This lovingly restored Grade II-listed four-bedroom house and numerous outbuildings total 10,000 sq ft and occupy a wonderful rural location in a four-acre plot in Meare Green, a hamlet close to North Curry, Somerset. The expansive, richly landscaped gardens are bordered by fields and wild meadowland, with sweeping views across the open countryside and farmland. A Grade II-listed barn with planning permission to create a four-bedroom home is also included, details of which can be shared on request.
Setting the Scene
The oldest sections of the house are thought to have their origins in the 17th century. A date stone marking 1744 is set above the main entrance; this was probably the date of extensive subsequent works, including in the dining room and main bedroom. Recent works to the dining room wing, however, revealed a much older box beam ceiling with smoke-blackened timbers, suggesting a dwelling has stood on the site for much longer.
The farm was one of several on the Barrett Estate, occupied by the Moredon estate manager until the 1940s and continuing to be farmed until the mid-1990s. The house sadly fell into disrepair until 1999, at which point a major restoration by the current owners and a specialist building contractor began; this involved extensive timber and roof repairs, complete replacement of the plumbing, drainage, wiring and heating and more recently, re-flashing and pointing the two chimneys.
The Grand Tour
The home is tucked away in a private position, completely hidden from roadside view. A private driveway leads to the west side of the house, which sits in the centre of its four-acre plot, where there is parking for numerous cars and access to the barns and outbuildings. The house has a handsome double-fronted façade, shaded by a porch that covers the stone steps. A cross passage on the ground floor connects the easterly and westerly wings, flanked by two adjoining reception rooms.
A grand dining room lies to the immediate left, where the walls are coloured in soft pastels and timber-framed windows flood the room with a soft light. Magnificent smoke-blackened beams provide a glimpse of the building’s rich history. A warm and welcoming living room lies adjacent, with an original flagstone floor and verdant views across the surrounding fields. A wood-burning stove has been installed in the brick fireplace and there are partially wood-panelled lime plastered walls with a hidden reveal to the adjoining kitchen.
The kitchen has been beautifully finished and contains bespoke cabinetry, a large Rayburn cooker and plenty of storage space. Soft light filters through fenestration onto the breakfast area, illuminating the solid oak work surfaces that have been thoughtfully crafted with family life in mind. There is a secondary preparation kitchen and large walk-in larder, which are interconnected, and a large utility space and boot room that lie off of the kitchen; these have direct access to the garden.
Handcrafted bookshelves span the length of the drawing room. This is a peaceful, inviting space that is also used as an occasional study – it is a wonderfully quiet room where evenings can be happily whiled away in front of the log burning stove. A shower room, cloakroom and large farm storeroom are also positioned at ground level in this section of the house. Planning permission has been granted for the conversion of a galleried room in the attached store.
Stairs ascend to the first floor, where the four double bedrooms can be found. These are connected by generous, free-flowing landings characterised by softly curved stone walls, thick elm beams and wide elm floorboards. Three of the four bedrooms and a family bathroom lie on the northerly side of the upper floor, each with an excellent provision of storage areas and one bedroom with an adjoining dressing room which would work equally well as a workspace or a fifth bedroom. The exquisite main bedroom suite is on the split-level southerly aspect and has a spectacular view over the farmland beyond. It has a large dressing room and a beautifully designed en suite bathroom featuring a freestanding claw-foot bathtub set beneath a large timber-framed window, which frames the star-studded night skies.
There are numerous outbuildings neighbouring the main house. The largest detached building is a breathtaking Grade II-listed timber barn with double-height ceilings and original, full-height timber doors and beams. Planning permission has been granted to convert this building to an additional four-bedroom house; plans and detailed architectural drawings can be shared on request. Work has already been completed on the garaging and workshop.
The Great Outdoors
Perfectly in keeping with the house itself, the surrounding landscaped gardens have been lovingly maintained with great care and attention over the years. The result is a series of wonderfully unique and varied areas in which to sit and enjoy bucolic views across the open countryside. Mature topiary hedges create boundaries for the secluded seating areas; there are also more formal terraces for alfresco dining in the warmer months. Deep herbaceous borders provide changing colour throughout the seasons and a natural pond attracts an array of local wildlife. There are raised beds for growing vegetables and several fruit trees; a productive orchard with a variety of apple trees and a further paddock surround the house, completing the 4-acre plot.
Out and About
The home sits between Stoke St. Gregory and North Curry on an elevated section of the North Curry ridge, between two sites of special scientific interest – Haymoor to the north and West Sedgemoor to the south. The Somerset Levels and Moors form a unique surrounding landscape, which is rich in wildlife and offers extensive walking and cycling routes.
Stoke St. Gregory is a lively, community-driven village where dairy farming remains the main agricultural activity; withy-growing and basket making also still take place here. There is a primary school, a community pub and a local shop for daily provisions. For more extensive facilities, Taunton and Langport are both reachable by car in around 20 minutes and have a broad selection of local and independent shops, cafes and restaurants.
The popular Somerset town of Bruton is less than an hour’s drive away and Glastonbury is around 30 minutes by car. The cities of Bristol and Bath are easily reached in around one hour and 15 minutes. Taunton train station provides direct links to London Paddington, with a journey time of just under two hours.
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