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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.
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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 HouseThe 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
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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
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
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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.
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Weaver's Bridge, Pilton
It's all very well falling in love with a property you see online, but what is it really like living there? We asked the owner of pretty Weaver's Bridge, Pilton, Somerset the inside scoop on living there.
How long have you lived here?
We moved into Weavers Bridge on Valentine’s Day 2010. We had seen it in the previous December and fell in love with the house, gardens and of course the babbling brook to the rear. I can still hear my hubby saying ‘aren’t all the rooms big?!’ in his northern accent.
Can you describe how you felt when you moved in?
Very excited - it was our first home together this made it very special for lots of reasons.
Describe your favourite room
The kitchen is the heart of the home and in the winter months it always feels very cosy sat by the aga cooker and having friends for supper. The summer months are special sitting out the front under the veranda listening to the owls talking to one another and looking up to the starry night.
What do you love about the garden and why?
It's very private and wraps around the house giving a feeling of being truly detached. When we bought the house the garden was overgrown and a little neglected, but we know that with a little TLC we could make it our little haven, which we always describe as ‘Far from the Madding Crowd,’ to pinch a line from Thomas Hardy.
What do you love about the location?
Pilton is a real gem of a village with a busy social scene for all ages and of course the Glastonbury Festival, which turns the village into the centre of the music world once a year. The Social Club is the hub of the village, with all kinds of events happening on a daily basis. It also draws a regular night of great bands and singers trying to make their name at the festival.
Sports are well catered for in the village with a football pitch and tennis court by the village hall, as well as great dog walks around the village and Glastonbury Festival site and Clark’s Village is always a good place to go shopping as is Kilver Court in Shepton Mallet. We also like The Natterjack pub (near Castle Cary) for a great meal and a good real ale.
What's your favourite memory of living here?
We got married in December 2010 at Pylle church when it was snowing, with the blushing bride leaving from Weaver’s Bridge in a convoy of Land Rovers. It was very romantic once everyone managed to get through the snow to the Church and then onto Charlton House for the reception.
What will you miss about living here and why?
The homely feel of the house and gardens and the happy memories we have made there.
Please note this house has been sold.