- Exceptional Georgian Country House
- 51 acres of stunning gardens and parkland
- Elevated position with far reaching views
- Separate cottage and luxury treehouse producing income
- Traditional stable yard with development potential
- Further land available by separate negotiation
- EPC Exempt
This truly exceptional Grade II Listed Georgian country house stands in an elevated position with far reaching views over its parkland towards the Chew Valley.
Harptree Court is undoubtedly one of the pre-eminent houses in the area, set back from a lane behind high stone walls, affording privacy and seclusion. The property is accessed via two principal drives from the north and east meeting at a circular carriage drive at the front of the house, with a third entrance gate opposite the stable yard to the southwest, directly into the village.
East Harptree is a highly sought after village in the beautiful Mendip Hills 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. The village has a Church of England primary school, a pre-school / nursery, community shop, church, village hall and cricket club. There are various local community clubs and social events to engage in if you so wished.
Communications are good with the M5 motorway (Junction 21) about 15 miles to the west, linking to the wider national motorway network. Bristol Airport is about 9 miles to the north and East Harptree is not under any regular flight paths. Bristol Temple Meads provides regular mainline rail links to London, the Southeast and the Midlands. Bath Spa to London Paddington takes from 88 minutes.
The regional hubs of Bristol (13 miles) and Bath (16 miles) provide comprehensive shopping, recreational, leisure and commercial opportunities. In Bristol, national retailers can be found at the Cribbs Causeway shopping centre and Cabot Circus; both offer a very wide range of retail and leisure facilities. The City of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with world-famous Roman Baths and is regarded as a cultural hub in the southwest. Babington House is a 30 minute drive away.
Schooling in the area is excellent for both state and private education. Bristol, Bath and Wells all have a range of primary and secondary schools for boys, girls and mixed schooling. Notable private schools include Queen Elizabeth Hospital School, Bristol Grammar School, Clifton College, Millfield School, Kingswood School, Badminton School, Prior Park College, Monkton Combe, Wells Cathedral School and the Bruton Schools amongst many others. Chew Valley School and The Blue School in Wells are highly regarded state schools.
Sporting facilities in the area include golf at Wells, Maesbury Castle, Castle Cary and other local courses and National Hunt racing is at Wincanton, Bath and Salisbury. The property lies within the Mendip Hunt country. The Mendip Hills area is highly regarded for its walking, caving, rock climbing and bridleways, affording excellent riding out opportunities. Chew Valley Lake is 1.9 miles away and ideal for sailing enthusiasts. Shooting and fishing are also available locally.
Like so many houses of this calibre, Harptree Court is arranged on an east-west axis, so the principal rooms all face north or south to maximise the sunlight and views. The main rooms face out over the north lawn with a ha-ha separating the gardens from the rolling parkland and fields beyond.
Guarded by a stone portico with Greek Doricstyle columns, the wide doorway has a beautiful patterned fanlight above and leads into the spacious entrance hall. Standing at the heart of the house, it has a three bay Tuscan column arcade and a large welcoming fireplace with marble mantelpiece above. The front and rear doors align, providing a lovely view of the gardens beyond. Leading off the entrance hall, the large drawing room is dual aspect, with a magnificent fireplace and a link directly from the dining room, itself a wonderful room with tall ceilings and bay window overlooking the grounds. The impressive panelled billiard room is dual aspect and lies beyond the drawing room. The crescent shaped morning room would also make a wonderful study or reading room. The cloakroom has a separate WC and also leads down to the cellars.
The staircase hall is lit by a pretty circular ceiling light and leads on to the more informal rooms, including the sitting room, home office, kitchen / breakfast room, butler's pantry, utility room and a further WC. The kitchen / breakfast room is a warm welcoming space with a four-oven Aga and links directly through to the pantry and utility room with back up ovens and further food preparation space.
The staff flat, which comprises a kitchen, sitting room, bedroom and bathroom, lies at the end of the passageway, with independent access via a side door to a courtyard with ancillary bin, log and miscellaneous stores.
The main staircase leads up to a spacious landing leading to a wide corridor off which all principal bedrooms lie. The master bedroom has a lovely bay window, with an en-suite bathroom and overlooks the valley beyond. A sealed doorway from the bathroom could easily be re-opened to link through to a further bedroom to create an ensuite dressing room. Three further bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms whilst another has access to a bathroom or shower room. There is also an upstairs sitting room and small kitchenette.
A door leads through from the main landing to the secondary bedroom space, comprising three bedrooms, a games room, bathroom, WC and linen rooms. This would be an ideal children's wing with a separate staircase leading down to the rear hallway. Five rooms at the end of this wing are arranged to provide three laundry / drying rooms and two store rooms.
Laundry Cottage and Stable Yard
Laundry Cottage adjoins the stable yard with vehicular access from the village via the western gate. It comprises a kitchen, living room, two bedrooms and a bathroom. The property is currently let out on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy. The stable yard dates back to Victorian times and comprises a U-shaped yard with garaging and carport on one side, a two storey traditional stone stable block opposite, and a two storey stone range of stores, workshop and additional stables alongside. There are a series of rooms on the first floor, formerly habited by estate workers. A further range of former stables lies behind the stable yard. A further former stable barn lies behind the stable yard. The whole yard and barn are in need of some refurbishment but have considerable development potential, subject to planning permission. Please see the floor plans for further details.
Farm buildings and Outbuildings
A range of former farm buildings lies out of sight to the northeast of Harptree Court, set on the far side of the fields and with independent road access. These buildings are predominantly of stone construction and are suitable for residential development, subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents.
Other outbuildings include a series of dilapidated old greenhouses aligned down the centre of the walled garden, probably dating from the Victorian era. They were heated and would be magnificent, once restored. Along the eastern elevation of the walled garden are a series of old apple and machinery stores, also with some development potential. There are various other animal shelters and stores across the property and land.
Acreage: 51.7 Acres
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