- Peaceful location in very desirable village of Batcombe
- Fabulous views
- Large south facing garden
- Open plan feel and flooded with light
- Master bedroom and en suite shower room
- Three further bedrooms and family bathroom
- Two reception rooms
- Off road parking
An enchanting secret gem of a house, tucked away in one of the most sought after villages in Somerset, Woodforde House is set in a quiet location on the edge of Batcombe. The main feature of this house are the large windows which show off the fantastic uninterrupted countryside views and allow the property to be flooded with light. The current owners commissioned an architect to transform the property internally and have created a well proportioned home with a wonderful sense of space which is apparent as soon as the front door is opened.
Walking up the path, it is obvious as you reach the huge single pivot front door that this is no ordinary property. The entrance hall has a black limestone floor and is home to a rather unique staircase. Both the oak door and staircase were designed and made by the well respected craftsman John Griffiths https://www.oomadesign.com and they can only be classed as a piece of art.
The hall leads into one of the two reception rooms which is currently used as a music studio, that would easily revert back to a fantastic light filled drawing room. It has two sets of French doors that spill out into the beautiful garden. Also off the hall there is a downstairs cloakroom.
The hub of the house is the large open plan kitchen/ dining room with reclaimed oak flooring and ample storage. Many happy lunches have been enjoyed in this modern space looking out over the garden and onto the surrounding hills. The dining area flows perfectly through big double doors into the light filled sitting room. Similarly to the music studio/other reception room, the sitting room also has French doors leading out to the terrace and garden. It has a cosy feel which is enhanced by the Jøtul wood burner.
There is a utility room which can also be accessed from the outside and is a perfect area for dogs to dry out after a long walk up and down the hills surrounding the property.
There are four good sized bedrooms, all with breathtaking views of the secluded garden and hills beyond; two bathrooms plus a storage room/nursery which could be easily converted into a further bathroom. The master bedroom has a dressing area and bathroom with a shower.
Woodforde House is nestled within an enchanted garden with approximately 1 acre of land. The views set this property apart from any other. Sitting in this garden on a summers day is akin to being in paradise! There are various fruit trees including a cherry tree and a crab apple tree.
Woodforde House has a truly idyllic location being set in the village of Batcombe which is definitely one of the prettiest villages in this part of Somerset and it is made even more desirable by the fact that it is well away from main roads, set amongst rolling hills and tree lined valleys. This unspoilt valley is rightly designated a Conservation Area, though the house and gardens have the advantage of being unlisted in terms of prospective house improvement or extension.
Although a very quiet location, Batcombe is an active village with an excellent public house which organises village events, a smart and busy village hall that does cinema nights, a lovely village playground and a stunning village church.
Local shopping can be found at the new "Notting Hill" also known as Bruton town (about 5 miles away) that has the renowned "At the Chapel" restaurant and cafe, several other restaurants and cafes, numerous independent shops and the world famous Hauser and Wirth Gallery. About 8 miles away is the larger town of Frome that is famous for being a creative hub, plus having all the usual amenities expected in a town including Sainsburys, a cinema, schools and a local train station. For more serious shopping and business, Bath is approx. 20 miles away. About 6 miles away is the local town of Shepton Mallet that holds regular farmers markets and has several supermarkets and a shopping park that has some large chain stores.
Babington House private members club with restaurants, cafes, pools, cinema, spa, gym, cricket, tennis etc is about 15 minutes away.
Batcombe is about 5 miles from Castle Cary mainline railway station (London Paddington in under 2 hours), Gillingham station about 15 miles away has a direct service to London Waterloo plus Bristol airport is about 25 miles and the A303 is about 9 miles away.
This area has an excellent range of both state and independent schools. In Bruton there is a primary school, plus Sexeys state run boarding school (which takes day pupils too) and two very good independent schools namely Kings Bruton and Bruton School for girls. Two particularly good local prep schools are All Hallows and Hazlegrove and the nearby village of Upton Noble has a village school. Other notable schools in the area are Wells Cathedral School, Downside, Millfield, Strode Sixth Form College, Sherborne Schools and the Bath schools are also within easy reach.
Mains electricity and water, oil fired central heating and septic tank.
Viewing by appointment only
Turn right out of the Three Horseshoes Inn and then turn right again at the junction opposite the war memorial. Continue on, meandering through the village for a minute or so, until after travelling uphill, you turn left at a cross roads opposite the rounded wall of a house. The high raised left hand boundary to this cross roads is one corner of Woodforde House garden, and on driving a further 50 yards, the entrance can be found via a five bar gate on the left.
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