Prospect House is a substantial and particularly spacious 8 bedroom family house. It was built in 1911 by the Acland family for the benefit of the parish, to house the incumbent vicar, a Reverend Malet. The Aclands were great benefactors to the village and also built the primary school and village inn.
The house is substantially constructed and has red sandstone elevations which are enhanced by dressed hamstone quoins and reveals, beneath a timber lined clay tiled roof. Being an important house within the village, great attention has been paid to detail and the siting of the house. The principal rooms are all on the south elevation and have wonderful views over the garden, towards the Quantock Hills. It has features typical of its period, including good quality joinery, impressive fireplaces and leaded Mullion windows. Indeed, there are some leaded windows with the Acland/Malet family crests inset.
It now provides a spacious home of character and style and is offered with oil-fired central heating.
The accommodation comprises
Solid Oak front door with leaded window to one side, opening into an enclosed
Entrance Lobby with tiled floor and further panelled and part-glazed door with inset leaded lights and stained glass with matching side panel opening into
Reception Hall. A wonderful reception hall incorporating an elegant balustraded staircase with polished handrail, rising to the upper floors. The hall forms the heart of the house and from here doors give access to the main reception rooms, while an arch opens through to the kitchen/dining room. Original polished timber floor. Under stairs storage cupboard.
Cloakroom with wash basin, tiled floor and coat hooks. Door to separate WC with white close coupled suite. Paneled dado rail. Tiled floor.
Drawing room. A well-proportioned room with large bay window giving a wonderful outlook over the garden and surrounding countryside, towards the Quantock Hills in the distance and forming a spectacular backdrop. Corner fireplace with a cut stone overmantel and sideslips, with inset cast iron surround and Coalbrookdale woodburning stove, on a slate hearth. Borrowed light from the reception hall with stain and leaded glass.
Sitting Room Large window giving similar views to those of the drawing room and having a deep low sill. Corner fireplace with electric fire
Family Room with one wall of fitted bookshelves. Further former fireplace with fitted shelving cupboard to one side
Kitchen/dining room. A wonderful family room with, at the dining end, a large window overlooking the garden. Original polished timber floor. The kitchen area is fitted with a range of cream painted wall and base units with honed granite work surfaces incorporating one and a half bow single drainer sink with tiled splashbacks. Rangemaster Stove. Island unit with built-in cupboards and drawers with maple work surfaces, with doors opening to the dining area. Built in plate races, plumbing for dishwasher, deep recess suitable for upright fridge, quarry tiled floor. Door to pantry and glazed double doors open into
Garden Room. Brick floor, glass mosaic frieze running the length of one wall. Fitted cupboards. Door to rear garden
Larder. Slate shelving.
Butler s pantry. Slate shelving, Belfast style stone sink. Fitted shelving
Utility room. Wide Belfast style sink with adjacent slate drainer and drawer and cupboard below. Arched shelved recess. High level shelf. Door to rear courtyard and opening through to
Laundry Room/Boiler Room. Fitted worksurface and plumbing for two washing machines. Oil fired Boiler.
Rear Courtyard with doors to former gardener s WC and tool shed
Inner Landing with staircase continuing to the second floor
Secondary Landing with large window
Master Bedroom with corner fireplace, built in wardrobes and dressing table.
Bedroom 2 with fireplace and built in shelved cupboard
Bedroom 3 with corner fireplace and built in shelving cupboard
Bedroom 4 with painted fireplace and built in cupboard
Bedroom 5 with recess with small stone sink and timber drainer. Built in shelved cupboard to one side. Fireplace
Bedroom 6/Study with potential to create an en-suite bathroom to bedroom 3. Corner fireplace
Bathroom plus a range of built in shelved cupboards, one housing the insulated hot water cylinder with immersion heater and shelving, all with cupboards over. White suite of bath with mixer tap and shower attachment and marble surround, vanity basin with cupboard below, low level WC and larger than average walk-in fully tile shower with extractor fan. Painter timber floor.
Landing with skylight, hatch to loft space. This floor has the potential to create a teenagers or granny suite and currently provides
Bedroom 7 with pretty venetian leaded window and corner fireplace
Bedroom 8 with built in wardrobe with cupboards and drawer. Fireplace and pretty venetian leaded window. Extensive built in wardrobes.
Bathroom/shower room. On two levels with a white suite of panelled bath, close-couple wc, corner vanity basin with cupboards above and below and separate tiled shower cubicle. Shelved cupboard, doors to attic storage space, two wall light points, recessed ceiling spotlights and skylight
The gardens lie to the south of the property and are on two levels. They adjoin open farmland and have fantastic views of the Quantock Hills. Immediately to the rear of the house there is a graveled seating area with adjacent pergola, adjoining an area of lawn, with a number of specimen trees and rose arbour.
Steps descend to the lower garden, mainly laid to lawn and interspersed and bounded by further shrub borders.
Tucked away in the corner of the garden is a timber framed studio (in need of attention) with timber shiplap elevations under a glazed tiled roof. A wonderful artist s studio fitted with a range of cupboards and shelving and stone sink. Timber garden shed
The property is approached from the village road over a drive leading to a parking and turning area and giving access to a substantial Double Garage with adjacent workshop and storage over.
Prospect House is situated on the edge of the popular conservation village of Stogursey, a thriving community with a 900 year old parish church, shops, Post Office, butchers, garage, inns and a primary school. The village is situated between the Quantock Hills designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty and the north Somerset Coast with its many beaches. The area provides a wide variety of leisure and recreational opportunities.
Taunton, the county town, provides comprehensive facilities with, in addition to a good range of shops, excellent schools within both the state and independent sectors, a theatre, County Cricket ground and a main line railway link to London (Paddington). The M5 motorway (J25) is accessed on the eastern side of the town and can also be accessed at Junctions 23 and 24 on the outskirts of Bridgwater.
From Taunton proceed in a northerly direction through the village of Kingston St Mary, over the Quantock Hill and on reaching Nether Stowey cross over the A39 towards Stogursey. On reaching the T junction on the western outskirts of the village, turn right and the property will be seen as the second house after the school, on the right hand side.