Grade II* Listed Abbots Sharpham Estate Built in 1512 Asks £2.95M in Somerset, England

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Grade II* Listed Abbots Sharpham Estate Built in 1512 Asks £2.95M in Somerset, England

£2,950,000 | 8,094 Sq. Ft. | 8 Beds | 5 Baths | 19.56 Acres
Somerset, BA16 9SA

Abbots Sharpham, is a handsome and historically significant property, Grade II* listed with a unique stepped-down design and a range of distinctive features. Demonstrating its evolution over the centuries, it is a blend of blue lias and Doulting stonework under terracotta pantile roofs of varying pitch with coped verges. Internally there are many architectural details from the various historic periods. These include extensive flagstone flooring, oak, elm and old pine timberwork, plank and muntin screens, diamond paned lights, stone mullioned windows, splendid fireplaces and impressive carved armorial freestone panels bearing heraldic devices. These include the Prince of Wales three feathers, the “cruet” emblem of Richard Bere, the portcullis (Tudor) and the Harlequin, as well as one of the few remaining coats of arms of Glastonbury.

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These characteristics create a wonderfully romantic home and they have been complimented by practical works over the last 30 years or so. These have included re-roofing, much re-wiring and a complete upgrading of electrical wiring with full current certification. Maintenance of drainage to compliance standard. The installation of new boilers and underfloor heating in part, plus fully sensored external lighting and a cctv system. The principal entrance to the house is by a substantial oak door with elaborate scrolled medieval hinges beneath a slab hood. There are six reception rooms, an orangery, a farmhouse kitchen, domestic offices, an estate office, 8 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms.

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The entrance hall has a staircase with a fine balustrade and double doors opening into a music room with an open stone fireplace, elm floorboards, a store cupboard, coving, and stone steps flanked by two pillars into the library. This is a quiet peaceful room with diamond paned windows, oak bookshelves, a concealed cupboard, a secret door and a massive stone fireplace and a cloakroom. The secret door leads into the estate office which high speed internet and monitors for the CCTV network. Approached from this room is another outside door and a workshop and boot room plus a side door to the gardens. Returning to the library, a door leads to the drawing room with flagstones, fireplace, 16th C oak beams, a wine cupboard and stone mullioned, diamond paned windows with two opening to a terrace.

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Leading from the drawing room is a sitting room used mainly as a study with doors to both the entrance hall and the kitchen. Leading south from the Drawing room, a timber archway flanked by alcoves opens to a hallway with an outer porch and garden door, flagstones and 17th and 18th century panel screens to the great hall. This stunning room has a high vaulted, oak arch braced ceiling, heraldic shields, stone flooring with underfloor heating, a minstrel’s gallery leading to a small personal solar with vaulted ceiling. There are stone mullioned diamond paned windows and a massive chimney breast above an inglenook fireplace which is flanked by a staircase with a door off a half landing to a balcony in the orangery.

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The kitchen has fitted cupboards, carefully constructed from a 19th century pine chemist shop with marble and mahogany worktops with inset double sink unit and gas hob with a converted electric Aga. These are all set around the large central table in the farmhouse style. A hidden door in the panelling allowing direct access to the great hall. Leading off the kitchen is a utility room with adjacent laundry and a rear lobby (which can link into the Long Hall). A double story height oak structure with large diamond double glazing, sandstone flooring, underfloor heating and an automatic watering system. It faces southwest with folding doors to a terrace. A staircase with Tudor balustrading rises from the entrance hall to a landing on the first floor.

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The first bedroom faces east with views to the Tor and has an en-suite shower room. A passage and steps lead to a second bedroom which has views east and west and a panelled en-suite shower room. The landing continues to the main bedroom, (purported to be the birthplace of Henry Fielding) which is panelled with a fireplace, dressing room, a deep wardrobe, and an en-suite bathroom. The staircase from the great hall leads to a landing with a bedroom with space for a double bed and a built-in bunk bed perfect for a child. This room also has a shower room. The landing continues and serves two other bedrooms and a bathroom and continues through to the main staircase from the hall.

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There are two large bedrooms on the second floor. This is an east wing, with a separate oak entrance door and links through internally to the rear lobby of the main house. It provides additional accommodation the house and can be used as a self-contained apartment if required. It includes – The hall – another large and splendid room with a stone fireplace, plank and muntin screen, a high vaulted ceiling with beams and a splendid galleried bedroom with steps to a small window, perfect for viewing the Tor. There’s also a kitchen and a shower room and the wing has underfloor heating. The entrance drive leads over a private stone bridge into the property between the deer park and a meadow, along a 150m tree lined drive to tall stone pillars and shortly beyond onto the gravelled driveway to the house.

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This driveway forks to the stables and continues to the rear, with stone garage and potting shed. The front garden being lawned with shrubs and a splendid cedar of Lebanon and weeping willow. Abbots Sharpham has magnificent gardens on the western side of the house. Immediately approached from the house is a wide terraced area with a wisteria clad pergola and lawns together with a stone grotto with dipping tank and Lion’s Head feeding a shallow rill. The surrounding gardens have many features including the stumpery garden with a well, another rill to a pond and a magnificent horse chestnut. Close by is a wildflower garden with false acacia trees leading to the staddle-stone terrace with a Mulberry tree and an extensive herbaceous border.

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In front of the dovecote is a box hedge parterre, playing card garden, (look for the joker) and the area sheltered by high stone walls with espaliered cherry trees. Continuing in the garden are a small croquet lawn, the sunken garden and a rose clad pergola. This part of the garden is in the shelter of a stone building and verandas which makes an idyllic retreat. The 17th century ‘six eye waggon house’ includes a pizza area and kitchen, shower room and loo and a large indoor swimming pool. The pool is heated by an oil boiler and a heat exchanger. The pool is a great place to relax after tennis. The all-weather court being on the south side of the house overlooked by the terrace and orangery.

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Beyond the pleasure gardens is an exceptional organic vegetable garden with extensive raised beds for vegetables and fruit and a greenhouse with heating and watering systems. Beyond the vegetable garden is a walnut orchard paddock with a field shelter. Adjoining the hall is a range of attractive stone buildings under tiled roofs providing extensive garaging (with electric charging points) together with poultry sheds and workshops which flank a courtyard with a Mulberry tree. Also flanking this through courtyard is the Stable block.

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This is a large stone building with the original cobbles. Rebuilt in 1701, the stalls have been removed and the building is currently used for storage. It has full listed planning and building control permissions for residential use. The land with the house includes just under 20 acres being mainly permanent pasture with English hardwood trees and includes the oak paling and estate fenced deer park and other meadows. Also available are 2 cottages and farm buildings and additional paddock.


Tim Phillips • tmphillips@savills.com • +44 (0) 20 7075 2806
Alistair Heather • +44 (0) 1225 474 555
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