At home in granduer

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The Parsonage does not skimp on splendour – and like all good country homes, there is a garden with ample promise, writes James Higgins

Trying to encapsulate all this property has to offer is no easy task. This substantial home is The Parsonage – formerly of the Diocese of Bath and Wells, it served St Mary’s Church in Langford until – in 2007 – when it was sensitively restored. The generous internal accommodation spans 3800 sq. ft. across three floors and is complemented by significant grounds totalling 0.6 acres.

The ground floor comprises a kitchen/lounge, drawing room, family room, utility, walk-in pantry, workshop and WC. There is also a gated open courtyard that provides access to a covered store. A part-glazed door opens onto a large entrance lobby (with a quarry-tiled floor) which in turn leads through to a hallway with stripped wood floorboards, original coving and a staircase which retains an original wood balustrade. Just off the hallway are a useful boot room and a panelled cloakroom – handy features for a busy family that love the outdoors! This grand reception sets an impressive standard for the rest of the home.

The kitchen/dining room is a welcoming room boasting multiple large sash windows and French doors. It is fitted with bespoke painted units, quartz worktops and a built-in storage cupboard. It is amply equipped with a dishwasher, fridge and a spectacular cast-iron and polished-nickel range oven with induction hob. The polished-nickel is replicated in the lights that hang above the work surfaces and give this kitchen a warm glow when the sun sets. The adjoining space has an original fireplace, wood-burning stove and ample space for dining room furniture.

The drawing and family rooms sit on opposite sides of the hallway and offer formal and casual living areas respectively – the drawing room boasts a slate fireplace housing a wrought-iron stove.

At the top of the stairs there is a large aspect and a generous landing. There are five double-bedrooms, a family bathroom and two en suite shower rooms on the first floor, and a large home office and loft space (approximately 60m2) on the second floor. The loft space does have restricted head height at its extremities, but could suit a variety of uses, not least providing ample storage space.

The garden is shielded from the road by tall evergreen hedges at its perimeter. The south-facing garden is landscaped and a breath-taking feature. A gravel terrace leads to two al fresco entertaining spaces – one with views of the church, the other looking towards the Mendip Hills. The lawn wraps around the property, with flower beds, a kitchen garden and mature trees dotted through it. Last, but not least, a cedarwood greenhouse provides excellent gardening facilities for a green-fingered owner.

The village of Lanford is nestled at the foot of the Mendip Hills, 12 miles from Bristol. It is an area renowned for its outstanding beauty and the village boasts handy conveniences including a supermarket, petrol station and pub. Wrington is within walking distance and offers more comprehensive facilities including highly-rated schools.

Agent: David James & Partners, 01934 864300, www.djandp.co.uk

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