A wonderful family home set in the heart of Wells with self contained cottage wing, coach house and about 1.25 acres of charming gardens and grounds.
Bishop Ingle House presents a unique and wonderful Grade II listed town house, enjoying a private south facing position set in about 1.25 acres (est.) of mature gardens. The main house, in conjunction with the cottage wing, forms a U-shaped configuration enclosing a delightful courtyard. The cottage wing, which is directly accessible from the main house, can be closed off to form a self-contained two-three bedroom unit with its own external access. Within the grounds is a charming coach house that could be utilised further alongside plenty of off-street parking set behind an established boundary, and yet all within a short walk of the quay.
The house presents an immaculate town house of elegant proportions, with thoughtfully arranged accommodation over three floors culminating in a lookout providing superb views of the harbour and salt marshes beyond. The house is entered from a veranda adjoining the main façade, into a staircase hall leading on to the delightful drawing room and dining room. Other rooms of particular note are the impressive kitchen/breakfast room, butler's pantry, spacious garden room, the double fitted study and useful cellar.
The bedroom accommodation is over two floors, accessed off a spacious landing. On the first floor there is a most impressive master bedroom, with dressing area and bath/shower room and a principal guest bedroom with adjoining shower room. The remaining three bedrooms are all double rooms, with a family bathroom. A staircase leads up to the second floor, with a fitted double study, bathroom, bedroom and attic storage, with access up to the lookout.
The property has been the subject of a thorough and sympathetic programme of renovation since the current owners acquired the house. The extensive works, carried out to the highest of standards, have retained and enhanced all period detail including shuttered sash windows, cornices and open fires.
Bishop Ingle House is approached from the east, through panelled gates on to a large gravelled parking and turning area for many cars, with the drive continuing to the coach house with further parking.
The gardens and grounds are exceptional considering the position of the property within the town, and are entirely enclosed offering peace and privacy. The majority of the gardens are to the south of the house, bordered by fine mature trees and interspersed with herbaceous beds, a fine rose bed and shrubs, with the main large expanse of lawn sweeping away from the house. The lawns continue to the west, to a woodland walk leading back to the coach house and main house.
To the west of the house is a charming walled garden, with well stocked herbecous beds, kitchen garden, green house and summer house, together with original apple store. A wisteria clad archway leads through to the York stone courtyard, with access from the main house and cottage wing, complete with BBQ area and pedestrian access out toward Wells Quay.
Within the grounds is a former coach house with hayloft providing further storage. This is flanked by a garden store/garage and another outbuilding currently fitted out and used as a workshop.
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An incredibly rare commodity of a substantial house with private setting and gardens, yet all set within a thriving coastal town, a real gem.Ben Rivett