A very gracious grade II listed family home. Sitting in stunning gardens. Four bedrooms, four reception rooms, conservatory, cellars and two garages. In addition a gardener'S cottage with scope to renovate subject to necessary consents. This house has style and charm and is a beautiful home.
"Swiss Vale" is a fabulous Grade II listed Georgian house which sits within the most superb gardens. Originally built as part of Clevedon Court around 1724 and used as a school in the 1800's.This gracious house has not been offered on the open market for around 40 years. The accommodation is beautifully proportioned throughout with delightful period features which have been carefully preserved and which compliment the modern improvements. The gardens will not disappoint providing privacy and seclusion without isolation and with the additional interest of a former gardeners cottage, now used for storage and in the past as a party room. There is scope to renovate as a self contained annex subject to planning consent.
This house has great style and charm with a great balance between inside and outside space.
Accommodation (all measurements approximate)
An elegant reception Hall, With beautifully moulded skirtings, architraves and with a charming period 1700's staircase complete with fluted balustrades.
Drawing Room 15'4" x 15' (4.67m x 4.57m) A delightful and beautifully proportioned room with a fine floor to ceiling window which looks out onto the fabulous gardens. A traditional 1700's fireplace with marble surround. Surrounding ceiling coving, moulded skirtings.
Dining Room 15'9" x 15' (4.8m x 4.57m) With a fine Minster open fireplace with views to the courtyard and with a large almost floor to ceiling window which looks down across the gardens. Surrounding ceiling cornicing, picture rail, moulded skirtings.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room 16'5" x 11'8" (5m x 3.56m) Fitted with a good range of wall and base kitchen units with excellent working surfaces extending to a breakfast bar peninsula, one and half bowl sink unit, plumbing for dishwasher, built in oven and hob with extractor hood above, space for both fridge and freezer and access to the Worcester oil fired central heating boiler. Plenty of space for the breakfast table, additional window seat and dual aspect views of the gardens.
Utility Room 11'6" x 10'4" (3.51m x 3.15m) Fitted with a comprehensive range of wall and base units with space for fridge/freezer, tumble dryer, plumbing for washing machine, sink unit, traditional flag stone floors, access into the gardens.
Conservatory 14'6" x 15'2" (4.42m x 4.62m) Situated adjacent to the drawing room. A much used room which takes full advantage of the fabulous aspect across the gardens.
Cloakroom With suite comprising WC and washbasin.
Study 11'7" x 8'2" (3.53m x 2.49m) Fitted with a bespoke range of library bookshelves and cupboards and extending to a computer station with drawers under. Ideal for those looking to work from home and as a quite hideaway. Overlooking the driveway and courtyard entrance.
Cellars 15'7" x 15' (4.75m x 4.57m) With stone floors ideal for storing wine.
Half Landing With views to the woods and leading to the Galleried Landing With linen cupboard and with access to the roof space.
Master Bedroom 15' x 14' (4.57m x 4.27m) With fabulous views of the grounds complete with window seat, elegant Adam style fireplace.
En-Suite Shower Room 12' x 7' (3.66m x 2.13m) With WC, pedestal washbasin and large shower, frosted window with window seat and airing cupboard with lagged hot water cylinder.
Bedroom 2 15' x 13' (4.57m x 3.96m) Measurements include built in wardrobes and drawer unit.Fine aspect of the gardens with window seat.
Bedroom 3 13'7" x 12'3" (4.14m x 3.73m) Pretty bedroom fireplace, window seat, moulded skirtings.
Bedroom 4 11'9" x 10'5" (3.58m x 3.18m) With built in wardrobes, a great aspect of the gardens, window seat.
"Swiss Vale" stands back from the road by some 35 metres and is particularly well screened. Many locals are completely unaware of its existence giving rise to a great deal of charm and of course enhancing the privacy. A driveway to the left of the property extends up from the road and leads to a courtyard area providing parking for around four cars and leading to two garages. Garage 1 13' x 12' (3.96m x 3.66m) and Garage 2 17'8" x 8'6" (5.38m x 2.59m) Complete with loft storage above. Nearby cold water tap and to the rear of the property access to the oil tank and log store. The gardens are a particular delight having been a great passion of the present owners for around 40 years. A central path leads straight up to the main entrance beneath a beautiful period canopy with its original wrought iron archways which loop along the front of the property. Either side of this central path are two beautifully tended lawns, flanked by great borders planted with a wealth of shrubs, specimen trees and perennials. A pair of scots pines frame the view beyond to Kings Wood.
Bathroom With large shower, pedestal washbasin and WC and a raised double ended bath.
There are a number of productive fruit trees and a small kitchen garden. These gardens will challenge both those keen on horticulture and for those looking for valuable space for the family. The Hot House Complete with double glazing! And raised beds ready for those valuable tender fruits and vegetables. To the rear of the property sits "the cottage", probably a former gardeners cottage appearing to be relatively sound in structure but quite basic having been used as a potting shed, hobbies area and a great party room for summer bar-be-ques that spill late into the night. It may be possible to improve the cottage, subject to the necessary consents to provide annexe accommodation.
Local Authority: North Somerset Council Tel:
Council Tax Band: G
Services: Mains services include electricity, water and mains drainage, the property is on oil fired central heating although there is also gas within the road.
All viewings strictly by appointment with the agent Steven Smith Town & Country Estate Agents. Tel:
Owner'S COMMENTSSwiss Vale has been a happy home for me for the last 30 years but now is the time for me to return to my country of birth and spend time with my daughter. I am leaving with no little regret.As you will be aware, the house is a Grade II listed building meaning that alterations to the structure of the building are subject to regulations. Never the less, modernisation in the form of double-glazed windows was carried out some years ago without the necessary consent. To legalise the situation and save aggravation for the new owners, this year I applied for, and was granted, approval with the provision that at least one step was taken to return the building to its original state. This requirement is underway and a new front door in keeping with the age of the building will replace the existing plastic door. The consent, including detailed plans (available), for the replacement windows is ongoing, however, the authority requires no further changes to be made. Of course, should further changes to the building be considered they must be within Listed Building regulations.It may be of interest to know that planning permission had previously been granted for a new house to be built within the grounds. Tending the garden has been my passion and with no wish to follow this route I let the permission lapse. Given the precedent I see no reason for a future application to be denied should that be of interest. However, I did plan to cut down the tree standing to the right of the garages in order to enlarge the turning space for cars. With no requirement for more space, refurbishment of the old gardener's cottage for use as a hobby room, studio, children's den or workshop etc., was not a priority. Moving back to South Africa will require me to cut back on furniture and, subject to selling price, I will be happy to leave certain items with the house if so wished.Should you have any questions on the house or matters appertaining I would be very happy to do my best to answer them. A history of the house dating back to 1724 is available. If you decide the house is for you, I am sure you will grow to love it as much as I have. If it is not for you - good hunting