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Church Lane West Pennard, Glastonbury Guide Price £1,795,000

  • Fabulous village home in a much sought after village- A Lodestone 'Hidden Gem'
  • Impressive and elegant entrance hall, 2 large reception rooms, dining room and study
  • 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms
  • Original features in abundance
  • Stunning garden and grounds approaching 2.25 acres with swimming pool and tennis court
  • Enclosed vegetable garden with greenhouse and fabulous treehouse
  • Garages and gym/games room, potential home office
  • Cellar
  • Built in 1830 and not listed
  • 5 minutes from Millfield Prep and 15 minutes from Millfield Senior School

West Pennard House certainly has the 'wow' factor. It is not often you walk into a house and feel instantly at home. This beautiful property 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 elegant sweeping staircase.

The house has been a wonderful family home for a long time and 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. In addition there is a large dining room with partly glazed french doors on both sides, one leading to the garden, whilst the other opens onto an enclosed terrace ideal for an evening drink before dinner.
This property ticks all boxes, a staircase in the corner of the dining room leads to a cellar, great for storing wine or homemade cordials. The good-sized light-filled office/study with beautiful views over the main lawn and gardens entices anybody in to work, or would be useful as a children's playroom.

The kitchen is lighter than you would expect for a period property as part of it is double height with glass lantern panels allowing light to flood the room. It 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.

West Pennard House also features a superb formal garden originally designed by renowned Penny Hobhouse Associates. Fully landscaped borders, mature hedges, floodlit weeping willow and lime trees, wisteria and climbing hydrangeas on the house enhance the charm of this multifaceted gem. 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 large tree house which has power and has been used as a honeymoon suite in the past.

It’s still not over – beyond the main lawn there is a less formal area with specimen trees and orchard providing approximately 100 bottles of apple juice per season, presided over by a reclaimed 1930s Boulton & Paul ‘turning’ summer house (currently used as a hen house). An arch through the beech hedge opens into a large vegetable garden with box hedged beds and a recently erected, specially commissioned greenhouse designed to remain in perfect 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, a spacious workshop area and tool store with attached  gym/games room (formerly stables) offering attractive views over the lawn via floor to ceiling glass windows. Separate access and proximity to the entrance mean that conversion to an office hosting visitors or even an Airbnb (with relevant planning permission) would not intrude on the main parts of the property. 

Situation 
West Pennard House is set in one of the most sought after villages in Somerset. It 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). Its 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 trendy towns of Bruton and Frome are both within a half hour drive too. 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 own 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. 

Please note that a chain is not involved on this sale. 

Services
Oil central heating, LPG AGA, Mains water electricity and drainage

Broadband
200Mb fibre to the property (FTTP)

Tenure
Freehold with no onward chain.

Directions
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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Church Lane West Pennard
Glastonbury BA6 8NT
County: Somerset
Sale Type: Under Offer
Ref #: LP000635
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