FAIRMEAD PANBOROUGH, WELLS, BA5 1PN
Wedmore 3 miles, Wells 5 miles, Bath and Bristol both about 25 miles.
A wonderful country property providing a comfortable period home, a letting income from a cottage, gardens, an orchard and a permaculture lifestyle in a beautiful and friendly rural area.
The house has lots of good living space with a hall, sitting room, study, kitchen with an archway into the dining room, back kitchen & boot room, garden loo, utility/boiler room, ground floor suite with bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette, 4 bedrooms, shower, bathroom and 2 large attic rooms.
There are excellent outbuildings providing garaging, workshops and stores.
The cottage includes a sitting room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.
The property has beautiful gardens, and a highly productive Somerset Orchard. In all towards 2 acres.
About the property
Panborough is a small and very friendly hamlet lying between the quintessential English Village of Wedmore and the Cathedral City of Wells which together combine to offer a wide range of amenities.
Fairmead has amazing views over the adjoining countryside which has changed little for many generations. The handsome house probably dates back to the early Victorian era or earlier and has a symmetrical front elevation with an attractive portico and sash windows to the sides and first floor. Internally many period details have been retained including flagstones, window shutters, a marble fireplace and picture rails and these are complemented by central heating.
The house is ideal for country living with the large farmhouse style kitchen/dining room, a back kitchen and utility areas. On the ground floor is a suite with a bedroom, shower room and kitchenette which is very flexible and having its own external entrance would suit Airbnb in addition to other possible uses.
There are 4 bedrooms on the first floor and a steep stairway to two attic rooms which have been used as a bedroom and study.
The front door opens into the hall which has flagstones and the staircase. To the right is the sitting room with a splendid marble fireplace and further along is a study.
To the left of the hall is the dining room with a new Jotul wood burning stove, wall lights and an archway into the kitchen. This has an extensive range of fitted units, work surfaces, tiled splash backs, a 2 bowl sink, dishwasher and a free standing cooker with an extractor above.
A door opens into the back kitchen which has flagstones, 3 velux roof lights, plumbing for a washing machine and steps down to a boot room area and a garden loo. There's plenty of space for coats and boots and a door to a verandah. This is protected by a low stone wall and overlooks the garden. It also has a pull-down ladder to a balcony with wonderful views.
Returning to the back kitchen a door leads to a utility/boiler room with a door to the main garage.
Off the utility room is a suite with a bedroom, shower room and a kitchenette with an external door.
From the entrance hall a staircase, with a stained-glass lancet window and antique pine panelling, rises to the first floor landing. Here are 4 double bedrooms, a small room with a shower cubicle and a bathroom with a hand basin, wc, a large cast iron bath, mirrored alcove and large airing cupboard with plenty of shelving.
On the landing a door gives access to a steep staircase which rises to the second floor where there are 2 large attic rooms which have been used as bedrooms by the present owners.
Below the ground floor are 2 cellar rooms with direct access. One is a wood store and the other
a winery and wine cellar.
Conveniently situated on the opposite side of the yard is the pretty cottage with a small paved terrace - a sunny spot for morning coffee. There's a porch into the sitting room which has a window seat, alcove cupboards and a brick fireplace with wood burning stove with back boiler. The kitchen has fitted units, work surfaces, under-stair store cupboard, space and plumbing for a washing machine and an integrated oven with hob and extractor. On the first floor is a large bedroom with a high vaulted ceiling and exposed beams, fitted wardrobes and cupboards. The bathroom has wall tiling, a hand basin, wc and a bath with shower over. Solar panels on the roof heat the water.
Fairmead has plenty of useful buildings. On the eastern side of the property, with access from the road, is a large garage with roller entrance door and a side pedestrian door into the garden.
On the west side of the house is an even larger garage with workshop space, a high ceiling, the oil storage tank and internal access into the boiler room of the house.
On the west side of the house double gates give access into a concrete yard flanked by the house and the cottage. Next to the cottage is a 3 bay barn with 2 open bays and a storage loft.
The Garden and Orchard
These are an absolute delight and include lawns, mature trees (including palms), flower and shrub beds, a lily pond, a herb garden, vines, soft fruit area, rhubarb patch, greenhouse, composting area together with hedges and stone walls. There's some excellent quality soil beneath one of the lawns and a very productive veg patch that has been resting for a few years
Particularly pleasing features include a magnificent walnut tree and a small sheltered terrace set in a corner between 2 stone walls with a window overlooking the orchard.
Beyond the garden is the highly productive orchard with about 70 fruit producing trees including apple, pear, plum, cherry, medlar, quince and mulberry.
In addition to the fruit this orchard is a great recreational area with a summerhouse and former apiary, currently used as a fire pit area.
Fairmead also has a great variety of mature trees including sycamore, sweet chestnut, birch, lime, field maple and willow. Note there's a footpath crossing the orchard.
These gardens and orchards have been managed organically (to Soil Association standards) for many years and provide an opportunity for a buyer to produce cider, wine, preserves, fresh fruit and vegetables and there's also space for chickens, pigs (ideally the non rooting Kunekune) or sheep.
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 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.
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 major towns of the area, Bristol, Bath, Taunton and Yeovil are all within commuting distance. There are excellent state & independent schools in the area which include several good primary schools, Hugh Sexeys Middle School, Kings of Wessex Upper School, Wells Blue School, Strode College, Wells Cathedral School, Downside, All Hallows and Millfield. Wells is a transport hub for bus services, including daily services to London. Main line trains run from Castle Cary and Bristol International Airport is 35 minutes drive away.
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