Dating back to the late 17th century, The Keep has had a long an interesting history over its lifetime and 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 and versatile accommodation is arranged over three floors, 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, stunning ceiling coving and a beautiful flag stone floor. 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 flooded with light thanks to the 2 front aspect sash windows flooding the room complete with 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. The dining room adjacent on the other side of the hall also features a stunning fireplace the most impressive 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, added in the early 19th century, offer shaker style units and 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 electric grill and ovens and a cooker hood above, and a door opens to a spacious larder cupboard with quarry tiled floor and water softener. An arched door leads through a passage to the utility, which in turn opens into the double garage. The utility offers further space for domestic appliances under a worktop with sink and drainer and has a useful storage cupboard to one wall. The integral double garage offers 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 oak staircase with mahogany bannisters, you pass the library on the half landing. The library is the most spacious of rooms but could also be used as a further bedroom, large office or first floor drawing room. Enjoying a dual aspect, the library is light and bright with French Doors which open onto a secluded terraced balcony overlooking the gardens. Leaving the library a door to the right leads into a large airing cupboard and the boiler room. On the first floor, in addition to the family bathroom there are 3 large bedrooms. The master suite comprises of a large double bedroom flooded with light by way of 2 sash windows, with both a spacious and well-appointed dressing room and a beautifully finished ensuite. 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. Rising again to the second-floor landing, you pass a door which leads to a useful storage room. 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 rooftop views. 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 stunning walled garden, offering a high degree of privacy and seclusion, a rarity considering the central location it enjoys. The garden is beautifully planted and set over different levels. There is a spacious patio area ideal for alfresco dining and a covered gate which leads to Castle Street. There is an attractive water feature and fish 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 stone faced garden room with light and power, as well as a gate leading to the parking area of The Old Printworks, giving access if required. Council Tax Band - E, Services - Mains electricity, Mains gas, Mains water, Mains drainage