Guide price £1,695,000
St Gildas House which is thought to date from the late 1700s, and with later additions, is a charming and extremely spacious Georgian property, set in circa 3.65 acres of grounds in an elevated position, with views over the Aller Hills, and adjacent to the historic All Saints' Church. Built by the prominent Stuckey family from Somerset, who were wealthy merchants and bankers having close connections with both William Pitt PM and Walter Bagehot, a renowned journalist and economist, also from Langport. From 1903 until the early 1990s the house was run as a Convent, having been sold to French nuns and was known as St Gildas Convent. In 1970, the sisters were lucky enough to have had a visit from Mother Theresa, who stayed for a few days. Latterly it became the St Gildas Christian Centre. Under the present owners, the house has in recent years undergone significant restoration and improvement, including a completely new heating system with traditional style cast iron radiators. The electrics and plumbing have been upgraded. The roof overhauled, new bathrooms and a new kitchen fitted, stripped flooring, new carpeting, and re-decorating throughout. The house now offers beautiful, well-appointed accommodation, which exudes great warmth and style. Typical of a house of this period, the ceiling heights are excellent, and many of the original architectural features remain including shuttered windows, decorative cornicing, fine fireplace surrounds and even the servants' bells. These all combine to create an elegant period house with many rooms of excellent proportions, with good natural light and with the added benefit of not being listed. The entrance is through a hamstone portico supported by columns which leads into an impressive hallway, with parquet flooring, further classical columns, gracious cantilevered staircase and access to the downstairs rooms and very spacious and dry, vaulted cellars, currently set up as a gym and bar. Of particular note is the wonderful double aspect drawing room with curved front elevation with tall sash windows and shutters, working marble fireplace, intricately carved embellishments and three decorative mirrors with candelabra sconces. This is a room made for entertaining and certainly impresses. The sitting and dining rooms are of equal stature and boast a host of period detail. There is a useful study with recessed shelving, window seat and cupboards with two safes! Following on is the rear lobby with encaustic tiled floor and door to boot room with sink and space for coats and boots. A further door leads out to the side of the property. Also on this floor is a beautifully appointed fully tiled shower room, with double decorative porcelain basins. A back staircase rises to three bedrooms and shower room, ideally positioned to be easily converted into a self-contained annex, by turning one of the bedrooms into a kitchen, thus providing excellent space for relatives, grown up children or live-in nanny, subject to the necessary consents. Also off the rear lobby is the very generous kitchen/breakfast room with walk in pantry and laundry room. This really is the heart of the home, with plenty of space for a large table and chairs. There is a comprehensive range of painted timber wall and base units, with wooden worktop and inset double Belfast sink. Fitted Cookmaster gas range, a chilled drinks cabinet and an American style fridge freezer, around which are built in storage cupboards. The useful island unit provides further storage cupboards. French doors lead out to the front of the house. There is plenty of space upstairs too, with the elegant main staircase rising to a half landing where there is a bathroom with separate shower. On the first floor are 4 further bedrooms. The front facing, principal bedroom is most impressive and has a walk-in dressing room and en-suite shower room. Bedroom two also to the front, has the same curved elevation and both enjoy lovely far-reaching views over the grounds and the hills beyond. Between these two bedrooms is a further front facing room, currently used as a library, with floor to ceiling recessed shelving and cupboards on three walls, a marble fireplace and stripped pine flooring. The bathroom on this floor is a real haven and has a marble fireplace, free standing bath, and a twin basin vanity unit, the perfect place in which to relax and unwind. Bedroom 3, which is double aspect, has its own en-suite shower room. Bedroom 4 with its own stairs to bedroom 5 would make an ideal teenagers'' area, wanting their own private space. The property is approached from a quiet lane through double timber gates to an extensive tarmacadam driveway to the front of the property providing ample turning and parking space plus a 2-bay oak framed cart lodge. Abutting the parking area is a generous area of lawn with a pathway to one side, leading north down to an area of paddock with a metal cow shed. Beautiful mature trees and hedging provide definition and shade including several Beech Trees and an impressive Cedar Tree. Adjacent to the front lawn is a fully enclosed area with wrought iron gate, where there's sunken pond bounded by paved areas and planted with shrubs and beds. On the east side of the house is an outdoor heated swimming pool surrounded by paving, shingle pathways and areas of lawn ideal for sunbathing and outdoor gatherings by the pool, being completely private. There are 4 useful timber sheds, one of which houses the pool pump. Further lawned areas abut a pathway leading to a small orchard with productive apple and pear trees. Planning permission had been granted, (though now lapsed) for a two-bedroom coach house with parking beneath, adjacent to the cart lodge. All in all, this is a wonderful family home offering the option for multi-generational living. St Gildas House is within walking distance of the centre of Langport, which is a small thriving town that is becoming increasingly popular, perhaps partly due to the very stylish restaurant café and deli shop known as ''the Kitchen.' Langport has a wide range of facilities that you would expect in a small town plus the nearby bigger towns of Glastonbury, Taunton, Sherborne, Yeovil and Bruton are all within easy reach and offers a full range of sporting, recreational, shopping and arts facilities. Communications to this part of the world are excellent with the A303/M3 to London; the A303 dual carriageway is about 5 miles away and also leads to the M5 at Taunton. Railway connections are also good with Castle Cary and Taunton serving London Paddington and Yeovil/Sherborne serving London Waterloo.
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