- Viewing from Thursday 8th October - call us for an appointment time
An enchanting late Georgian 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom detached house of great character set in private, level gardens in a sought after lane on the edge of the old village and offering very well presented accommodation enriched with many period features together with a detached stone barn that offers tremendous potential.
Historic North Street links the hub of the old village at Kingshill to the picturesque open countryside on the edge of Nailsea and is the setting for a number of significant properties. There are a range of local amenities including a very good butcher and a convenience store close by, while good schools and the town centre are within easy reach.
Nailsea is well placed for the commuter with easy access to the larger centres in the area including the City of Bristol which is just 8 miles away. A main line railway station on the edge of the town offers local and inter city services with direct trains to London – Paddington and a cycle route that is part of the SUSTRANS network also allows access to Bristol and other destinations.
Little is known of the house which is thought to date from the early XIXth century excepting that local rumour suggests that it might have been connected with the village blacksmiths. The Smithy was certainly opposite and to the left and according to hearsay, the well to do blacksmith lived here. Later in the early twentieth century the house was informally divided and occupied by two brothers, then in the 1980’s the house was restored as one family home.
More recently the house has been further updated. However, great care has been taken to ensure that the recent improvements blend with the features and style of the house.
The accommodation is spacious and remarkably light and airy and that feeling is evident from the entrance porch through into the 25’ living room. This room would certainly have been two rooms originally hence the two local stone arched fireplaces, one with a woodburning stove inset.
A pair of sash windows to the front are complete with window seats and panelled shutters while a charming stained-glass door, possibly glass made in Nailsea, opens to the dining room – family room.
Here the floor is period pine blocks, there is a bow window, exposed ceiling beams, a plank door with Norfolk latch to the kitchen and away to the end of the room a ¼ return staircase rising to the galleried first floor landing.
The double aspect kitchen is fitted with a range of contemporary Shaker style cabinets and oiled hardwood work surfaces. The inset Belfast sink has an integrated dishwasher adjacent and the Range cooker will be staying at the house.
A feature of the kitchen is the exposed natural stonework that adds real character. A doorway opens to a utility room that leads to the garden and off to a cloakroom.
The staircase arrives at a galleried landing that is illuminated by a window over the stairwell and has a built in linen cupboard and a loft hatch. Classic stripped panel doors open from the landing to the bedrooms and to the well appointed family bathroom.
The bedrooms are all very well proportioned with three very comfortable double rooms and a large single bedroom. The second bedroom has a period fireplace with an inset cast iron Ducks nest grate while this and the neighbouring third bedroom both have deep sash style windows.
The principal bedroom is arranged to overlook the garden at the rear and opens in turn to the en suite shower room.
The house stands very well with a rustic gate opening to the drive that provides ample parking space and leads to the Detached Stone Barn – Coach House. This building has tremendous potential as was demonstrated in the planning consent (now lapsed) that was granted in 2013 for conversion to a self-contained annexe. Given the volume within the building, accommodation on two levels could be created which would also utilise the lean-to section of the building at the side.
Currently the Barn – Coach House provides storage and garage space with lighting and power.
The gardens are arranged on 3 side of the house and those sections of garden to the front and rear are very private and fully enclosed.
In the main the garden is laid to lawn with a productive vegetable area set away to one side while the rear garden offers a flag stone paved patio, further level lawn and summer house with light and power.