DESCRIPTION Situated in a peaceful rural hamlet in an elevated position, the cottage has been tastefully and sympathetically extended into a well-appointed family home with particular care being taken to retain the original features. The accommodation is arranged over two floors with period fireplaces, exposed stonework and beams. The gardens are well stocked enjoying views of the countryside and the adjoining paddocks. The paddocks adjoin the gardens and are either level or gently sloping. There is also a small copse of about half an acre.
THE ACCOMMODATION A wooden front door leads into the entrance hall, with a tiled floor and doors leading into the dining room, which has a bay window with window seat and a stone fireplace with open fire. The sitting room enjoys a dual aspect with a stone fireplace with exposed beam and a wood burning stove. Double doors open into a recently built garden room, which benefits from lots of natural light and super views, there are fully glazed elevations and doors to the gardens. The kitchen and breakfast room overlook the garden and are fitted with a range of cream floor and wall cabinets, with a green four oven Aga with warming plate, double Belfast sink and a useful walk-in larder with extensive shelving and storage space. Adjoining the kitchen is a utility room (fitted with a useful range of cabinets, sink, plumbing for washing machine and tumble driers) and a cloakroom.
The first floor has a master bedroom suite with lovely rural views, a dressing room with a range of cupboards and wardrobes and an en-suite shower room. The shower room is fully tiled and has a large walk-in shower, toilet, basin and heated towel rail. There is another double bedroom with fitted cabinets and an en-suite shower room, and two further good size bedrooms and a family bathroom.
OUTSIDE The property is approached by a pair of electric wooden gates leading to the parking area at the rear. There is a double garage with electric doors, power and light with a loft space over. A further useful utility room to the side of the garage provides more cabinets and plumbing for laundry machines.
THE GARDENS The gardens are about an acre, slope gently, and are well-stocked with mature shrubs and trees. The outdoor terrace provides a large seating area enclosed by natural stone walls with stone steps up onto the lawn. Across the driveway is a further level lawned area bordered by shrubs and mature plants with an enclosed and fenced vegetable patch and greenhouse.
LOCATION Bodden is a small hamlet, approximately 8 miles from Wells and 24 miles from the Georgian city of Bath. The local towns of Frome, Shepton Mallet and Wells all have a comprehensive range of shopping and leisure facilities. Charlton House Hotel with restaurant and spa is less than a mile and Babington House the renowned private members' country club is about 8 miles. Communication links are excellent with Bath and Bristol within commuting distance with the A303, A36 and M4 and M5 all within easy reach. Access by rail is found locally with stations at Frome, Bath, and Castle Cary (Paddington approximately 100 minutes). The property shown edged blue on the plan is a barn set in about 5 acres of grounds and paddocks that has planning consent to be demolished and replaced by a four/five bedroom house; further details available.
An excellent variety of schools can be found in the area to suit all abilities and interests, with Bruton, (Kings, Sexeys and Bruton School for Girls), Strode College, Millfield, Street, Wells Cathedral and Blue School. Downside School is nearby (6 miles) at Stratton on the Fosse and Sherborne all having good schools Tourist attractions such as Longleat, Bath, Stourhead, and Stonehenge are a short distance away, with the Devon and Dorset Coast also within easy reach. Golf can be played locally at Orchardleigh, Wells and Mendip Golf Clubs, whilst National Hunt racing is within easy reach at Wincanton and Exeter, with flat racing at Bath and Salisbury. The rolling Somerset countryside provides a variety of leisure pursuits with horse riding, hunting, walking and cycling well catered for with diving, dry ski slopes, swimming and outdoor pursuits all available on the Mendip Hills. The immediate locality provides fantastic out riding, with a network of quiet lanes and bridleways.
PADDOCKS AND OUTDOOR MANEGE The land is laid to permanent pasture and are bordered by mature hedges post and rail fencing and provides excellent shelter. The all-weather school measures 20m x 40m and is enclosed by post and rail fencing and is finished with a mixed fibre surface. There is a small area of woodland adjoining the Southern boundary. Potential for additional land adjoining.
EQUINE INFLUENZA Due to the current outbreak of Equine Influenza we will be taking some extra precautions when arranging viewings on properties where horses are kept on site. When you arrange to view you will be asked by the office a couple more questions than you would normally be asked in order that we can ensure that there is no risk to our client's horses. We are following vendor's instruction with regard to viewings and would ask that should they make special requests to allow viewings to take place that you adhere to them. Hopefully this won't last for long and normal service can resume shortly.