BEAR HOUSE FARM, MIDDLE STOUGHTON, WEDMORE, BS28 4PU
A charming country property in a quiet peaceful setting within about a mile and a half of the quintessential “English village” of Wedmore.
Bear House Farm includes a comfortable period house with an adjoining stone barn, a detached studio/office, gardens, garaging, stabling, manege and paddock.
The former farmhouse is most appealing with a hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Close by is a detached 2 storey studio office. Adjacent to the house is a large stone barn which is ideal for more accommodation if required.
Outside are gardens, a walled courtyard (email email@example.com for video) and garaging, a stable block with adjacent riding arena and paddock.
There are several “Stoughton “ hamlets in a quiet rural area just over a mile from Wedmore and about half a mile from Wedmore Golf Club.
Stoughton Cross was a pilgrims’ “stopover” and still has a medieval stone cross and a holy well. It probably predates Christianity with the name Stoughton being of Celtic origins. Indeed Stoughton, Wedmore and the surrounding areas have a known history dating back well over a thousand years. Elizabeth 1st gave vast tracts of Somerset land to one Hugh Sexey and this is reflected in the name of a local pub, ‘Sexey's Arms’ and in ‘Hugh Sexey's School’.
Bear House Farm stands alongside a quiet country lane running from Stoughton Cross to Middle Stoughton.
The handsome house stands back from a quiet country lane within a neat, landscaped garden, screened and protected by mature hedging and high stone walls. A pathway leads to the front door which is protected by a neat portico. Internally the house is most pleasing with a restrained and appropriate style. The house was considerably and sympathetically improved with designs and advice from a conservation architect. There is well proportioned accommodation retaining many period details including beams, flagstone floors, and fireplaces. These are complemented by oak flooring, neat double glazing and oil central heating.
The entrance hall has a reception room to either side. The sitting room has a double aspect and an inglenook with a bread oven and a flagstone hearth. Adjacent is an alcove with bookshelves and cupboards and a small shuttered window. The dining room on the opposite side of the hall has an attractive fireplace with an inset Jetmaster fire.
The hall leads to the farmhouse style kitchen which has karndean flooring, an excellent rang of fitted units with granite worktops, a Belfast sink, and a Racing green aga. Integrated appliances include a induction hob, and a double oven. Another excellent detail is the large walk in larder.
Also off the hall is a shower room and a side hall with lots of space for coats and boots. This has a stable door out and also leads into a utility room with a sink unit, space and plumbing for a washing machine and it also houses the oil fired boiler.
On the first floor there are 4 bedrooms and a bathroom. The master bedroom is a good size and has an excellent range of fitted wardrobes. There are 2 other doubles (one with a built in wardrobe) and a single. The bathroom is well appointed with a bath, basin and wc and there’s also a large linen cupboard.
Literally outside the back door is the studio building with a room on each of the 2 floors. This is ideal as home offices, play room and if needed as extra bedrooms.
A most delightful feature of Bear House Farm is the walled courtyard outside this studio which is sheltered, totally private and a complete sun trap.
Adjacent to the house is a 45 ft. stone barn which is also suited to many uses which may or may not require planning consent. The obvious use being further accommodation or a granny annexe or the like.
Garage & parking
An archway leads from the courtyard to a car parking area flanked by an open fronted 2 bay garage.
There is also extensive parking behind the stone barn and which is approached by a field gate from the lane.
In addition to the garden at the front of the house and the courtyard there is a rear lawned garden, a small orchard and the stable yard. This has a tack room, 2 loose boxes and a 3rd loose box equally suited as a hay store having additional double doors. In front of the stables is a concrete yard and beyond is a manege which has not been used for some tears but is easily reclaimed. Next to the arena is a paddock and in all the property totals about 1.6 acres.
Freehold. The property is not listed. Mains water and electricity connected. Private drainage. Oil central heating. Council Tax Band G. EPC 21 F.
About the area
The Saxon village of Wedmore is a delightful and extremely active centre and in many ways is an archetype of an English village.
There are historic buildings including the medieval church next to an old coaching inn, a general store/newsagent, post office, butchers, chemist, various other interesting shops, plus pubs, restaurants and tea rooms. There is a wide range of cultural and sporting clubs and societies. Swimming pools at both Cheddar & Wells; Sailing & Windsurfing Clubs at Cheddar Reservoir; the Badgworth Equestrian Centre: Wedmore 18 Hole Golf Course; Floodlit Astroturf Tennis Courts; Indoor and Outdoor Bowling Green;, Football and Cricket clubs.
The Cathedral City of Wells is approximately 7 miles away and also provides a good range of business, recreational and shopping facilities. City shopping centres are available at Taunton, Bath and Bristol (each approximately 25 miles away). Communications in the area are good with access to the M5 (J22 - 10 minutes) connecting to M4 (J16). A local train service from Highbridge (7 miles) links with the intercity train services at Taunton and Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington taking approximately 11/2 hours. Castle Cary, a mainline station is about 20 miles whilst Bristol International Airport is 15 miles away.
There are excellent state and independent schools in the area including Wedmore First School, Hugh Sexeys Middle School, Kings of Wessex Upper School, Wells Cathedral School, Sidcot and Millfield
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