Postcode: TA10 9BH
Sale Type: Sold
Property SummaryBridge Cottage is nestled between a managed river and a quiet lane in the Somerset village of Henley. The oldest part of the building was a river keeper’s cottage originally constructed in the 18th Century with later additions in 1980 and 2002 increasing the size of this family home. This is a perfect place to bring up children or to live amongst nature, as the ever changing scenery extends over the farmland for miles, and a variety of wildlife can be spotted from deer to swans, Great Cranes and kingfishers.
Electric gates open from the lane onto the cottage’s gardens and the drive sweeps up to the cottage where there is plenty of parking. The front door opens onto a limestone tiled hallway which extends into a boot room to one side and with a staircase constructed of cider barrels to the other. The oldest part of the cottage has a cosy sitting room with exposed beams, a log burner and open brickwork dating back to the 1750s. The boot room, snug and old larder (which contains the heating controls) also form part of the original building.
A big feature of the house is the fully fitted, light and very spacious kitchen which was added in 2002 with windows running along its length to showcase the delightful riverside panorama. Containing an Aga, electric hob and oven and with a limestone floor which extends through into the dining area it is the hub of the family home. French doors open from the dining area onto a lovely patio, perfect for al fresco dining or just sitting to take in the view with a cup of coffee. A further door leads to the outside area where the log store and chicken coop are , past the pantry/walk in food cupboard and cloakroom, perfect for bringing in the eggs or veg from the kitchen garden.
The first floor contains five double bedrooms and a family bathroom. The main bedroom has an ensuite shower room and great views over the garden to one side and over the river to another. There is plenty of storage with cleverly constructed cupboards and wardrobes. The second, third and fifth bedrooms also look over the river and fields beyond, whereas the fourth large bedroom, which has copious amounts of storage, overlooks the lane. There is a generously sized family bathroom with a bath, shower, toilet and basin.
The gardens and river which envelope the Cottage are a major part of its appeal. The garden is mainly lawn with some mature trees, shrubs and a flower border, with the river running alongside one length of the grounds and one side of the cottage. At the bottom of the garden, with views over the countryside, are an office with a mezzanine sleep area, which have electricity and broadband. On the hedge side of the grounds are a chicken house and a large well maintained vegetable patch as well as a greenhouse and undercover parking for two vehicles. There are also a shed for tools or bikes, and a log store.
Bridge Cottage is set in an idyllic location in a tranquil lane in the close knit village community of Henley on the edge of the Somerset Levels one of England’s most unchanged landscapes. There is a managed river directly next to the cottage and the level of the water is managed by a sluice gate. There are walking, cycling and bridle paths that lead across the stunning Somerset levels beyond with numerous bird and wildlife reserves.
Nearby are the villages of High Ham, which has a Primary School, and Pedwell where a local shop and post office can be found. There are also yoga and Pilates classes in High Ham. To the south west is Langport, a small thriving town with a wide range of facilities such as doctors and dentists, supermarket shops, banks, library, public houses, cafes, churches and a Primary School. The town is becoming increasingly popular, perhaps partly due to the very stylish restaurant café and deli shop known a “Kitchen”. Somerton (the capital of ancient Wessex) provides similar amenities including Somerton Tennis Club. There are also the nearby bigger towns of Glastonbury Street and larger commercial centres in Taunton and Yeovil all within easy reach which offers a full range of sporting, recreational, shopping and arts facilities.
Communications to this area are excellent with the A303/M3 to London; the A303 dual carriageway is about 10 miles away and the M5 connections at Taunton and Bridgwater. Railway connections are also good with Castle Cary and Taunton serving London Paddington and Yeovil/Sherborne serving London Waterloo.
Local area - approx.distances
Langport – 5 miles
Somerton – 5 miles
Glastonbury -9 miles
Street - 7 miles
Wells -15 miles
Taunton - 16 miles,
Sherborne - 20 miles
J 23 on the M5 -9 miles
There are excellent schools in the area including High Ham Primary, Huish Episcopi in Langport and Crispin School in Street and Strode College. Independent schools such as Millfield, Wells Cathedral, Hazelgrove, Sherborne, Bruton, Taunton and Wellington schools are easily accessible with school buses running from various departure points including Langport.
The house has wooden, double glazed windows, mains electric, private sewerage and oil central heating.
Council tax band D.
From the A361 from Street, turn off towards High Ham. Then take another left turn towards Henley. The lane leading to Bridge Cottage is three quarters of a mile on the left, just before a small layby with a red post box and telephone box on the left hand side. A word of warning is that, if using a satellite navigation system, the postcode will take you past the turning for the property.
From Somerton take the B3153 towards Langport. At Picts Hill turn right towards High Ham. Stay on this road through High Ham then go down the hill and turn right into Henley, after three quarters of a mile you will see a phone box, turn left immediately before and Bridge Cottage is on the right hand side.
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- No Chain
- Period property in idyllic rural setting
- Fabulous large family sized kitchen/dining room
- Light filled sitting room overlooking river
- Cosy snug / playroom
- Light filled bedrooms, two of which are dual aspect with great views
- Master bedroom with ensuite
- 4 further bedrooms and family bathroom
- Utility room, larder and boot room
- Good size garden with large area of lawn plus veg area
- Outside office
- Wooden garden room with mezzanine
- Carport plus workshop
- Good location for Millfield and Taunton Schools
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