- Fabulous home in a much sought after village
- Accommodation includes 2 large reception rooms, dining room and impressive hall
- 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms
- Stunning garden and grounds approaching 2.25 acres
- Swimming pool and tennis court
- Enclosed vegetable garden with greenhouse
- Garages and gym/games room
- 5 minutes from Millfield prep.
- Built in 1830 and not listed
It is not often you walk into a house and feel instantly at home. West Pennard House has the ability to absorb you the moment you walk up the stone steps from the gravelled driveway and enter through the ancient porch door into the fabulous hallway with its sweeping staircase.
The house has been a wonderful family home for a long time and over this period each custodian has improved the house in ways that have sympathetically enhanced it whilst keeping the multitude of original features.
Surprises abound both inside and out in a way that it feels like the house just keeps giving. Downstairs there are two glorious sitting rooms, with stone mullion bay windows and original fireplaces, a large dining room with partly glazed french doors on both sides, one to the garden whilst the other leads onto an enclosed terrace ideal for an evening drink before dinner. A staircase in the corner of the dining room leads to a cellar, great for storing wine or homemade cordials.
The kitchen, part of which is double height with glass panels allowing light to flood the room, is spacious and well fitted including an AGA and there is an original flagstone floor. To the rear is a recently installed secondary kitchen and utility rooms with access to another outside courtyard.
Upstairs there are five generous bedrooms and three bathrooms. All are light and retain their original features and in some cases fireplaces. The master suite overlooking the garden has an impressively large en-suite bathroom designed by John Franklin of Glastonbury with a double walk-in shower and double height ceiling. Bedroom five on the second floor has, as you would expect of a house in the area, a stunning view of Glastonbury Tor.
If the house has not won you over on its own then the garden will finish the job. It is simply stunning with secret areas and surprises around each corner.
Beautifully landscaped borders, mature hedges, floodlit weeping willow and lime trees, wisteria and climbing hydrangeas on the house. Hidden away in a naturally enclosed space is the heated swimming pool, with electric safety cover and pool house. Further down this enchanting garden is the tennis court. Look carefully or you will miss the wonderfully romantic tree house which has power and has been used as a honeymoon suite in the past.
It’s still not over, the formality turns to a less formal area with specimen trees and fruit trees, and the chicken run with its 1930’s reclaimed summer house as the hen house. An arch through the beech hedge opens into the formal vegetable garden with boxed edged beds and a recently erected greenhouse which is in total keeping with the house and garden.
Lastly, on the opposite side of the drive from the house, is the generous garage block including parking for two cars, spacious workshop area, gym/games room (formerly stables) and a tool store.
West Pennard House is set in one of the most sought after villages in Somerset. West Pennard is surrounded by beautiful countryside near Glastonbury and Wells. It is an active village with an excellent primary school, a village hall and popular pub. Nearby Glastonbury is a town that is steeped in history going back to the legends of King Arthur. There was a Celtic monastery here in 500AD, which over the next 1000 years evolved into one of England’s wealthiest and influential Abbeys. The magnificent Glastonbury Abbey ruins and Glastonbury’s famous Tor attract many tourists, ensuring that it remains a thriving town well served by markets and a huge range of festivities. The town is unusual in that it has managed to shun many of the main chain stores whilst still providing all the necessary shops, restaurants, cafes, doctors, pharmacies, dentists, a wealth of clubs and sporting facilities and supermarkets.
Just 5 miles from West Pennard is Wells, which is the smallest city in England (population 10,000). It's centre is the Market Place (local markets twice a week) surrounded by many medieval buildings including the Cathedral and moated Bishops Palace. Local supermarkets include Waitrose and Tesco.
The larger towns of Bath, Bristol and Yeovil are all within easy commuting distance. The train station at Castle Cary is less than 10 miles away and has direct links to London.
Schools - There are excellent local schools including West Pennard’s Primary School and the highly regarded Strode College Sixth Form College. Independent schools include Millfield (prep school is only 5 minutes away), Wells Cathedral School, Downside, All Hallows and the Bruton schools.
Oil central heating, LPG AGA, Mains water electricity and drainage
200Mb fibre to the property (FTTP)
Freehold with no onward chain.
From Glastonbury follow the A361 towards Shepton Mallet and on entering West Pennard take the right turning into Newtown Lane, follow the lane past the village hall and then turn left into Church Lane. West Pennard House is the last house on the right before the church.
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