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Burcott Manor, Pennybatch Lane, Burcott, Near WELLS, Somerset
2,750,000
Burcott Manor is a beautiful family home full of history, charm and character and located just two miles from the centre of Wells. This six bedroom, five bathroom property is thought to date back to the 17th century and is set in a six acre plot with extensive views in all directions. The plot includes a long and private sweeping drive from the lane, formal gardens and grounds, a stunning indoor swimming pool complex and an outdoor tennis court. With just under 8000 square feet of well-planned living accommodation, this immaculate home is ideal for families who love entertaining; especially those who need to be within easy reach of Millfield Senior and Prep Schools or Wells Cathedral School. A viewing is highly recommended to truly appreciate this unique and charming home which has been featured in several national and local magazines.

About the Property

This Grade II listed house covers a fascinating mix of architectural periods. Built mainly of local Doulting stone with a roman tiled roof, the core of the house was built in the 17th Century, with later Georgian additions. Originally owned by the Bishops of Bath &#38; Wells, there is a priest hole in the attic and a secret tunnel that once led, it is believed, to Wookey church.<br/><br/>The current owners bought the property in 1989, and have extended and improved their family home, gardens and grounds, whilst still retaining its original charm and character.<br/><br/>The house is large, light but surprisingly cosy, and easy to live in.

Accommodation

Ground Floor <br/><br/>The main rooms lead off an impressive central hall, with the stunning kitchen &#38; breakfast room at the heart of the home. Principal reception rooms are large and spacious, facing south and west with lovely views of the surrounding countryside. The drawing room and library have nice period features, as well as working fireplaces. Beside the kitchen and breakfast room, there is a Games room (40 x 16) leading out to the walled garden, and through to the pool complex via a covered walkway.<br/><br/>First Floor <br/><br/>The main staircase from the hall leads to a generous landing with wide corridors. The east end of the house contains two bedroom suites. A master bedroom suite facing east and west is up its own small staircase. In addition, there are three central bedrooms, sharing two bathrooms. Also on the first floor is a lovely oak-framed studio/home office, with easy access down a second staircase to the kitchen. A large utility space and separate laundry room lead to the back door.<br/>

Gardens and Grounds

Burcott Manor is approached via an impressive tree-lined driveway, winding through the grounds to the front door turning circle, garages and extensive parking.<br/><br/>Gardens and grounds have been carefully landscaped over the last 27 years by the current owners. The central focus is a beautiful south facing walled garden between the house and the pool complex. Beyond, there are areas of mature formal garden, lawns, an orchard and woodland. A small bridge leads over the ha-ha to a paddock. In addition, there is an Astroturf tennis court.<br/><br/>In all, the house and garden extend to just under 7 acres.

Pool Complex

This breathtaking indoor swimming pool was built by the current owners in 1998, and links to the main house by a covered walkway. Overlooking the peaceful walled garden, the oak framed pool house contains a stunning 14 metre swimming pool lined in limestone. In addition, there is an entertaining area, a small kitchen, changing rooms and a mezzanine gym.

Outbuildings

A secondary drive gives access to the stables, paddock and outbuildings. Two stables and outbuildings house store rooms and a biomass pellet boiler and store. Additional hardstanding provides parking and access to the paddock.

Services

Mains water and electricity. Private drainage (septic tank). Biomass pellet-fired central heating and hot water. Super fast broadband and intruder alarm fitted. At the time of preparing these details the council tax band through Mendip District Council is: H.

Location

The postcode for Burcott Manor is BA5 1NH.<br/><br/>Directions: From Wells, head west on the A371 and fork left at Elm Close junction, taking the B3139 towards Wedmore and Burnham-on-Sea. Follow this road for around 0.7 miles, and then turn left into Pennybatch Lane at the milk churn memorial.<br/><br/>100 yards along the road, take the second driveway on your right with a stone entrance and gates - signed Burcott Manor. Follow the private driveway around to the front of the house.

About the Area

Within a five minute drive is Wells, the smallest Cathedral city in England, with a fine range of shopping, including the recent addition of a Waitrose store.<br/><br/>Private schools in the area include Wells Cathedral School junior and senior, Millfield and its junior school, Edgarley. Wells is within reasonable reach of Bruton, with three private schools.<br/><br/>Wells Blue school is the local state secondary school, and there are a number of good primary schools within the city too.