A substantial and magnificent residence, steeped in local history enjoying a wealth of character and charm throughout, situated a short walk from St Catherines and Frome town centre.
Dating back to the 17th century, The Keep has had a long an interesting history over its lifetime. The property carries the mantle of the oldest surviving brick building in Frome. Over the years the house has had multiple uses not least as a Cottage Hospital for a period in the late 19th century and as offices and storage space for the Old Printworks during the first half of the 20th century. In the mid 1970s, when much of Trinity became designated a conservation area, The Keep received a Grade II listing for architectural and historic interest. It became a family residence once more and has since been restored to its former glory by a succession of careful owners.
The generous accommodation sits over three floors and offers much versatility, ideal for a burgeoning family and most suited for modern family life. With a wealth of character and charm throughout, it is apparent that much care has been taken in restoring this wonderful home to its current state.
Entering through the Castle Street entrance via a useful entrance vestibule, you are greeted by a spacious hallway with high ceilings, beautiful ceiling coving and a stunning flag stone floor, which sets the scene for much of what is to come. The accommodation flows well throughout the ground floor and The Keep also has a second entrance to the hallway from Trinity Street.
The sitting room is airy and bright, with 2 front aspect sash windows flooding the room with light, flanked by operational shutters, a feature prominent on most of the windows in situ. A fireplace sits prominently against one wall, with an attractive stone surround, mantle and hearth, ideal for when the nights draw in.
The dining room adjacent on the other side of the hall also features a stunning fireplace, a centrepiece fit for any room complimented by stunning wood panelling to three of the walls and ornate coving to the ceiling.
The stone flooring runs through the hallway to the Trinity Street entrance and also features in both the downstairs cloakroom and the study. The study, has 2 side aspect sash windows.
The large kitchen/breakfast room looks out across the garden, with beautiful stained glazed French doors which open outside and exposed stonework to some of the walls. The kitchen shaker style units are of quality, set under a granite worksurface, complete with inset sink and drainer and space for a domestic appliance. Set under a brick arch is a gas fired Aga with a cooker hood above, and a door opens to a spacious larder cupboard with quarry tiled floor and water softener.
A curved door leads through an arched passage to the utility, which in turn opens outside and into the double garage. The utility further houses space for domestic appliances under a worktop with sink and drainer and has a useful storage cupboard to one wall.
The integral double garage is a real advantage, allowing comfortable parking for 2 vehicles accessed via electric up and over doors from Trinity Street.
Rising to the first floor landing by way of the ornate and most attractive staircase, you pass the library on the half landing. The library is a wonderful space, created by the current owners during their tenure and fit for a multitude of uses. Enjoying a dual aspect, the library is light and bright with French Doors which open onto a secluded terraced balcony overlooking the gardens.
On the first floor, in addition to the family bathroom there are 3 large bedrooms. The master suite is a joy, a large double bedroom flooded with light by way of 2 sash windows, with both a spacious and well-appointed dressing room and beautifully finished en suite.
The guest bedroom, a large double, has its own en suite bathroom and is dual aspect with a window to the garden as well as attractive sash windows overlooking Castle Street.
The third bedroom is split level with stairs to a mezzanine overlooking to main bedroom. Ideal for young children with a sense of adventure.
Rising again to the second-floor landing, you pass a door which leads to a useful storage cupboard. The landing has partially restricted head height to the eaves and beautiful striped wood flooring as well as a window on the gable which offers a superb rooftop view across the town centre to the countryside beyond.
This superb view is echoed in bedrooms 4 and 5, both of which have considerable eaves storage and enjoy the same aspect across Fromes attractive landscape.
Bedroom 5 has an additional room adjacent, ideal for storage or as a dressing room, complete with wardrobes and eaves storage cupboards.
The Keep enjoys a handsomely manicured walled garden, offering a high degree of privacy and seclusion, a rarity considering the central location it enjoys. Set over differing heights, the garden is a very pleasant place, which to while away the long summer evenings, with a spacious patio area ideal for alfresco dining in the summer and a covered gate which leads to Castle Street. There's an attractive water feature and pond, and stone steps leading to the upper garden, predominantly laid to lawn and flanked by a wide range of well-establish specimen shrubs, plants and trees. There's a useful garden room with light and power, as well as a gate leading to the parking area of The Old Printworks, giving access if required.
Frome is a charming historic market town set 13 miles from Bath. Voted as the best place to live in the South West by The Sunday Times in 2018, there's much to enjoy with a varied range of independent shops and a vibrant community scene. The Keep is a short walk from St Catherines, and the picturesque area of Frome known as the Artisan quarter, characterised by its cobbled streets and many historic buildings.
There's a number of well regarded primary and secondary schools within the area and both Bath and Bristol are easily commutable with the train station linking to London Paddington, Bath, Bristol and the coastal town of Weymouth.