Waterhouse and its grounds are situated in Monkton Combe, set in a tranquil location in the Midford valley with beautiful countryside surroundings and stunning views.
Monkton Combe is a picturesque village on the south eastern side of Bath, 3 miles from the city centre. It has the parish church of St Michael, the popular Wheelwrights pub and Monkton Combe School at its centre, along with a village hall that provides a venue for a variety of clubs and activities.
The village is surrounded by some beautiful walks connecting local villages in the Avon Valley and along the nearby Kennet and Avon Canal at Limpley Stoke.
The Two Tunnels path is also nearby, providing a 13 mile circular route in and around Bath.
Bath is a World Heritage Site famed for its Georgian architecture and Roman heritage and enjoys a wealth of cultural, business and recreational facilities along with well-regarded schools in both the independent and state sectors and 2 universities.
Nearby schools include Monkton Combe, Combe Down and Ralph Allen Schools, along with Prior Park College and The Paragon.
Communication links are excellent with a mainline rail link to London Paddington (journey time from 75 minutes) and Bristol Temple Meads (journey time from 15 minutes).
Junction 18 of the M4 is approximately 13 miles north.
Waterhouse currently accommodates a small country house hotel and 10 serviced offices. The original portion of Waterhouse dates from the 18th Century and is an attractive country house. An extension was added in the 1980's and provides the bedrooms for the hotel element of the site. A number of attractive original features have been retained throughout. To the rear of the property is a terrace overlooking the lawned gardens.
There is a small building in the grounds, known as Matron's Cottage, which while currently in some state of disrepair, would be suitable for a range of alternative uses subject to planning permission.
Whilst the property lends itself to a number of potential commercial uses, Waterhouse could convert to a superb country house estate subject to the necessary consents. There is further scope for alternative residential development (again subject to consents).
Monkton Combe is a historic village, identified in the Domesday Book. Waterhouse was originally a substantial stone country house built in the late Eighteenth Century. The house was extended when a modern wing was added in 1983. The house remained in private ownership until 1947 when the residential home was founded by the Rev Percy Warrington. In September 2008 the Warrington Homes Charitable Trust took the decision to close the residential home and sell Waterhouse, as it was no longer required for their purposes. The current owners are only the fourth in the property's history, and after their purchase in 2009 they lovingly restored the property by reinstating many of its original features including cornicing, wooden floors, fireplaces, shutters and oak staircases. The grounds have also been beautifully landscaped.
The ground floor of Waterhouse provides amenities for the hotel including the following:
- Bar and restaurant with 22 covers
- Lounge with seating for 10
- Conservatory, accommodating 30 theatre style
- The Manor Room, accommodating 50 theatre style
- The Roberts Room, accommodating 10 theatre style
Accommodation is provided in 13 en suite bedrooms arranged within the wing which was added in the 1980's. A lift, accessed from reception, provides step free access to all floors.
Staff accommodation is provided in 2 staff bedrooms and 1 staff studio flat.
Back of house areas include commercial kitchens, store rooms and laundry.
Within the original building over the first and second floors are a range of offices. There are 5 per floor in total with kitchen facilities and public toilets available at each level.
To the front of the building is the hotel and office car parking, accessed via a private drive from the A36. Within the grounds is the aforementioned Matron's Cottage. There are also a range of stores and outbuildings. To the rear are lawns and meadow areas. In total the site extends to 3.22 acres.