Friary Court is an intriguing, hidden gem. Occupying a little known location within the centre of Salisbury, the house remains virtually unnoticed by the outside world.
Situated near the Cathedral Close, the properties in Friary Lane are described in the Listing as 'an important group to the south side of St Anne's Street.'
Unassuming from the front, the impressive size and classical beauty of the house does not become apparent until entering through the front door and stepping into what can only be described as the most wonderfully elegant
A stunning period house, mentioned in Pevsner and steeped in history, it is without doubt an important and rather special part of Salisbury's architectural heritage. A plaque gives an indication of its early life, quoting that in around 1225, Franciscan Friars established a religious house near
Dating from the early 17th Century and built by Mathew Bee, Mayor of Salisbury, Friary Court and its neighbour, Craddock House, were originally one property, with Friary Court enjoying the south facing aspect and beautiful walled gardens.
Retaining many period features and having superb proportions, fine fireplaces, lofty ceilings and beautiful deep sash windows, the house offers the space and grandeur that only age and character can offer, combined with a wonderfully warm and inviting atmosphere that comes from being a much loved home.
The substantial front door, with handsome brass furniture, opens to the Entrance Hall, an impressive reception space, where a wide casement door gives a tantalising view of the garden.
The Drawing Room is particularly elegant with deep sash windows and large working fireplace with marble surround, it forms a superb room for entertaining.
The Dining Room is beautifully proportioned with original shuttered windows, panelled walls, wide oak floorboards and an attractive fireplace with a gas fire. Spacious and light, it is a perfect room for formal dinners and large parties.
The rear hall has a side access, built-in storage and leads to the Cloakroom.
The Kitchen/Breakfast Room is extremely well fitted with a bespoke range of painted dressers, cupboards and drawers under solid wood and granite worksurfaces with integrated appliances including a refrigerator, oven and hob. Warmed by the large AGA and with a table and chairs overlooking
the garden, the kitchen is a sociable room and a lovely place to have breakfast or lunch, read the papers or congregate and enjoy a glass of wine whilst cooking.
There is a separate Utility Room with stable door opening to a jasmine and rose covered trellised porch with flagstone path leading directly to the double garage.
On the first floor an original 17th Century, 2-light leaded casement window allow light to flood the landing and all the bedrooms have a lovely southerly aspect.
The Master Bedroom is capacious, fitted with a range of built-in cupboards and retaining an original fireplace, a door opens to the Bathroom which has further cupboards and rolltop bath.
Bedroom 2 is very well proportioned, with panelled walls, built-in cupboards and large period fireplace.
On the second floor the Guest Bedroom is spacious and has the benefit of an en suite shower room. There is a fourth double bedroom and separate bathroom.
The double garage, an extremely rare commodity in the centre of Salisbury, is situated to the side of the property, with double doors and power connected and side door giving direct access to the walled garden.
The secret, beautifully created town garden is gloriously romantic, a combination of formal lines with exuberant planting, it is laid out to provide a wonderfully verdant oasis within the centre of the City.
Fully walled and south facing, the inclusion of native specimen trees has provided height and maturity that perfectly frames the elegant, wisteria clad, façade of the house.
A rose covered archway leads to an area of lawn, with flagstone and brick terraces combining with box edged gravelled paths, leading to a large, Office/Studio, which has light and power connected.
Standard Bay trees, clipped and fastigiate Yews, shrubs and ferns add evergreen focal points that are underplanted with drifts of herbaceous plants to provide colour, scent and interest that continues throughout the seasons, with the appearance of massed spring bulbs, including aconites
and snowdrops in the New Year.
The addition of a Victorian style greenhouse, with adjoining potting shed, adds another dimension to a horticulturists delight of the garden, offering an excellent opportunity grow more tender and exotic plants. There is a
useful log/garden store.
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"An outstanding Grade II* Listed Town House of immense character"