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Address: Brook Farm - Whatley
Postcode: BA11 3JX
Sale Type: For Sale
Postcode: BA11 3JX
Sale Type: For Sale
Brook Farm is a substantial country house set entirely in its own land comprising 16 acres of land and 10 acres of woodland in the heart of Somerset. The farm is one of a cluster of notable houses that make up Lower Whatley, a pretty village just West of Fashionable Frome. With stunning, South facing views, it offers complete privacy and the opportunity to run a sizeable commercial operation capitalizing on an impressive array of barns and outbuildings (some already with business use) as well as developing existing permissions for holiday cottages and residential units. The land and woodland are the perfect canvas for a glamping business and would serve as the perfect rural idyl.
The house dates from 1967 and is attractively clad in local Frome Stone. A pretty porch leads to the hall, a cloakroom, two reception rooms and a kitchen at the heart of the house. Both the sitting room and the snug are elegantly furnished with a comforting wood burning stove and sensational, South facing views of the countryside beyond. The kitchen is well equipped with hand crafted Chalon style units, an oil fired, two oven aga, and a Belfast sink – a combination of iroko wood and granite worktops lend a touch of luxury. There are also two useful pantries, one of which leads to a usable cellar via some wooden steps and with its own access to outside. Off the kitchen is a generous utility room fully furnished with integrated sink and space for all the usual appliances, and with a back door that leads directly outside to the garden. Completing the ground floor is a spacious office/games room and a useful conservatory that is currently used a as a boot room.
On the first floor there is an impressive primary bedroom suite that comes with en-suite bathroom and dressing room. Five further bedrooms (three with en-suite bathrooms) and a family bathroom complete the picture. All the bathrooms are luxuriously furnished with an air of understated luxury and feature stand-alone bathtubs, electric towel rails, granite and travertine marble surfaces and walk in oversized showers. All the South facing bedrooms have truly stunning views of the rolling Somerset countryside beyond.
The farm is eco-friendly and entirely self-sufficient in terms of energy generation. A four kilowatt solar panel provides more than enough electric power whilst a modern, dual fuelled biomass boiler heats the house. There is also an oil boiler if needed . The oil fired aga can also act as water heater if necessary.
Immediately to the front of the house, a well-manicured lawn sweeps away to a delightful stone pond fed by one of several natural springs that lie beneath the land. A line of fabulous popular trees frames the garden and complement a rare Wellingtonia tree, planted in the 18th century and a typical feature of English private estates. An abundance of wildflowers enriches this pretty landscape.
Beyond the garden, an array of outbuildings includes a number of stables, some sizeable commercial barns, some open barns and extensive garaging facilities used for storage and workshops. One of the barns has a shower, toilet and a sink. Also in this area, completed foundations for a residential unit are already in place and would simply require finishing. There is substantial potential to tailor these facilities to compliment a wide variety of commercial enterprises. There is ample parking for commercial vehicles, extensive storage facilities and the opportunity to develop residential units subject to the appropriate planning consents. For a more detailed analysis of the current and potential planning opportunities, please refer to us as agents.
The land and woodland
Perhaps the highlight of this property is the land and woodland that surrounds it. A walk around the estate reveals an ancient Roman bridge that straddles the Nunney Brook river, a wild swimming pool, again fed by a natural spring and an old mill that overlooks a pretty weir. A magnificent carpet of bluebells dazzle beneath a canopy of mature trees and delightful footpaths embellished with wild garlic, wind along the river before joining the Macmillan Way, one of the prettiest walks in Somerset. Interspersed in the woods are tracks that allow easy access to service vehicles that help maintain this extraordinary habitat. This is a delightful landscape, home to a wide variety of wildlife that includes barn owls, foxes, badgers, otters, Dippers and various birds of prey. The land is of excellent agricultural quality and open to be farmed or simply set aside and left as is.
The village of Whatley lies about 5km West of Frome, one of Somerset’s most fashionable market towns and recently featured in the Sunday Times as the best place to live in Somerset. The town has a comprehensive choice of retail outlets and all the usual amenities. Founded in 2013, the “Frome Independent” is an award-winning independent street market that is held on the first Sunday of every month and attracts 80,000 people a year.
There are various footpaths, Asham Woods and a bridleway to the nearby village of Mells. The Macmillan Way, a long-distance path, passes through the neighbouring village of Chantry and there are ample opportunities for walking and cycling along converted railway lines and alongside the Mells river.
Local amenities in Whatley include a newly constructed community centre that provides a focal point for village life as well as a beautiful 14th century church, Other nearby attractions include Ba-bington House, (Soho House’s country mansion), the Hauser And Wirth Art Gallery and Roth Bar in Bruton, the Talbot Inn (in Mells) and the George Inn (in Nunney), a village shop and a post office all 3 minutes away in Mells.
Local primary schools encompass Mells C of E first school, Leigh on Mendip first school and Stoke St Michael Primary. There is also a primary school in Nunney. Independent schools include All Hallows, Downside, Warminster school and the Bath schools: Prior Park, Monkton Combe and King Edwards.
Transport links are good with a railway station in Frome that connects to Westbury and from there, to London Paddington or the South West.
From the centre of the village of Whatley, with St George’s Church on the left-hand side, continue on the road for approx. ½ a mile – at the junction turn right and the entrance to Brook Farm is on the left hand side.
Mains electricity and water, oil, private drainage
Mendip District Council
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- Substantial country house
- 6 bed, 5 bathrooms
- Set in approx. 26 acres of land and gardens
- Superb location
- Privacy and seclusion
- Significant potential for both residential and commercial planning
- Woodland and trout river with fishing rights
- Garaging and extensive parking
- Extensive array of outbuildings
- Spectacular views of Somerset countryside
- Eco friendly with Solar energy and biomass boiler
Guide Price £1,950,000enquire now
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