Lower Downside Farm
A large four-bedroom Victorian family home in Somerset, with stunning vistas and light-filled rooms -
it’s easy to see why this "Hidden Gem" is our latest featured house.
So, I’m looking for a home with lots of land – does this fit the bill? Absolutely – Lower Downside Farm near Shepton Mallet in Somerset is set in 6 acres, with bucolic views to boot. Not only can you look across glorious Somerset countryside here, you also benefit from beautiful gardens which have been professionally designed and that are easy to maintain. These include three hundred trees including silver birch, fruit trees and blossoming cherries which enhance the scenery, creating avenues that draw the eye beyond.
There are over 300 hundred trees at Lower Downside Farm, creating avenues for the eye
Fabulous. Any room for our very own Black Beauty? Yes, there’s a paddock and outbuildings.
I can see someone’s going to be rushing home from school every day! Quite. Luckily there are excellent private and state schools nearby, like Millfield, Downside and All Hallows Prep School (all within 20 minutes) and it’s less than 40 minutes to Bath, so it won’t be long until the pony will be fed and watered.
Brilliant. Tell me more about the house itself. It looks like it should be in a Sunday night drama….we agree! It has a lot of history to it as it was once owned by the Duchy of Cornwall - there are pictures of King Edward VII and Prince Charles visiting as part of their duties. It’s Victorian and as you would expect, plenty of period features remain. For instance, the rooms have high ceilings and the sash windows let in ample light. Then there’s a Victorian grate and open fire in the kitchen and a Victorian mantle with log burner in the downstairs study. There is the most beautiful half landing window with amazing far-reaching views, so it takes longer to get upstairs than in most houses!
The kitchen is large, well-fitted and includes an Aga
Hmmm, does this mean we’ll need to swap our 2019 lifestyle for Nineteenth Century? Not at all, as the house has been enhanced by the current owners to blend past and present. For a start, the rooms are generously proportioned. The kitchen is large and exceptionally well-fitted, including a four oven AGA and opens onto a family sitting room. The formal sitting room faces due south over the garden and your own land whilst the dining room has also been opened up into a substantial David Salisbury-built orangery which creates the most fabulous entertaining space with stunning views of the countryside and it captures day-long sunshine.
The dining room has been opened up to include an Orangery designed by David Salisbury
My solicitor’s on stand-by! But what about upstairs? You won’t be disappointed. An elegant, wide staircase leads to a galleried, first-floor landing, which has a glorious picture window off the half-landing. The master bedroom is south-facing, overlooking the garden and paddock, whilst the adjoining, large en-suite has bespoke, fitted cupboards and a huge walk-in shower.
There are three other bedrooms, right? Is there scope to create even more – in case we want to Airbnb for example, or the extended family crashes here at Christmas? Yes, because the current owners actually reduced the number of bedrooms from five to four so they could have bigger rooms, so it would be easy to revert to five again. They have also had some plans drawn up to convert the roof space to an apartment with bedroom, bathroom and sitting room if required.
Lower Downside Farm has four large bedrooms and the master is south-facing and overlooks the garden and paddock
Idyllic! But hang on, given that it sounds so self-sufficient and rural, I’m not going to go days without seeing another human am I? Don’t panic, because while there’s plenty of room to live, work and play in peace here, the market town of Shepton Mallet is just a few minutes away, providing easy access to all the usual amenities, as well as Kilver Court and the renowned Mulberry store, which offers fabulous designer shopping and the necessities like supermarkets are close by too. The ancient Cathedral city of Wells is only five miles away and offers a wider range of shops including a twice-weekly market, plenty of coffee shops and restaurants, local supermarkets include Waitrose, Morrisons and Tesco. Wells has a thriving cultural scene with concerts from the Cathedral School to regular art gallery events and the very well attended Wells Literature Festival and Food Festival. You’re also within easy reach of the very fashionable small town of Bruton which has the very popular restaurant/coffee/bread shop called ‘At the Chapel’ and the world famous Hauser & Wirth Art Gallery. Frome which has numerous markets and is renowned for its independent shops and vibrant creative scene is less than half an hour’s drive away. Its also centrally located for both Bristol and Bath (approx 20 miles) with excellent access to the M4/M5 and mainline stations. Finally there are also trains that run from Castle Cary (approximately 9 miles) to London Paddington taking approximately 90 minutes. Bristol Airport is 20 miles away.
For more info please click the link here or call our Wells office on 01749 605088 to make an appointment to view.
This house is under offer May 2019