- Characterful period cottage with planning permission
- Located in thriving village just a few minutes from Wells
- Pretty and secluded garden
- Off street parking for two cars
- Planning permission granted for various enhancements
- Newly refurbished
- Exposed beams and floorboards
- Grade II listed
- Potential for loft conversion
- Three bedrooms
Gemini House, located in the historical village of Croscombe near Wells, is a grade II listed property bursting with oodles of character and charm. Part of an impressive building, dating back to the 1700s, this unique property was originally a barn where the local sheep’s wool would have been transported from the mill for processing. As soon as one enters the house there are reminders of it’s past. From the quirky alcoves, in the entrance hall, once full of candles to illuminate the passage, to the remains of an archway where the horses would have passed through, one gains a sense of days gone by.
This passage, now a hallway, leads to the country style kitchen with its wooden units and glazed tiles. It is a cosy space with wonderful old beams and a natural source of light provided by two good sized windows.
Opposite the hallway is the entrance to a sitting room, again benefitting from natural light, through the original pretty paned windows - one overlooking a courtyard and the other overlooking the smart driveway (parking for 2 cars) with beautifully planted flowering shrubs and borders.
Upstairs are three bedrooms, all utterly unique in their charm and a beautifully presented bathroom with wooden floorboards and stylish tiling with a shower unit. Bedroom one has a fabulous double height ceiling with a skylight which floods the room with sunlight. The two further bedrooms have rustic floorboards and ceilings adorned with original splendid beams, twisted and randomly positioned creating an authentic feeling of history.
The master bedroom is a total surprise - as you walk into a beautifully presented space it unexpectedly leads directly onto a south facing garden home to an array of wildlife. Notably a squirrel, who makes a daily appearance to collect his nuts, a little hedgehog, various birds and a family of newts who have set up home in the delightful garden pond. Waking up in the morning to a vista of mature trees, flowers and shrubs in a truly unique setting is the perfect spot for morning coffee.
From the generous sized landing there is access to a large loft space which has enormous potential to create a further bedroom and bathroom.
The current owners have plans approved with respect to the attic conversion and also to convert one of the windows in the kitchen into a doorway to include a porch and steps leading up to the garden.
The property is accessed through an impressive entrance of stone pillars topped with ornate pineapple finials (in the 1700s pineapples were a sign of wealth). From the gravelled driveway, with parking for two cars, there is access to the back garden via the pretty garden steps. The garden has a perfect area for alfresco dining and the lawn stretches approximately 30 feet leading to a large timber workshop which could be used as a workspace, hobby room or plentiful storage space. Please note there is a right of way across the garden to the neighbouring property.
Croscombe is a pretty village, mentioned in the Domesday Book, with a thriving pub "The George" which acts as the hub of the community with its "Take Away" night as well as doubling as the village stores. The village hall has monthly film nights as well as the Charter Market where villagers sell their local produce, a village orchestra, amateur dramatics society and village school, playground and sports field. There is excellent walking in the area as the village is littered with footpaths.
The city of Wells is approx 3 miles away and offers all the usual attractions of a market town including banks, doctors surgeries and dentists with supermarkets including Waitrose, Morrisons and Tesco, a cinema and a market every Wednesday and Saturday. The high street is vibrant with a small selection of the usual chain stores plus a variety of independent shops, pubs and restaurants including the award winning "Goodfellows". At the very heart of the city is the medieval Cathedral, Bishops Palace and Vicars' Close (reputed to be the oldest surviving residential street in Europe).
The Wells festivals are increasing in popularity each year with the Literary Festival now over two weeks and attracting big names, the very well attended Food Festival and many regular Arts festivals. With both the Cathedral School and the Cathedral itself there are endless opportunities for musical concerts, plus there are regular shows and comedy nights in the Little Theatre.
Golf Clubs are in Wells and on the Mendips. Sailing and fishing can be found on the Chew Valley and Blagdon Lakes.
Bath and Bristol are within commuting distance and there is a main line railway station with links to London (Paddington) in Castle Cary just a few miles away with trains to London in approximately 90 minutes. Street and Glastonbury are 20 minutes away. Bristol airport is an easy 30 minute drive.
There are excellent state and independent schools in the area including a junior school in the village of Croscombe itself as well as several primary schools in Wells. There is also the extremely sought after Wells Blue secondary school, plus Wells Cathedral School, Downside School, All Hallows Preparatory School and Millfield all in close proximity.
Mains water, electricity and gas
From Wells take the A371 to Croscombe - Gemini House can be found on the left hand side before the George Inn. From Shepton Mallet on the A371 it will be found on the right hand side after The George. Entrance to the property is through the stone pillars with the pineapple finials.
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