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Wild Orchard, Frome

Here's the latest in our series of behind-the-scenes pieces about what it's actually like to live in the houses we market - written by the owners themselves. So please join us for a personal tour around Wild Orchard, a 5 bedroom single storey home in Faulkland, just outside Frome, Somerset.

Wild Orchard in Faulkland, just outside Frome in Somerset

Thank you for showing us around your home today, how long have you lived here?

"This has been our family home for more than a decade. We love how it's surrounded by nature - only yesterday morning we watched a mother deer with her two youngsters enjoying the grass in the field just outside the kitchen window. We will miss the uninterrupted countryside views, the changing crops and pheasants strutting along the boundary wall."

Wild Orchard in Somerset has uninterrupted country views

 

What's your favourite time of year at Wild Orchard?

"We've never really been able to agree on this! Winter means a cosy log fire, closed blinds and the twinkle from the fairy lights twirled around the exposed beams and special memories of laughter and love at Christmas time. Summer sees us open up the lounge doors to join our inside and outside space together, long lazy evenings, lighting the outside chimney fireplace for extra warmth or chilling out in the summerhouse (once upon a time the perfect playhouse for the children).

You can enjoy eating outside at all times of the year here 

Describe some of the advantages of living at Wild Orchard.

"Definitely the flexibility of space. For example, our upstairs room currently hosts a double and single bed for visitors, but has also been a second lounge (taking full advantage of the views), an enormous home office, a place for teenagers to sleepover, the venue for a surprise birthday dinner and even host to all the Christmas presents hidden at the end of the annual treasure hunt. The possibilities are endless.  Similarly our utility room, adjacent to a shower room, is huge and would make an excellent bedroom for a elderly relative or teenager, a home office with its own door or gym.
 
There's plenty of space at Wild Orchard that can be used in various different ways - an upstairs bedroom has once been a second lounge for example
 
And what about the area? What would you recommend?
 
"I'd say that the location, between Bath and Frome, means we have the best of both worlds here- city and countryside and the independent shops and services of a market town. There's easy access to great schools (state and private), transport links, shops and restaurants together with opportunity to switch off at the end of the day."
 

For more information about Wild Orchard or other houses for sale in Somerset, please click here

The Old Vicarage, Henton, near Wells

You can look at photos but when it comes to the reality of what it's really like to live in this spacious 6 bed Victorian country house near Wells, only the owner knows the truth. We asked him to let us into what it's like to live there.

The Old Vicarage at Henton, near Wells has south facing gardens to the rear of the house

Tell us about your decision to move to this beautiful. home....

"Why should we, 27 years ago, with three young children, decide to move from a very nice semi in Chiswick to a late Victorian old vicarage (having six bedrooms, its eight main rooms facing directly south, separate coach house and wood/garden shed, and over 3 acres)?"

The kitchen at The Old Vicarage, Henton near Wells

Tell us more....

"Perhaps because of; its high-quality build, spacious rooms with large windows and high ceilings, or its design integrity - no out-of-period changes. Or its large garden, with trees to climb and lawns for football, croquet, badminton and sun-bathing, all in privacy and safety, or its open view onto fields and hills, with so many local walks; or its peace, with star-bright nights; or this welcoming and vibrant village community with church and modern village hall; or its proximity to the little-discovered medieval city of Wells with Cathedral, Bishop’s Palace, good schools, concert hall, cinema, theatre, societies, festivals, many concerts, two markets a week; or Bath and Bristol within about 20 miles; OR Waitrose, Lidl, Tesco and Morrison’s.

I really can’t think why! But we have always cared for it and loved it."

The impressive dining room at The Old Vicarage, Henton near Wells

 

For further details and to book an appointment to view The Old Vicarage, or any of or other houses for sale in Somerset, please click here

 

Calling all entrepeneurs: Bruton planning enterprise centre 

As if you need another reason to move to Bruton, we're very excited to share the news that plans for a new enterprise centre for start-up and growing small businesses have reached the consulation stage. And this week, Bruton Chamber of Commerce shared an artist's impression of what the building could look like (see below):

 

Proposed plans for Bruton's new enterprise centre

The next stage is that Somerset County Council need evidence of interest and demand for workspace from local businesses, so a short online survey has been set up at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/R68J3S6 and they're asking for people to share their views.

We think that a new centre would be fantastic for the town, as it by providing affordable workspace for you to start your new venture it would encourage creative & entrepreneurial ideas and people and initiatives to add to an already vibrant community. We'll keep you informed as plans progress but you can also keep up-to-date by following Bruton Chamber of Commerce on Facebook.

 

Filming at Weston Town House, Evercreech

It's not every week the BBC comes to visit - and makes your home the star of the show! Here's what happened when Escape to the Country filmed one owner's house - as told by the lucky man himself.

 

"Our house-selling adventure with Lodestone Property continued in exciting fashion this week, as Escape to the Country got in contact to ask if they could feature Weston Town House on the show. Of course we said 'yes', then immediately started tidying the house in a slight panic!
 
And...action!
 
The film crew turned up bright and early on a beautifully sunny Monday morning, and after a quick orientation tour of the house, immediately started setting up the external shots of the house and stable block. The director planned his shots, using a wide angle to set the scene and long lenses to pick out the details. Moving from room to room, from kitchen to dining room to lounge, then upstairs to each of the four bedrooms and the family bathroom. With all the 'empty' house shots done, it was a wrap for the day. 
 
The crew returned three days later, this time with the 'Escapee' couple of the episode - David and Caroline - and the delightful presenter - Margherita Taylor. Staying for over two hours, David and Caroline had a really good look around the house, getting a real feeling for the house as a potential future home, and fully exploring the potential for further improvement. 
 
The lovely presenter Margherita Taylor (l) with the current owner of Weston Town House
 
The final piece of filming was for 'Guess the Price', but you'll have to watch the episode to see how close David and Caroline were to the guide price, and whether they chose to make an offer on the property!  
 
The episode will be broadcast on BBC1 in the coming months."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Seaward, Clevedon

 

With views across the Bristol Channel and Welsh Hills beyond, yet close to Bristol, this four bedroom house on the coast is a dream home, set in a generous plot with lawns stretching down to the water. But don't just take our word for it, read what the current owners think about living here. 

 

Seaward's ocean views and generous garden space with decking makes full use of the location

 
What do you love most about this house?
 
The feeling of space, peace and calm - much needed in today's stressful world. Also the sunsets, that magically transform the sky into orange, pinks and blues. They create a golden path to my door, with the Welsh mountains silhouetted against it.
 
 
The sunsets will bring you a sense of peace and calm
 
What are some of the advantages of living here?
 
Without a doubt, the combination of a quite living space, yet within easy reach of Bristol airport and the railway and motorway links.  It really is the best of both worlds.
 

Other features of Seaward

 

Seaward is an upside-down house with a pool on the first floor, where there's also a kitchen, changing room and sauna.

There is a balcony leading on from the master bedroom and bi-fold doors that open onto a garden terrace, so you can alway bring the outside in.

There are plenty of floor to ceiling windows that let light flood into the home, including in the kitchen/dining area

 

For more information about Seaward or to arrange a viewing, please click here

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