LOWER BARN, LITTLETON, NR SOMERTON, SOMERSET, TA11 6NP
A great home in a wonderful peaceful location with bags of accommodation, outbuildings, gardens and grounds - all contributing to a wonderful lifestyle.
The generous accommodation includes over 4,000 sq. ft. with a large reception hall, cloakroom, 3 reception rooms, kitchen & dining room, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms plus scope for an adjoining annexe.
Outside are garages, outbuildings, barns, yards, gardens and a swimming pool.
Somerton 2 miles, Street 3 miles, Wells 11 miles, Bristol 31 miles, Bath 32 miles.
Lower Barn is at the end of a no-through lane (well away from roads) on the edge of a small village between the towns of Somerton and Street and within easy driving distance of main link roads and a train station (London under 2 hours). There are excellent local and independent schools close by including Millfield (3 miles).
The village and surrounds
The village has a small friendly community and is surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside and the house has extensive views over the River Cary valley and regular sightings of deer, pheasant, barn, tawny and little owls, plus an extremely rare species of butterfly. The area is rich in open spaces and is ideal for walking and cycling, with many footpaths and byways.
This is best described by the owners and we quote -
" Lower Barn is a large characterful and versatile home for family living, where family and friends can easily be accommodated and children encouraged into outdoor activities and pursuits. We have enjoyed swimming, table tennis, croquet, badminton and tennis (on a self styled tennis court), whilst the orchard area has been used for cycling with jumps when the children were younger, and also keeping chickens. The outdoor barn has been used for parties, with a live band and more recently building cars, storage for canoes and boats. In this house and community the children have felt safe and been able to bring their friends over to play with lots of space and activities to enjoy."
The barn was conscientiously converted and extended by the current owners in the early 2000’s using local craftsmen and tradesmen. It incorporates an exquisite oak frame which was made and erected by the locally renowned ‘The Timber Frame Company’ using high quality green oak from Longleat Forest, and dry oak for the windows, external doors and staircase. It has double glazing and oil fired central heating being mainly underfloor with radiators in the bedrooms.
The entrance hall is an impressive area, over 30ft long, with a high pitched ceiling with roof lights and LED spotlights laid out in the constellations of Orion and the Plough. Blue Lias stones span the walkway and Marnhull stone steps. At the end of the hall is a well appointed shower room with walk in shower, basin and WC.
From the hall two steps lead to the principal reception room being the drawing room and which is reminiscent of a "Great Hall".
It has a high pitched ceiling, oak beams, huge windows, flooding the room with sunlight, french doors, a multi fuel stove, variable lighting, and a staircase. This rises to a 20ft. x 20ft. study, which has previously served as a billiard room. Stable doors from both the living room and hall lead into the kitchen & dining room with a double aspect and french doors to the garden There's an extensive range of fitted units, a dishwasher, a dual fuel Rangemaster cooker and plumbing for an American style fridge-freezer.
The adjacent utility room includes a large larder and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer. Also approached from the hall is the second reception room (21ft. x 18 ft. plus) having had various uses including a separate dining room, sitting room and games room. It has a Jotul wood burning stove and french doors.
Beyond is the north wing (west facing) with 5 double bedrooms, a cloakroom and 3 bathrooms with 2 being en suite. The master bedroom has a vaulted ceiling, and an en-suite shower room. The family bathroom has both a bath and a separate walk in shower. There's also a cloakroom with basin and WC. Bedroom 5 also has a vaulted ceiling, a kitchen area, and an ensuite. As it also has an external door, it is currently used as a self contained annexe.
The fifth bedroom is at the end of the bedroom hallway and could be combined with the adjoining bedroom(s) to create an annexe for family or friends. In addition it adjoins a 31ft. x 20 ft. garage that could, subject to consents, be easily developed to create a large self contained annexe unit - or further residential accommodation
Lower Barn is at the end of a very quiet no-through lane. A gated driveway (with provision for an electric gated entrance) leads into the property and to a large yard flanked on the east side by the house. At the end of the house is the garage with an electric door and space for several cars and workshop
Opposite the garage is an open sided barn used as a carport and having planning permission to redevelop. Next to the barn is an orchard with a huge variety of fruit trees including pear, apple, mulberry and plum. Beyond is a large concreted area that has been used as a play area, self styled tennis court, badminton court etc.
This yard is to the fore of a large former barn now used for storage, garaging and as a workshop. It's also ideal as a "party barn"! Next to it is a vegetable garden and a polytunnel.
On the south side of the house, and approached by french doors from the house, is a well sheltered mature lawned garden with a summerhouse, geenhouse, further vegetable area and an encased "above ground" heated swimming pool - easily removed if not desired.
Tenure and services
Freehold. Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Oil central heating. Propane gas for the cooker.
About the area
Littleton lies just south of the village of Compton Dundon in one of the most picturesque parts of Somerset. Situated on the B3151 between Somerton and Street, Compton, Dundon and Littleton share a range of community facilities including the church, school, cricket pitch & club, and pub.
The nearby town of Somerton is a thriving Market Town in the heart of Somerset with easy road access via the A303 road a few miles south and the main line rail station at Castle Cary. Somerton provides a wide range of local services including a Supermarket, Doctors Surgery, Dentist, Library, Butchers, Newsagent, Chemist and Post Office. Close by are other small towns including Street, Glastonbury, Wells, Castle Cary, Yeovil and Sherborne whilst Bristol, Bath and Taunton are also within easy reach.
There are excellent state and independent schools locally which include a well respected primary schools in Somerton and secondary schools (and 6th form college) in Street and Huish Episcopi. Independent schools include, Millfield (at Street & Glastonbury), Wells Cathedral, Downside, All Hallows and the schools at Bruton and Sherborne. There are lots of good restaurants and pubs in the town and surrounding villages, and most sporting, cultural and social requirements can be met.
From Street head towards Somerton on the B3151. Turn right to Littleton, and continue until you pass the pond on your left. After the pond turn left and the property will be ahead of you on your right hand side.
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