Greystones, Castle Cary
Castle Cary is an attractive market town in the heart of Somerset, bursting with independent businesses and amenities - and South Street is one of the most popular places to own a home. We asked the owners of one of the houses in that road, Greystones, the inside scoop on living in a period cottage there and how they felt after leaving London.
Greystones as seen from South Street
Thanks for letting us look around your beautiful home. How long have you lived here and what can you tell us about the location?
We've been here for five years and have loved every one and will miss it dreadfully - I remember how happy we felt when we first arrived to have left London. South Street has been the most in demand road in Castle Cary, all the way back to his heyday in the 18th Century. We have made some friends for life along here.
What are some of your favourite memories about living here?
Christmas always starts down the wine cellar (one of our favourite rooms) and always ends up with charades round the fire in the sitting room, where you can feel the history amongst the blue lias and rustic oak floor. We also love the dining room (so much light and again the wood and stone) and the elm beamed rooms in the loft (what a pleasure discovering those was).
The wine cellar at Greystones
A wonderful room to spend Christmas in
The dining room at Greystones is full of light
What do you love about the garden and why?
We love having BBQs there, cutting the lawn is easy and harvesting the apples, pears and grapes is a joy! It also has beautiful perennial plants, that flower throughout the seasons.The sunsets overlooking Glastonbury Tor are gorgeous but one of my favourite memories is listening to the tawny owls that are resident just round the corner. They are part of the furniture here!
Greystones' garden is ideal for barbeques
Tell us about the area
The Gallery Bar has good food and excellent live music. Our favourite restaurant is the delightful Pilgrim’s Restaurant in Lovington, where there is also a cracking baker and pattisier. Bath and Wells are close for city shopping and cultural days out. We’re very happy with Castle Cary Primary school and the additional after school clubs they provide. We've also loved having walks on our doorstep, the town’s clubs and associations and being able to play in such a beautiful, big old house. We're going to miss the characterful Greystones and all the people we've met here.
Greystones has been wonderful for family life