Address: Sharcombe Farm - Dinder
Postcode: BA5 3PF
Sale Type: Under Offer
Postcode: BA5 3PF
Sale Type: Under Offer
Property SummarySituated in the small village of Dinder, just two miles east of the Cathedral City of Wells, Sharcombe Farm has become available for the first time in 31 years. The property consists of the main farmhouse, believed to date from 1798, and a more recently developed annexe. With some modernisation the main house has the potential to create a wonderful family home in this sought after location. Estate railings and established trees greet visitors at the entrance to the driveway, which sweeps round to the rear of the property. This is a pretty house with painted cream rendered walls and a slate roof. Adjacent to the main house, what was formerly a garage and office has been converted into a lovely annexe. The attractive double fronted façade looks over a beautiful walled garden where the current owners have enjoyed many family games of croquet. On entering the property a porch leads into a snug sitting room where there is a window seat and the depth of the walls indicate the history and integrity of this wonderful home. From the snug a separate dining room looks over the rear and off to the right a spacious drawing room has been created from what was originally a farm building. This part of the property retains its natural stone façade and sits very attractively against the render of the main house, double doors open out onto the garden’s front terrace. Returning to the entrance, a kitchen, breakfast and utility area spans the depth of the house, with a cream oil fired Aga sitting well within the space and a downstairs cloakroom. A quarry tiled rear hallway leads to the back door and out to the rear parking area and garden. Stairs lead up from the hall to the first floor and four bedrooms. The master bedroom enjoys a dual aspect with lovely views towards Dinder Church and has an en-suite bathroom. There are two further double bedrooms and one slightly smaller room currently housing twin beds and a family bathroom, re-fitted four years ago. The loft space is boarded, with access via a fitted extendable ladder.
Adjacent to the main house is the annexe, Sharcombe Cottage, originally built as a garage and office in 1990, was converted in 2012 to provide one bedroom accommodation with everything needed for self contained living. There is a well fitted kitchen with dining area and double doors out into the garden, a sitting room, study, cloakroom and airing cupboard on the ground floor. On the first floor there is a double bedroom with a bathroom and dressing room.
Without doubt Sharcombe Farm offers a unique and valuable proposition, subject to the normal consents there is a wealth of opportunity here to increase the living accommodation in the main house and given its proximity, to combine Sharcombe Farm and Sharcombe Cottage via the addition of perhaps a glazed walkway thereby adding a contemporary touch. Alternatively, the annexe could remain as guest accommodation with income potential or as a separate and spacious home office. Historically planning was granted to create a second storey above the drawing room though this has now lapsed.
Sharcombe Farm is set in delightful established gardens amounting to approximately three quarters of an acre. On the approach to the house the gardens are laid mainly to lawn with some lovely well established trees and shrubs and pedestrian access to the side from the lane. A charming wrought iron gate to the right of the property leads through to the south facing walled garden. To the front a high stone wall encloses the garden making it sheltered and private. Wisteria, roses and vines hug the walls and sweeping well established borders frame the lawn with a mix of herbaceous planting that ebbs and flows with the seasons. A woodland walk along the left boundary ends at a pretty pond adjacent to the terrace. There is ample space for children to roam and have adventures here but it has a classic elegance for the adults too.
Dinder is a small village 2 miles east of Wells well away from main roads with the benefit of no through traffic. It has a Grade ll* church of Norman origins, a very active and friendly community with several societies, a well used village hall, a popular children's playground along with a cricket club. There are fabulous walks on the doorstep through the beautiful surrounding countryside and woodland. There is also a bus route to save you taking the car.
Wells is the smallest Cathedral city in England and offers all the usual amenities that you would expect in a small town including banks, doctors surgeries, dentists and a selection of primary schools and the excellent Blue School and 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 and pubs as well as a twice weekly market and a choice of supermarkets including Waitrose. At the very heart of the city is the medieval Cathedral, Bishop’s 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 there are regular shows and comedy nights in the Little Theatre. Both Bath (21 miles) and Bristol (22 miles) are within commuting distance and there is a main line railway station with links to London in Castle Cary 13 miles away. Street and Glastonbury are 20 minutes away and Bristol airport is an easy 30-minute drive.
There are excellent State and Independent schools in the area including highly regarded primary schools in Wells, Wells Cathedral School, Wells Blue Secondary School, Millfield School, Downside School and All Hallows Preparatory School.
Gas and oil central heating, mains water and electricity, private drainage
Broadband – Truespeed Ultra Fast Broadband
Local Authority – Mendip
Council Tax – Band G
Tenure – Freehold
Directions – BA5 3PF
From Wells heading towards Croscombe take the left hand turn to Dinder. Follow the road round to the left and take the next turn on the right past Dinder Village Hall, the entrance to the property is immediately after the hall on the left.
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- Rare opportunity for modernisation
- Large well established walled garden
- Period property
- Sought after location
- Self contained one bedroom annexe
- Four bedrooms in main house
- Two miles from Wells
- Would suit traditional or contemporary refurbishment
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