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Glastonbury and Castle Cary Guide Price £2,000,000

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  • Superb example of a 17th Century Farmhouse
  • Extensively improved
  • 3 reception rooms, 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
  • Stunning 40' kitchen/breakfast/family room
  • Flexible with part useable as an annexe
  • Private gated driveway
  • Outbuildings with permissions granted for conversion o 2 separate houses
  • Grounds, gardens, outbuildings and land
  • About 16 acres

A charming 17th century farmhouse well located on the outskirts of a small quiet village in beautiful countryside between Glastonbury, Somerton and Castle Cary.


A charming 17th century farmhouse well located on the outskirts of a small quiet village in beautiful countryside between Glastonbury, Somerton and Castle Cary. Extensively improved and extended the house has great character and generous living areas which include a hall, cloakroom, 3 principle reception rooms, garden room, a superb kitchen/breakfast/family room, utility, boot room, 2nd kitchen), 6 bedrooms, 3 dressing rooms and 5 shower or bathrooms. This includes a north wing which is integral but can also easily be used as a self contained annexe or cottage. Outside are extensive outbuildings, gardens, paddocks and land. In all around 16 acres.

Planning Permission

Planning Consent has been granted for the conversion of certain outbuildings for two separate individual dwellings. Ref. 2015/2588/PAA and 2016/0431/PAA


Fosse Farm is a quite splendid residential property for those seeking a good quality home in a prime location and also is ideal for agricultural and equestrian purposes being in easy proximity to quiet country lanes and bridleways. The planning consents for 2 additional separate houses add a further dimension to the property. Price Guide £2,000,000


Fosse Farm is on the northern outskirts of the village with access from a quiet little used country lane. Very close by are a network of footpaths and bridleways which lead through fields, woodland and through orchards along riverbanks. The stone built house is believed to date from the 17th century although with earlier origins. It has retained many of its period details including flagstone floors, cross beam ceilings and original pine, oak and elm timberwork. The house has been extended with an eastern wing added incorporating both contemporary and reclaimed materials. It is wonderfully and skillfully linked with an imaginative hall with two storey high windows. This east wing also has stone elevations and blends perfectly with the original building


The construction was linked with the total refurbishment of the house and it now provides generous and light and airy accommodation throughout with has double glazing and solid fuel wood chip central heating. The hall leads to the well proportioned double aspect drawing room with an open fireplace, wide window seats and a door into the garden room which in turn opens to a sheltered courtyard. The dining or sitting room also has a fireplace fitted with a wood burning stove.


The inner hall leads into the east wing and a quite superb 40 ft very impressive kitchen / breakfast / family room. It has grey marble stone floors throughout and a fitted "Challon kitchen" of painted timber cabinets under stone work surfaces plus a broad central island incorporating matching drawer and cupboard units under a timber work-surface incorporating a double Belfast sink. Other details include a 4 oven Aga, a fitted SMEG range 5-hob electric cooker and a larder. At the far end is a large breakfast/dining and living area with a fireplace fitted with a log burning stove. The kitchen is east and south facing with french doors to a sheltered sunny courtyard. On the north side of the room are a rear hall, utility room, cloakroom (with shower) room and boot room.


Above and occupying the entire area of the first floor of this east wing is a magnificent master bedroom suite incorporating a splendid bedroom, a separate dressing room and a luxurious and very well appointed bathroom. Off the main landing are 3 further bedrooms, a bathroom and shower room. A staircase rises to the second floor suite which includes a large bedroom with a dressing room and shower room. In addition there is the north wing which is an integral part of the house but can be occupied as a separate unit for family, guests or staff. On the ground floor and accessed from both the main hall and back hall is the living room which leads through into a well fitted kitchen. A staircase rises to the second floor to a large bedroom with a walk-in dressing room and bathroom.


The house has total privacy standing in grounds with adjoining paddocks and land which in all total about 16 acres. The grounds include a courtyard garden, lawns, mature hedges and trees together with paddocks. Close to the house is a timber clad outbuilding which has been used as a home gym. Just beyond is a stone range with scope for many uses including stabling. Reflecting its agricultural past there are other relatively modern buildings including a Dutch hay barn and cattle sheds together with concrete yards. If required these redundant buildings can be removed and the land returned to amenity use. Planning consent has been granted for the conversion of certain outbuildings for two separate individual dwellings. Ref. 2015/2588/PAA and 2016/0431/PAA Beyond are a further 11 acres of land.


A number of the photos were taken a few years ago and the grounds have not received great attention lately. They are a little overgrown but fundamentally unchanged.

About the area

West Lydford is a small Somerset village in beautiful countryside between the towns of Wells, Somerton, Glastonbury and Castle Cary. The major towns of the area being Bristol, Bath, Taunton and Yeovil are all within commuting distance and Castle Cary station (15 mins) has a main rail line to London. There are good state and independent schools close by including Keinton Mandevile C of E primary, Strode College, Millfield, Sherborne, Wells Cathedral, the Bruton schools, Downside and Hazelgrove.


The villages of East and West Lydford are centred on the old Parish Churches and bridges over the River Brue and have a very active community with a good number of societies and organisations. Within a few minutes are a post office, an excellent farm shop and a small local supermarket which also provides newspapers, off licence etc. There are many good pubs and restaurants in the area and extensive cultural, social and sporting activities with most needs catered for. The village is situated in beautiful countryside which is very accessible with many footpaths and bridleways which run through meadows, orchards and woodland. This is a good riding and within the Blackmoor Vale country.


From the south From the A303 Podimore roundabout take the A37 towards Shepton Mallet and continue for about 5 miles to the Lydford-On-Fosse traffic lights. Continue straight over and take the second turning into West Lydford on your left hand side. Take the first right onto Dials Gate Lane and after 200 yards the property with be on the right. From the north Going south on the A37, you will come across a sign that says Lydford on Fosse. After this sign, take the next right turn (Fair Place), which leads to West Lydford. Take the first right onto Dials Gate Lane and after 200 yards the property with be on the right hand side.

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. 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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West Lydford
Somerton TA11 7DL
County: Somerset
Sale Type: For Sale
Ref #: 00002374
Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:11
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