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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."
 
This house has been sold April 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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

Clanville Manor, Castle Cary

 

Clanville Manor, Castle Cary

Visualising your life in a new house is so much easier if you can actually find out from the owners what they love about living there. That's why we asked the current family at Clanville Manor near Castle Cary to let us into the secrets of success of making it a happy home. Here's what we they said:

Thanks for showing us around your beautiful home. Can you tell us anything about its history?

Of course. Clanville Manor was largely built as it now is by the Russ family in 1743, although there's been a dwelling, if not two, on the site since at least the 1680s. It has been owned by my husband's family as a farmhouse for 120 years, and my husband has lived here all his life, running the dairy farm with his father until they sold the herd in 2003. Since then he has built up a suckler beef herd in an extensive and sustainable way and is preparing to go into organic conversion.

How did you feel when you first moved in?

Both excited and daunted. I moved here in 1991 with my two boys who were then 10 & 8 years old and there were plenty of bedrooms but only one bathroom and much of the house had been neglected. I set about making it into a family home and a B&B business, which I ran full time for 20 years, increasing the bathrooms to five. I've slowed the B&B down recently and now offer Airbnb accommodation in one bedroom with self-service breakfast. I also renovated a cosy two bedroomed stone cottage attached to the house, which I also mainly now let with Airbnb. 

One of the bedrooms at Clanville Manor

 

What are some of your favourite memories about living here?

There's lots that I've absolutely loved about living here - the kitchen with its Aga and the fact there are plenty of bedrooms (and bathrooms!) for the family to grow. It's been the venue for countless family celebrations over the last 27 years, and of our 'Twelfth Night' drinks parties when we packed about fifty of our friends into the downstairs rooms, lit by candles and fairy lights, to end the festivities of Christmas. The pool has been the focus of many 'pool parties' for my sons and their friends over the years and they will miss that.  However,  it's now time for us to 'downsize' to a smaller home that we can look after more easily as we get older. Of course I'll miss lots of the things that make Clanville Manor special, like its large Georgian sash windows with much of the original glass that's so clear; summer early morning swims, pulling rhubarb, cutting asparagus and the perfume of the wisteria wafting into the bedrooms under the open windows. 

 

The pool has provided the backdrop for many parties for the owners' children over the years

 

Tell us about the garden

When I arrived at Clanville there was already a beautiful wisteria and several established trees - a Magnolia Soulangea and a walnut; there's now also a Magnolia Grandiflora, a bay bush and a flowering cherry. The old walled garden has a vegetable garden along with the fenced heated pool. With my busy life, what I brought to the garden had to be as low-maintenance as possible so there's a lavender bed, lots of perennial shrubs and self seeding annuals-primroses, forget me nots and love-in-a-mist.

 

One of the many beautiful garden views

 

Any good tips about the area?

We love where the house is, being well off the road, but just two miles from Castle Cary, and five miles from Bruton, where both sons attended school, and only one mile from Castle Cary station which has fast connections to London-some under two hours. Of course, we'll continue to enjoy all of that and the peaceful evening chorus of the birds plus dark starry skies, unpolluted by city lights when we move into our barn conversion, so we consider ourselves very lucky.

 

The kitchen is the heart of this family home

 

What do you hope for the future?

The family are keen to continue suckler beef farming and to convert to organic. I look forward to passing Clanville Manor to another family as we move across the farmyard to convert two barns: for us and for my son and daughter in law and their young family. We also have planning permission to move the farm buildings further from Clanville Manor and our barn conversions. 

For further information about Clanville Manor or to arrange a viewing, please click here

 

 

 

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