This historic family home is nestled into a quiet backwater of the traditional older town area of Nailsea. Originally constructed in the 16th century for a wealthy local tannery owners' family, it has undergone a myriad of improvements throughout the years, that represent the changes of architectural style and fashion from Georgian through Edwardian and including more recent times.
Approached via a generous sweeping driveway that provides ample parking for a good number of vehicles, your eyes are drawn to the handsome façade of the white washed stone elevations of the house, past a majestic ancient Holm Oak that sits resplendently within the extensive established grounds to the front of the property.
Splitting the gravel bordered lawn, the driveway provides parking for many vehicles and leads to a flagstone pathway that continues to a glazed portico entrance with feature stained glass windows that are replicated in the fabulous Edwardian Conservatory that lies adjacent. Original tessellated flooring can be found within the entrance hallway which leads directly through a further door to the rear garden.
Entering the property an impressive inner hallway greets you and spans nearly the entire width of the ground floor. Within the hallway there is a perfectly positioned study area set within the bay window that overlooks the rear garden. The first reception room sets the tone, with its lovely dual aspect 12 pane Georgian windows, Minster stone fireplace and grand features. Currently utilised as a large office it could also be enjoyed as a formal dining room or indeed a separate family room.
Next, along the hallway you will find the impressive kitchen/family room, the most modern addition to this much improved home. Bathed in natural light from a sleek contemporary extension to the side of the house the kitchen is beautifully fitted with a substantial range of hand painted matching wall and base units with a contrasting tiled splashback. An oak fronted pantry style cupboard is situated next to the integrated fridge and freezer units and appliances include a five burner Britannia gas hob and side-by-side Siemens integrated ovens, including a combination steam oven. Quality finishes compliment the kitchen including granite counter tops and beautiful limestone flooring.
Completing the ground floor accommodation, and to the far end of the property, is a characterful and atmospheric sitting room which occupies the oldest part of the house. A grand inglenook fireplace, exposed beams, and a period dresser that runs the full width of the rear wall add bewitching charm to this homely and comfortable room that provides the perfect space to recline and relax in the evening with family and friends.
The rear garden can be accessed through a convenient rear lobby with flag stone flooring which also houses the gas central heating boiler, and there is also a generous laundry/washroom with a period dresser and Belfast sink.
Continuing up to the first floor on the gracious sweeping staircase, at the half landing you will find a well-appointed family bathroom featuring a Victorian claw foot style bath and white suite, whilst at full landing level there is a lovely seating area that looks out over the beautiful rear garden and takes in the superb far reaching views towards the tree line at Tickenham Ridge. On the first floor there are no less than five double bedrooms, each unique in their own way with a good amount of storage space on the landing. For convenience there is also a second family bathroom and separate modern shower room.
Internally, as you may expect from a Grade II Listed property, the house retains a plethora of original period features from throughout the centuries, that include fabulous original panelled doors, intricate carved wall panels, plaster panelling and cornice work, handsome fireplaces and working shutters.
Outside, along with the walled front garden there is also a well-tended, incredibly private, and fully enclosed rear garden. Predominantly laid to a level lawn it is bounded on two sides by a natural stone wall, there is also a lovely patio seating area to enjoy al-fresco dining along with several well stocked flower borders packed with an abundance of colourful mature shrubs, roses, and fruit trees.
Back to the front of the house, to the side of the lawn and drive is a further discreet courtyard garden and two handy stone outbuildings, originally stables they provide huge potential for refurbishment to a home office/gym or small annexe. There is also a small under croft accessed from the rear which houses a tap for irrigation of the garden.
Tenure - Freehold
Council tax band - G
Nailsea is a suburban town of North Somerset, approximately 8 miles (13 km) southwest of Bristol. The town was an industrial centre based on coal mining in the 16th century and glass manufacture from 1788, which have now been replaced by service industries. The surrounding North Somerset Levels has wildlife habitats and Bucklands Pool/Backwell Lake is a Local Nature Reserve. The well populated town centre includes two major supermarkets, high street banks, coffee shops and a leisure centre. Nailsea is close to the M5 motorway (junction 20) and Bristol International Airport at Lulsgate is 7 miles (11 km) away by road. The airport serves both domestic and international routes, and is one of EasyJet's hub airports. Secondary education is provided by Nailsea School (rebuilt as an Academy in 2009), and primary education by St Francis School, Grove School, Kingshill School and Golden Valley. Churches include the 14th-century Holy Trinity Church and Christ Church, which was built in 1843.
From our office in Backwell proceed over the traffic lights into Station Road in the direction of Nailsea. Follow this road under the railway bridge and up the hill and turn left into Queens Road. Follow the road to the end and turn right onto North Street. Follow it to the end then turn left onto Union Street and follow the road as it bends right into Kingshill. The property can be found directly across the junction up a gravelled driveway to the left.
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