FULL DESCRIPTION
Substantial detached period house with 3 storey accommodation in the heart of Wells-next-the-Sea with cellar, gardens, outbuildings, garage and parking. No onward chain.

Croft House is a unique opportunity to purchase a substantial period house situated right in the heart of Wells-next-the-Sea, just a moment's walk from the Quay and the town's main shopping street.

Now in need of a full programme of refurbishment, the property has a colourful history formerly being owned by merchant man Thomas Bolton who shared the house with his wife Susannah, who was Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson's sister. Nelson is reputed to have visited the house regularly and his nephew, Thomas (Bolton) Nelson, who may also have lived at the house for a time, became the 2nd Earl Nelson. The property has also been home to the foreman for The Granary and, in more recent history, became a tenement house for up to 4 families at a time until being sold in the late 1950s to the current owner.

The accommodation is arranged over 3 storeys plus a large cellar briefly comprising to the ground floor a kitchen/breakfast room, impressive dining room and sitting room which retain period features, large snug with a shower room. To the first floor, there are currently 5 bedrooms and a bathroom but the layout lends itself to the creation of another en suite and dressing rooms. A staircase also leads to 4 attic rooms which could be converted to extra accommodation (subject to the necessary permissions).

At the front of the property a tall pedestrian gate opens onto an attractive tiered south facing formal garden with a paved terrace. A courtyard garden to the north provides parking for several cars with the benefit of a garage and several attached outbuildings.

Croft House is being offered for sale with no onward chain.

ENTRANCE PORCH
Period timber door to the south leads from the front garden into the entrance porch. Partly glazed door leading into:

DINING ROOM
4.80m x 5.02m (15' 9" x 16' 6") Impressive room with period features including a fireplace (housing a gas fire), arched recesses and built-in cupboards. French doors leading out to the front garden and door to:

INNER HALL
Period moulded archways, staircase to first floor landing, doors to kitchen/breakfast room, snug and sitting room. Window to the west (which used to be an entrance door opening onto Croft Yard).

SITTING ROOM
5.65m x 4.88m (18' 6" x 16') Another impressive room which retains period features including arched recesses (1 with a door to a storage cupboard) and a marble fireplace (housing a gas fire), coving and a central ceiling beam. 2 sets of French doors leading out to the front garden.

SNUG
6.83m x 4.85m (22' 5" x 15' 11") at widest points. Versatile L-shaped room which has been used as a ground floor bedroom but could also be a reception room. Shelved cupboard, door leading down to cellar, door to a 2nd staircase to first floor and 3 windows to the east. Door to:

GROUND FLOOR BATHROOM
Wet room style shower, bath, wash basin, WC and towel radiator. Window with obscured glass to the west.

KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM
5.25m x 3.22m (17' 3" x 10' 7") Range of base and wall units with a stainless steel sink with double drainer, spaces for a cooker, washing machine and fridge freezer. Wood burning stove with exposed flue, built-in cupboard and room for a breakfast table and chairs. Wide window to the north and a door to a lobby area with a partly glazed timber door leading out to the rear of the property.

MAIN LANDING
Wonderful galleried landing accessed from the inner hall. Built-in double cupboards and window to the north. Doors to bedrooms 1,2 and 4, bathroom and WC.

BEDROOM 1
4.80m x 4.98m (15' 9" x 16' 4") 2 windows overlooking the front garden.

BEDROOM 2
4.80m x 4.24m (15' 9" x 13' 11") 2 built-in cupboards, window overlooking the front garden.

BEDROOM 4
3.92m x 4.88m (12' 10" x 16') Walk-in wardrobe, exposed ceiling beams, double aspect windows to the east and west and connecting door to the secondary landing.

BATHROOM
Bath, shower cubicle, wash basin and window to the west.

WC
WC, wash basin and window to the north.

SECONDARY LANDING
Accessed from the ground floor snug. Door opening onto a staircase leading up to the attic rooms and doors to bedrooms 3,4 and 5. Window to the east.

BEDROOM 3
4.14m x 4.88m (13' 7" x 16') Superb period built-in wardrobe and drawer units to the sides of the chimney breast, double aspect windows to the east and west.

BEDROOM 5
3.00m x 3.16m (9' 10" x 10' 4") Window to the west.

ATTIC ROOMS
4 rooms accessed off a narrow hallway offering scope for conversion (subject to the necessary permissions). Comprising:
ATTIC ROOM 1
4.89m x 5.04m (16' 1" x 16' 6") Roof light to the east and door to room 4.
ATTIC ROOM 2
3.33m x 3.15m (10' 11" x 10' 4")
ATTIC ROOM 3
3.66m x 2.35m (12' x 7' 9") Hot water tank and dormer window to the west.
ATTIC ROOM 4
2.22m x 3.15m (7' 3" x 10' 4")

CELLAR
4.08m x 4.92m (13' 5" x 16' 2") Good size cellar with flagstone floor, light and arched brick storage.

OUTSIDE
To the front of Croft House, there is an attractive tiered formal lawned garden which is bounded by brick walling to the east and iron railings to the south and west. A tall pedestrian gate provides access to the garden from Croft Yard onto a paved south facing terrace, bounded by a low brick and cobble wall, opening out from the French doors to the sitting room and dining room. Old water pump and borders planted with Spring bulbs and low shrubs.

To the rear, there is a courtyard with concrete hardstanding providing parking for several cars and leading to the garage and outbuildings.

OUTBUILDINGS
Range of attached brick and tiled outbuildings comprising:
GARAGE
4.25m x 5.12m (13' 11" x 16' 10") Timber double doors.
STORE 1
3.87m x 4.61m (12' 8" x 15' 1") at widest points. L-shaped with timber door.
STORE 2
1.55m x 2.58m (5' 1" x 8' 6") Window and timber door.
STORE 3
2.55m x 4.61m (8' 4" x 15' 1") Timber double doors.
STORE 4
2.33m x 4.61m (7' 8" x 15' 1") Timber double doors, window to the north and dormer window.






Viewing
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Disclaimer
Whilst these particulars have been prepared in good faith to give a fair description of the property, these do not form any part of any offer or contract nor may they be regarded as statements of representation of fact. 2. Belton Duffey have not carried out a detailed survey, nor tested the services, appliances and specific fittings. All measurements or distances given are approximate only. 3. No person in the employment of Belton Duffey has the authority to make or give representation or warranty in respect of this property. Any interested parties must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of any information given.
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