SOUTH COTTAGE, SOUTH STREET, CASTLE CARY, BA7 7EN
A fine and quite delightful period house within its grounds of around an acre in the heart of a small country town in Somerset.
The house has great style and character and includes a conservatory, entrance and inner halls, cloakroom, 3 splendid reception rooms, a kitchen/breakfast room, utility/laundry room, cellars, 6 principal bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 second floor bedrooms and attic stores.
There are well landscaped mature grounds of around an acre and a substantial coach house.
South Street is a popular area of Castle Cary. It’s predominately made up period properties and is within walking distance to all amenities. South Cottage stands off South Street within it’s mainly walled gardens.
South Cottage is a beautiful and charming house Grade ll listed property dating from at least the Stuart period and with major Georgian additions and a later Victorian extension. These various developments are evident and add to its historic interest and great appeal.
The house is built of the much loved Castle Cary stone with Doulting stone dressings and mainly Welsh slated hipped roofs which replaced the thatching about a hundred years ago. The south east elevation has its stone mullioned windows from the 17th century together with a hooded stone canopy with its lead fire mark recording its insurance cover in 1749 of not more than £200. This being commissioned by the then owner, an Attorney at Law.
The mid section of the house retains its Queen Anne Windows and the north western part its Victorian heritage.
Period details include sash windows, panelling, marble fireplaces, a painted oak staircase and balustrades, fine plasterwork, window shutters, panelled doors and original door furniture,
Internally the house is very comfortable and whilst a good size is extremely livable and tranquil with well proportioned reception rooms, plenty of bedrooms and gas central heating.
The entrance is through the conservatory into a hall which leads to the reception area off which is the cloakroom.
The drawing room has a large bay window which floods the room with sunshine, elm floorboards, a beautiful marble fireplace with ceramic mouldings and original 18th century panelling. On the opposite side of the hall is the dining room, referred to as “the new room” in 1773 and since little altered. Here again are a bay window and a marble fireplace.
The kitchen & breakfast room has double French doors to a courtyard and plenty of room for a table and chairs. The kitchen area has a John Lewis fitted kitchen with plenty of units and appliances including a hob, extractor, ovens and dishwasher. Adjacent is a large utility/laundry/boot room with flagstones, units and a yard door.
At the far end of the hall a short flight of steps leads up to the Victorian sitting room which has a bay window with French doors and a fireplace with a wood burning stove.
Approached from the hall is a flight of steps to several cellars providing storage areas and housing the central heating gas boiler.
The painted oak staircase rises to a first floor galleried landing.
The south bedroom is believed to have been an 18th century reception room and has a bay window and a fireplace. The north east bedroom is another impressive room and has a hand basin and a fireplace. It also has a door into a small bedroom or dressing room with a second door to the landing. Close by is a contemporary shower room.
The next two bedrooms and the bathroom are in the centre of the house and have original Queen Anne windows.
A short flight of steps leads up to the east facing bedroom which has a fireplace.
A door opens from the landing to a staircase to the second floor. Here there are two further bedrooms and loft storage space.
The main entrance to South Cottage is off South Street through double timber gates to a drive which leads to the house and beyond to a parking area flanked by a garage and the Coach House. This is a handsome and substantial building being about 60 ft x 16 ft. with large open spaces and being ideal for many uses subject to any necessary consents.
The grounds are landscaped and very special indeed. The drive is bordered by flowerbeds, shrubs and box hedges and leads to a large parking area in front of the coach house and which also has double gates to a side lane. Behind the coach house is a geometric hedged garden adjoining neat lawns overlooked by an attractive Orangery. Beyond are further well stocked garden rooms whilst on the north side of the house is a gravelled courtyard with a superb backdrop of shrubberies and mature trees.
About the area
Castle Cary, described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, the eminent architectural historian, as Somerset’s prettiest town, lies in beautiful unspoilt countryside. The town is characterised by period buildings constructed of the distinctive honey coloured stone for which the area is well known. It remains a delightful small market town with a number of traditional shops and boutiques within the Conservation Area in which a policy of strict planning control operates to prevent inappropriate development. These shops cater for most everyday needs whilst Shaftesbury, Glastonbury, Street, Wells, Frome, Wincanton, Sherborne and Yeovil are all close by and Salisbury, Taunton, Bath and Bristol are in easy driving distance.
Road & rail
On the outskirts of Castle Cary is the railway station with its direct line to Paddington and the A303 road link is a few miles south.
There are excellent state schools in the area - Ansford Academy boasts excellent exam grades and independent schools include the Sherborne and Bruton schools, Millfield, Wells Cathedral, Hazelgrove, Port Regis and St. Mary’s in Shaftesbury.
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