Guide Price £1,475,000
Chapel Cleeve Manor, Minehead, Somerset
This Grand, Grade II* Listed Manor House, offers some 27,000 square feet of accommodation, including an adjoining two bedrom cottage (Monks Cottage) and an East Wing that requires further modernisation.
The Property and it's History.
The original part of this striking home date backs to the 1400s at which time it was a Chapel, until its dissolution in 1537. Through following generations there were a variety of "Gentry" owners, including Robert Earl of Sussex, The Stewkley family, Dame Juliana Langham and the Halliday family (1880), whose "Coat of Arms" still adorn the centre gable, during these preceding years the property was extended and the Georgian influence is still prevalent today particularly with its sweeping secondary staircase. In 1914 the Lysaght family purchased the Manor and added a gracious wing of Edwardian proportions which included the striking 106' Gallery and adjoining Ballroom (now the dining room).
During its heyday in the late 1960s and 1970s the property hosted fine banquet and dinners, dances, weddings, tennis parties with Fred Perry. Former Royal Guests have, we understand, included the then Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret. Today, this distinctive and important country home has been slowly and carefully restored by its present owner who took occupation in 1998. Extensive works have continued to be carried out to preserve the properties architectural and historical character both within the main house and the adjoining Monks Cottage. Considerable work has also been carried out to the roof of the property. The East Wing, which includes the original Hospice Chapel (dating back to 1400), still requires restoration.
Chapel Cleeve Manor is situated close to the West Somerset Coastline (approx. half a mile) and the Exmoor National Park. The property is located between the small village and coastal communities of Old Cleeve and Blue Anchor, within the Hamlet of Chapel Cleeve. Nearby towns of Minehead, Watchet and Williton are all with a short drive for everyday amenities and facilities, Minehead approximately 7 miles with banks, hospital, leisure, shopping and sporting facilities. The County Town of Taunton is located approximately 19 miles to the East from which there is a much broader range of shops, main line rail connections and access to the M5 at junction 25.
For those that enjoy exploring the coast and countryside, then Chapel Cleeve has an enviable position being so close to the Coast and yet within easy reach of Exmoor, the Quantock Hills and the Brendon Hills as well as many other beauty spots close at hand including the historic and medieval village of Dunster with its famous castle and Yarn Market.
THE MAIN HOUSE
Studded heavy timber doors to
Leaded mullion windows, tiled floor and part leaded door to
Heavy stone open fireplace, ornate plaster chimney breast and ceilings, oak panelled walls, leaded mullion window, radiator, door to family room and opening to
The 106' Gallery
Arranged over two shallow levels with oak panelled walls, ornate plaster ceilings, oak flooring and part carpeted, radiators, grand staircase rising to first floor, leaded mullion bay window with door to outside, open fireplace and recessed study area with double aspect mullion leaded windows.
Raised Dais forming Open Plan Dining Area with timber balustrade surround, oak panelling, radiators and ornate plaster ceiling. It is understood that there is a sprung floor under this area.
A superb triple aspect room with views over the gardens towards farmland and surrounding hills. Stone fireplace with ornate carved surround, oak panelled walls, ornate plaster ceilings, leaded mullion windows with window seats, radiators, carpet over oak flooring, feature full length glazed panels to dining area.
Enjoying similar views. Open stone fireplace with crested plaster chimney breast, leaded mullion windows, window seats, radiators, oak panelling incorporating cupboards and display shelving, plaster beamed and ornate ceiling and exposed timber flooring.
Again with similar views, open fireplace with timber surround, leaded mullion windows, radiators, carpet over oak flooring, high ceilings with ornate moulded cornice and columns and door to
An octagonal room cleverly decorated depicting the four seasons with steel pillars and ironwork, leaded mullion window with seating either side, radiator and oak flooring.
Fitted Kitchen/Breakfast Room
Enjoying similar views through large leaded mullion bay window and fitted with a Gothic style range of base and tall matching wall units, cupboards and drawers under, deep Belfast sink with timber drainer and beaded edged working surfaces, LPG/electric six burner range cooker, matching display cabinets, integrated tall fridge, matching island unit with one and half bowl sink unit and brass mixer tap, dishwasher, cupboards and drawers under, radiators and exposed timber flooring.
With sweeping Georgian secondary staircase leading to first floor with domed atrium, radiator and oak flooring.
With recessed shower cubicle, range of full height fitted cupboards, radiator, mullion window, door to separate WC with low level suite, wall mounted wash hand basins, heated towel rail, mullion window and exposed timber flooring.
A grand wide carpeted staircase from the gallery leads to -
First Floor Landing
Arranged over two shallow levels with an impressive leaded and stained glass window, radiator and ornate plaster ceiling.
A beautiful triple aspect room with wonderful sweeping views, carved marble fireplace with raised hearth, moulded ceiling cornice and roses, radiator and leaded mullion windows.
Carved timber fireplace with marble hearth, leaded mullion windows, radiator and moulded ceiling cornice and roses.
Timber panelled walls to dado height, low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin, shower unit, octagonal Jacuzzi set in a leaded mullion bay window, moulded ceiling cornice and rose.
To the rear of the property with two leaded mullion windows.
Fitted with a four piece suite comprising low level WC, bidet, pedestal wash hand basin, raised bath set in carpet surround, radiator and leaded mullion window.
To the front of the property with superb views. Cast iron fireplace with timber surround and marble hearth, leaded mullion window, radiator and moulded ceiling cornice.
Fitted with a three piece suite comprising low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin, bath with shower screen and mixer tap set in a part tiled surround.
Cast iron fireplace with timber surround and marble hearth, leaded mullion bay window and moulded ceiling cornice.
En-Suite Shower Room
Fitted with a three piece suite comprising low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin and recessed tiled shower cubicle with sliding doors.
To the front of the property built in cupboard, leaded mullion window, radiator and moulded ceiling cornice.
Fitted with a four piece suite comprising corner bath, pedestal wash hand basin, low level WC, tiled shower cubicle, leaded mullion window, radiator and moulded ceiling cornice.
Again to the front of the property with leaded mullion window, radiator and moulded ceiling cornice.
En-suite Shower Room
Fitted with a three piece suite comprising low level WC, his and hers vanity wash hand basins, tiled shower cubicle, radiator and part tiled walls.
Again to the front with leaded mullion windows, radiator and moulded ceiling cornice.
En Suite Bathroom
Fitted with three piece suite, comprising pedestal wash hand basin, low level WC, bath, part tiled walls, heated towel rail and leaded Mullion windows.
Located off of the main landing, part tiled and fitted with a one and a half bowl sink with beaded edged work surface, plumbing for washing machine, cupboards and space under for fridge.
Walk in recess with sink unit and mixer tap, airing cupboard with factory lagged hot water cylinders with immersion heaters and shelving. Access to roof space.
with Georgian staircase descending to the ground floor and from which there is access to the East Wing.
MONKS COTTAGE (Please Note:- our client would be willing to retain this cottage should it not be required by any purchaser. The cottage is on a separate deed but is included within the sale)
Monks Cottage which has been completely renovated and is currently let provides a useful income (presently let for £650pcm), radiators, fitted carpets.
With Mullion leaded window, radiator and fitted carpet.
With modern range of base and wall units, one and a half bowl sink unit, mixer tap, rolled edged work surfaces, integrated hob, double oven, further sink unit, plumbing for washing machine, cupboards and drawers,, matching tall cupboards, mullion window, radiator, built in dishwasher, fridge and freezer, door to outside.
With double opening double glazed doors to courtyard. Radiator, part tiled, staircase to first floor.
Ground floor Bedroom
With double glazed doors to courtyard. Radiator, part tiled flooring and fitted carpet.
Part tiled and fitted with a three piece suite comprising a low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin, tiled shower unit, radiator, tiled flooring, oil fired boiler (heating
and hot water system). Access to roof space.
First Floor Bedroom
With mullion leaded window, radiator, fitted carpet.
Fitted with a three piece suite, comprising bath, low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin, part tiled walls, fitted cupboard, double glazing and radiator.
THE EAST WING AND REAR OF THE MAIN HOUSE
The East Wing and rear of the Main House requires renovation and in brief comprises a substantial area with connecting door to the main house.
Accommodation comprises hall, former kitchens (currently used as workshops), access to the oldest part of the Manor including the Bar area and adjoining former cloakroom facilities, store room, staircase to first floor with five rooms and a further five connecting rooms, stairs to second floor comprising three further rooms and access onto the roof.
THE CELLARS and BASEMENT
The Cellars and basements can be collectively accessed from within the East Wing and from the rear and side of the Manor House.
The original cellars comprise 4 main rooms with barrelled ceilings and with adjoining Boiler Room, Wine Store.
Basement comprising an original Bierkeller, believed to be one of the very first within the UK with former skittle alley, former gents and ladies toilets, bar with seating area.
Chapel Cleeve Manor is approached off a small country lane that links the villages of Old Cleeve and Chapel Cleeve with Blue Anchor Bay.
The shared tarmac private road leads past the former walled Nursery Garden, which has now been developed to provide some private residential properties. Tall double opening iron gates give access to the main drive that then sweeps through the grounds to the front of the Manor House and around to the rear where there is excellent parking and turning facilities. Adjoining this area is a large concrete base incorporating an inspection pit. This area 22m (72') x 11.6m (38') has planning permission for a six vehicle garage with storage over.
The property stands within approximately 7 acres of gardens and grounds, which are predominantly laid to lawn running into meadow. There is a large pond with a pleasant woodland walk to one side, second pond leading into cherry orchard.
Along the front of the Manor House is a lovely stone terrace with well stocked
shrub borders and from which there are fine views over the adjoining farmland
and towards the surrounding hills, West Somerset Railway.
There is a secondary drive which runs through part of Chapel Cleeve Park but
which is currently unused.
Mains water and three phase electricity. Part private drainage running into the mains. Oil fired heating.
COUNCIL TAX BANDS
The Manor Band G*
Monks Cottage Band A
*At the time of producing this brochure the council tax bandings are correct. However, potential purchasers should be aware that ongoing improvements at the property may affect the properties council tax banding following a sale when/should the property be re-assessed.
From Minehead proceed towards Williton on the A39. On leaving Bilbrook and passing the Dragon House Hotel on your right turn left at the crossroads signposted Old Cleeve, Chapel Cleeve and Blue Anchor. Follow the road passing Binham Grange and then take the second entrance drive on your left where the gates to the Manor will be found shortly after on the right.
- Grade II* listed Tudor style manor house
- 27,000 square feet of accommodation
- Great potential and scope for further improvement
- Separate 2 bedroom renovated cottage (PLEASE NOTE our client would be willing to retain this cottage should it not be required by any purchaser)
- Planning consent to develop substantial Garage Complex
- Close to the Exmoor National Park
- Within half a mile of the coast
- Set in around 7 acres of gardens and grounds
- With nearby towns of Watchet, Williton & Minehead
- County town Taunton 19 miles