- Characterful cottage in sought after village
- Parking space outside the front door
- Many remarkable original features
- A welcoming and atmospheric home
- Spacious kitchen / living / dining area
- Access to the garden from three rooms
- Potential to purchase additional garden
- Low maintenance courtyard style garden
- Owned by the same family for generations
- Well suited to families or couples
With its origins in the fifteenth century, Laurel Cottage in the popular village of Croscombe, is an absolute delight. It will envelope its next owners in a wealth of character and charm evoking the atmosphere of a cottage that you might read about in a story. Set back from the road and with its own parking space, you enter the cottage from the hardwood and glazed porch and from here into the welcoming sitting room which features a beautiful original fireplace constructed of mellow Doulting stone from the Mendips. The wood burning stove here makes the room cosy and snug in cooler months. Original plasterwork on the ceiling features the fleur-de-lys design; its historical significance featuring in a book on important plaster work found in Somerset. Reclaimed oak doors, original flagstones and fixtures sympathetic to the integrity of the house set just the right tone. A wonderful kitchen, living and dining room leads on from the sitting room where as you would expect there are beautiful beams, but the ceiling height and floor to ceiling glazed door and window combine here to give this room a spacious feel. This is the perfect room to live in, cook in and then relax in by the wood burning stove which is set next to the original ovens of the house. From here too you can head out into the pretty courtyard garden. The oak kitchen units are practical and an ideal fit in the room with some great features here too such as the very generous larder and Stanley Stove which provides hot water for heating and ovens for cooking. There is a gas hob set into the Island unit, plumbing for a dishwasher and fridge and an inset glazed wall cupboard provides an attractive way to display china and glasses. A useful scullery leads off the kitchen; a great place to clear supper plates away to and with a wet room and plumbing for washing machine it makes the ideal practical hub placed right where you need it. Heading on through to the back of the house there is a lovely room that would be perfect as a study, playroom or occasional bedroom and on through again the hardwood conservatory brings the outside in providing a pleasant spot to sit and read or enjoy the changing seasons.
Concealed behind a door from the kitchen wooden stairs lead up to a generous landing on the first floor. Again here beautiful beams and some original elm floor boards underline the impressive history and character of the cottage. There are two generous double bedrooms, the one at the front of the house features a non working fireplace with limestone surround and inset space for hanging clothes. From this room there is access to an impressive attic space which with careful consideration to the grade two listing of the cottage and with all the necessary consents, might be possible to convert into further living accommodation. A second excellent double room at the rear features reclaimed pine shelving and from here there is an adjacent room that looks over the back garden and would make a perfect nursery, occasional bedroom or would combine very well with the double bedroom as a dressing room. From the landing there is a third single bedroom and family bathroom.
The garden can be accessed via the kitchen / living area, the scullery and the conservatory. It is laid out in a courtyard style with some terraced beds stocked with Irises, Narcissi and Buxus. There is a pretty established apple tree and a fig tree which enjoys the south facing aspect of the garden. The bay tree is well placed for popping out from the kitchen to pick a few leaves while cooking. This area is ideal for small children to play while you keep an eye on them from the living area but is equally suited to enjoying an evening drink or to enjoy tending to the beds. There is no onerous maintenance to worry about however the current owners also own the house next door which has a very attractive garden area laid mainly to lawn and which leads on from the rear of the courtyard. They would be willing to sell part of this garden with Laurel Cottage if the new owners were interested. ** PLEASE NOTE - The extra garden available by separate negotiation is outlined in red as can be seen on the last photograph **
Croscombe is a pretty village, mentioned in the Domesday Book, with a thriving pub "The George" which acts as the hub of the community with its "Take Away" night as well as doubling as the village stores. The village hall has monthly film nights as well as the Charter Market where villagers sell their local produce, a village orchestra, amateur dramatics society and village school, playground and sports field. There is excellent walking in the area as the village is littered with footpaths.
The city of Wells is approx 3 miles away, and offers all the usual attractions of a market town including banks, doctors surgeries and dentists with supermarkets including Waitrose, Morrisons and Tesco, a cinema and a market every Wednesday and Saturday. The high street is vibrant with a small selection of the usual chain stores plus a variety of independent shops, pubs and restaurants including the award winning "Goodfellows". At the very heart of the city is the medieval Cathedral, Bishops Palace and Vicars' Close (reputed to be the oldest surviving residential street in Europe).
The Wells festivals are increasing in popularity each year with the Literary Festival now over two weeks and attracting big names, the very well attended Food Festival and many regular Arts festivals. With both the Cathedral School and the Cathedral itself there are endless opportunities for musical concerts, plus there are regular shows and comedy nights in the Little Theatre.
Golf Clubs are in Wells and on the Mendips. Sailing and fishing can be found on the Chew Valley and Blagdon Lakes.
Bath and Bristol are within commuting distance and there is a main line railway station with links to London (Paddington) in Castle Cary just a few miles away with trains to London in approximately 90 minutes. Street and Glastonbury are 20 minutes away. Bristol airport is an easy 30 minute drive.
There are excellent state and independent schools in the area including a primary school in the village of Croscombe itself as well as several primary schools in Wells. There is also the extremely sought after Wells Blue secondary school, plus Wells Cathedral School, Downside School, All Hallows Preparatory School and Millfield all in close proximity.
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BA5 3QJ - In the village of Croscombe on the A371 Laurel Cottage can be found just before The George pub on the left hand side if you are heading towards Shepton Mallet.
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