A magnificent Grade I listed country house with exceptional decorative interiors and beautiful Grade II listed Humphry Repton gardens.
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Described by Pevsner as exceptionally sumptuous in the style of William Kent and listed Grade I, Ston Easton Park is a wonderful Georgian country house with delightful Grade II listed Repton gardens and views across the neighbouring parkland. Ideally located within the popular county of Somerset and affording good access to the neighbouring cities of Bath, Bristol and Wells. Ston Easton Park an appealing prospect for buyers seeking a superb country home or a landmark building from which to run a commercial venture.
Tall stone pillars with ornate pedimented iron gates open onto the long tree lined drive which leads through landscape gardens to the appealing Georgian Mansion House dating from 1769. The west wing contains the earliest part of the house and the delightful symmetry of the façade displays three storeys and incorporates pavilions to left and right with low pitched pyramid roofs. Centrally the fine entrance has Tuscan columns supporting metope-frieze and the garlanded Hippisley-Coxe coat of arms in relief above. The rear (southern) garden elevation, also symmetrical but simpler in design has a wide terrace running the width of the house and overlooking the gardens.
On entering the welcoming and central entrance hall with its stone floor and fine fireplace, the superb quality of the interior Palladian architectural decoration is immediately apparent. The decorative ceilings, door cases and fireplaces are a joy and the traditional English country house style of interior design compliments the classical style beautifully. Of particular note within the drawing room is a central ceiling relief of an eagle, an exceptional door-case and classical wall paintings. The central entrance hall forms the axis of the house. To the east are the stair hall, the dining room, the morning room (with access to the gardens) and a bedroom with shower room. To the west are the sitting room, breakfast room, hall, library and kitchen (with utility, pantry and cold store beyond), a cloakroom and a small office/boot room. The majority of rooms are interconnecting, with the morning room, drawing room, sitting room and breakfast room forming a delightful enfilade along the garden elevation.
The first and second floors provide 19 well appointed and individually designed luxury bedroom suites including one with its own roof terrace. The lower ground floor has a central hall with access to the gardens and grounds to both east and west and provides valuable space with games room, garden room, billiard room, studies, stores and the original kitchen which is engagingly Edwardian in arrangement. There is scope to create additional accommodation from these rooms.
This property has 28.4 acres of land.
The Gardeners Cottage A pretty detached house with stepped gables and river frontage situated between the house and the walled garden. Listed Grade II and arranged as 3 bedroom suites or for use as a single property.
Lodge Cottage Formerly the entrance lodge. A detached single storey one-bedroom cottage situated on the western edge of the property.
Coach House A fine symmetrical single storey coach house and stables. Contemporary to the mansion house and listed Grade II*. Requiring renovation and with planning consent for conversion into a hotel function suite granted 09.06.17 ref 2016/2672/LBC. Mendip District Council.
Garage and stores There are two detached period buildings to the west of the house and both accessed from the secondary drive. Presently arranged as garaging and storage space.
The extensive gardens and grounds wrap around the mansion house. From the wide flagstone terrace at the rear of the house, lawns slope down to the River Norr which forms the centre piece of the Reptons pleasure garden. Two stone foot bridges, to the west and the east of the house, cross the river with its run of 8 weirs, providing a gradual cascade along with the enchanting sound of running water. The mown river banks have Beech, Cedar, Yew and Willow trees and pleasing walks.
The western bridge leads to the Gardeners Cottage and is bounded by a high castellated stone wall, complete with cruciform arrow slits which forms a screen to the walled garden beyond. The walled garden is arranged as a series of gardens enclosed by high brick wall and clipped beech hedges, all accessible by a wide central gravel drive. Here the River Norr rises and is channelled, fast flowing through a narrow canal before widening to flow past the house. A rose garden, under planted with seasonal plants and crossed by rose covered arbours stands closest to the house. A cutting garden with vibrant coloured flowers and two traditional lean to greenhouses plus potting shed, neighbour the Gardeners Cottage. The kitchen garden provides four traditional wooden framed greenhouses, cultivated beds and pleached fruit trees along mown walks. Further areas have soft fruit cages, an orchard and the tennis court. Beyond the walled garden and at the western edge of the grounds is a storage building.
There is a secondary (trades) drive from the west providing access to the service area of the house and the walled garden. The remaining land is arranged as copse bordering the drive and woodland which is a continuation of the pleasure garden and stretches to an eastern point, providing a pleasant woodland path.
Occupying a prime location between the historic and cultural cities of Bath, Bristol and Wells and benefiting from ease of access to all three centres with their extensive leisure, recreational, sporting and educational facilities. There are universities in both Bath and Bristol and a wide range of schools in Bath, Bristol and Wells as well as Millfield, Sherborne School, Downside, Kings Bruton, Hazlegrove and All Hallows. The surrounding countryside provides an array of sporting amenities including first class national hunt racing at Wincanton and excellent pheasant and partridge shoots. Golf clubs locally include Farrington Park, Mendip, Wells.
Road and rail links from are excellent; with regular direct service to London Paddington from Bath, Bristol and Castle Cary Station. Access to the A303 provides fast links to London and the West Country. Bristol Airport is approximately 12 miles away.Read all
- Ideally situated in Somerset between the cities of Bath, Bristol and Wells.
- Suitable for use as a hotel, hospitality or other commercial venture.
- 7 reception rooms. 20 bedroom suites, domestic offices, extensive lower ground floor.
- Grade II listed Gardeners Cottage with 3 bedroom suites. Grade II* listed Coach House.
- Lodge Cottage. Further outbuildings.
- Grade II listed gardens arranged around the River Norr.
- In all about 28.4 acres
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