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Pretty period house – Shapwick

Guide Price £595,000 Sold
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Address: The Old Forge - Blacksmiths Lane
Town/City: Shapwick
Postcode: TA7 9LZ

County: Somerset
Sale Type: Sold
Ref: #11001868

Property Summary

The Old Forge is an enchanting property which is situated on Blacksmith’s Lane in this peaceful rural village of Shapwick. Its origins are believed to date from the sixteenth century and the later 19th century addition of the forge and more recent kitchen, breakfast and utility area make for a wonderful home that provides atmospheric glimpses of the past with an airy and light nod to the contemporary. The accommodation offers great flexibility and the potential exists to create an annexe or short term rental from further development of the original forge. Constructed of blue lias stone under a tiled roof a well established Wisteria frames the front door. From the entrance hall to the left the current owners have a music room however as it is conveniently placed adjacent to the kitchen, would make a perfect more formal dining room. Off to the right a living room offers an insight into the history of the home having been originally three cottages. This is a perfect place for entertaining guests before dinner or getting cosy by the wood burning stove on winter evenings. Beams and exposed painted stonework add just the right touch of tradition in what is a well proportioned, light and welcoming room. Running along the rear of the property the kitchen / breakfast area is smart and contemporary looking out over the pretty garden. The practicalities are very well catered for with a beautifully fitted utility area and traditional larder cupboard adjacent to the kitchen. A doorway at the end of the kitchen leads to a second main reception room which is again, well proportioned and light. There is a fabulous juxtaposition between the contemporary feel and the traditional as from here double wooden doors open into what was once the forge, now converted into a charming study with a window out onto Blacksmith’s lane. A useful cloakroom is conveniently placed by the porch that leads out into the charming rear garden. On the first floor there is a master bedroom with fitted wardrobes and chest of drawers and en-suite shower room, two further double bedrooms are served by a family bathroom. A large boarded loft area is accessed via a hatch above the landing where a fitted extending ladder makes for easy access. The current owners of The Forge are leaving it in excellent order having carried out some restoration works in 2019. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a beautifully presented home that is full of character and also provides for modern living.


As you approach the property on Blacksmith’s Lane there is plenty of off road parking to the right of the house. The garden is shielded from the lane behind high wooden fencing where there is a gateway through into the garden and access to the back door so unloading a supermarket shop is easy. The garden itself is an absolute delight and comprises a mix of lawn, established trees’ and beautifully planted bee friendly herbaceous borders. There is a terrace adjacent to a lovely pond stocked with fish, a perfect spot to enjoy morning coffee or an evening drink. A path wends its way to a kitchen garden where there are vegetable and herb beds with the potential here to erect garaging subject to the usual consents. The garden borders a paddock which is often grazed by a local flock of sheep. Part of the original forge has been incorporated into the main house and now forms the study. The remaining forge building can be accessed from the garden and is currently used as storage. Again subject to the usual consents, the potential exists here to convert the remaining building too, incorporating the study perhaps as a sitting room and adding a kitchen area with a mezzanine bedroom area in the eaves. This area could then be closed off from the main house with separate access from the garden.


Shapwick is a popular small rural village situated on the slopes of the Polden hills in Somerset with fabulous walks on the doorstep with a thriving community and pretty church. The Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve is nearby where the beautiful starling murmurations can be seen. There are great pubs in the nearby villages, The Crown at Catcott offering great food, The White Hart in Chilton Polden as well as The Red Tile in Cossington which specialise in pizza’s. There is also a gym and health club within a few minutes drive in nearby which also boasts a fabulous beauty salon, The Parlour, which offers a range of quality nail and beauty treatments all set in a luxurious setting, not to mention "Fuelled By Liv" where you can enjoy coffee, cake, brunch and more. "Gwilliams of Edington" a family run business which originally specialises in garden machinery but offers so much more including a delicatessen and post office - if you cant buy it at Gwilliams you cant buy it anywhere, from fine champagne to secateurs to posting a letter, Gwilliams has it all. In the next door village of Edington is the local doctors surgery and dispensary. Good road access is available to junction 23 of the M5 and also to Street along the A39. Good rail transport links to London can be found at Castle Cary and Bridgwater railway stations, (just about 20 mins drive), which both offer excellent direct rail services to London Paddington. Bridgwater also has an excellent hospital. There are Airports in Bristol and Exeter offering connections within the UK, Europe and beyond. Nearby, the thriving town of Street offers a wide variety of retail opportunities including Clarks Village and the usual selection of supermarkets. Recreational facilities include two swimming pools and Strode theatre. Shapwick is well situated for Glastonbury a town that is steeped in history going back to the legends of King Arthur. There was a Celtic monastery here in 500AD, which during the next 1000 years evolved into one of England’s wealthiest and influential Abbeys. The magnificent Glastonbury Abbey ruins and the famous Glastonbury Tor attract tourists to the town and so although small, it is a thriving town and it is well served by markets and a huge range of festivities. It is one of the few towns that has managed to shun many of the main chain stores whilst still providing all the necessary shops, restaurants, sporting facilities and supermarkets.

For shopping, “Clark’s village” in Street offers a wealth of retail opportunities with more shopping and local amenities to be found nearby and as well as Glastonbury; Somerton and Wells are both within easy reach. For further shopping and recreational activities, Bath, Bristol and Yeovil are all within about an hour’s drive. Local state secondary schools and colleges can be found at Street (Strode College). Glastonbury and Bridgwater (Bridgwater College) as well as the excellent independent schools which include Millfield Senior and Prep School and Wells Cathedral School. Additionally there are many independent schools in Taunton and Downside and All Hallows prep school are all within easy reach.

There are primary schools in the village of Catcott and Ashcott and local state secondary schools and colleges can be found at Street (Strode College). Glastonbury and Bridgwater (Bridgwater College) as well as the excellent independent schools which include Millfield Senior and Prep School and Wells Cathedral School. Shapwick School, an independent school specializing in dyslexia closed in March but plans have been approved for a new Dyslexic school at Etonhurst, a boarding house formerly owned by Millfield School. Additionally there are many independent schools in Taunton and Downside and All Hallows prep school is within easy reach.

Services – Oil fired central heating, mains water, drainage and electricity

Local Authority - Sedgemoor

Council Tax – Band F


Tenure - Freehold

Directions – Postcode TA7 9LZ Travelling from Street on the A39 after you leave Ashcott take the right hand turn onto Shapwick Hill. Bear round sharply to the right where the road becomes Main Road and take the first left into Blacksmith’s Lane. The property can be found on the right.

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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: 11001868
  • Type: House
  • Availability: Sold
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Reception Rooms: 4
  • Tenure: Freehold

Property Features

  • Characterful accommodation
  • Idyllic rural location
  • Light and spacious reception rooms
  • Potential for annexe
  • Attractive blue lias stone facade
  • Plenty of off road parking
  • Beautiful low maintenance garden
  • Traditional and contemporary mix
Guide Price £595,000
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