A wonderful country home in extensive grounds in a delightful rural setting with stables, paddocks and scope to create an independent dwelling
This most attractive period farmhouse has a great depth of history and retains a wealth of wonderful period features. It dates to the late 15th century with 16th/17th century modifications and in 1986 it was Grade II listed. It speaks volumes for the charm of the property that it has only been owned by three parties in the last 100 years, the current owners having lived here for nearly 40 of those. During the course of this long period of ownership, the house has been beautifully maintained and it is presented in exceptionally fine decorative order with great care taken to protect the integrity of the fabric of the building. Planning exists for conversion of the adjacent stables, tack room and hay loft to create an independent three bedroom dwelling with a separate driveway added to allow any subsequent occupants to access without impacting upon the privacy of the main farmhouse.
The home sits in a delightful rural setting. In addition to the beautiful gardens and orchard there is parcel of paddock land, all of which totals 5.39 acres. From the front lane, a graveled pathway bounded by lavender borders leads to the outer porch opening to a flagstone entrance. Evidence of the age of the home becomes immediately apparent with features that include ancient roof timbers, deep set windows (all of which have been replaced with quality timber units) and directly ahead at the back of the hallway is most unusual and rare Tudor arch allowing light to flow though from the rear conservatory. There are three ground floor receptions, the main drawing room featuring an outstanding inglenook fireplace complete with original bread oven and curing chamber below. There is a beautiful built-in elm dresser on the opposite wall. An opening from the drawing room leads into a good sized dining room with an archway and a step down into the quiet snug which forms a link with the rear conservatory and access to the stable yard. The farmhouse kitchen is of typical size for a home of this age with space for a central breakfast table with a generous array of built-in storage cabinets, Belfast sink, granite work surfaces, Aga stove and separate ceramic hob. In addition to the main house, there is a converted coach house which offers a myriad of uses, perhaps for separate office accommodation, a party room or an indoor games room.
A five bar gated driveway opens to a very large parking area with space for numerous cars including covered parking in the hay barn. A further gate leads to the enclosed stable yard. There is a tack room, hay loft and four stables plus the stone built former pigsty which could also be utilised as stabling if so desired. There is a delightful outdoor covered dining area adjacent to the stone built log store and all parts of the pretty ornamental gardens are beautifully tended and designed for relatively low maintenance. The productive orchard to the front has an array of apple trees, pear and mature flowering cherries.
There are three separate staircases to the first floor of the house providing it with terrific flexibility in the way in which it may be used. Immediately above the kitchen and enjoying independence from the rest of the first floor accommodation is a vaulted family room which in the past has been used as a bedroom but would make an excellent office. From the central hallway, the staircase rises to a small first floor landing with lovely dual aspect double bedroom and a Jack and Jill bathroom with freestanding bath with ball and claw feet and separate built in shower cubicle. This room has a lovely period archway which replicates in miniature the Tudor archway on the floor below. A further bedroom is set off this landing which provides a link through to the principal part of the first floor. By utilising the sitting room and back kitchen, it is worth noting that this wing of the house is perfect for those seeking to accommodate a family member that enjoys both independence from main accommodation but without isolation from the whole. The landing leads to two further double bedrooms, the principal benefitting from a smartly appointed ensuite shower room. There is a further, smartly appointed bathroom on the ground floor.
Separate services: Oil fired central heating, private drainage and mains water.
Lower Claverham is located approximately 11 miles South of Bristol’s Commercial Centre. There are excellent road, air and rail links via the A370, Bristol International Airport and Nailsea and Backwell Train Station respectively. Within the immediate environs there are a number of highly regarded schools such as Backwell Secondary School as well as amenities suitable for day to day living, Claverham Village Hall is just 1.7 miles and nearby St Barnabas Church. Bristol City Centre provides an extensive range of independent schools.
Square Footage: 3,408 sq ft