Coombe House is set amongst a cluster of individually eclectic houses at the top of Stoke Hill in the lovely village of Chew Stoke in the beautiful Chew Valley.
The house was built in 1804 and was one of the original stone built houses on the Fairseat Farm Estate. It retains much of its characteristic charm and original features but has also been sympathetically modernised in recent years, including a substantial 3 gable extension to the back of the property and more recently, an oak frame kitchen extension. The current owners have lived here for the past 14 years and as a family, have been fortunate to enjoy all that the location has to offer. As well as being within the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the serenity of Chew Valley Lake on the doorstep, this includes a thriving village community, excellent village Primary School and also within walking distance of the highly regarded Secondary School, a highly rated local Medical Practice, a Pre-School nursey, a friendly and community minded village pub, first rate, popular local restaurants, a leisure centre with use of gym, squash and tennis courts and a Rugby Union Club with a popular junior section for boys and girls of all ages. The well-appointed village of Chew Magna is a 5 minute drive or half hour walk away with its shops, further pubs and post office. Chew Stoke is ideally placed for easy road access to both Bristol and Bath, each University City boasting wonderful settings and culture. It is equally easy to get to the beautiful Cathedral City of Wells. Bristol Airport is within 20 minutes drive but Chew Stoke enjoys a location out of the flight path.
This happy home has a warmth to it as soon as you step into the stone flagged hallway, with its elaborately carved newel post immediately catching your eye and the old wooden doorways opening up either side into a living room on the left and a double length lounge to the right.
The original stone flags continue into the front lounge area along with an open, stone fireplace and a feature oak beam opening into the back lounge area. This large room has been sympathetically modernised including replacement of the wooden sash windows looking out to the front and new wooden double aspect French Windows to the back, opening out onto an immediate courtyard setting and looking out to the lawned garden beyond.
The living room to the left of the hallway features an inlaid wooden floor, a recently installed, Morsø woodburning stove set in a feature wooden and tiled fireplace and original wooden thumb latch door into the kitchen. Another large sash window looks out to the front and it’s low position provides a lovely window seat.
The spacious kitchen with large dining area is at the rear of the house, enjoying the full aspect of the garden and trees outside, facilitated by a bespoke oak framed extension. Designed and built by local builders and craftsmen, the extension won the 2011 award for “Best Domestic Extension” BANES Building Design of the year. Now forming the heart of the home, this wonderfully light space houses a classic, hand-painted wooden kitchen, featuring a large island, granite worktops, range cooker and large pantry style cupboards.
There is ample room for a large dining table allowing views out through the quadruple bi-fold doors, which fully fold back to allow complete al fresco living in the warmer months.
A functional utility room with both a side entrance to the front of the property and a stable door to the rear garden, along with a downstairs toilet complete the ground floor. There is a large, stone flagged cellar accessed through a door under the stairs, not currently used regularly but with potential. It has seen many fun times though as it’s perfect for spooky Halloween and Harry Potter parties!
Upstairs to the first floor, there are 5 bedrooms, including one with en suite shower room, as well as a family bathroom. The rooms all look out onto pleasant views, in particular the en suite room which has double aspect windows. The 5th smallest bedroom is currently used as a study.
A wooden door on the landing takes you up to the 2nd floor which has been recently modernised and is now a fully carpeted, full width of house attic room, with feature open stonework at either gable and 3 large velux windows affording far reaching views of the countryside. This is currently used as a “den” for teenagers but could be utilised in many other ways.
Grounds and Gardens
With lawns laid to the front and back of the property, the gardens are well established, not overlooked and the immediate back of the garden looks out onto open fields. There is a large gravelled drive area to the front with ample space for several vehicles and access to a single garage.
The property is supplied by mains gas and electricity, mains water and sewerage.
Bath and North Somerset Council Tel: 01225 477000