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The Laurels, Old Coach Road, LOWER WEARE, Axbridge
£1,200,000
The Laurels is a deceptively large family home which has over the years been significantly updated and improved by the current owners. Set back from the road in a private position with large formal gardens at the front and rear and set in a plot thought to be around five acres. Built in the Victorian era the property has been extended in later years to provide accommodation in the region of 5700 square feet. This incudes four large reception rooms, a kitchen breakfast room, utility room, five double bedrooms, four bathrooms, a guest suite and four games/recreation rooms. Outside the five acres includes impressive formal gardens at the front and rear and a barbecue and pizza oven terrace. The land also includes wonderful private and peaceful woodland walks and a large pond. Double gates from the road and a long drive lead to garage block with triple garaging on one side and workshop/storage areas on the other. In addition there is off road parking for several cars. Located in the catchment area for the ever popular Kings Of Wessex senior School, High Sexey Middle School and Weare First School. The sellers are willing to offer the property chain free if required.

Ground Floor

Day to day access is at the rear of the property. The wooden stable door leads into the rear entrance hall with a stone tiled floor and wood panelling to dado height. Off the hall is the utility room with a shower room leading off. Also off the rear hall is the large LIVING ROOM. Measuring 30' 11" x 22' (9.42m x 6.71m) this impressive reception room has exposed wooden beams and a feature stone fireplace with an inset wood burning stove. Dual aspect with three double glazed windows overlooking the front and a window and French doors opening out to the rear. There is also an internal door leading out to the rear staircase which also offers access to the guest accommodation. Also off the rear entrance hall is the well equipped ‘L’ shaped KITCHEN BREAKFAST ROOM which measures 24' 5" x 20' 8" (7.44m x 6.30m at its widest points). Well suited to modern family living there are a range of bespoke wooden wall and base units with granite work tops over. Matching island and breakfast bar and ample space for a dining room table and chairs. The stone tiled floor continues in to the useful walk in PANTRY. The kitchen leads to the front hallway as well as double doors opening into the STUDY and FAMILY ROOM. Another spacious, versatile reception room and measuring an impressive 21' 3" x 11' 2" (6.48m x 3.40m). Three double glazed windows to the side aspect, exposed ceiling beams and a wood burning stove on a slate hearth. Off the front hallway are the two original receptions rooms. Both the LOUNGE (15' 4" x 12' (4.67m x 3.66m) and the DINING ROOM (14' 8" x 12' (4.47m x 3.66m) are well proportioned rooms with original features including high ceilings.

First Floor

There are two staircases leafing to the first floor accommodation which includes the MASTER BEDROOM SUITE. The dressing room measures 21' x 15' 3" (6.40m x 4.65m) and has a range of fitted wardrobes and faces the front aspect. The bedroom measures 15' 3" x 12' 9" (4.65m x 3.89m) with a window overlooking the private rear garden. Off the bedroom is the EN SUITE BATHROOM. The large split level landing area has various fitted cupboards and storage space including two cupboards housing the two wall mounted Worcester boilers. BEDROOM TWO measures 16' 1" x 10' (4.90m x 3.05m) and also benefits from views across the garden. A door leads to the EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM. Next along the landing is BEDROOM THREE. This bedroom 'suite' is an ‘L’ shaped room measuring 23' 4" x 10' 3" (7.11m x 3.12m). Currently set up as a bedroom with an reception/study/ dressing space but could as easily be changed back into another en suite bedroom. Off the front landing area is BEDROOM FOUR which measures 14' 10" x 12' 2" (4.52m x 3.71m) and BEDROOM FIVE measuring 14' 11" x 12' (4.55m x 3.66m). Both spacious, double bedrooms face the front elevation with cast iron fire places (not used) and attractive high ceilings. The FAMILY BATHROOM is another example of the spacious accommodation and improvements made by the current owners. Measuring 17' 2" x 7' 9" (5.23m x 2.36m) and fitted with a Jacuzzi corner bath and a separate walk in shower.

Guest Accommodation

A door from the living room leads out to a lobby area and the second staircase. From here a door also open up into the guest accommodation which is excellent for visitors, an elderly relative or a teenager etc. The GUEST BEDROOM measures 15' 7" x 12' 4" (4.75m x 3.76m) and has a door out to the rear. This allows this area to be self contained if needed. Off the bedroom is a GUEST DRESSING ROOM and the EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM.

Games and Recreation Rooms

From the guest accommodation a door opens into the games and recreation areas. Converted some years ago from the stables adjoining the house, this superb leisure facility has three internal rooms and one external room. The measurements are as follows: GAMES ROOM ONE 15' 5" x 8' 9" (4.70m x 2.67m), GAMES ROOM TWO 31' 10" x 15' 5" (9.70m x 4.70m) and the GYM and SAUNA 16' 1" x 15' 11" (4.90m x 4.85m). All three rooms have windows and doors looking out to the rear garden. Accessed from the outside is the ARTIST STUDIO which measures 15' 4" x 14' 5" (4.67m x 4.39m). This area has heavy duty cabling installed for the fitted Pottery kiln.

Outside

A real feature of this property is the outside space. Set back from the road in a private position, The Laurels is fairly central in between the impressive front and rear formal gardens. Mainly laid to lawn the front garden is hidden behind wooden double gates and a selection of mature trees. The formal garden at the rear has a patio area running across the entire back of the property which opens out into a large decking area ideal for entertaining which includes a built in gas barbecue, fire pit and pizza oven. Further away from the house a second wall enclosed patio area looks out to the rear of the land and has in wall lighting, a water feature and ample space for an outside table and chairs. From here the garden opens out into the remainder of the land and the wonderful woodland areas with ‘woodland walks’ on both sides. In total the plot is thought to measure around five acres.

Garage and Parking

From the road double wooden gates open on to the drive which runs along the side of the front garden. This leads to the remote controlled electric gates alongside the house. These open up to the large drive at the rear with parking for several vehicles. The large detached garage is split up with a double and single garage on one side and a large workshop and storage area on the other. The measurements are as follows: DOUBLE GARAGE 21' 7" x 17' 10" (6.58m x 5.44m). ADDITIONAL SINGLE GARAGE 21' 11" x 8' 11" (6.68m x 2.72m) and WORKSHOP and STORAGE AREA 27' x 11' 9" (8.23m x 3.58m). Both the double and single garages have remote electric roller doors installed.

Services and Location

Mains electricity and water. Private drainage with a new water treatment plant being installed at present. Two relatively new oil fired boilers providing heating and hot water throughout the property. At the time of preparing the details the council tax band through Sedgemoor District Council is: G. For the purpose of planning your journey the postcode for this property is: BS26 2JB. You will find our 'for sale' board at the top of the drive.

About the Area

Weare is in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the south side of the Mendip Hills. The general area is well known for its leisure opportunities including walking, bicycling, riding, sailing and golf. There is also a leisure centre in Cheddar. Coupled with these facilities there is a church in the village and a selection of country pubs in nearby villages. The property is in the catchment area for Kings of Wessex in Cheddar, Hugh Sexey Middle School and the nearby first school in Weare. Wedmore, Cheddar, Winscombe and Axbridge are all within driving distance, where there are more shopping, social and recreational facilities. The cities of Bristol, Bath and Wells are all within driving distance, and there is access to the M5. Bristol International Airport is 9 miles up the A38.