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A fabulous double fronted Georgian 'village house' that dates from 1830 and so is one of only a handful of properties of this period in Nailsea. Presented in first-class order throughout, the house has been carefully restored and enhanced creating an extremely comfortable 4 bedroom, 2 ½ bathroom home with picturesque completely private gardens and a stunning David Salisbury Conservatory.
The house has long been a landmark property in Nailsea and is deservedly continually admired with local rumour suggesting that this was once the village dental surgeon’s house. Irrespective of the history, the attractive classic period façade gives an impression of smart presentation and the house does not disappoint in the slightest. The accommodation flows well and while The Ferns has been comprehensively updated in recent years all new additions blend seamlessly with the original features creating a charming home of very comfortable proportions.
Of the many improvements one stand out addition is the exceptional David Salisbury Conservatory that has been designed for year round use. The particularly pleasing design of the conservatory suits the property well and really draws the living space right into the garden.
The house stands in a tremendously convenient position in Silver Street, one of the oldest village lanes in Nailsea with a nice variation of neighbouring properties and easy, level access to the local amenities including a nearby greengrocer. The town centre is only a ¼ mile to the east, but the property is away from busy through routes.
By any measure this is a beautiful home that has been deftly enhanced and is very tastefully decorated throughout.
The gabled porch is approached via a paved forecourt and has slate bench seats on either side, a flagstone floor and a panelled front door with an iron door bell pull to one side.
The porch opens to the reception hall beyond with a lovely period herringbone wood block floor a theme that continues into the reception rooms, a staircase rising to the first floor and probably original stripped and waxed panel doors to the main reception rooms. A passage hall continues through the house to a pretty half glazed door that draws the eye through to the conservatory. The kitchen, a utility cupboard and a cloakroom are also arranged off the hall.
The delightful sitting room would once have been two separate rooms but today the dimensions are so much better as one room with a double aspect from the sash window at the front and the French windows that lead to the conservatory and garden beyond. The focal point of the room is an impressive fireplace with exposed local stonework, an open flagstone hearth, exposed natural stone piers and an Oak bressummer with a wood burning stove (multifuel) inset.
The second reception room, perhaps a formal dining room, a large study or a family room on the opposite side of the hall is also of good size having an almost full drop sash window to the front, a dressed limestone open hearth fireplace, an alcove with display shelf which was probably once a doorway and a further display niche. Local rumour has it that this room was the village dentist consulting room in earlier times.
The kitchen enjoys an outlook through the conservatory to the rear and is well equipped with a wide range of bespoke traditional style wall and floor cupboards with pine profiled tiled worktops. There is an inset double bowl vitreous enamel sink with period style brass mixer tap over, the surrounds are tiled to match the worksurfaces, there is a Range cooker with extractor hood above, the floor tiles are by Fired Earth, plumbing is available for a dishwasher and a former doorway provides a perfect recess for an upright fridge freezer while there is also space for a breakfast table.
The utility cupboard offers useful storage space and provision for a washing machine with scope for a stacked tumble drier if required and the adjoining cloakroom is an invaluable addition to the house.
From the hall the house opens to the conservatory that is perfectly positioned in dappled shade until the later afternoon and therefore not too hot but taking advantage of an enchanting outlook over the terrace and gardens which are completely private. This very elegant addition to the property spans across the back of the house and was designed and built by David Salisbury, the name in conservatories and really is a wonderful room to enjoy the garden even on the most inclement of days. The specification includes double glazed Pilkington K solar reflective glass with a matching roof. Double doors open to the terrace and there are plenty of opening casement windows for ventilation, the floor is sandstone with small ferns etched into the some of the stones.
On the first floor the landing has more stripped and waxed original panel doors opening to each room including a bathroom and separate WC together with a spacious shower room. The four bedrooms, three are double rooms and two have fitted wardrobes are of good proportions with high ceilings and sash windows allowing light to flood in.
The bathroom is furnished with a white suite comprising a cast iron enamel bath with an electric shower over and a pedestal wash hand basin. There is a casement window to the rear and a towel rail radiator and complementary tiled surrounds. The separate W.C. has a matching suite and a smaller window and then the shower room is well appointed with a double walk-in shower enclosure having a thermostatically controlled power shower. The wash basin has a large vanity unit beneath and mirrored display unit, a towel rail radiator and a large airing cupboard that houses the hot water cylinder and the gas central heating boiler with plenty of slatted shelving.
The house stands back from Silver Street with the front boundary formed by a substantial natural stone wall with a wide gateway opening to the drive and block paved forecourt.
The forecourt has lovely patina and is framed by deep low walled beds with deep flagstone coping and colourful planting. There is ample parking, turning space and even space for a boat, a caravan or motorhome. Please also note that there is a pair of gates stored in the garage that can be rehung if required and potentially even automated if you choose to do so.
The drive arrives at the excellent detached DOUBLE GARAGE that has a metal up and over door, lighting, and power. A useful workshop with two windows to the rear, lighting and power forms the rear of the garage building and there are personnel doors to the garden.
The exquisite mature gardens are an absolute picture with a broad flagstone terrace flanked by raised stone walled borders adjoining the conservatory. A herb garden is arranged to one side and the shaped beds are planted with a fabulous selection of specimen shrubs and bushes. A couple of gentle steps lead down to the sheltered lawn area that is mostly enclosed by further local stone walls with additional timber panel fencing screening from a variety of mature trees including a Weeping Willow.
A path returns to the font of the house via a gravelled area that is framed by further flowering plants and shrubs with the path lined by conical shaped box bushes inside a wrought iron gate.
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