WOODLYN COTTAGE, BIRCH HILL, CHEDDAR SOMERSET BS27 3JN
The house, parts of which date back about 200 years, is situated in an elevated location, within a short walk of the village amenities and schools, yet tucked away in a quiet and sought after location within Cheddar. There is a lot of really good living space and the house is approached from its parking area via a paved and brick path through the simply stunning gardens. The rear door opens into a hallway with the kitchen and dining rooms on either side. There are 2 sitting rooms, a double height garden room used as the main sitting room, utility room and downstairs shower room. On the first floor are 5 bedrooms and a family bathroom. In the garden is a large studio which is currently used as a music room and design studio.
About the Area
Cheddar is a village on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills 9 miles north-west of Wells and in easy traveling distance of Bristol (18 miles) and the M5. There is a vast range of amenities including a doctors surgery, chemist, supermarket, post office, pubs, restaurants, dentist, excellent schools and of course Cheddar Gorge. For a great deal of information on Cheddar and the surrounds visit www.cheddarvillage.co.uk.
The rear door leads into the hallway. On the right is the well proportioned kitchen which is fitted with an excellent range of painted floor and wall units finished off with hardwood worktops and original flagstone floor. The double French butlers sink has a newly fitted mixer tap with a filter system for drinking water. There is a free standing electric oven (gas supply is also in place) and hob with extractor, fitted dishwasher, room for a kitchen table and freestanding fridge freezer. Windows look out towards the garden.
Opposite the kitchen is the dining room with a large inglenook fireplace and a beautiful walnut beam across the front which the vendors have brought back to its former glory. As with the kitchen, there are glorious old flag stones and a view of the garden. An arch and steps give access to the smaller of the two sitting rooms which is also used as a games room.
At the far end of the hall is the stable front door leading onto the lane, on either side are the sitting rooms. The large and light formal sitting room has a Victorian fireplace with open grate and tiled inserts. The double glazed sash window gives views over the village and beyond. On the other side of the hall is the second sitting room / games room, another well proportioned and light room. The Victorian fireplace is fitted with a gas stove for ease of use, to the right of the chimney breast are full height adjustable book shelves. These rooms combined with the garden room make an amazing entertaining space.
From the games room via a glazed oak door and up a few oak steps the vendors have created a stunning full height garden/sitting room with bifold doors providing uninterrupted views of the gorge and leading onto a wonderfully secluded terrace and hot tub area. The room has solid oak flooring and a log burner as well as an exposed stone wall to the rear. Off the garden room is the utility room and shower room.
The utility room is plumbed for a washing machine and dryer along with a fridge under the solid wood worktop, there is a stainless steel sink and back door out to the garden. The Cloakroom has a shower along with a wc and basin.
Upstairs are five bedrooms and the family bathroom. The master bedroom faces the front with views over the gorge and village. This is a large double room with free standing wardrobes either side of the chimney breast. On the other side of the landing is the second front facing large double with polished wood flooring and sash window to the front.
At the rear of the house are two further double bedrooms with views of the garden, one of which has a cupboard housing the gas boiler and water tank. The fifth bedroom is over the hall and is a single, currently being used as an office.
The family bathroom is well fitted with white sanitary ware, including a bath with shower over, wc and large hand basin. The vendors have installed a pump to increase the water pressure allowing for good showers here and in downstairs shower room.
The studio has electric power, double glazed doors behind the original wood doors and is heavily insulated and sound proofed as it is currently used as a music room and design studio. It is tucked into the corner of the garden with a pretty terrace outside with two semi-mature olive trees giving dappled shade on sunny days and providing a tranquil place to enjoy the garden.
The gardens are a very special feature of the house and have been created with great care and attention resulting in a very peaceful atmosphere. The area closest to the house has well planted herbaceous borders combined with mature clipped trees, grasses, climbing hydrangea and roses and a fruiting fig tree up against the outside wall of the studio. It has beautiful views of the gorge with its landmark cliff faces.
Next to the paved path leading to the vegetable area is a small pond/water garden. The productive vegetable garden has raised beds including soft fruit bushes, asparagus bed and a chicken run. There is also a pergola covered in wisteria and planted with box between the pillars, as well as a stone built garden store.
There is ample parking and turning space on the tarmac drive and an open solid oak framed two bay car port with garage to the side.