2 THE NURSERIES, CASTLE CARY, BA7 7AR
A striking property of radical design blending period character and modern architecture in the heart of this beautiful market town.
2 The Nurseries is a truly impressive property, perfectly combining industrial steel, rustic oak and contemporary glass elements in this stylish three bedroom home.
The accommodation includes an entrance lobby, kitchen/dining room, sitting room/garden room, two first floor double bedrooms with a bathroom and a spectacular master suite on the second floor.
There is allocated parking and an attractively landscaped, private rear garden.
About the area
Castle Cary is described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, the eminent architectural historian, as Somerset's prettiest town, set in beautiful un-spoilt 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.
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.
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.
Originally built in 1905 and formerly a milk factory, The Nurseries underwent extensive renovations by the current owner in 2011. Using pioneering CNC (computer numeric control) technology, a stunning glass and steel extension was added, incorporating the garden room -cum- sitting room and the sublime staircase into the bones of the original property. In addition to this, the entire property was renovated throughout, retaining the industrial feel by leaving steel and stonework exposed whilst adding a new stylish finish in keeping with modern living.
The front door enters a lobby entrance, within which are two cupboards perfect for stowing away coats and boots.
Within the original part of the house is the kitchen/dining room. This is a well proportioned room with a open plan layout, great for entertaining guests. The kitchen has a good range of fitted units set underneath wood worktops with an island providing additional storage space and a breakfast bar. There is a gas fired range cooker and ample room for a fridge/freezer. Light pours in through the large windows to the front and also flows directly through from the garden room which is perpetually filled with light thanks to the sloping glass ceiling and windows across the entire rear elevation. Here there are slate floor tiles, exposed stone walling and high quality oak windows. The cleverly designed glass work scales all the way up the inner wall giving an “x-ray” view of the staircase which rises all the way up to the second floor. A door leads directly out to the garden.
On the first floor there are two double bedrooms both of which are serviced by the family bathroom which has a bath with overhead shower, basin and w/c.
On the second floor is the master suite. This is a room which truly has the wow factor with exposed oak beams with steel braces, timber flooring and Velux windows. There is a free standing bath and basin within the room and also a w/c.
From the street, secure automated timber gates open onto a private lane which leads to the allocated parking.
The garden has been well designed to give good privacy and easy maintenance whilst remaining in keeping with the cutting edge design of the house. There is a seating area immediately outside the house set upon slate patio tiles with steps leading up to a lawn with an apple tree in the middle. Surrounding the garden are well established box hedges which offer both the feeling of seclusion and security for pets and children.
About the designer
The designer knew the area from his family link to Bruton some 45 years ago. The houses were designed in 2007 as prototypes to improve what's possibly with a standard house footprint. Components such as the staircases were made using CAD and laser cutting technology. The owner is currently working on local zero carbon house designs.
Water: mains or spring selectable. Mains gas, electricity and drainage. Council tax band: D
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