West Pennard House
Welcome to the first in our new series called Lodestone Property Pick - where we turn a spotlight onto one of our houses for sale in Somerset and highlight its advantages. Today we're featuring a five-bedroom family home that's just a short drive from both Millfield Prep and Senior Schools.
Wow, this house is breathtaking – but why is it a “Hidden Gem”? It’s surrounded by verdant Somerset countryside yet only a short stroll to West Pennard Primary School, a five-minute drive to Millfield Prep School and a fifteen-minute drive to Millfield Senior School.
Nice and easy for the school run then? Absolutely, but there is so much more to this home than the location. From the moment you come up the gravelled driveway, you know this is something special. You can see straightaway it's an impressive period property (it was built in 1830 and not listed). Wisteria and climbing hydrangea cover the front and when you enter you're greeted by a fabulous hallway with an elegant sweeping staircase. Downstairs, there are design delights in every room, from the stone mullion windows and original fireplaces in the living rooms, to the large dining room with partly glazed French doors, one of which leads to the garden and the other to an enclosed terrace, perfect for evening drinks.
Making an entrance: The elegant hallway at West Pennard House
Drawing room with log burner and garden views
What about the kitchen? It’s always the heart of the home after all…it’s a dream. Much lighter than you’d expect from a period property, thanks to double height glass panels which allow light to flood the room. It’s spacious with an Aga, an original flagstone floor and there’s even a second kitchen with utility rooms and access to an outside courtyard.
Cooking up country-style with an Aga and flagstone floors
And my wine collection? Easily stored in the cellar
Fabulous. Now what is upstairs? I’m imagining spectacular views… that’s right! There are five generous bedrooms and three bathrooms. The master suite (with double walk-in shower) overlooks the garden, which was originally designed by Penny Hobhouse Associates. There’s 2.25 acres of fully-landscaped borders, mature hedges, floodlit weeping willow and lime trees, a vegetable patch, apple orchard, from which 100 bottles of apple juice are made each season and greenhouse…but for fans of Glastonbury Tor, bedroom five on the second floor has a view of the county’s most iconic historic building.
The master bedroom
The master ensuite has a double walk-in shower!
I’m ringing the removal firm already! And we haven’t even told you about the heated outdoor swimming pool or the tennis court yet – not forgetting the large treehouse that’s been used as a honeymoon suite in the past.
The vegetable garden
There's a tennis court and swimming pool too
This house really does have it all! Yes, it does – and on the opposite side of the drive from the house, there’s also a generous garage block including parking for two cars, a spacious workshop area and tool store with attached gym/games room (formerly stables) with attractive views over the lawn via floor to ceiling glass windows. Separate access and proximity to the entrance mean that you could convert it to an office or even an Airbnb (with relevant planning permission) and it wouldn’t intrude on the main parts of the property.
Back garden at West Pennard House
Hang on a moment – given that it’s a ‘Hidden Gem’, does this mean I have to kiss the outside world goodbye and prepare for a life of Ocado and Netflix? Not at all. While the house has plenty to offer in terms of space in which you can socialise and/or work from home, it’s also really well located to make the most of West Pennard village and surrounds. The village is very active with an excellent primary school, a village hall and popular pub. Nearby Glastonbury has all the doctors, pharmacies, dentists, clubs, supermarkets and sporting facilities you could want. It also has restaurants, independent shops and cafes and bars too, as do the fashionable towns of Frome and Bruton which are half an hour drive away. These two places are often on lists of top places to live in Britain, because of their independent shops, galleries and eateries, like Hauser&Wirth gallery, At The Chapel and Caro Somerset in Bruton. Bath, Bristol and Yeovil are all within easy commuting distance too and the train station at Castle Cary is less than 10 miles away and has direct links to London. Finally, there are excellent local schools including West Pennard’s own Primary School and the highly regarded Strode College Sixth Form College. Independent schools include the Millfield Schools, Wells Cathedral School, Downside, All Hallows and the Bruton schools.
How can I find out more? Click the link here and give our Bruton office a call on 01749 605099. Oh and one last thing – it’s not part of a chain.