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Low Ham, Langport £850,000

  • Light and spacious substantially extended 4 bedroom house
  • All rooms are spacious and decorated to high specification
  • Open plan kitchen/snug room plus 3 further reception rooms
  • Attractive south facing garden and orchard (towards 1 acre)
  • Stone barn with annexe potential (subject to relevant planning permission)
  • Large double bay oak framed garage with workshop and potential to extend
  • Additional field of approx 2 & 1/2 acres (with water)
  • Very desirable village
  • Close to two attractive and thriving small towns
  • Within easy driving distance to a number of excellent schools

Keepers is a beautifully renovated, airy and spacious property that cleverly combines its 18th century historical aspects with contemporary style in a a manner that makes it a very desirable property for a modern family.The current owners undertook a comprehensive makeover of the property 12 years ago as they settled in to life with a young family in this stunning Somerset village packed with historical interest and located conveniently for their children’s schools at Millfield and Taunton and easy access to main road and rail links.


The property
Keepers has been transformed to make the very most of its very private, south facing garden and orchard, allowing the interiors to be flooded with natural light and warmth through a range of double French doors that open out from the reception rooms and kitchen. The property has been cleverly developed to provide spacious light rooms with the requisite open plan kitchen/snug, plus a wonderful triple aspect sitting room, wood floored dining room with inglenook fireplace and a very decadent TV room. Upstairs the sumptuous master bedroom has views over fields and a large high spec ensuite bathroom. In addition there is a pretty guest room with balcony and ensuite shower room and two further good size bedrooms and family bathroom.


Outside

Two patios offer up sun drenched areas for entertaining and relaxing surrounded by a well tended 1 acre garden that boasts an abundance of herbs, shrubs and trees and also a pond. The small orchard (including two perfectly spaced trees for a summer hammock) offers up an annual harvest of apples, pears, quince and figs that add to the damsons, plums and green gages of the additional orchard in the 2 ½ acre field adjacent to the property.

This field also has a well and is suitable for livestock, but is currently maintained by the owners to provide a rugby and cricket training area for their sporty sons and a space for the occasional party, camp out and hog roast. Hidden within trees and bushes at the bottom of the field is a wooden den for children's adventures and camp outs.


The property retains potential for further development with a stone barn in the garden and close to the main house that would, subject to the necessary planning consents, provide further accommodation as an annexe, a studio or home office. Additionally, the oak framed garage and workshop has space to the rear to extend.  


Location
The property is situated on a small lane in the quiet, picturesque village of Low Ham, which is almost equi-distant between the towns of Langport and Somerton (the capital of Ancient Wessex). Both are thriving, active hubs for fabulous food experiences, leisure and cultural activities festivals and events. For real food foodies in Langport there is a monthly produce market and the very popular artisan bakery called the Kitchen (great for Saturday morning coffee and pastries, but get there early). There is also riverside café at Kitchen on the Wharf and the Parrett Café plus dining and Sunday Lunch at The Devonshire Arms in nearby Long Sutton, real ales and rustic cooking at the award winning Halfway House Inn and gastro pub eating at The White Hart in Somerton. Real, local food shopping includes organic meats and vegetables in the next village at Pitney Farm Shop, Langport Stores and Cobbs Wholefoods in Somerton. For day to day shopping there is Tesco in Langport and an independent supermarket in Somerton.

On the doorstep are walking, cycling and bridle paths that lead to the River Parrett and stunning Somerset levels beyond with numerous bird and wildlife reserves. Places of historical interest are just a couple of miles away such as Muchelney Abbey and Burrow Mump whilst Low Ham itself is where a Roman mosaic was discovered in the land beside the Grade 1 Listed Church in the Field.

Just a short and easy drive takes you to the eclectic and colourful centre of Glastonbury with the Abbey, the Chalice Well and the Tor marking points of interest and outstanding beauty. Designer outlet shopping are at Clarks Village, Street and Kilver Court in Shepton Mallet.


Schools
There are excellent schools in the area including High Ham Primary, Huish Episcopi, and Strode College. Independent schools such as Millfield, Wells Cathedral, Hazelgrove, Sherborne, Bruton, Taunton and Wellington schools are easily accessible with school buses running from various departure points including Langport.  



Local area - approx.distances
Langport – 2 miles
Somerton – 3.5 miles
Glastonbury -10 miles
Street - 8.5 miles
Wells -16 miles
Taunton - 13 miles,
Sherborne - 18 miles
J 23 on the M5 -13 miles
Castle Cary Station 15 miles (all approx.) - main line to Paddington (about 95 mins)
A303 - 8 miles south.


Historical notes

Low Ham is within a fascinating historic area. It was the site of a roman villa, is close to Somerton - the capital of ancient Wessex held by Alfred against the Danes when uniting England- and was mentioned in the Domesday Book as part of the De Burcy estate. The great abbeys of Muchelney and Glastonbury held a great deal of the area before the dissolution of the monasteries and signs of their management and influence remain. The Battle of Langport in1645 in the Civil War was close by as was the Battle of Sedgemoor in1685 in the Monmouth Rebellion.
Serlo de Burci came over with William the Conqueror and held the lands at Low Ham. They passed through marriage from the Burcys to the FitzMartins, Ralph of Middleney and the Berkeleys. Sir William Berkeley had his lands confiscated in 1484 by Richard lll for supporting the Duke of Buckingham who believed that Richard was responsible for the deaths of the Princes in the Tower. 


Directions
USE SATNAV TO FIND LANGPORT AND THEN FOLLOW OUR DIRECTIONS AS STATED BELOW:

Coming from Langport towards Somerton.
Drive past Tesco on left, go under the railway bridge and over a small roundabout. Proceed up a small hill past Kelways garden centre on right, take the next left turn signed to High Ham and animal rescue centre. Stay on this road for about a mile until you get to a sharp left hand bend in the road where you turn right signed to Henley and Low Ham. At the bottom of this small hill turn left (opposite manor farm and church in the field) - Keepers is second house on the left. 


Services
Mains electricity and water, oil central heating and private drainage.

Viewing by appointment only.


Low Ham
Langport TA10 9DP
County: Somerset
Sale Type: Sold STC
Ref #: LP000266
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