- Hidden away in a central location
- 6/7 bedrooms
- Imposing detached house
- Bags of character
- Viewing advised
Price Range - £2,000,000 - £2,200,000 Hidden away in the heart of the town centre, is this beautiful and imposing Grade II Listed townhouse. Originally built for Edward Barnard, this historic property has had many uses over the years including a boarding house for girls. It is one of a very few houses of its stature and size and is considered by some to be the finest in Frome. Initially symmetrical the house was considerably enlarged C1890 by the Singer family of JW Singer & Co. A private gated driveway sweeps towards the front of the house. Stone steps lead up to the front entrance and into the flagstone hallway featuring a panelled archway above the grand main staircase. To the left side of the hall, there is an impressive drawing room with large sash windows, working shutters and a bay window overlooking the garden. The room features ornate moulded Victorian cornicing, a fireplace with a marble surround and wood burning stove, either side of which are two symmetrical panelled arched alcoves. The stripped wooden floors and Pompeiian fresco painted walls and ceiling, give a three dimensional illusion of perspective to this already splendid room. Across the hallway is the breakfast room which is open plan to the kitchen. Originally a mirror image of the drawing room large sash windows, ornate cornicing, working fireplace and painted floorboards create a light and fabulous family dining and entertaining space. The stunning kitchen is by deVol, with bespoke cupboards and shelving, marble worktops, a very large Belfast sink and a sash window overlooking the rear courtyard. There is a new Aga recessed in an alcove which has been finished with hand made tiles and a free standing island in keeping with the kitchen design. To the rear of the hall is a flagstone passageway leading to a beautifully finished dual aspect library and formal dining room which has access to the garden. There is a fully fitted pantry and boot room with laundry facilities and a separate W/C. From the rear hall, there is a back staircase to all floors and a door leading to stone winding steps down to the cellar which has good headroom and some natural light. The magnificent front staircase sweeps up to a spacious landing above which a Victorian ceiling window floods the space with light. There are three interconnecting bedrooms, two further bedrooms, all with feature fireplaces and a bathroom fitted with Lefroy Brooks fixtures. From the landing a doorway leads to newly fitted shower room, featuring beautiful hand made mermaid tiles. Beyond is a staircase leading up to charming attic room, which overlooks the garden and has the bonus of plenty of eaves storage. Externally accessed from the rear courtyard there is a one bedroom cottage with W/C shower room and a living room with open plan kitchen. The cottage is currently let out for short-let holiday stays and provides a substantial yearly income. To the side of the property, there is a doorway in the side wall leading to a fabulous newly built large workshop currently used as an artist studio. The surrounding beautiful gardens are planted with a huge variety of mature shrubs and large trees including two Holm Oaks, providing not only all year round interest but treasured privacy. There are lawns, herbaceous borders, a herb garden, a summer house and a walled terrace with a gate in the garden wall behind the house that leads out onto Whittox lane. To the front of the house there is parking for several cars and a garage. Frome is a historic market town, just under 13 miles from Bath and surrounded by beautiful countryside. The town has many amenities, including good schools, two theatres, a cinema and a station with rail links to Bath, Bristol and London Paddington. EPC = E. Council tax band G. Services: Mains gas, Mains electricity, Mains water, Mains drainage.