The Old Vicarage, BA12, Fisherton de la Mere, Wiltshire, England

5 Bedrooms | 3 Bathroom/shower rooms

FOR SALE

£1,750,000


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Classic Georgian style (1833) country house in a rural setting without near neighbours, on approx. 4  acres with its own spring water and river. The south facing private property, comprising a main house and separate coach house, has panoramic rural views of the Wiltshire countryside as well as its own formal topiary gardens. Further acreage available by separate negotiation.

The Old Vicarage was built from 1833 with late 1800s additions. The land is without any public pathways. Built with brick and locally sourced Bath Stone under a Regency style slate roof, this is a rare private property incorporating a main house and separate coach house comprising: • Outer hall • Inner hall • Drawing room • Dining room • Eat-in kitchen • Billiard room/Library • Sitting room • Office • Upper hall • 5 Bedrooms • 3 Bathroom/Shower rooms • Separate Laundry • Lower ground floor storage rooms (ex servants’ quarters) with development potential • Wine Cellars with full head height. • Triple Garage Coach house (907 square feet) • Wood Shed • Greenhouse • Topiary gardens • Pond • Tennis court • Paddocks • Orchard • River (both banks in parts) • Own Spring water from well.

The reception rooms feature high ceilings, original marble fireplaces and period sash windows and panelled doors. These are grand rooms for entertaining with great views across a formal topiary garden to the Great Ridge beyond. The dining room seats 12, and the 22 foot (7.29m) drawing room is large enough for a grand piano. A billiard room/library has built-in book shelves. The five bedrooms on the first floor are generously proportioned and have some great views over topiary gardens to the hills and ridgeline beyond. A sitting room (the former butler’s room) on the ground floor has an ensuite, if a sixth bedroom should be required.

The Lower ground floor servant’s area has a lower hallway with limestone slab floor, an old kitchen scullery, a large former servants room now used for table tennis, an office with a block wooden floor and a plate room. This lower ground floor area, all with external windows and high ceilings, has not been decorated since the 1920s, and is in need of refurbishment.

Upstairs the house has many original features. The central staircase has a classic curved style mahogany hand rail wreathed with inch square deal banisters. The panelled doors have original brass handles. Floors are light coloured polished timber. Servant’s bells are still in the former Butlers room.

Grounds comprise formal gardens (1.7 acres), and a further paddocks, an orchard, and woodland for 4 acres total (lot 1). .A tributary of the Wylye River crosses the property and provides water to each paddock. The lawns slope down towards the river with a level area for the croquet lawn and a tennis court. Borders contain a mix of herbaceous plants, old Roses, modern Roses and Peonies roses. Several garden rooms and yew corridors sit around the lawn. These include a pond room with a 10×4m fish pond, a parterre with eight box squares, a spectacular yew crescent room around a large fountain, and a round yew room. Extending from the garden are various walkways of Hornbeam, and Thuja. One of the walkways leads to an orchard with apples, plums, quince, gooseberries and elderflower. The orchard also produces wild garlic, and water cress. Home Field has wall-nut trees. The Spring season produces a stunning display with half an acre of snow drops followed by daffodils. The whole property sits within an AONB and the house is Grade 11 listed. One of the paddocks is SSSI.

A separate 907 square foot, three door garage and storage shed under a slate roof with period sash windows would make a great cottage/ ancillary accommodation or office subject to necessary consents for its conversion. A cob wall provides a walled garden adjacent to the garage, where there is also a greenhouse. The tennis court was constructed in the 1930s and is in need of a new surface. The house has its own well with electric pump through 70 foot of chalk providing all the water for the house. This is high-quality spring water. The house also has its own sewerage system. The heating is oil fired central heating. The boiler was replaced with a Worcester boiler in 2017.

The A36 sits on the northern boundary of the property and is hidden from the garden in turn by a high double brick wall: A 20-foot-high, 12-foot-wide, evergreen Thuja Hedge; and a 12-foot-high, 8-foot-wide Beech Hedge. The road has had traffic calming measures, through villages to the east, and a reduction in speed limit to 50mph outside the property. The road provides a 1-hour road journey to the M25 -M3 junction via the A303. The train station at Grateley (17.6 miles) provides regular commuter trains to London Waterloo in 1 hour 20 minutes. The house sits between the villages of Fisherton de la Mere, Wylye and Deptford, all within a mile. Wylye and Fisherton are part of a trail of medieval chocolate box villages, each a few miles apart, along the fertile Wylye River Valley. Thatched hamlets and medieval churches abound. An old Roman road from Winchester crosses the south of the Parish and iron age hill forts above both Wylye and Stockton, remained in occupation throughout Roman times. There was a corn mill at both Wylye and Deptford in 1086, and one still stands at the end of Wylye village. The Bell Inn is the last of four pubs in Wylye. Built in 1373, the building still offers an authentic interior with atmospheric inglenook fireplace, traditional flagstone floors, low ceilings and old beams. For much of its history, the Inn provided accommodation for those travelling from London to Exeter. Codford village (3 miles) provides a petrol station, garage workshop, Budgens supermarket, pub, and a theatre with regular productions. The nearest major supermarkets are at Warminster to the west, and within the beautiful Cathedral town of Salisbury to the east, both within approximately 20 minutes’ drive. Salisbury also has regular open-air market days.

This has been a much-loved home for almost twenty years as it was for the previous occupant, here nearly 40 years. The family have loved the panoramic rural views and privacy, the self-sufficiency and lack of neighbour’s, as well as the many great walks, up and along the Great Ridge. It is very rare to find a house with grand rooms, and high ceilings, both upstairs and downstairs. A house from in which it is hard to see another house, yet one of a manageable size. The owners have commuted from here to London (Mayfair/ Knightsbridge). Unless specifically mentioned in these particulars, all contents, fixtures and fittings, garden ornaments, statues, garden urns, rugs carpets and curtains are specifically excluded from the sale. Certain items may be available by separate negotiation.

In adherence to the 1979 Estate Agents Act the agent here discloses that he is a connected party and is selling a family home.

Council Band H Services: own water; mains electricity; own sewerage; oil fired central heating


LOCATION

Postcode BA12
Neighbourhood Fisherton de la Mere, Wiltshire
Country England

DETAILS

Price 1750000
Bedrooms 5 Bedrooms
Property Status For Sale

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