- Attractive five bedroomed Somerset farmhouse with well proportioned rooms
- Set in glorious countryside with fabulous views
- Attached two bedroomed cottage
- Swimming pool and established gardens including walled garden
- Plenty of original features and character
- Close to fashionable Bruton
- Couple of minutes to Castle Cary station
- 2.25 acres plus up to 5 acres in total by further negotiation
Clanville Manor is a traditional and substantial Somerset manor house constructed from local stone. This immensely attractive house is set in beautiful farmland, but conveniently located for transport links and local facilities. There has been a house on this site since the late 1600s and it has been home to the family of the current owners for 120 years. The Manor has an abundance of accommodation, including a two bedroomed cottage, and the features such as a swimming pool and lovely enclosed mature gardens make this property ideal for both a family home and also a fantastic opportunity for Bed and Breakfast and Airbnb. There are also further outbuildings which have development potential.
The long driveway leads through the fields, past the traditional walled garden to the plentiful parking at the side and rear of the house.
The house makes a fantastic first impression, especially when the wisteria is in full bloom. The flagstoned entrance hall leads through to the kitchen and dining room, past the peaceful sitting room with large original Georgian sash windows which allow light to flood in. Other period features include the picture rail and cornice, and there is a Jetmaster fire in the feature fireplace.
A few steps lead up from the hallway to an office which has great views over the the front of the house, and steps also lead down from the hallway to a useful cellar with great storage space which is home to the oil burner and wood burning stove.
The dining room which befits a manor house has seen many B & B guests enjoy their breakfasts in style as well as many family Sunday lunches and evening suppers. The elm floor and the shutters at the large feature window are original, and the room has a large fireplace as expected in a period dining room. The owners have hosted many parties in the generously proportioned reception rooms, lit by candles and fairy lights.
The farmhouse style kitchen is the hub of the home, ideal for providing hearty family meals. The large, Aga-warmed kitchen is a great size and is a very sociable space as the big double doors open into the light filled large garden room. Off this room is here is a useful laundry room, boot room, a downstairs shower room and WC which is easily accessible to bathers using the swimming pool.
The very attractive English Oak staircase leads to the first floor to five bedrooms with lovely views and which unusually for a period property all have ensuite facilities. There is also access to a large loft space from bedroom 2. A second staircase leads back down to the kitchen from the landing.
Attached to the garden room is a lovely two bedroom cottage, which is self contained but which has a connecting door to the boot room and cloakroom in the main house. This cottage could provide really useful ancillary family accommodation or could alternatively be used as a holiday let. The ground floor is an open sitting/dining room with a charming fireplace and a well equipped kitchen area with great views over the fully enclosed walled rear garden. The cottage has convenient parking directly outside.
Clanville Manor is adorned by a lovely and well established Wisteria and looks out over a walled garden with mature shrubs, rose bushes and a walnut tree. There is a further enclosed garden to the rear with a good area of lawn, a lavender bed at the front, lots of perennial shrubs and self seeding annuals and primroses and an established vegetable patch which provides an abundance of asparagus and rhubarb amongst other things. A fenced off area houses the heated swimming pool which has provided endless fun and early morning swims for the owners and their family, as well as the filter house and barbeque area.
The house is sold with 2.25 acres including a paddock, outbuildings and a parking area, but further land up to 5 acres could be sold with further negotiation.
Clanville Manor is a working farm with a suckler beef herd, and the current owners, who are preparing to go into Organic conversion, are developing barns as their new home.
The house is in the small hamlet of Clanville on the outskirts of Castle Cary, a thriving market town with many interesting features including the Horse Pond and delightful, architecturally interesting buildings. Castle Cary has many independent shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs, and supermarkets can be found in nearby Shepton Mallet and Wincanton. There are fantastic walks and country side activities in the vicinity, including golf courses at Wheathill,Yeovil and Wells, racing at Wincanton and leisure centres in Shepton Mallet and Wincanton.
Castle Cary railway station, with links to London Paddington, Bath, Bristol and Weymouth, is less than a mile away. For road links, the A303 to London or the South West is only 8 miles away, and the A37 for road links to Bath and Bristol or the Dorset coast is 5.5 miles away.
Castle Cary has a primary school and there is a state secondary school, Ansford Academy, in Castle Cary and Sexeys in Bruton. There are excellent local independent schools nearby including King's School, Bruton, and Bruton School for Girls. In close proximity are Millfield, Hazelgrove and Allhallows prep school.
Oil central heating, Bio disc sewage treatment system, mains electricity
Council Tax - Band F
Directions (BA7 7PJ)
From Shepton Mallet follow A371 for approximately 6 miles, past Castle Cary station, then take the next right on the B3153 signposted Somerton. There are signs counting down to the "low bridge" which is at the end of the drive to Clanville Manor. Take the right hand drive towards the farmhouse ahead and drive around the side of the house to the parking area.
From the A303, at the Podimore roundabout, take the A37 signposted Bristol/Shepton Mallet. Continue for 4 miles to the traffic lights at Lydford. Turn right onto the B3135. Follow this for 4 miles through the villages of Lovington and Alford. There will be signs counting down to the "low bridge" which is at the end of the drive to Clanville Manor. Take the drive up to the farmhouse ahead and drive around to the side of the house to the parking area.
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