Postcode: BA11 3LB
Sale Type: For Sale
Property SummaryThe Bushes is a pretty stone cottage in an idyllic rural setting backing onto a meadow in the village of Whatley near Frome. The earliest part of the cottage dates back we believe to the 1700s and it has been sympathetically extended over the years to make a generous three bedroom family home.
A long cottage, with one room leading to another, it has thick stone walls and deep windowsills. As is characteristic of country life, the current occupants enter the cottage by a stable door into the boot/utility room. Here there is lots of room for coats and muddy boots and a laundry area with a butler sink. A latch door leads into a large, sunny kitchen, dual aspect, with wide glass doors opening out to the garden and the countryside. This is a family kitchen with room for a big table in the middle, fitted units in a pretty duck egg colour, a wooden floor and a cream AGA . The kitchen leads into a spacious sitting/dining with windows to the front and back, this is perfect for entertaining with lots of room for a large dining table at one end, and sofas and chairs at the other end by a cosy wood burning stove.
A tall internal window to the side looks through to the garden room and lets in lots of light. The front door would open into the centre of this room. A step up leads into the oldest part of the cottage where another reception room is currently a study. In here there is an original inglenook fireplace which has been partially blocked up, but could be opened again.
The garden room offers further living space, roomy and light with lovely views across the garden to the meadow.
A large spiral staircase leads up from the dining room to a long, airy landing. At one end is the master bedroom which is an exceptional size, beautifully light with a dual aspect and stunning views over the surrounding countryside. Built-in wardrobes maximise the space. A large en-suite bathroom has a copious walk-in shower, and you can enjoy the lovely views as you soak in the bath. At the other end of the corridor are two generous double bedrooms and a family bathroom. Both bedrooms are dual aspect and very light and the bedroom in the earliest part of the cottage has the original rounded stone chimney breast and a low window overlooking the garden with a window seat.
Outside -as you turn into The Bushes there is an expansive area for parking with room for several cars. An exceptional size garage has more than enough room for two large vehicles as well as lots of storage and a useful sheltered wood store behind. This offers the potential, with appropriate planning consents, for conversion to a large self-contained annexe with its own private garden behind. A large garden wraps around the cottage, with a spacious gravel area at one end and to the front - and with a vegetable garden in raised beds. A dappled lawn at the other end leads round to the side and through a gate to the rear where a wide lawn abuts unspoilt countryside. Pretty planted borders edged with old sleepers are full of cottage flowers and herbs and there are two paved areas, perfect for a barbecue or just to sit and relax in this rural idyll.
The village of Whatley lies about 5km West of Frome, one of Somerset’s most fashionable market towns and recently featured in the Sunday Times as the best place to live in Somerset. 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. Close by are various footpaths, Asham Woods and a bridleway to the nearby village of Mells.
The Macmillan Way, a long-distance path passes through the neighbouring village of Chantry and there are ample opportunities for walking and cycling along converted railway lines and alongside the Mells river. Local amenities include Babington House, (Soho House’s country mansion), the Hauser And Wirth Art Gallery and Roth Bar in Bruton, and the Talbot Inn, a village shop and a post office all 5 minutes away in Mells.
Local primary schools encompass Mells C of E first school, Leigh on Mendip first school and Stoke St Michael Primary. Independent schools include All Hallows, Downside and the Bath schools: Prior Park, Monkton Combe and King Edwards. Transport links are good with a railway station in Frome that connects to Westbury and from there, to London Paddington or the South West.
Directions (BA11 3LB)
From the A361 take the turn for Nunney and Whatley. At Whatley turn left towards Chantry and Wells on Railford Hill, and The Bushes will be found along this road on the left hand side.
Mains water, electricity, oil, private drainage
Council Tax band F
Local Authority Mendip Council
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- Pretty stone cottage in lovely hidden rural setting
- Large wrap around garden backing onto farmland
- Exceptional size garage with lots of parking
- Potential self contained annexe, home office etc subject to p/p
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