6 bedroom detached house for saleBatcombe, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4
Sold STC £1,350,000
- A stunning and versatile country house in a beautiful setting
- Ability to create two separate dwellings
- Far reaching views
- Five acres of walled gardens, grounds and paddocks
- On the edge of Batcombe, a desirable village with renowned pub
- Bruton 4.5 miles
- Frome 7.9 miles
- Castle Cary 9.6 miles (London from 90 minutes)
- Bath 22 miles
- Bristol Airport 26 miles
A fantastic residential estate, allowing for two families or the ability to divide into two separate properties.
Main House: Entrance porch Entrance hall Sitting room Music/reception room Kitchen/dining/family room Cloakroom Utility/boot room Master bedroom with en suite shower/bathroom 2 further bedrooms Family bathroom Extensive loft area
Converted Barn: Entrance hall Cloak & shower room Kitchen Dining room Sitting room 3 Bedrooms Bathroom EPC Rating E
Outside: Workshop & studio (1,005 sq ft) with cloakroom Tandem garage Storage barn (921 sq ft) Shed and store room Gardens Grounds and paddocks Woodland In all about 5 acres.
The much sought after village of Batcombe lies within an area of outstanding natural beauty on the edge of the Mendips. It has a thriving community and renowned local pub. It is 7 miles from the local market town of Frome, and 4 miles from Bruton with its renowned cultural and restaurant facilities. There is a mainline rail station at Castle Carey (approx 6 miles) accessing London Paddington (journey times from 92 minutes). From Gillingham (approx 16 miles away) trains run to Waterloo (approx 2 hours). The A303 is about 10 miles south, bringing London within a reasonable driving distance via the M3. Excellent schooling is available at King's Bruton, Bruton School for girls, Millfield, Downside, Sherborne, Allhallows and Wells Cathedral. A further wide range of renowned schooling and cultural activities are available in the Georgian city of Bath, a world heritage site some 24 miles to the north.
Sporting and recreational facilities in the area include hunting with the south and west wilts, Blackmore Vale or Mendip hunts, there is racing at Wincanton, Bath and Salisbury.
Excellent walking and riding is available locally and there is a well established village shoot. Babington House country club is about 8 miles away.
Batcombe Lodge occupies an elevated situation just outside the village and has spectacular 360 degree views. The property offers extraordinarily versatile opportunities. Currently it comprises the original grade II listed house, parts of which have 17th century origins, a 3 bedroom detached stone barn conversion, a light and spacious studio/workshop, additional buildings and barns, a pretty walled garden and 5 acres comprising gardens, paddocks and woodland.
The property, having two separate access points, offers the ability to form two dwellings; the main house with walled garden to the rear and land the front - and then the separate barn conversion and outbuildings. They presently allow for private co-habitation, facing away from each other and having a natural divide in the land.
The house is believed to be the shooting lodge to the nearby lodge farm and is built with stone washed lime render elevations beneath a tiled roof and complemented by ornate stone mullion gothic styled windows. The accommodation of the house is currently arranged over two floors, with a large welcoming entrance hall with flagstone floor and an extra wide staircase to the first floor. Off the hall to the front are two well-proportioned reception rooms, both enjoying dual aspect and far reaching views. The sitting room has panelled walls and an inset wood burner, and a music/reception room has fitted book shelves and cupboards. Off the hall to the rear, running across the width of the house and giving onto the walled garden, is the kitchen dining room, which is the real hub of the home and is informally arranged into three areas. There is a fitted kitchen area with a range of base, drawer and wall units complemented by an oil fired Aga, a central dining/breakfast area and a study/family area to the far end. Additionally to the ground floor is a cloakroom, a utility/boot room and rear entrance hall. Planning permission has been gained to double this area to provide a large rear entrance hall, cloakroom, wet room, and large utility room.
To the first floor is a spacious landing enjoying far reaching views to the south, a master bedroom with en suite bath/shower room, two further bedrooms and a bathroom. There is also access from the landing via a fold down ladder into the loft which comprises 3 rooms. These could subject to planning provide two more bedrooms and a bathroom. To the south the house has stunning views over its lawns and paddocks'. To the rear of the house there is a beautiful walled garden protected from weather, and containing several ancient outbuildings.
The barn, which sits in its own enclave just behind the walled garden, is completely independent from the house and currently provides a rental income. The accommodation is arranged over two floors with the ground floor comprising a large entrance hall with storage, cloak/shower room, sitting room with feature wood burner and views across the paddocks, dining room and fitted kitchen. To the first floor are three bedrooms and a bathroom. The barn also enjoys a beautiful partly walled garden, with an open aspect to the views to the west, a parking area and an adjoining 921 sq ft barn.
The studio/workshop comprises 4 rooms with the main space enjoying tall ceilings and a feature glass window to one end with large working shutters. Mains electricity, water and private drainage are installed and there is a cloakroom. The studio also presents multi use opportunities, subject to necessary permissions.
The garden and grounds of Batcombe Lodge are arranged as follows: an in-out gravel driveway surrounding a large lawn with specimen trees provides ample parking and access to a covered carport, double tandem garage, enclosed barn (921 sq ft) and storage shed. From here and continuing around to the front and side of the home are level lawns, giving onto a vegetable garden, greenhouse, fruit garden and fenced paddocks. The paddocks surround the property on three sides. There is an acre of woodland running along the northern boundary of the property, as well as a further wooded copse, together with a small orchard. Finally, there is a pretty internal walled garden. This features a level lawn, established flower borders, and an attractive box-edged parterre rose garden set in a gravel area.
This combination of the location, buildings and surrounding acreage present a versatile and exciting opportunity for any purchaser.
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