Property of the Week: A great location and an excellent property with an income stream
Early viewing is highly recommended for this attractive 1930s house with two self-catering studios in Wells
By Laura Linham
11th Nov 2022 | Property of the Week
This week's property of the week from our sponsors Roderick Thomas is a beautiful home on Portway with great privacy, very flexible accommodation, an income stream, a beautiful garden, parking and a convenient position within walking distance of Wells city centre.
Ashford House includes a 3-bedroom house plus two separate studio apartments currently used for letting and producing a substantial income. They are also suited for incorporation within the main house accommodation.
The property is spacious and welcoming, with beautiful character features and thoughtfully designed spaces. The ground floor includes a reception hall, a delightful triple aspect sitting room with gas fire, a cloakroom and a bright and stylish painted oak fitted kitchen and dining room. The large utility/boot room has separate access to the garden. On the first floor are a family bathroom, the principal bedroom with as ensuite shower room, two double bedrooms and an additional loo.
The property is situated in a popular residential area of the historic city of Wells, within walking distance to local amenities including schools, supermarkets and sporting facilities. It is set well back from the road, with a private driveway, mature trees, and hedges providing privacy and safety for residents.
This is a welcoming and thoughtfully designed home with beautifully balanced proportions true to houses of this period and a generous and secluded garden. The ground floor is bright and spacious and has a delightful kitchen, which has been opened to provide a modern open-plan living space. Upstairs provides plenty of flexible accommodation with its generous bedrooms, including one with an ensuite shower, family bathroom and additional loo. The Garden apartments currently facilitate a successful Airbnb business and are well suited for other uses, including home office, relative's annexe or simply more family room.
The original 1930s front door, with its charming twist doorbell, leads into a light and welcoming hallway with beautiful oak flooring and an understairs cloakroom.
The generous ceiling height in the property provides a feeling of spaciousness, whilst the original wooden panelled doors add to the charm and character of the property. The dual aspect sitting room is a comfortable and inviting space, with its reclaimed wrought iron gas fire and solid wood surround.
The open-plan kitchen, dining and living area has a beautiful cream painted solid wood fitted kitchen with wooden worktops. There is a stylish duck-egg blue central island, large Rangemaster oven with gas hob, integrated fridge, freezer and dishwasher. At the dining end there is space for a large table and a sofa. Double doors lead out into the back garden and a lovely covered paved terrace area.
The adjoining utility/boot room has plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer, plenty of additional storage and drying space and garden access through a stable door. The upstairs landing has ceiling hatch access to a boarded loft space.
The main bedroom is situated at the front of the property and is a generous space with fitted wardrobes and an ensuite shower room. The second bedroom is also very large, dual aspect and has built-in storage; the view out over the garden is lovely and the Glastonbury Tor can be seen in the distance.
The third bedroom is another double and shares the garden view. A delightful modern family bathroom and an additional separate w.c. serve the upstairs accommodation.
The two Garden apartments offer self-contained accommodation accessed through a side gate. The suites are identical in design, though one is currently a double and the other a twin, with a spacious sleeping / living area, essential kitchen facilities, and modern ensuite shower rooms. They have delightful stable doors providing access to the outdoor terrace, dining areas and garden.