Eyes down and look in: a supersized Victorian vicarage with spec-tac-ular kitchen, 7 beds, gym, hot tub and separate coach house in a Somerset village south of Bath
Calling all property pundits! Property Flirt is back, and boy have we got a corker for you. For anyone who doesn’t know our nosey little game, we show you the gaff, tell you the best bits about it, and then you guess the price and the closest to the asking price wins £10,000. OK, so I’m lying about this bit.
Right, your starter for ten…
With seven big bedrooms (including a vast suite across the top of the house), a knock-out kitchen, three receptions and a garden stretching over 1.3 acres, The Old Vicarage in the Somerset village of Oakhill, not far from Bath, is an impressive family home.
Dating back to 1890, the house is stuffed with original period features, like this original Victorian tessellated floor and old oak staircase in the hallway.
The first reception room is light, airy and big enough for two giant modular sofas – and a chaise. Peel me a grape, Beulah.
The second is currently decked out as a games room but we reckon there’s almost enough room for a game of 5-a-side. Would make a glorious dining room. There’s a third reception, too.
The Smallbone of Devizes kitchen is spectacular, with a four oven Aga (loving that pop of colour behind), electric hob and built-in Miele appliances. Your tootsies will never feel cold with the underfloor heating. Utility room, pantry, boiler room, wood store and second downstairs loo, all off to the side.
Dinner is served. Even baked beans on toast tastes better eaten in a glass orangery.
Shall we go upstairs? After you…
On the first floor there are six beautiful double bedrooms, each with original features – cast iron fireplaces, ceiling cornices, fitted Victorian cupboards – and all overlooking the garden (we’ll get to that later). No one gets the short straw in this house.
Two family bathrooms (one for girls and one for boys?)
The second floor’s a vast suite awash with light from an array of veluxes (or veluxi?) and a glass crown or little glasshouse on the roof. With an open plan bedroom and living area (dig that fire), kitchen facilities and two dressing rooms, this award-winning conversion is awesome.
Surely there’s room in enough for an entire family in that shower?
Coffee and croissants out on your balcony, natch.
A bookcase hides a secret staircase leading back down to the first floor. Sneaky midnight feasts, perhaps? Naughty.
Wondering where you’ll be working out? Right here: the cellar’s been converted into an air-conditioned gym, with audio-visual cabling. Could you turn it into a private cinema?
The house sits in 1.3 acres of garden with space for outside dining, an orchard, green house, tree house and a 10-seater Nordic wood-fired hot tub. Pass me my bathers, I’m going in.
A self-contained coach house (once used as the village GP surgery) lies at the entrance to the drive. Family, staff, business, holiday cottage?
We sent the Muddy drone up to show the Coach House bottom right; veg patch behind the house; and there’s a double garage hidden there too. And the whole plot is nicely private with trees and shrubs.
The village of Oakhill has a pub with good food, a primary school and GP, though you’ll need to go a mile down the road to Gurney Slade for a shop/post office.
Fab location: UNESCO world heritage city of Bath (14 miles); Bristol (18), Wells (6), trendy Frome (12), arty Bruton (11), cool Babington House near Mells (10). If you run out of designer clobber, Kilver Court designer village and Mulberry outlet are around the corner.
Plethora of schools: state Wells Blue School and Writhlington School; independent All Hallows Prep, Wells Cathedral, Millfield, Downside plus the Bath schools, all within easy reach.
Need to get to The Smoke? Jump on a train at Castle Cary (11 miles) and you’ll be in London Paddington in 90 mins. Bristol airport and the rest of the world is just 17 miles away.
So, then, property pundits, how much d’you reckon? Have a think, write your answer below, then click here to find if you’re right.