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We are delighted to offer this enchanting Grade II listed 3 double bedroom period home that is available for the first time in 28 years and should not be confused with a nearby property that we sold last year. This is one of a group of five Sir Edwin Lutyens inspired Arts and Crafts 'cottages' that date from about 1935. This property has been meticulously maintained and tastefully improved while this cottage and its neighbours are remarkably complete having been preserved extremely well with many charming original features intact.
The five properties here were designed by Robert Maclaren Love, an associate of Sir Edwin Lutyens. The cottages feature some lovely architectural details of the period that were very much integral to the Arts and Crafts design philosophy. These include unusually good pine parquet block flooring, continuous skirting boards and picture rails, high ceilings, fireplaces with keystone motifs, marble surrounds and bolection moulded frames together with original internal doors that have Douglas Fir vertical panels all specified by Mr Love for his client, the landowner and stonemason H. W. Pippett, who retained ownership of all five houses well into the 1970’s, which probably explains the remarkable preservation of the group that were first known as The Close.
The property offers very attractive living space and the larger gardens are a further attraction with views to the rear beyond the playing fields of Nailsea School to the wooded hillsides of Wraxall. The accommodation is a delight from the arched porch that opens to a bright, airy spacious reception hall with a half return staircase and the reception rooms to either side. Both reception rooms are again light and airy as is the Kitchen that has two windows and opens to the full width terrace and rear gardens. A Pantry – Utility area is also arranged off the hall and the staircase rises to the galleried landing on the first floor.
The gardens are superb with a deep lawned garden enclosed by Beech hedges and stone walling creating an attractive setting. The much larger garden at the rear comprises a full width terrace, level lawn and an extensive vegetable garden that is screened by trellis work from the lawn. The position is quiet and offers the openness of the outlook to the rear but is amazingly convenient and ‘the avenue’ is often missed by passers-by but whenever a property, whether one of these cottages or the slightly older neighbouring houses is available here, there is always plenty of interest.
The architect Robert Maclaren Love was born in 1897 and educated in Bath. After returning from the Great War he became Chief Assistant Architect to Cecil Howitt in Nottingham on the Homes for Heroes program. Later, in 1928 he joined Sir Edwin Lutyens in New Delhi as Chief Architect in his department designing a number of civic buildings in and around the new capital of India.
In 1932 Love was elected a Fellow of RIBA and a year later he designed the properties here in Nailsea, his only known private commission.
The convenience of Mayfair Avenue (a cul dec sac not a through road) is hard to beat with the town centre an easy 10 minute walk away. The local outstanding infant and junior schools, Golden Valley and St. Francis and Nailsea School are almost on the doorstep. The parkland of Golden Valley and Nowhere Wood also close by and Backwell Lake is also within easy walking distance and almost adjoining the lake there is the station that offers direct trains to London – Paddington.
There is good road access to the larger centres in the area including Clevedon, Portishead and Weston-Super-Mare with Bristol just 8 miles distant and 2 junctions of the M5 within 6 miles.
Ellworthy Park, 4 Harris Close
Frome (01373) 482900
Radstock (01761) 252700
Gillingham (01747) 440080
Frome, Warminster, Westbury, Trowbridge, Bradford On Avon, Bath, Radstock, Shepton Mallet, Castle Cary, Bruton, Wincanton, Gillingham, Mere, and all surrounding villages.