Hot property | Tennis courts and waterfalls

This home of grand proportions could be yours

Address Henley Lane, Wookey  l  Guide price £2,500,000  l Bedrooms 5  l Receptions 7  l  Agent Knight Frank, 0117 317 1999,

Built in the Georgian era as a country home and sympathetically renovated by the current owners in 2005, Henley House is the epitome of elegance.

In Wells you’re minutes from the Mendips and the Ebbor Gorge National Nature Reserve, as well as being close to major roads leading to nearby towns, and Bristol and Bath.

You’ll find the house on the quiet Henley Lane, at the end of a long private drive lined with trees, surrounded by extensive park-like grounds and woodland at the fringes.

Upon reaching the house you’re faced with a fantastic view of its Georgian facade with pillared portico, the orangery extension, its tennis courts, lake and waterfall – the rolling Mendip Hills can be seen in the distance.

Stepping through the front door into the central staircase hall, you’ll find the drawing room to the left and dining room to the right. The drawing room is a fantastic space with an original fireplace, delicate cornicing, ceiling roses and hardwood flooring – it’s roomy enough to allow for a variety of furniture configurations including a sizeable dining table as well as chairs and couches.

In the orangery, arched windows provide fabulous views of the grounds and let in plenty of natural sunlight, making it a lovely place to be – a piano would look very at home in this space. An additional study and reception hall are also on this level, with stairs leading down to the cellar from the hall. 

The kitchen is huge and also functions as a breakfast room with its large central island doubling up as a breakfast bar. Beautiful floor tiling, cream-coloured Aga, exposed wooden beams, skylights and coordinating black granite worktops pull the room together and make it a true homely hub.

Upstairs are the bedrooms, the principal with both an en suite bathroom and further en suite shower room, again with stunning views of the grounds and the countryside beyond. Of the four other bedrooms, two have en suites, and there is an additional family bathroom.

Henley House backs onto unspoilt farmland and is surrounded on all sides by the rolling Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village of Wookey has pubs, playing fields, ‘Wookey Hub’ shop, a cafe and Grade I-listed church.

The beautiful city of Wells – the smallest in England – is under 10 minutes away from Henley Lane by car, 12 by bike, and has been in place since Roman times. Parts of the famous Wells Cathedral date back to the 10th century and it holds services, concerts, events and even lectures inside the historic walls.
The city also has a great range of shops, boutiques, supermarkets, including a Waitrose, cinema, leisure centre, restaurants, public houses, doctor and dental practices. 

The area abounds in excellent private schools including Wells Cathedral School, Wells Cathedral, Millfield at Street, Downside at Stratton-on-the-Fosse, the Sherborne Schools, St Mary’s at Shaftesbury, and a number of schools in Bristol and Bath. Wells also has the highly regarded Blue Secondary School. 

Call Knight Frank on 0117 317 1999 to book your visit today!

Caitlin Bowring

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