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Wookey. (About a mile or so from Wells) Price on Application

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  • Well located in a popular village. About a mile from Wells
  • A medieval listed house with great character and original details
  • Lots of living space and bedrooms
  • 3 reception rooms plus an orangery plus a studio
  • Beautiful, landscaped gardens
  • Garaging and parking
  • Coach house with consent to develop

A beautiful medieval house with great charm and bags of accommodation inc. a studio. Ideal village position. Beautiful gardens. Coach house with consent to convert. No chain.


YEW TREE FARM, HIGH STREET, WOOKEY, WELLS, BA5 1JZ

Wells 1.4 miles, Glastonbury 6 miles, Castle Cary Stn. 15 miles, Wedmore 6.4 miles, Bristol 22.

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An historic, listed farmhouse with great charm and character standing in the heart of this popular village, a mile or so from the Cathedral City of Wells. The accommodation includes a porch, 3 reception rooms, an orangery, a large kitchen & breakfast room, 5 bedrooms, bathroom and shower room.

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Outside are beautiful, landscaped gardens, a parking area and a double garage. In addition, there is a studio and a coach house with plans and planning consent for development.

Location

Wookey (not to be confused with Wookey Hole which is a different village a couple of miles away) is a pretty village only a few minutes’ drive to the centre of Wells. Within the village are an original flour mill producing stoneground flour and homemade bread, a very popular cafe and shop, a goat farm producing handmade goats’ cheese and other artisanal products, a medieval church, three public houses, a part-time post office and a primary school. The village is surrounded by beautiful countryside, at the foot of the Mendips, with walks through fields and along laneways to the two ancient fords which border the village.

Description

Originally a working farm until the 1930s, Yew Tree Farm is one of the oldest houses in the village, known to date back to the 15th Century but believed have origins in the 12th or 13th century. The house, Grade 11 listed, stands comfortably within its gardens and has stone elevations under a double Roman tiled roof. It has been carefully restored to create a beautiful, comfortable home, whilst retaining many original historic details. These include flagstone floors, a large inglenook fireplace with oak mantel and bread oven, a hand carved (on site) elm staircase, a winding stone staircase leading to gallery floor, oak beams and a cruck roof. All are complemented by oil central heating, a well fitted kitchen/breakfast room and two new bathrooms beautifully fitted with antique washstands and one with slipper bath.

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The property is in the centre of the village and has a side drive to a car parking courtyard with garages. The main pedestrian entrance is through an iron gate into the front garden. This is enclosed by stone walls and is a well stocked cottage garden explored via gravel pathways. The Yew Tree takes pride of place against the house. A wonderful variety of herbaceous perennials and climbing plants including roses, honeysuckle and an old wisteria which winds itself around the front of the house.

Accommodation

A path leads to the front door which opens into a large porch, with flagstones, space for coats and boot and a door into a central hall with flagstones and a large store cupboard. To the right of the hall is a large farmhouse kitchen and breakfast room with a beamed ceiling. It’s well fitted and equipped with plenty of pine cabinets, 2 large cupboards, a dresser, Belfast sink, a further sink in an oak surround, a dishwasher and a Stanley range cooker supplemented by an electric oven, hob and extractor.

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To the left if the central hall is a doorway into the dining room which has flagstones, ceiling beams, stonework and an inglenook open fireplace with Doulting stone pillars and a massive Bressumer beam. Other details include an oak corner cupboard, fitted bookshelves, a niche (poor) cupboard with a carved door, a French door into the south facing garden and a door to the right into the sitting room which has an open stone fireplace and a bow window. A door also leads from the dining room into a splendid drawing room being a galleried hall, part having a double height extending to the pitched ceiling and part having a beamed ceiling with a galleried bedroom above. Details include flagstones, an inglenook fireplace with bread oven and a large wood burning stove, a hand carved elm staircase, window seats and a chandelier

First Floor

A stone arched doorway leads to a spiral stone staircase which rises to the galleried bedroom. The elm staircase on the opposite side of the room leads to the first floor and into a bedroom which in turn opens through to the landing. Accessed from the landing are a further 3 bedrooms and a large, well appointed bathroom having both a slipper bath and a shower. On the south side of the house is the large glass and cedar orangery with double doors opening onto the walled garden. This room is a sun trap from spring through to autumn and retains an old Victorian pump to bring water from the well below.

Outside

A drive leads from the village lane into a gravelled walled courtyard with a double open fronted garage with a clay tiled roof. Double iron gates in a high wall open through to the garden, coach house and Pilates studio.

South garden

On the south side of the house is a carefully landscaped garden, being a sheltered haven framed by old stone walls and the original coach house comprising, a stable, cider barn and studio. The garden is planted to evolve through the calendar year with mature herbaceous perennials, climbers, roses and a variety of shrubs and trees including Ginko, Japanese Maple, Beech, Silver Birch and Smokebush. The rear stonework of the house is adorned with roses and jasmine that fill the air with scent during the warm summer evenings.

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The garden opens to a lawned area, framed by cottage garden planted borders. A wooden archway, framed by wisteria and jasmine, leads to a gravel pathway and seating area beneath the plum tree. Adjacent to the gravel path lie a small, gated orchard and two large vegetable gardens containing fruit bushes and trees including blackcurrant, raspberry, rhubarb, apple, pear and quince, with ample space for a variety of seasonal vegetables to be grown. To the west elevation of the house is the herb garden with a wooden swinging seat.

The Coach House

This comprises a detached stable with cobbled floor, a very pretty original double storey cider barn, workshop and tack room with full planning approval and architectural plans for conversion to an annexe / ancillary living spaces to create a holiday let or to facilitate multi-generational living. The workshop and tack room have been converted to a large Pilates studio, with exposed stone wall, beams and oak flooring.

Other points

Freehold. Council Tax Band F. Grade 11 listed. Mains water, electricity and drainage. Oil central heating with a Worcester boiler and the Stanley cooker. The Worcester boiler provides the hot water and the main part of the house. It has capacity to also heat the coach house if converted. The Stanley range heats the other part of the house.

Planning consent

Consent has been granted for conversion and change of use of outbuildings to provide residential accommodation and office space ancillary to residential occupation of Yew Tree Farm. Reference nos. 2017/1012/FUL and 2019/1260 /VRC

Directions

From our office proceed along Priory Road, straight on at the junction and at the roundabout turn right. Continue through the first traffic lights and at the next traffic lights turn left on to the Cheddar A371 road. Ignore the first left turn and a little further on take the left fork signposted Wedmore B3139. After a mile or so enter the village of Wookey through the 30 mph signs and turn right alongside the Burcott Inn on the right hand side. Continue to a T junction. Turn left. Continue until the Ring O’Bells is on the right-hand side. Yew Tree Farm is on the left-hand side a short distance before the pub.

The surrounding areas

Wells is the smallest city in England (population about 11,000) lying in beautiful countryside between the Somerset Levels and the Mendip Hills – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wells medieval centre has local markets twice a week, good restaurants, a thriving high street and many important ancient buildings, including the Cathedral and moated Bishops Palace and gardens. There are four major supermarkets on the edge of the city. Wells Leisure Centre has the usual facilities of a gym and swimming pool to add to Wells Rugby Club, Tennis club, Bowling club and Golf course. Throughout the year Wells hosts festivals for Music, Literature, Art and Food, and has twinned links with Burgundy, the Rhineland and Northern Italy. There are many societies and clubs for those who would like to join a diverse social community

Communications

The major towns of the area, Bristol, Bath, Taunton, and Yeovil are all within commuting distance. Wells is a transport hub for bus services, including daily services to London. Mainline trains run from Castle Cary and Bristol International Airport is 35 minutes’ drive away.

Important Notice

Important Notice Roderick Thomas, their clients and any joint agents state that these details are for general guidance only and accuracy cannot be guaranteed. They do not constitute any part of any contract. All measurements are approximate and floor plans are to give a general indication only and are not measured accurate drawings. No guarantees are given with regard to planning permission or fitness for purpose. No apparatus, equipment, fixture or fitting has been tested. Items shown in photographs are not necessarily included. Buyers must rely on information passed between the solicitors with regard to items included in the sale. Purchasers must satisfy themselves on all matters by inspection or otherwise. Viewings Interested parties are advised to check availability and current situation prior to travelling to see any property.


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Name Location Type Distance
High Street Wookey
Wells BA5 1JZ
County: Somerset
Sale Type: Under Offer
Ref #: 5760