hill go past the left turning into Church Lane, signposted Freshford. Ashes Lane is the next turning on the left.
Approaching Bath from the south, go past Homewood Park on the right and Ashes Lane is the turning on the right immediately after Pipehouse Lane.
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