- Stunning views
- High ceilings and well proportioned rooms
- Four large double bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms
- Large garden/conservatory room
- Beautifully planted gardens
- Potential to convert into the roof.
- Tastefully decorated
- 6 acres
- Out buildings
Lower Downside Farm is a stunning family home set in approximately 6 acres with impressive views over open countryside. With its high ceilings, beautiful interiors and generous accommodation - it is a true gem!
The house has a huge amount of history having been owned by the Duchy. There are pictures of King Edward VII and Prince Charles visiting as part of their duties towards the Duchy. The current guardians of this splendid house have enhanced it beautifully. As you would expect of a grand Victorian house the rooms are generously proportioned with high ceilings and ample light through the sash windows.
All aspects of modern living have been thought through: off the light hallway designed by David Salisbury, the kitchen is both large and exceptionally well fitted including a four oven AGA and is open to a family sitting room with a Victorian grate and open fire. The formal sitting room faces due south over the garden and over your own land whilst the dining room has also been opened up into a substantial David Salisbury built orangery which creates the most fabulous entertaining space with stunning views of the countryside and orientated to capture day long sunshine.
Also downstairs is a generous study which retains its original elegant Victorian mantle with a log burner fitted to add extra warmth. The utility room is also on a different scale, fitted cupboards and worktops and of course a cloakroom and back door.
The elegant and wide staircase leads to a galleried first floor landing with a glorious picture window off the half landing. The master bedroom is south facing overlooking the garden and paddock whilst the adjoining en-suite is as big as many sitting rooms with bespoke fitted cupboards and a huge walk-in shower.
The family bathroom has been re-modelled whilst the further three bedrooms are all of a similar scale to the master and one also has a newly fitted en-suite.
The owners chose to reduce the number of bedrooms from five to four in order to allow for large rooms but it would be easy to revert to five bedrooms. They have also had some initial plans drawn up to convert the roof space to an apartment with bedroom, bathroom and sitting room if required.
Outside the land extends to approximately six acres. The gardens have been professionally designed and the paddocks are easy to maintain. The owners have planted three hundred trees including silver birch, fruit trees and blossoming cherries, the trees create avenues and draw the eye to the vista beyond. There is an oak framed car port, a triple garage and a lovely south facing garden room as well as a substantial shed/small barn for storage.
Perfectly situated for both private and state schools: Millfield, Downside, All Hallows Prep School and less than 40 mins to Bath. Although this house is surrounded by its own land with beautiful views, your nearest supermarket is less than 10 minutes away, so you get the best of both worlds. Castle Cary station is approx. 20 minutes’ drive.
Lower Downside Farm is centrally located for both Bristol and Bath (approx 20 miles) with excellent access to the M4/M5 and mainline stations. There are also trains that run from Castle Cary (approximately 9 miles) to London Paddington taking approximately 90 minutes. Bristol Airport is 20 miles away.
The market town of Shepton Mallet is a few minutes away providing easy access to all the usual amenities, as well as Kilver Court which offers fabulous designer shopping, as well as the renowned Mulberry store. The ancient Cathedral city of Wells is only 5 miles away and offers a wider range of shops including a twice weekly market, plenty of coffee shops and restaurants, local supermarkets include Waitrose, Morrisons and Tesco. Wells has a thriving cultural scene with concerts from the Cathedral School to regular art gallery events and the very well attended Wells Literature Festival and Food Festival. You are also within easy reach of the very fashionable small town of Bruton which has the very popular restaurant/coffee/bread shop called ‘At the Chapel’ and the world famous Hauser & Wirth Art Gallery and Frome which has numerous markets and is renowned for it's independent shops and vibrant creative scene is less than half an hours drive.
Mains electricity and water
Oil fired central heating
Lower Downside Farm is approached just off A37. Turn off the B3136 up Windsor Hill Lane. The house is located on the left hand side through double gates.
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