WALNUT COTTAGE, CLANVILLE, CASTLE CARY, BA7 7PQ
A handsome and most appealing five bedroom detached home set in over an acre of gardens and grounds, in this small Hamlet on the outskirts of Castle Cary town.
Walnut Cottage has spacious accommodation throughout including a porch, sitting room, kitchen/family room, dining room, utility, cloakroom, five bedrooms (one with en-suite) and a family bathroom.
There are beautiful gardens and grounds, ample parking for many vehicles and several useful outbuildings including a barn with annexe potential and stabling. Solar panels generating income.
About the area
Clanville is a small hamlet located just north of Castle Cary. Castle Cary is described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, the eminent architectural historian, as Somerset’s prettiest town, set 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.
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 Shaftesbury.
The newly opened “The Newt in Somerset” just outside Castle Cary is home to beautiful countryside walks set in the grounds of a Georgian country estate. Within the estate are a Hotel & Spa, Farm shop, restaurants and house & garden shop.
Walnut Cottage has attractive local Cary stone elevations under a tiled roof. The property is set back from the road with excellent privacy, so much so that you’d almost miss it unless you knew it’s whereabouts. The house is entered via a beautifully constructed oak framed porch at the rear of the house which in turn leads through into the entrance hall.
The sitting room on the left hand side of the hall is a lovely, light filled room with Oak flooring plus bi-folding doors at one end of the room and a window looking out over the gardens to the rear at the other. There are built in cupboards and bookshelves plus an impressive home theatre system with surround sound and film projector. In the focal point of the room is a toasty wood burning stove set upon a slate hearth.
The kitchen/family room is a large L-shaped room set in a semi open-plan style with plenty of space to entertain guests and the dining room leading off. Light pours in through both aspects and there are LED spotlights throughout the room. The kitchen is well appointed with a wide range of bespoke units with wooden worktops above and a gas Rangemaster cooker with extractor above. In addition there is plumbing for a dishwasher by the sink which has a lovely outlook of the gardens. There is room for a breakfast table or indeed sofas depending on how a purchaser wishes to arrange the room.
The oak flooring within the living/breakfast area continues through to the dining room which is a well proportioned room with a dual aspect and french doors opening out to the front garden. Like the sitting room, the focal point of the room is the fireplace which in this case is an open fire with pretty Cary stone surround and wooden mantel.
The utility room adjoins the kitchen and provides additional storage and worktop space as well as having plumbing for a washing machine and tumble drier plus another door leading outside. Also within the utility are the Tesla storage batteries for the solar photovoltaic panels. The solar panels, in addition to being eco-friendly, generate electricity for the owners which helps to bring the running costs down and also provides an added source of income thanks to the feed in tariff. Further information on this is available upon request.
Also on the ground floor is a cloakroom with basin and w/c.
Upstairs there are five bedrooms, each enjoying their own delightful outlook of the surrounding grounds. The master bedroom has an en-suite shower room with shower, w/c and basin. Two of the further four bedrooms are comfortable doubles and the fourth and fifth bedrooms are good sized singles, one of which could equally be used as a study. The family bathroom has a bath with overhead shower, basin, w/c, heated towel rail and vanity unit. There is also a substantial landing area with a large bank of useful storage cupboards and a separate airing cupboard too.
The gardens and grounds of Walnut Cottage are expansive and offer a world of possibilities to any buyer from a horticulturist, to a buyer with dreams of owning a smallholding. They total in excess of an acre and enjoy great privacy throughout. Surrounding the house is a large lawn with many well established trees, all encompassed by mixed hedgerows which are great for the local wildlife. The lawn is also secured by a post and rail fence inside of the driveway to keep children and pets safe and in sight.
At the back of the house, the current owners have constructed an oak framed pergola which gives shelter to the patio just outside the kitchen. This area serves as a splendid seating area and has also provided dry storage for seasoning timber and indeed a spot to throw off mucky wellies and boots.
From the road a driveway, part of which stared with next door, leads down to a parking area. Nearby and well away from the house are the exceptionally useful outbuildings, one of which being a barn with a toilet and kitchenette. This could easily be converted into ancillary accommodation subject to obtaining the necessary permissions. Detached from the barn is stabling with five connecting loose boxes. The outbuildings sit within a courtyard with a large gravel area in front which is ideal for additional parking if required. Behind the outbuildings is an enclosed, level paddock area, great for livestock.
Mains gas, water and electricity. Solar photovoltaic panels with Tesla battery storage. Klargester private sewerage system installed in 2018. South Somerset District Council. EPC rating: 79 C.
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