Postcode: BA4 6AE
Sale Type: Sold
Property SummaryShortwood Farmhouse is a lovely stone farmhouse in a wonderful setting with stunning woodland views. The large family rooms have the typical warmth and informality of a traditional farmhouse, and an idyllic secret woodland garden with a stream makes this a rare find.
The front door is at the back, opening into a hall with utility, downstairs loo, and lots of storage space. The large kitchen has every element of the perfect farmhouse kitchen with a flagstone floor, an AGA, a snug at one end with a wood burning stove and space for a sofa and chairs. The kitchen/diner has copious cupboards and work surfaces and room for a big dining table for family lunches and suppers with friends. French doors open out to the garden and the beautiful view of the woods. The dual aspect sitting room is particularly spacious, with a traditional beamed ceiling, an inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove and more doors to the garden.
Upstairs a spacious and airy landing leads firstly to two good sized bedrooms with views and a sleek family bathroom. At the end of the corridor is the master bedroom which is an exceptional size, beautifully light, with truly stunning views over the woodland. In addition, there is a spacious panelled en-suite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe.
The self-contained cottage has been converted in recent years to provide a sitting/dining room with a wood burning stove, a fully fitted kitchen, two double bedrooms and a modern bathroom. The star attraction of the cottage is a fabulous spacious deck with stunning views over the woodland and the valley.
There is great potential here, with the appropriate planning permissions, for a re-design linking the cottage to the farmhouse, perhaps with lots of glass to maximise the stunning woodland view. The current positioning of the two would make this very straightforward and could result in a substantially larger home.
A five bar gate opens into a driveway with space for several cars and a garden shed. A sunny terrace runs along the back of the farmhouse which leads to an area of lawn and further wide steps take you down to a secret garden. A softly undulating lawn, dappled with sunshine and shade, peppered with beautiful trees including Oak, Silver Birch, Maple, and cider apple. In addition and by further negotiation is about 1/3 of an acre, which is accessed over a private bridge leading to a woodland glade at the bottom, with a stream running through it and a treehouse in a big old Wingnut tree. This is a truly magical place – absolute paradise for children and dogs, or to while away an afternoon in a hammock.
Please note that the property is semi detached and Lodestone are also selling the cottage attached next door which could be made into one property.
The village itself is one of the most desirable in Somerset and is the home of a bustling community and the village hall hosts cinema evenings, yoga and exercise classes and other such events. The Three Horseshoes is a highly regarded pub with restaurant and is within walking distance from the cottage. A new addition to the village is a fresh milk vending machine recently installed by a local farmer. The fashionable town of Bruton is a few miles south and is home to the renowned art gallery, Hauser and Wirth and Roth Bar and the high street offers a pharmacy, florist and the well known restaurant “At The Chapel”. The pretty town of Castle Cary, a few miles further, is home to the new hotel and restaurant, The Newt (https://thenewtinsomerset.com/) which has wonderful grounds with woodland walks. Nearby, Frome has a thriving arts scene with a cinema, two theatres, and diverse shopping. The Frome Independent Market, held on the first Sunday of every month is a celebration of all things artisan and attracts thousands of visitors. Babington House, the private members' club, with its swimming pools, tennis courts, gym, bars and restaurant is only a short drive away and is an idyllic hub for relaxing and socialising.
The area is renowned for its excellent schools which include primary and secondary state schools in Bruton and Frome. The two prep schools of All Hallows and Hazlegrove are nearby and, for secondary, Sherborne, Kings Bruton, Bruton School for Girls, Millfield and Downside are all within easy reach. Bath, Frome, Westbury, Warminster and Castle Cary stations provide rail services to London Paddington and London Waterloo. The A303 (M3) links to London and the wider motorway network - the A36, M4 and M5 are all within easy reach. There is a wide range of national and international flights from Bristol Airport.
From Bruton take the A359 towards Frome. Take the left turn for Batcombe. Once down in the village, continue along to Kale Street and Shortwood Farmhouse will be found on the left hand side.
Mains electricity and water, oil, private drainage
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- Lovely Somerset farmhouse with stunning woodland views
- Beautiful, sought-after village of Batcombe close to Bruton
- Idyllic secluded woodland hideaway
- Self-contained two bedroom cottage
- Potential for re-design, linking cottage to farmhouse
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