THE OLD STABLES, SHARCOMBE LANE, DINDER, WELLS, BA5 3PB
A charming property in this very popular village just a couple of miles east of the Cathedral City of Wells.
The Old Stables is a single storey converted barn and stables with bags of character and lots of great living space with considerable flexibility.
The house includes a hall, cloakroom, sitting room, kitchen & dining room, utility room, outhouse, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms ---plus---- 2 studio rooms approached from the courtyard and ideal as bedrooms (having en suite bathrooms), home offices, studios, party rooms, potential "granny annexe" etc.
Outside are mature lawned gardens, a wonderful sunny south facing courtyard, ample parking and in all total around 0.65 acres.
About the property
Dinder is a small village 2 miles east of Wells totally away from main roads and is a cul de sac with no through traffic. It has a Grade ll* church of Norman origins, a very active and friendly community with several societies, a popular childrens playground and a cricket club and ground. One of the big advantages of Dinder is the excellent access to walks through the beautiful surrounding countryside and woodland.
The Old Stables has a wonderful location approached over a drive from a farm lane which leads off the small lane which leads to just one property and footpaths to accessible woodland and countryside beyond
As the name suggests the property is the result of redevelopment of old stables and barns and is now a welcoming, interesting and comfortable home with a great deal of flexibility for its occupation. The main building and the studios have a central courtyard which is very private, sunny and well sheltered and is approached by several french or stable doors from the living areas. The courtyard thereby becoming another terrific room.
One noteworthy characteristic is that accommodation is extremely light and airy. Most of the rooms have a least a double aspect and this floods the house with sunlight.
The approach is on the northern side and the front door opens into a hall which has a parquet floor, a large storage cupboard and a cloakroom with a loo and basin. This hall continues to the left to serve most of the bedrooms whilst a door to the right opens into a large sitting room.
This is a well proportioned room with fitted bookshelves, double french doors to the courtyard and a fireplace with a wood burning stove.
The large kitchen and breakfast room has a vaulted ceiling with painted beams and an engineered oak floor. There are painted pine units with worktops and an inset Belfast sink, wall units, free standing units with granite and timber worktops, a dishwasher and an Esse cooker range.
Off the kitchen is a utility/laundry room with further fitted units, plumbing and space for washing machines and a stable door to the courtyard.
A door also opens to a large bedroom with fitted wardrobes, double french doors to the west garden and also an en suite bathroom. This suite is ideal as the master suite and is equally suited to other uses as a second sitting room, playroom.
Returning to the entrance hall an inner hall leads to three bedrooms and bathroom. Two of the bedrooms have fitted wardrobes and two have hand basins. the bathroom has both a bath and shower cubicle.
Across the courtyard are the two studio rooms.
Both have doors to the courtyard and both have en suite bathrooms. Again they are flexible and suited to a variety of uses.
The accommodation also includes a store next to the first bedroom and an outside timber shed.
A drive, bounded by a post and rail fence leads into the garden to the north of the house which is screened by a thick hedge. The drive continues to the front of the house with steps leading up to a lawn with mature shrubs and trees. There's also a lawned garden, again with trees and shrubs, to the west of the house.
The drive continues to the east of the house and an entrance into the courtyard.
The gardens total around 0.65 acres.
About the area
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 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, 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.
From the roundabout next to Tincknells take the Shepton Mallet road and continue for a couple of miles and then take the left turn down into Dinder. Where the road swings right continue straight on passing Dinder House on the left. The road then turns sharp left and the Church is on the left. Take the first right and pass the village hall. Continue past black park railings and at the end of the railings turn left onto a farm lane. Pass the cottages on the left and take the first drive on the right.