The Old Vicarage is situated in the centre of the very small but particularly charming hamlet of Over Stowey, which comprises a number of fine period properties set around the picturesque Parish Church. The property is located 1.5 miles South of the village of Nether Stowey, 9 miles from Bridgwater and 10 miles from the County town of Taunton. For those who enjoy walking, riding, and outdoor pursuits, the Quantock Hills provides superb opportunities, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Taunton is home to the famous Somerset County Cricket Club and provides excellent state and private schooling. There is a good range of shopping facilities and the farmers market. Musgrove and Nuffield Hospital serve the town and surrounding area. The M5 motorway provides links to the A38 to Plymouth and Bristol and London to the North. There are frequent rail services from Taunton to London Paddington.Description
The Old Vicarage exhibits all the hallmarks of a classic Georgian House and was the home of Reverend William Holland, best remembered for his diary, which he kept from 1799 1880, and chronicled his life as the vicar of Over Stowey. The house has pleasing symmetry with rendered elevations under a slate roof with picturesque dormer windows to the front. A notable feature of the house is the spaciousness of the accommodation, which in total, if required, provides as many as nine bedrooms, however it is arranged to be completely adaptable, which if required, provides separate accommodation to the rear.Accommodation
The well-proportioned accommodation is arranged over four floors and includes an entrance porch, which leads to an entrance hallway with an archway to an inner hallway. The drawing room has an attractive marble fireplace with wood burning stove and dual aspect windows, one being full length with shutters. The sitting room has an original Georgian fireplace with wood burning stove, ceiling cornice, feature arches and display cabinets with French doors leading out to the garden. The open plan kitchen / breakfast room, with a fireplace recess with inset wood burning stove , a curved bay window with shutters and an archway through to the kitchen that has been beautifully designed and provides a range of matching traditional wall and base units. There is a four oven Aga with companion, a central island unit and French doors leading to a herb garden. There is a rear lobby with a large walk in larder. Laundry room. Separate WC. Study with further concealed WC. There is a rear lobby with a back staircase leading to the first floor and a door leading to the cellars, which offer an extensive wine and general storage facility.
The first floor is approached via a wide easy rising staircase, giving access to the principle landing with glazed window to the front. There is an opening through to a library area with a range of built-in book shelves along one wall, a separate shower room and WC. There is a further door that leads through to the master bedroom suite with a nursery / dressing room, which includes a fireplace, and front aspect window and steps leading up to the master bedroom with built-in double wardrobes, a front aspect window and a door to the en-suite. The master en-suite has a Jacuzzi bath, his and hers wash hand basins, WC and an enclosed tiled shower cubicle. There are two further bedrooms, one with a fireplace and built-in wardrobes. At the rear of the house, there is a self-contained area which includes a bedroom, bathroom and separate WC. On the second floor, the landing leads up to four further rooms, all of a good size.Outside
Where the property abuts the village road the boundary comprises a substantial stone wall and double oak gates open onto a gravelled driveway, which passes the front of the house and provides access to the courtyard and garage area to the rear. There is also separate access back onto the village road. The gardens and grounds are a stunning feature of the property and they have been developed from an original 1-acre garden to nearly 3 acres. The garden is individually designed with style and includes a huge variety of shrubs, trees, exotic ornaments, together with an arboretum, large pond and willow arbour. There is an original drystone ha-ha, rolling lawns, a vegetable garden with raised beds and a thatched tree house with veranda and steps leading down to an enclosed tennis court and a swimming pool complex with a thatched covered hot tub/spa, summer house and thatched covered seating area. The land is accessed via a separate gateway from the lane, where there is a timber three bay store with work shop. There is a good range of outbuildings including a three bay stable block, garage and workshop / wood store. The lake has been heavily planted with a variety of maturing trees and shrubs and enjoys a wonderful outlook. There is a separate paddock, laid to pasture and in total the grounds extend to approximately 10.5 acres.Services
Mains Water & Electricity. Drainage to a Septic Tank. Oil Fired Central Heating.Directions
From Taunton proceed through Kingston St Mary and proceed towards Nether Stowey. At the cross road opposite the cricket ground turn left signed posted to Over Stowey and proceed into the village. Just opposite the Church, the Vicarage can be found on your left hand side through a wooden gated entrance.