OLD BELL HOUSE, MARKET PLACE, SOMERTON TA11 7NJ
A handsome Grade II listed 18th century house in the heart of the historic market town of Somerton.
The accommodation has immense character throughout with rooms including an entrance hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen & breakfast room, study, utility, cloakroom, rear porch, four double bedrooms (one with en-suite) and a family bathroom.
Outside there is a pretty rear garden with a summer house and parking for one car.
About the area
Somerton is a thriving Market Town in the heart of Somerset yet 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 an independent Supermarket, Doctors Surgery, 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.
Thought to date back to the 18th century with potentially even earlier origins, Old Bell House is a former public house which has now been converted into a wonderful family home. The property has attractive local lias elevations under a clay pantiled roof with sash windows and a large porch hood with cast iron doric style columns on the westerly facade. The 6-panel front door underneath it’s “Chippendale” style fanlight opens into the entrance hall where there are flagstones and connecting doors into the sitting room and study.
The sitting room sits in the heart of the house and is full of character with exposed ceiling beams and timber support, a large inglenook fireplace and a beautiful sash window with window seat and shutters.
Through the sitting room is the dining room which also has many features including exposed stonework, dado rails, a cast iron feature fireplace and several further details as seen in the sitting room. This is a lovely room in which to dine with light pouring through the westerly facing window.
The study, across the hall from the sitting room, could equally be used as a snug. There are lovely flagstones, beams, a fireplace with prominent oak lintel and a substantial cupboard in the alcove with shelving.
The kitchen is located at the rear of the property with a splendid outlook of the rear garden. Internally there is a gas fired Aga, a superb array of fitted units with ample worktop space above and below, plus room for a dishwasher and upright fridge/freezer. Within the timber panelled ceiling are LED down lights and exposed rafters. There is plenty of room for a breakfast table within the room. A back door leads out from the kitchen to a rear porch which accesses the garden.
Adjoining the kitchen is a utility room with plumbing for a washing machine and tumble drier and a door leading into the w/c.
Leading up the spiral staircase to the first floor there is a large landing area with Plank and Muntin screening along part of the corridor which forms the partition wall of one of the four bedrooms. All four bedrooms, like the reception rooms below, have sash windows with window seats.
The master bedroom is a substantial, well proportioned room with built in wardrobes, a feature fireplace and an en-suite shower room.
The three further bedrooms are all double in size and each have their own character features. The bedroom with the Plank and Muntin screening also has beautiful Elm floorboards and a feature fireplace with blue lias surround.
The family bathroom has a bath with timber panelling, basin with storage underneath and w/c.
Behind the house is a splendid, partially walled rear garden which is predominately laid to lawn with flourishing surrounding borders. Immediately outside the house is a patio area with space for a table and chairs. A paved pathway leads through the garden to the summer house and a gate out to the parking area.
The parking area is owned by the New Bell House with Old Bell House having allocated parking for one car and shared access through the timber gates.
The driveway leads out on to Kirkham Street where further on street parking can be sought.
Mains gas, water, drainage and electricity.
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