Garden Coppice was constructed in 1959 from the original stone of Bridge House, South Petherton, which was the family home of William Blake J.P., Deputy Lieutenant in the County of Somerset, and ancestor of Jane Seymour. When Bridge House was demolished, a buyer was found for the complete façade, including the mullioned windows, in the person of a Dorset bank manager, Mr Taylor, whose hobby was the propagation of acid-loving plants.
Much of the character of the house stems from the honey-coloured stone which was quarried in nearby Ham Hill as was Montacute. Mr Taylor had Garden Coppice built to his own design, and created the formal gardens and propagation of azaleas, rhododendrons, and camellias, as well as a wide range of specimen trees which landscape the grounds.
The property benefits from gas fired central heating and a security alarm.
Directions: From Wimborne, proceed south along Poole Road, going over Canford Bridge onto Oakley Hill. At the roundabout, bear left into Gravel Hill and continue along Gravel Hill until reaching the traffic lights at Queen Anne Drive. Turn left into Queen Anne Drive and take the fifth turning on the left into Merley Lane. Turn immediately right into a small slip-road. The private drive can be found to the left, and Garden Coppice is the next turning on the right.
The property is accessed off a private driveway which meanders down to the house and garage complex.
COVERED ENTRANCE WAY: A front door to an impressive main reception hall. Three-quarter panelled walls. Oak parquet flooring extends through to the majority of the ground floor rooms.
LOUNGE: Minster stone fireplace with open Baxi grate and an oak mantel above. This room is a delightful, light room with full height Gothic style windows (with leaded lights.) Casement door leading to the garden.
DINING ROOM: Three-quarter oak panelled walls. Dual aspect, with Gothic leaded light windows. Wall mounted display case.
The door from the main reception hall has an inset stained glass window from Bridge House. A further connecting door leads to:-
KITCHEN: The kitchen was refitted in 2015 and has a range of solid oak-faced units with post-formed worktops and a breakfast peninsular unit. There is a Bosch induction hob, cooker hood, Bosch electric double oven, Bosch integrated dishwasher and space for an upright fridge/freezer. Wood burning stove. Plumbing for washing machine. Sink unit with stainless steel sink. Beamed ceiling. A door leads to the utility room and a connecting door leads to the study. Door to outside. Gas fired Worcester boiler (installed February 2016) with programmer control. Door to:-
BILLIARD ROOM: Three-quarter scale table with lighting above. Knotty pine-clad ceiling and floor-to-ceiling bookcase. Dual aspect windows. Sliding patio doors leading out to an enclosed courtyard.
From the main reception hall, a stone Gothic style arch leads to a CENTRAL HALLWAY.
CLOAKROOM: Fully tiled walls. WC and pedestal wash hand basin.
MASTER BEDROOM: Excellent range of custom made burr walnut wardrobe cupboards.
SPACIOUS EN SUITE BATHROOM: Panelled bath, pedestal wash hand basin, WC, bidet and shower. Airing cupboard housing newly replaced lagged hot water cylinder. Fully tiled walls.
From the main reception hall, there is a grand oak staircase, with half landing, leading to the FIRST FLOOR.
LANDING: Walk-in store cupboard.
BEDROOM TWO: Dual aspect windows. Range of sycamore custom-made wardrobe cupboards with matching dressing table.
EN SUITE BATHROOM: Panelled bath, pedestal wash hand basin and WC. Skylight.
BEDROOM THREE: Range of sycamore fitted wardrobe cupboards and wash hand basin.
BEDROOM FOUR: Sloping ceiling with skylight.
EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM: WC, shower cubicle and pedestal wash hand basin. Skylight.
OUTSIDE: Immediately adjacent to the property is a:-
SUBSTANTIAL GARAGE COMPLEX: Two electrically-operated roller doors. Lighting and power points. The garage complex provides space for four vehicles. Secure store room.
The grounds, an important feature of the property, are arranged with two paddocks and formal gardens (with extensive lawned areas interspersed with a selection of specimen trees and shrubs - primarily rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas.) There is an ornamental fish pond and there are footpaths leading through to hidden gardens and seating areas.
LOWER PADDOCK: STABLE BLOCK WITH FOUR LOOSE BOXES. Covered workshop. Field shelter, built from seasoned English oak.
UPPER PADDOCK: Field shelter.
There is a woodland garden, leading through a bluebell wood, where there are a variety of wild flowers, and meandering footpaths which return to the main house.
Council Tax Band: Band H
EPC Rating: E
Viewing: By prior arrangement through CHRISTOPHER BATTEN