Shapwick School, 21 Station Road, Shapwick, Bridgwater

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Added on 21/10/2020
Strutt & Parker, Exeter

Property description

Tenure: Freehold

A unique opportunity to redevelop the site of a former school, comprising the Grade II* Listed Shapwick Manor and its ancillary buildings with approximately 10.39 acres (4.2 hectares). Available as a whole or in six individual lots.

Shapwick Manor:
Shapwick Manor is the Grade II* Listed manor house in this pretty North Somerset village. The manor has been used as the main school house for Shapwick School which is now no longer operating. Inside the manor there are some excellent reception rooms and if converted back into a residential house, it would make for a statement house in the village. At present there are 25 rooms which could be reconfigured into reception rooms or bedrooms, but it is likely rooms will be joined together or changed into bathrooms upstairs depending on the required use and subject to all the relevant permissions. The residential development would make for an exciting venture. The total size is approximately 11,684 sq. ft. / 1085 sq. m.

There is a well maintained driveway with stone pillars which leads to parking directly outside the front of the house. The gardens are predominantly to the front of the house and made up of relatively flat lawns. There is an impressive dovecote set away from the house and is set within the walled garden which surrounds the boundaries.

The Stables, Hayloft & other outbuildings:
In front and to the side of the manor house are a number of former stables of brick/stone construction, which were again formerly used as classrooms. They appear to be in relatively good condition and would subdivide into two or three units subject to the usual consents. Behind the stables on the road is a further detached stone barn which we understand is currently used for storage. There are various temporary prefabricated classrooms, a walled garden, along with a former sports hall which measures approximately 78’ 6” by 48’. All of these buildings offer strong development possibilities.

The Playing Fields:
The playing fields are on the opposite side of the lane to the main school buildings and, subject to planning permission, could be suitable for potential development. The playing fields will be very appealing to the right buyer as it is a flat site and set between other residential houses. The total size is approximately 6.44 acres / 2.6 hectares.

Greystones has been used as a boarding house and with planning permission could make for between one and four units depending on consents given and a purchaser’s view on the best option for the local market. Three units seems to be the most viable and sensible option but buyers must do their own research. There is parking to the side for numerous cars and a garden to the rear. As the parking area to the side is large this could also create more garden space if required.

Church Farm:
This is a pretty Grade II Listed village house with good sized gardens. There are lots of additions to the house and, like Greystones, different buyers will take alternative views on the way in which the potential for this lot can be maximised. For normal residential buyers, subject to planning permission, the property could be a beautiful residential single dwelling house. However, it does also lend itself to being divided into multiple units. There is lots of parking and a good sized village garden.

Sixth Form Block:
A Grade II Listed former chapel which is ideally suited for a single (possibly two) residential units, subject to planning permission. This building was used as a classroom. There has been an extension to the rear which, if taken down, would create a good sized garden. However, there is already a good sized front garden and the footprint at the rear does make the possibility of development greater in terms of overall floor area.

The total number of properties and resulting bedrooms, reception rooms and bathrooms is dependent on the final developed site.

Services: Mains water, drainage and electricity. Tenure: Freehold.
Agent’s Note: All units currently have a commercial use, therefore all of the lots would need a change of consent to other uses such as residential. Our client is looking for unconditional offers on the lots and also their preference would be to sell the entirety to one buyer. All offers will be looked at and considered on their individual merits.
Planning: Prospective purchasers are advised that they must make their own enquiries of Sedgemoor District Council.

Shapwick is a popular village on the Polden Hills, surrounded by the beautiful Somerset Moors. Primary schooling is found in the neighbouring villages of Catcott and Ashcott, whilst Street is approximately five miles away, offering an extensive range of facilities including supermarkets, shopping, restaurants, a GP surgery and dentist. Opportunities for outdoor pursuits in the area are abundant; Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve is two miles away, the Mendip Hills AONB 11 miles, the Quantock Hills AONB 17 miles and Exmoor National Park just 28 miles distant.

Taunton, the County Town of Somerset, is approximately 21 miles away. Taunton has excellent schools for boys and girls of all ages including Taunton School, Kings College, Queen’s College and King’s Hall, as well as Castle School. Taunton is home to the famous Somerset County Cricket Club, from which superb views can be enjoyed of the wonderful church towers which are so much a feature of Taunton. The town also has a good range of shopping facilities, including several supermarkets and the large Musgrove Hospital. The vibrant city of Bristol is also just 30 miles away, which is known for its lively social scene, excellent shopping, restaurants, recreational and business facilities. Bristol University is one of the best universities in the country.

Communication links in the area are excellent. The M5 is just 7 miles away, leading to Bristol to the north, Exeter to the south and to the national motorway network. There are regular rail services from Taunton Station, with regular services taking less than two hours to London Paddington. Bristol Airport, approximately 21 miles away, offers an excellent range of domestic and international flights.



Shapwick School, 21 Station Road, Shapwick, Bridgwater

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