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Enchanting Victorian house in Godney

Guide Price £550,000 Under Offer
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Address: The Old School House - Upper Godney
Town/City: Wells
Postcode: BA5 1RY

County: Somerset
Sale Type: Under Offer
Ref: #10553065

Property Summary

Set amongst the willows, waterways and wildlife of Somerset - Godney is a thriving innovative and creative community. In this picturesque and secluded spot, The Old School House can be found looking out over the expansive horizons of Somerset and the Mendip hills in the distance.

Originally built in 1876 for the Headmistress of Godney School and attached to what were the original classrooms, The Old School House is an utterly enchanting red brick and slate roofed property and from the garden it evokes the look and atmosphere of a house from a story book. Classic Victorian architecture such as ornate gables, colourful brickwork and steeply pitched roofs are all here at this little gem. The beautiful changing light of the Somerset levels to the north and south of the property can be viewed through the original sliding sash windows which feature in every reception room and bedroom. The beautiful original front door with its decorative wrought iron hinges opens into a welcoming hallway featuring a quarry tiled floor where there is a downstairs cloakroom off to the right. To the left the kitchen / dining room spans the depth of the property from the north facing front to the south facing rear. A range of smart fitted cream kitchen units with wooden work tops are reflected in the dining room where there is a matching dresser and sideboard. The light stone floors in the kitchen area switch to natural wooden boards in the dining area with a stone surround fireplace and wood burning stove adding to the period charm. A cosy sitting room looks out towards the River Sheppey which wends its way along the bottom of the garden. There is a second wood burning stove situated here for warming winter evenings. A fine grade and very stylish natural sisal flooring covers the stairs and first floor where half way up there is a window looking out to the right of the property and toward the Mendip Hills in the distance, making the stairwell light and airy. On the first floor three charming double bedrooms, each with their own fireplace have a wonderful sense of space being well proportioned and with high ceilings. A spacious family bathroom and one bedroom overlook the front with the other two looking out over the rear towards Glastonbury Tor. Currently the present owners are using one of the rear facing bedrooms as a study. From the first floor landing the loft space can be accessed via a generous hatch with integrated folding ladder. The colour palette used throughout the property is artistic and very tasteful and it is presented in excellent order, so the new owners of this delightful home will be able to move in and straight away start enjoying life in this beautiful spot. Viewing is highly recommended.


At the end of the hallway that runs down the middle of the ground floor a rear door opens out onto the private and enclosed south facing garden. An immaculate lawn is bordered by established beds planted with a mix of herbaceous perennials, shrubs and herbs. A path leads down to a decking area which spans the width of the garden and over looks the river. A lovely vine is establishing itself over the pergola that shades the seating area on the left, a perfect spot to sit and enjoy the scenery and wildlife that congregates here. Many people in Godney own canoes for trips up and down the river and there is plenty of space on the deck here to store one so that it is at the ready. There is a painted wooden and brick boiler room as well as a wooden bike store, which matches the ornate and recently restored gables and picks out the colour in the brickwork. The effect is remarkable and the view from the decking to the rear elevation of the house is absolutely delightful. A latched garden door off to the left opens out onto a paved area to the side of the property where there is off road parking for one car.


This very desirable village has a vibrant community with a popular local pub, tea rooms, artisan bakery and with many social activities taking place around the village hall. The Sheppey Inn is a destination pub due to its excellent menu and fun filled atmosphere. There are many wonderful walks along the bridle ways and footpaths which are home to a plethora of wildlife including swans, deer and herons.

Perfectly situated; Godney lies between Wells, Glastonbury and Wedmore, with the small City of Wells offering a wealth of culture and varied societies. There are busy, vibrant markets twice a week and several supermarkets including Waitrose and Tescos. All the usual amenities that you would expect can be found in Wells including banks, doctors surgeries, dentists and a selection of primary schools with the excellent Blue School in the secondary sector plus Wells Cathedral school. The high street is vibrant with a small selection of the usual chain stores plus a variety of independent shops and restaurants. At the very heart of the city is the medieval Cathedral, Bishops Palace and Vicars Close, reputed to be the oldest surviving residential street in Europe.

The Wells Festivals are increasing in popularity each year with the Literary Festival now taking place over two weeks and attracting big names in the literary world, the very well attended Food Festival and many regular Arts festivals. With both the Cathedral School and the Cathedral itself there are endless opportunities for musical concerts, plus regular shows and comedy nights in the Little Theatre.

Glastonbury also offers weekly markets, supermarkets, a small hospital and plenty of independent shopping. The larger cities of Bath, Bristol, Taunton and Yeovil are within commuting distance. The train stations at Castle Cary and Highbridge offer fast, direct lines to London.

Twenty minutes away is the very fashionable small town of Bruton which has the very popular restaurant/coffee/bread shop called At the Chapel and the world famous Hauser and Wirth Art Gallery.

There are Golf Clubs in Wells and on the Mendips, as well as sailing and fishing which can be found on the Chew Valley and Blagdon Lakes.


The property is within the catchment area of The Blue School in Wells and also within easy reach of excellent private schools; Wells Cathedral School and Millfield. The neighbouring villages of Coxley, Mere and Wookey offer good primary schools and Millfield has its own prep school.


Oil fired central heating with combi-boiler, Bio-digester treatment plant to be completed June 2021, mains water and electricity

Local Authority - Mendip

Council Tax - Band C


Tenure - Freehold

Directions - On the A39 from Wells towards Glastonbury after approximately 2.5 miles take the right hand turn towards Godney. Continue on this road for approximately 2 miles and the property will be found on the left hand side.

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Every care has been taken with the preparation of these particulars, in accordance with the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, but complete accuracy cannot be guaranteed. If there is any point, which is of particular importance to you, please obtain professional confirmation. Alternatively, we will be pleased to check the information for you. These Particulars do not constitute a contract or part of a contract. All measurements quoted are approximate. The Fixtures, Fittings & Appliances have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given that they are in working order.  No guarantee can be given with regard to planning permissions or fitness for purpose. Photographs are provided for general information and it cannot be inferred that any item shown is included in the sale. Energy Performance Certificates are available on request.

Lodestone Property | Estate Agents | Sales & Lettings | Wells & Bruton Somerset |Shaftesbury Dorset

  • Ref: 10553065
  • Type: Semi-Detached House
  • Availability: Under Offer
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Reception Rooms: 2
  • Tenure: Freehold

Property Features

  • Beautiful views
  • Stunning rear elevation
  • Traditional and homely feel
  • Original Victorian architecture
  • Three well-appointed double bedrooms
  • Rural location but close to Wells
  • Unique riverside location
  • Private south facing garden bordered by river
  • Ideal as a family home, holiday rental or second home
Guide Price £550,000
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