- Four bedroom detached house with two bedroom annexe
- Fantastic views
- 6 1/2 acres of land, mature gardens and outbuildings
- Many original features
- Tennis court
- Great location near Castle Cary and Emily Estate
Opportunities to own a fantastic character home such as Smallway House don’t come along very often! This traditional house, wrapped in six and half acres of its own mature gardens and paddock, sits in a slightly elevated position at the foot of Galhampton Hill. The house is sheltered to the rear and has wonderful panoramic views over Somerset to the front. This authentic Somerset home retains many features and much character from times gone by. Having been owned most recently by the same family for over 40 years, in previous incarnations the property has been run as a smallholding and was the home of a local businessman and his family who sailed on the Titanic. This four-bedroom detached house with an annexe, outbuildings, mature gardens, a tennis court and a total of six and a half acres of land, is a great find for a sympathetic new owner who could bring energy and vision to this wonderful project.
Smallway House has been a family home since 1976 since when it has been extended, the annexe has been converted and the well-stocked gardens created with many fruit and nut trees and a vegetable plot. The outbuildings could be turned into further accommodation and, with a tennis court and engaging views, this house would work really well as either a family home or a commercial enterprise such as a bed and breakfast. The field behind the house could become a lovely smallholding or home to a pony or a small flock of sheep.
A porch leads into the house from the sheltered courtyard area and into the rear hall of the house. Off the hall is the large farmhouse kitchen with fitted units, an Alpha range and other authentic features such as the original flagstone floor. As it is situated at the rear of the house the kitchen looks out over the garden and courtyard. The house has a lot of functional space which harks back to when the property was a smallholding. For example the dry, secure cellar with a concrete floor and a further room leading from the kitchen, which is where milk churns used to be stored, could become a handy office.
Also on the ground floor is a sitting room with a log burner and a dining room with French doors leading out to the mature gardens at the side of the house. A breakfast room at the foot of the stairs and a shower room complete the accommodation on the ground floor.
On the first floor are four good size bedrooms and a generous family bathroom. The master bedroom has panoramic views over three sides of the property and a large en-suite shower room.
The annexe, which was converted from the original stables in 1998, has its own entrance from the courtyard. On the ground floor of the annexe is a well-equipped farmhouse kitchen, with an Alpha range, as well as an office/snug. On the first floor are two double bedrooms and a sitting room from which gorgeous views over the country side can be enjoyed. There is access to the main house through a door from the sitting room to one of the main house bedrooms which could be very useful If the annexe was being used by extended family.
Attached to the annexe are two stone-built car ports; great for parking or for additional storage. There is also a brick-built washroom and workshop as well as an additional garden store. These ancillary constructions are incredibly versatile and provide invaluable storage, dwellings for livestock or could even be converted into further residential accommodation . The useful driveway and courtyard provide additional parking.
The well-established gardens sit behind and to the side of the house, contain a variety of fruit trees which include plums, pears, apples and walnuts, and also soft fruits such as gooseberries, red-currants and blackberries. There is a further field beyond the garden which also extends to the side of the house, and is really convenient for keeping an eye on livestock.
Smallway House is on Smallway Lane between the village of Galhampton and the popular and attractive market town of Castle Cary. It is close to the Emily Estate, based at Hadspen House, which will be opening soon.
Galhampton is a small, friendly village with a great community. It has a village hall and a popular pub.
Castle Cary has many independent businesses including coffee shops, an independent bookshop, boutiques and galleries. Amenities include a nursery, primary and secondary schools, health centre, dental practice, library, bank, post office, delicatessen, grocery stores, weekly market, butcher, newsagent, chemist, pubs, restaurants and tea shops. Large supermarkets are located at Wincanton which is a short drive away. The fashionable town of Bruton is close by and has several well-known restaurants, pubs and bars including “At the Chapel” and “The Roth Bar” at the world-renowned Hauser and Wirth Gallery. The town also has a doctors surgery, pharmacy, vet, post office, several mini supermarkets, fuel station and numerous independent shops.
The A303 a few miles south provides a direct route to London via the M3 and there is a mainline service from Castle Cary to London Paddington (under 2 hours) and Templecombe station (about a 15-minute drive) has a regular service to London Waterloo. Airports in Bristol and Exeter offer connections within the UK, Europe and beyond. For further shopping and recreational activities Frome, Bath, Bristol, Wells and Salisbury are all within easy driving distance.
Castle Cary has a primary school and Ansford a secondary school. There are excellent local independent schools nearby including King’s School Bruton, Bruton School for Girls and also the state owned boarding school Sexeys in Bruton as well. In close proximity are Millfield, Hazelgrove and All Hallows prep schools.
Mains Water, mains electricity, private drainage (septic tank), oil central heating
Coming from Galhampton on the A359, after the turning for Castle Cary take a left turn into Smallway Lane. Smallway house will be found after about 100 metres on the right hand side. From Castle Cary take the B1352 (South Street) out of Castle Cary, then turn left into Smallway Lane. Smallway House is located towards the end of the lane on the left hand side.
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