NUT TREE FARM, STOUGHTON CROSS, WEDMORE BS28 4QP
The house faces south into its gardens and has extensive and flexible accommodation which includes a porch, hall, cloakroom, a 35ft. garden room, sitting room, library, office (also suitable as an additional bedroom having an adjacent shower room), kitchen & cellar store. On the first floor are 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
Adjacent, with an integral door to the farmhouse but with its own external access, is a single storey cottage. This includes a hall, sitting room, kitchen, bathroom and 2 bedrooms
The mature gardens total towards an acre. Currently they have become somewhat overgrown but are fundamentally beautiful areas and relatively easily brought back in hand.
Nut Tree Farm is in the small hamlet of Stoughton Cross which is in a quiet rural area just over a mile from Wedmore and about half a mile from Wedmore Golf Club.
Stoughton Cross was a pilgrim 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 with the origins of Nut Tree Farmhouse understood to be early Elizabethan. There are several other farmhouses close by dating from the 15th century onwards. 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’.
The drive into Nut Tree Farm is to be shared with the adjacent barn which is to be developed as a new home for the current owners selling the farmhouse after 40 years. This drive leads in on the northern side of the farmhouse.
Nut Tree Farm is a most appealing property with period charm and character which has been enhanced over many years by the restoration and inclusion of fine timberwork by the owner, a well known and highly regarded wood turner and craftsman. Throughout the house can be found roof beams, window frames, window seats and doors of oak, elm and both old and new pine.
In addition, the house has partial double glazing, wood burning stoves and a Stanley stove heating the hot water and which is backed up by 130 solar tubes facing south and west, and large thermal store.
On the north side of the house is a large entrance porch under a tiled roof and having flag stones and oak windows. The front door leads through into the hall with elm beams, a tiled floor, cupboards and shelves.
Off the hall is a cloakroom which connects to a cellar/store.
Also, from the hall a door opens into the sitting room has which has beams and an inglenook fireplace with a Jotul No.6 wood burning stove (11kw output). Another door leads into a library (well equipped with fitted bookshelves) and an office which can be used as a bedroom having an adjacent shower, loo, basin and double French doors, leading to the flag stone patio.
Running across the south side of the house is a splendid garden room which is flooded with sunshine from both the oak mullioned windows and velux roof lights. It has a porcelain tiled floor, a Jotul No.6 wood burning stove and double French doors into the garden and flag stone patio.
The kitchen has floor tiles, an inglenook (with bread oven door), beams, cupboards, a range of units, granite work surface, a Rangemaster cooker, Super Stanley stove, large pantry and an interconnecting door with the cottage.
On the first floor are splendid oiled elm timbers laid around 37 years ago in traditional Somerset style (elm being the traditional wood in Somerset, from the centuries of abundance).
The house has been used for B&B and the rooms named. The Weeping Cherry has a stepped chimneybreast, a fitted slate dressing table, elm wardrobe, tongue and groove headboard, fitted mirror and lights, an airing cupboard and an en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, loo, bidet and basin.
The Weeping Withy Suite has an elm window seat, fitted slate dressing table, mirror and lights, tongue and groove headboard, a lobby with a wardrobe and an en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, loo, bidet and basin.
The Weeping Silver Birch bedroom has an elm dressing table, wardrobe and a shower, loo and basin
There's also a small bedroom/box room.
The single storey cottage is immediately adjacent and has external access (and internal access from the main kitchen) into a hall. In addition, it has a sitting room with an elm window seat and a Jotul No.6 wood burner and a fitted kitchen. There are two bedrooms leading off the sitting room and a bathroom off the hall.
The property includes a garden of around an acre. This is a delightful, quite peaceful and sunny area with lawns, a wide variety of shrubs and trees. Recently it's got a little out of hand and is overgrown but is easily brought back to being the perfect enhancement of the farmhouse.
This includes a small apple orchard, and woodland area, comprising ash, small and large leaved lime, poplar, medlar, gage, horse chestnut and wild cherry. The woodland creates a nature and people haven. The blackbirds singing in the spring, is a delight. And the wind break from the dense trees makes storms a breeze.
There is a very large organic vegetable garden, with no chemicals used in the last 40 years. About 6 tons of horticultural silver grit sand has been added to break up the clay, and volcanic rock dust, making it workable throughout the year. Also, large quantities of compost and horse manure. It has been fenced to protect from rabbits, which needs some attention.
The property sits within an ancient sacred site, and we believe has special healing and peaceful attributes.
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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