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Period property with annexe near Frome

Guide Price £840,000 Sold
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Address: Oak Cottage - Stocks Lane Leigh on Mendip
Town/City: Frome
Postcode: BA3 5QF

County: Somerset
Sale Type: Sold
Ref: #10820246

Property Summary

Dating from the early 1600s, this ancient stone house was once The Royal Oak Inn. Recently renovated by a previous owner, this lovely home has retained much of its original character – re-laid flagstones, wide oak floorboards and oak latch doors all ensure the fabric and integrity of the building remains intact. Stone mullion windows frame rural views and deep window seats complement lime-washed walls - nooks and crannies are evident everywhere. This lovely home with its beautiful rooms radiates an air of calm and tranquillity.

The main entrance to the house is through glass barn doors that open into an impressive double height hall, full of light and with a beautiful flagstone floor. From here there is direct access to the garden, and there are doorways through to a boot room and downstairs loo with laundry area, and the kitchen. A pretty stone mullion internal window looks through from the kitchen into the hall, with a window seat below. In the kitchen itself, a deep stone inglenook fireplace with an ancient oak lintel houses a cream AGA - hand crafted cupboards painted in a soft blue blend perfectly with black granite worktops. Off the room is a walk-in larder cupboard and a breakfast bar sits beneath an ancient oak beam that spans the ceiling. The kitchen leads to a dining room currently used as a cosy snug, the main stairs, and then a lovely sitting room. A huge inglenook fireplace with a wood burning stove accompanies oak beams overhead, there is a beautiful oak floor and  charming window seats line the walls and pretty nooks, and recesses enhance the character of this delightful space.  This room is South facing with beautiful views across open meadows.  

A turned oak staircase leads to the first floor and an extremely spacious primary bedroom suite that includes a stylish bathroom and a dressing room with lovely views across the meadows. |A second bedroom on this floor features a stunning rounded chimney breast, little windows high up and French doors that look down over the reception hall. There is also a family bathroom with a walk-in shower. Both bathrooms are furnished with Italian limestone tiles.  Continuing to the second floor, there are two further bedrooms, both with lovely rural views.

Stone steps in the entrance hall lead up to a fifth bedroom and sitting room under the eaves.

The end of Oak Cottage is currently separated to provide a self-contained annexe but could very easily be amalgamated back into the main house again. The annexe comprises a sitting room and kitchen (which originally was the cottage utility/laundry room), bedroom and bathroom.  There is a very pretty West facing private terrace just outside.


To the side, a driveway provides parking for several cars and there is a large double garage.  At the rear, a secluded walled courtyard garden is wonderful for entertaining, or for just sitting and enjoying the tranquillity.  A beautiful cloister with a clay tiled roof runs along the side which, in the summer, is cloaked with Clematis. A lawn with planted borders lies next to a paved terrace, perfect for summer lunches outside, and an ornamental pond with a fountain has resident fish.  From the courtyard and through the garage, is a secret orchard wonderfully natural and peaceful, and with apple, crab apple and pear trees, and with plenty of space for hens to roam with open countryside beyond.


The pretty village of Leigh on Mendip is one of a cluster of villages in the heart of the Mendip hills. Nearby Frome is one of the South West's leading market towns and was featured in the Sunday Times as the best place to live in Somerset. It has become a "foodie hipster haven" due to the influx of young families, with St Catherine's Hill at the centre of the artisan quarter. The town has a comprehensive choice of retail outlets and all the usual amenities. Other local amenities include Babington House, (Soho House’s country mansion), the Hauser and Wirth Art Gallery and Roth Bar in Bruton, the upmarket pubs, the Talbot Inn and the Holcombe Inn, and a village shop and post office both 5 minutes away in Mells. Local supermarkets include Sainsbury and M & S in Frome and Tesco and Aldi in Shepton Mallet as well as Waitrose in the nearby City of Wells.

Local primary schools include Mells C of E first school, Leigh on Mendip first school and Stoke St Michael Primary. Independent schools include All Hallows, Downside, the Bath schools including Prior Park, Monkton Combe and King Edwards and the Bruton schools that include Bruton School for Girls, Sexeys and King's.

Transport links are good with a railway station in Frome that connects to Westbury and from there direct to London Paddington or the South West. Also direct fast train to London Paddington from Castle Cary in 1hr 15 mins (20 minutes/ 11 miles to station) Motorway links - A303, A36, M3, M5. Bristol airport 16 miles.


Post code: BA3 5QF

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Mains electricity, gas, water and drainage

Fibre broadband

Council Tax

Band E

Local Authority 

Mendip Council



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Every care has been taken with the preparation of these details, 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.  These details do not constitute a contract or part of a contract.  All measurements quoted are approximate.  Photographs are provided for general information and cannot be inferred that any item shown is included in the sale.  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.  Energy Performance Certificates are available on request.


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  • Ref: 10820246
  • Type: Detached House
  • Availability: Sold
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Reception Rooms: 3
  • Tenure: Freehold

Property Features

  • Period house with origins dating back from the early 1600's
  • Abundance of period features
  • Pretty walled courtyard garden and small orchard
  • Garaging and parking for several cars
  • Self-contained 1 or 2 bed annexe
  • Grade II Listed
  • Pretty walled courtyard garden and small orchard
  • Fibre optic broadband
Guide Price £840,000
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