17th-century Grade II-listed rectory for £1.9m

17th-century Grade II-listed rectory for £1.9m

A Grade II listed building constructed during the reign of James I is being offered for sale for the first time in its 420-year existence for a cool £1.9 million.

An early 17th-century rectory and a separate coach house are part of the Somerset estate.

The building exudes history, and many of its original characteristics are still there. The Old Rectory has tall ceilings, substantial skirting, and very wide stone mullion windows with cast iron glass.

With underfloor heating, cutting-edge appliances, and internet hardwiring, the house has been brought into the current century.

The main house features four bedrooms, three reception rooms, an elegant oak staircase, and windows that look out into the courtyard.

The cozy three-bedroom home that was renovated in 2007 from the former coach house across the courtyard. It is perfect for dining outside since it includes a garden with a terraced area.

Throughout its lengthy history, the Coach House has served a variety of functions. It has served as a guest house, home office, nursery, and a famous vacation rental.

Reverend Simon Sturtevent, who moved there in 1905, was one former inhabitant. He was expelled from the church for spending too much time towards creating drains and sewers for the King.

Reverend James Caulfield Brown settled there in 1841. To accommodate his 12 children, employees, a beer cellar, a drive through for the horse and carriage, and a spacious hall and study, he erected the substantial Victorian High Gothic addition to the existing home.

The home is in the Somerset community of Compton Martin. The village is home to a lively neighborhood.

Wells, which has a large number of small businesses and coffee shops, is near to the home. Bath and Bristol are both about a 30-minute drive away.

For the present owner, having a rectory was more like returning home.

He had grown up in rectories since he was the son of a canon, so when the opportunity to acquire one presented itself, he jumped at it.

‘We had the privilege of living in the Coach House for 18 months while we undertook the refurbishment; we had refurbished a home previously and had a fantastic builder,’ the owner said.

The preservation of many historical elements was vital to us, and we even reinstated those that had been eliminated through time.

We incorporated this with contemporary features like hardwired internet and underfloor heating.

We adore Compton Martin in every way. Despite the fact that our house is in the middle of a small hamlet, it is always tranquil there.

“The property itself affords so many options: we have lived in the Coach House with family members, utilized it as our home office, hosted a nursery, and most recently, provided award-winning vacation rentals.”

It’s the ideal family house since both structures have plenty of room.

The Old Rectory’s grounds is divided into many areas. On the same level as the home, there is first a level lawned space. Then, as you go up the old stone stairs, you reach a patio area. A greenhouse, a garden plot, and a woods with a variety of trees are also present.

The garden’s focal point is a remarkable 200-year-old copper beach tree, according to the owner, whose leaves change color from green to purple to copper in the winter.

‘This tree is one of the highlights as you see the seasons change, and you can’t help but love it. We are fortunate to have a variety of wildlife that enjoys our garden.

We often see squirrels, a great variety of birds, and sometimes, a genuine thrill of seeing deer standing majestically in our lawn at dawn.

The Coach House and Old Rectory have been mentioned in writing as far back as 1604.

The home is tucked away in the center of the community and has views of a neighboring church and, on a clear day, the Welsh shore.

It features a driveway that can fit more than eight automobiles, a secured entrance, and around 0.7 acres.

The owner said, “The community has a neighborhood tavern, a convenient post office, an amenity field, and a village hall.

It is also dog nirvana here; whether you want to stroll for 40 minutes or many hours, there are some perfectly safe and secure trails.

It is also suitable for road and mountain riding.

Because there are no streetlights in the hamlet, there is no ambient light, making it excellent for stargazing. When you add the peace and quiet, you get the impression that you are in another universe.

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