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Building Faith in the Future
Lodestone appointed to oversee the sale of one of Wells' most historic religious buildings
When Lodestone launched in 2016, little did we know that just three years' later we'd be given the honour of marketing one of the Church's most loved buildings in Wells - The Old Deanery.
Last year, the owners, the Diocese of Bath and Wells, who use the building for their administrative staff, took the decision to relocate these offices more centrally. They therefore took the decision to sell The Old Deanery to fund their move and in January 2019 announced that we had been appointed to oversee the sale, working alongside the commercial arm of Carter Jonas.
We couldn't be more pleased to be trusted with this sale, as we understand the fondness it evokes in Wells' residents (as is evident by the fact it made the front page of the local newspaper). We're also aware of the importance of finding the right buyer. Said Cathy Morris-Adams, one of our managing partners: Cathy Morris of Lodestone Property adds, “Lodestone is delighted to be the appointed agent for the sale of The Old Deanery. Our team takes its responsibilities with regards to the sale of this prestigious building very seriously and we welcome discussions with the local community.”
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Longfield Farmhouse, North Brewham, Bruton
This rural spot outside Bruton in Somerset is home to a pretty 4 bedroom house that's been owned by the same family for 18 years. Read what they have to say about why they have loved living here.
Can you describe how you felt when you first saw Longfield Farmhouse?
Yes, it was love at first sight! It’s so cosy, yet spacious and light, especially since the addition of the French doors to the garden which flood the downstairs with a fantastic light.
What are some of your favourite features of the house?
The views! From every window and every door! We boast one of the best of Alfred’s Tower. And two fires and Aga make a fantastically warm and welcoming feel.
Tell us about the garden
Over the years it's has filled up with an array of carefully chosen shrubs and perennials in the borders. It is now lovely all year round, but especially of course spring through to autumn. We are so hopeful that the next owners will be gardeners and continue to nurture and enjoy everything we have done! The garden leading in to the kitchen and sitting room has also made for an amazing summer party space.
What about the location? What are the benefits?
The situation is so wonderfully rural and yet totally accessible being so close to Bruton, and then there’s the A303 so close too - to take you anywhere! And to be so near the beautiful Stourhead House and gardens, and all the woodland, is just amazing. It’s a great little patch of neighbours, just close enough to be there and stop any feeling of isolation but far enough away for complete privacy. Lovely dog walks in the woods and also on the edge of Salisbury Plain - it’s all so close!
What will you miss most?
Everything. We found this house 18 years ago and all these years later we still love it and are very sad that it is no longer where we need to live. It is, indeed, a happy house, and we would really like to move the whole house, not just ourselves! We will be very sad to go, and are so hopeful that the next owners will love it as much as we have.
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Historic B&B business is a hit with the national press!
Happy new year! Hope you had a great one. We've had a fantastic start to 2019, with our 10 bed guest house property, The Old Parsonage in Farrington Gurney , near Bristol, featuring in The Sunday Times Home on Sunday 6th January. This is another great result for this business, which we also placed in The Week magazine in December last year.
UPDATE: This B&B was in the national press again on 29th January, featured in The Metro. Read the article by clicking here.
Sunday Times Home piece January 2019
Taking centre stage in The Week, December 2018
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Room to Celebrate!
A new home evokes hopes for happy gatherings of friends and family, especially at Christmastime. So we asked the owners of five of our houses currently on the market to share pictures of the main rooms they use for the festive season, to help you imagine you and yours there in years to come
This elegant townhouse in one of Somerset's most fashionable towns has a large ground floor drawing room with plenty of room for kids to play with presents and adults to lounge on sofas, Baileys in hand!
Celebrate in an 'upside down' house where the stairs from the entrance lead to the spacious sitting room upstairs where glazed double doors overlook an amazing view of the Mendips.
This impressive Victorian farmhouse has 5 beds and a 2 bed annexe - giving you plenty of room to host a large family get-together, using the dining room as your main celebratory room.
Tastefully decorated, you'll only need to add some sparkle to create a stylish Christmas scene.
The Old Vicarage is hidden from the road so gives you plenty of privacy and seclusion - and means you can make lots of noise come Christmas and New Year's Eve.