Address: Cold Harbour - Withywood Lane Cranmore
Postcode: BA4 4QR
Sale Type: For Sale
Postcode: BA4 4QR
Sale Type: For Sale
Cold Harbour is a stunning period country house with a breath taking contemporary addition set in enchanting grounds of 34 acres (approx) in the heart of Somerset. Situated just 7 miles from Bruton/ 8 miles from Frome and surrounded entirely within its own land, it offers complete privacy and magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Dating from the 16c, this Grade II listed property has been completely refurbished and brought bang up to date structurally and with regards to technology. The changes have been carefully managed to maintain an abundance of original features throughout the house that blend effortlessly with contemporary touches to offer truly luxurious accommodation over three floors.
The main house is approached via a long, picturesque drive that runs past Cold Harbour Wood and opens onto an attractive cobbled area to the East of the property. The original 16th Century front door opens to an elegant living room replete with oak beams in the ceiling and original blue lias flagstones underfoot and a welcoming log-burning fireplace. Off this room are two beautiful and well-proportioned reception rooms – the dining room comes with oak floors, a discreet inbuilt fireplace and the tv room is light filled during the day and cozy and comfortable in the evening. Unusually for an older property both rooms feature perfectly formed dual aspect mullion windows, that allow natural light to flood in. Following from the dining room is a stunning contemporary kitchen that opens to double height at the heart of the house. Silestone worktops perfectly finish this superb German ‘Pronorm’ kitchen and an array of ‘top of the range’ Miele integrated appliances offer every conceivable amenity. Once more, beautiful stone mullion windows, high up in the walls allow an abundance of natural light into the room. Recessed lighting, a fabulous island bar and a built in Sonos sound system (that runs throughout the house) complete the picture.
Perhaps the centre piece of this wonderful house is the fabulous glass extension that functions as a family living room off the kitchen. Floor to ceiling glass panels offer simply stunning views of the gardens and the Somerset countryside beyond. The contrast between the traditional stone building of the original house and this modern contemporary architectural gem works beautifully and sets this house apart.
The main house can easily be accessed via the West wing – the entrance hall is beautiful and majestic open stone walls soar to the apex of the ceiling. A picture window elegantly frames the view of the garden and oak lintels span oversized doorways to a laundry room, cloakroom and pantry kitchen. A stable door to the cloakroom, oak floors in the hall, bespoke hand crafted units in the laundry and oak beams in the pantry are typical of the attention to detail evident throughout the house. The ‘pantry’ is in effect a second kitchen, beautifully furnished and well equipped with an island and built in units and a combination of chrome and wooden worktops.
At the East end of the house and with direct access to the courtyards is a fabulous playroom/study that runs to a second utility room, boot room, wine cellar and further cloakroom. These rooms offer the perfect space for children to ‘set up house’ and are currently used as a cinema room. Once again, fabulous original flagstones adorn the floor and oak beams span the ceiling.
The first floor is accessed via two staircases, one that runs from the playroom and one from the centre of the house. Inbuilt lighting on the side of each is evidence of contemporary design used throughout the house. The principal bedroom suite comprises of a sizeable dressing room, an en-suite bathroom and the bedroom itself. The bathroom is furnished with luxurious ‘Victoria and Albert’ fixtures and fittings and features a stand-alone bathtub, double walk in showers and dual basins. Three further bedrooms and a family bathroom make up the first floor whilst a fabulous fifth bedroom and en suite bathroom lie in the eaves of the third floor. Inspired interior design incorporating stripped floorboards, exposed beams and furnishings of the highest standards combine with sensational views of the gardens to offer luxurious accommodation throughout.
Attached to the main house is a two storey building with significant potential and current planning to convert into a two bedroom, self-contained annex.
There are approximately 1500 sq. ft of stables and storage facilities housed in beautifully presented outbuildings that border the cobbled parking area to the East of the house. The stonework is immaculate and has been restored to the highest standards.
An additional array of beautiful outbuildings measuring approximately 1850 sq. ft run along the North side of the property and are equally stunning. Currently used as a games room, two offices and a gym, there is planning permission to install an indoor swimming pool with changing facilities and sauna/steam rooms. Once again, the stonework on the exterior of these buildings is of the highest standards.
The gardens are magnificent. Well-manicured lawns sweep away from all sides of the house interspersed with picturesque gravel pathways and stone walls. A well-stocked kitchen garden in raised beds lies to the West along with a sheltered terrace area with seating and a BBQ. Closer to the house, layered seasoned stone terraces mingle with stone steps and shrubs to provide the perfect backdrop for summer entertaining only enhanced by sensational and uninterrupted views of the Somerset countryside. Varied wildlife spotted in and around the grounds include deer and a family of the lesser spotted woodpecker! With 34 acres of agricultural land, this property certainly lies in one of the finest landscapes in and around Cranmore and offers complete privacy and seclusion.
Cold Harbour is a gem. It is the ideal family home as well as affording the opportunity to entertain on a grand scale – the gardens are truly beautiful and the views delightful. The house has retained much of its original character – several magnificent fireplaces, unusually beautiful mullion windows and original flagstone floors all hint at the past yet combine effortlessly with modern interior design, underfloor heating and a comprehensive built in sound system. Where the property has been totally restored by Stonewood builders (who also did The Newt), it has been done with imagination, exceptional craftsmanship, both to the interior and exterior, and with no expense spared - this is truly a house to inspire.
Cold Harbour is perfectly situated to take advantage of some of Somerset’s most sought-after towns and villages. Approximately 8 miles to the west is Frome, one of its most fashionable market towns and recently featured in the Sunday Times as the best place to live in Somerset. The town has a comprehensive choice of retail outlets, especially independent shops and all the usual amenities. Founded in 2013, the “Frome Independent” is an award-winning independent street market that is held on the first Sunday of every month and attracts 80,000 people a year. Equally fashionable Bruton lies approximately 7 miles to the South with its famous Hauser And Wirth Art Gallery and Roth Bar, '@thechapel' well regarded restaurant and bakery, plus the new addition of Osip Restaurant and Number 1 Hotel, all of which get frequent national recognition. Babington House, Soho House’s country mansion lies approximately 9 miles to the North. Other local amenities include Stourhead gardens, The Newt outside Castle Cary and a collection of excellent local pubs and restuarants.
Local schools include All Hallows Prep, Downside, Kings Bruton and Millfield. The Bath schools are all accessible and include Prior Park, Monkton Combe and King
Edwards. The property is served by several of the named schools bus routes- do check for latest updates.
Transport links are excellent with a railway station in Frome that connects to Westbury and from there, to London Paddington or the South West. There is also a mainline station in Castle Cary with direct links to London and the South West. The A303 is 12 miles to the South.
From the Strode Arms in Cranmore, turn right and then almost immediately left onto Withywood lane. Stay left at the fork and continue on Withywood Lane. After approximately 1 mile the entrance to the drive is on the left hand side.
Mains water, Electricity (Three phase electricity), Private drainage
Mendip District Council
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- Stunning, completely refurbished and extended 5 bed period country house
- Set in circa 34 acres of formal gardens, land and woodland
- Technology upgrades
- Unrivalled location
- Complete privacy and seclusion
- Grade II listed
- Over 5,700 Sq. ft of accommodation
- Garaging and ample parking
- Extensive outbuildings, stabling and converted barn
- Glorious views of Somerset countryside
- Potential for further development
- Full planning granted for additional detached garage, swimming pool and two-bedroom annex
Guide Price £3,500,000enquire now
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