An exquisite private estate in a truly unspoilt rural location, with planning permission for a unique contemporary house with outstanding views designed by Mary Duggan.
The Aviaries is situated in a wonderful rural and quiet position, about a mile to the north-east of Shepton Montague and close to the ever popular town of Bruton. The position is exceptional with extraordinary views and absolutely privacy. The principal house is a unique Georgian lodge, fully renovated in 2009, with an unusual yet convenient configuration facing south across a beautiful valley. The grounds include an extensive walled enclosure with an unrestored stone pavilion, a pair of staff cottages in need of restoration, and a range of modern agricultural buildings.
The land extends to circa 355 acres of predominantly arable land interspersed with permanent pasture and some woodland. The land is certified organic and has been in an organic system approaching 30 years (begun in 1989). It is currently farmed by local cheese producer, Godminster Farms. This rolling countryside encloses The Aviaries and, without a single public right of way on the estate, it ensures the house has the benefit of absolute privacy.
There is planning permission for an imaginative and innovative modern house with a pavilion and swimming pool positioned to maximise the exceptional views. The architectural and landscape designs offer a purchaser a unique opportunity to combine new with old within the context of an historic park, and with the benefit of a mature rural setting. Please ask for more details.
The Aviaries is approached from the north via a dedicated drive which begins at the Grade II* listed towers before running down a tree-lined avenue and bisecting the walled enclosure before arriving at a graveled driveway in front of the lodge. The estate is mostly bounded by dry stone walls which radiate out from the towers.
The main house is a Grade II listed lodge of Georgian origins designed in a classical Palladian style. The construction is principally of Doulting Stone with dressed stone coins under a pitched slate roof, with a central brick chimney stack. The south elevation has unusual and attractive lattice sash windows with a central arched window in a handsome bay. A full and comprehensive refurbishment was carried out in 2009 replacing all windows and doors with bespoke hardwood units, repointing, reroofing, wiring and plumbing, decorative restorations and more. Further details are available on request.
The configuration is somewhat unconventional yet very convenient, with accommodation over three floors and a superb principal reception room with a vaulted ceiling on the middle floor. Entrances at lower and middle levels add flexibility, enabling owners to vary their use of the rooms accordingly. The present layout has two bedrooms and two bathrooms on the lower ground floor; kitchen, sitting room and drawing room with dining area on the upper ground floor; and two further bedrooms with en-suite bath/shower rooms on the first floor. Attributes of particular note include the ornate plasterwork and Bath stone fireplace in the drawing room, an oak staircase, solid oak and elm floors, blue lias flagstone floors, and some exposed beams and stone in places. The rooms are of a light and bright nature, particularly the drawing room and the principal bedroom. Access to the grounds from both lower and upper ground floors connects the reception rooms and hall with both the lawns and terrace to the south and the driveway and walled enclosure to the west.
Both outer' and inner' walled enclosures are bounded by a nine foot high wall of period brick in Flemish bond with brick copings. These walls are extensive and have been renovated in recent years. A maturing oak tree and several fruit trees lie on the eastern edge of the inner enclosure, leaving ample space for a new owner to think about a swimming pool, tennis court or formal gardens (subject to the necessary consents). A pretty stone pavilion, currently out of commission, is set within the inner wall on the northern edge, which could further enhance the options for this lovely garden. The outer wall encloses an area of circa 3 acres which includes the house, cottages, driveway inner walled enclosure and pavilion.
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