Simply breathtaking lake views from this Chew Valley hidden gem set in delightful 2.19 acre grounds
Originally built in the 1960s and then significantly remodelled and refurbished in 2010, The Lake House must surely occupy one of the prime locations within the whole of the Chew Valley. Situated at the head of an exceptionally peaceful rural lane, the property was built to make the most of its enchanting position, set high on the hillside with a truly spectacular views that sweep over idyllic open countryside across Blagdon Water to the rolling hillside beyond.
Approached via a substantial and impressive oak front door, the hallway and first floor landing have been opened to create an impressive and welcoming entrance with a first floor minstrels gallery. A large cloakroom provides plenty of storage for coats and ancillary outdoor wear. An open staircase from the hall leads down to a dedicated gymnasium area with a walk in wine cellar and an adjacent pantry with water softener unit. To the rear of the gym lies the boiler room, laundry and drying area with external door opening directly to the garden.
The ground floor of the property is designed for relaxed and informal open plan living. The bright fitted kitchen features granite work surfaces, twin sinks, an electric Aga stove (with a energy saving AIMS controller) supported by a stainless steel electric oven and hob. The kitchen opens to a particularly generous dining area with plenty of space for entertaining large numbers of family and friends. This links through to a delightful study/family room with a working fireplace and commanding truly wonderful views. The drawing room is an excellent proportion with a further working fireplace set in a Minster stone surround. This is a charming room which has been designed in a style reminiscent of a ski chalet or hunting lodge with a lovely warm and characterful ambiance.
At first floor, there are five bedrooms in total with principal master suite and guest suite at either end of the spacious and bright landing. The master bedroom is an indulgent and unique area designed as much for daytime as evening use. Wide sliding doors opening to the generous balcony, a large contemporary style wood burning stove sits in one corner of the room and the magnificent en suite features a freestanding cooper bath, bespoke vanity units. A walk in rain shower is glazed to the rear to maximise the natural light into the bathroom and as a result captures the outlook across the valley. The guest suite is served by a dedicated en suite bathroom with shower and corner bath and two further bathrooms are shared by the three remaining bedrooms.
Immediately to the front of the property is an area of sloping paddock land bordered by deciduous native trees on all sides with substantial purpose built kennels and a hardcore parking bay with space for numerous vehicles. The front driveway is bordered by smart stone walling on two sides with further tarmac parking area and a covered bay for one vehicle. From this level there is direct access to the lower floor, currently used as a gymnasium. A pathway from the side of the property opens to a very attractive and well planted ornamental garden with flagstone upper terrace from which to sit and take in the wonderful lake views. A flight of steps runs beyond the stone built garden store/workshop to a further small paved patio area. The middle tier of the garden is set out as a series of vegetable and fruit beds with greenhouse and two timber storage sheds. This in turn leads down to a peaceful hard landscaped area with a series of raised beds enclosed with railway sleepers and a seating area looking down across the lower lawns. This rustic and naturalised part of the garden is a particular delight, surrounded by farmland and including fine specimen trees and a haven for wildlife.
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The Chew Valley is frequently referred to as the Crown Jewel of the south west. Within this prized location, Lake House occupies perhaps the most spectacular spot of all!David Wild