Town/City: East Pennard
Postcode: BA4 6TU
Sale Type: Let
Property SummaryThis really is a lifestyle choice, situated in a picture postcard Somerset village down a meandering footpath past the church to a magical south/southwest facing garden with pathways down to the gentle stream with waterfall views and a footpath through adjoining woodland.
This stunning house was originally a Victorian workers cottage that has been imaginatively extended using cedar cladding and steel, by the current owners whose style and flair is clearly evident throughout this unique home.
Through the traditionally recently added stone porch you enter a large open plan kitchen/dining room with reclaimed parquet flooring and original flagstones with a wooden staircase in one corner leading to the upstairs and on through to the large new sitting room and second staircase. The whole house has seamlessly merged the old and new and this considerate renovation creates a sociable modern living space. There are stone mullion windows, original doors, wood burners, flagstones and a bespoke kitchen.
There is a large triple aspect sitting room with doors to the garden and terrace with a wall of glass to catch all the benefits of the south and west facing garden. Four/Five bedrooms, two bathrooms (one ensuite) a fabulous secret den for the little ones, a utility room and downstairs cloakroom. Doors lead out to the large decked area to catch the sunshine and take in the rural view. There really is nothing more to add to this home – a real gem!
This special house is located down a footpath that runs in front of the church and other similar houses that lead you to the front of this rural idyll.
You need to park at the church and wander down. Wheel barrows are used for carrying bags!
East Pennard is one of the area's best kept secrets, it's not on the route to anywhere and has virtually no through traffic. The village has a population of about 350 and includes a Grade 1 listed 14th century church and a handful of farms, houses and cottages. The village is situated conveniently just off the A37 giving you a great location to access the nearby towns of Wells and Frome as well as the fashionable town of Bruton. Pilton is just down the road and is a very sought after village, notable for its pretty stone cottages and rolling hills and of course Glastonbury Festival. Residents of East Pennard receive complimentary Glastonbury Festival Tickets.
Pilton is a very active village, it has numerous clubs, a playgroup, a bus to a local primary school, very smart village hall (which hosts the Post Office), playground, playing fields with clubhouse and a public house. There are many events throughout the year, but most notable is the very well attended September Pilton weekend including village flower show and fete, barn dance, tug of war, cricket match and ‘fun sports day’ (see www.piltonvillage.co.uk).
Nearby is the the ancient city of Wells, which is the smallest Cathedral city in England, and offers all the usual amenities that you would expect in a small town including banks, doctors surgeries, dentists and a selection of primary schools and the excellent Blue School and Wells Cathedral school. The high street is vibrant with a small selection of the usual chain stores plus a variety of independent shops and restaurants and pubs as well as a twice weekly market and a choice of supermarkets including Waitrose, Tesco, Lidl and Morrisons. At the very heart of the city is the medieval Cathedral, Bishop’s 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 taking place over two weeks and attracting big names in the literary world, 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 regular shows and comedy nights in the Little Theatre.
Fifteen minutes away is 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 and Wirth Art Gallery.
Nearby, Frome is one of the South West’s leading market towns and was recently featured in the Sunday Times as the best place to live in Somerset. It has become a “foodie hipster haven” due to the influx of young families, with St Catherine’s hill at the centre of the artisan quarter. The town has a comprehensive choice of retail outlets and all the usual amenities. Founded in 2013, the “Frome Independent” is an award winning independent street market that is held on the first Sunday of every month and attracts 80,000 people a year.
Bristol and Bath are within approximately an hour's drive and a mainline station with trains to London Paddington, is situated less than 6 miles away at Castle Cary, Templecombe offers trains directly into Waterloo, with further mainline stations at Yeovil, Bristol and Bath.
There are excellent state and independent schools in the area including a well-respected primary school in the nearby village of West Pennard. There is also the extremely sought after Wells Blue secondary school as well as Crispin School in Street and St Dunstans in Glastonbury plus Millfield Senior and Prep Schools, Wells Cathedral School, Downside School, All Hallows Preparatory School and Kings Bruton all in close proximity. The highly regarded sixth form college Strode College is located nearby at Street.
Electric Heating, Bottled gas, private drainage.
Turn off the A37 at the bottom of Wraxall Hill and follow the lane for 0.3 mile, turn right for a further 0.3 mile, turn left and park in the centre of the village by the church. Please note that the house is located on a private footpath, viewing by appointment only
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- Magical and extended semi detached cottage in wonderful location
- Stunning open plan kitchen dining room
- Fabulous new sitting room extension
- Original features cleverly blended with the imaginative extension
- Modern kitchen with lovely reclaimed parquet flooring
- 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
- Garden with stream and view of waterfall
- Full of light with rural views