The Abbey Rectory started life as the coach house for the magnificent Columbus House that sits adjacent to the property. It was later used as a rectory for the local clergy, before being purchased by the current owners. The property has had some sympathetic extensions over the years. Upon purchasing the house from the Diocese the current owners undertook a thorough and meticulous renovation project transforming it into the substantial and beautifully appointed family house it is today.
A great deal of the internal charm has been reinstated and enhanced by the current owners and this is most evident in the bright and spacious entrance hall with large flagstone floor, light oak staircase and open plan feel which creates a warm yet spacious entrance to the property. The adjacent sitting room is a comfortable and intimate family room, with open views beyond. It is a double aspect room with stone mullion and solid wood glazed windows in the original style. The principal reception room doubles as both a sitting room and dining room, again this is a dual aspect room with stripped pine windows encased in stone mullion. This is complemented by the engineered oak flooring and substantial inglenook fireplace complete with Jetmaster wood burner. This room has double opening doors on to the rear patio which enjoys both the morning and early afternoon sun.
The generous kitchen/breakfast room is accessed via the oak and glass garden room from the main entrance hall or a secondary door from the drawing room. It is fitted with a range of bespoke wooden units and large centrally positioned island with solid wood and granite worktops. A two-oven aga, integrated induction hob and electric oven for summer cooking, together with breakfast bar and space for sofa and/or table make this a great all round day room. It is amply backed up by a useful boot room/utility which is again fitted with a range of units, sink and external door. There is space and plumbing for a washer-dryer and large American style fridge-freezer.
The majority of the windows have been replaced with bespoke double glazed oak units and all top floor bedrooms offer a unique feel, style and view. All have en suite bathrooms with either space for wardrobes or integrated dressing areas. There are a number of discrete storage areas within the bedrooms and all bathrooms are superbly appointed and recently renovated. They are complemented with good quality fittings such as Villeroy & Boch and Geberit.
This handsome home is situated in the most sought after address of Trossachs Drive located just on the edge of the city. The location is just above the popular village of Bathampton which has a very well regarded primary school. The George Inn, idyllically located on the banks of the Kennet and Avon canal, is nearby, offering a pleasant level walk west in to the city and eastwards walking / cycling to Dundas and beyond, along the tow path. Trossachs Drive's elevated position allows views through the trees towards the city to the west and the countryside ahead towards Solsbury Hill. The distance to the city is approximately 1.2 miles, so perfect for commuters using Bath Spa to Paddington (90 minutes); there is also a direct bus route. There is easy access to the very well regarded King Edwards School and Bathwick St Mary's school is also nearby. Junction 18 of the M4 is easily accessed using the Bathampton toll bridge to link to the A46.
The property is approached via Trossachs Drive through a park-land like setting which is maintained beautifully by the Columbus House gardeners. The park-land like setting is beautifully maintained and in turn leads to the private drive of Abbey Rectory. The sweeping driveway leads on to ample parking at the front and side of the property and in turn the detached double garage with storage above.
There is a lovely front courtyard dressed with original cobblestones and surrounded by a feature pond, with well maintained low level shrubbery. The house itself is mellowed by a wonderful meandering grapevine making its way across the front elevation. To the front and side of the property is the lawned section of the garden. Again this is well maintained and bordered by close board fencing and mature flower beds. The lawned section of the garden enjoys spectacular westerly views over the rolling Bath countryside offering a glimpse of the city and views of Solsbury Hill. A plethora of mature high level and dense low level trees and bushes create a visual barrier between the house and the main road. The property is situated substantially above this, adding to the feeling of separation. There are a number of patios which surround the house and excellent access is provided from the drawing room, boot room and garden room. To the rear is a gravelled services area with a further array of mature trees and log store.