Address: Godney Post House - Upper Godney
Postcode: BA5 1RY
Sale Type: Sold
Postcode: BA5 1RY
Sale Type: Sold
Godney is a thriving, innovative and creative community set amongst the willows, waterways and wildlife of Somerset. In this picturesque and secluded spot, Godney Post House can be found looking out over the expansive horizons of Somerset and the Mendip hills in the distance.
We are delighted to have been instructed to sell this unique house. Constructed in the 1800’s of local blue lias stone, Godney Post House comprises two interconnecting properties that cleverly combine as an atmospheric characterful and charming home as well as providing separate accommodation for guests or holiday rentals. Huge potential exists to configure the house to suit but as it stands currently it is an absolute gem, all complemented by the views of Somerset and its changing light to the front and rear. Impressive double oak doors open from the road into a courtyard from where there is ground floor access to the left and right parts of the property, the right having once served as the post office from the 1930’s. To the rear on the left guests are welcomed into a sunny and light porch where there is planning permission granted to remodel this entrance. As it is now it provides the perfect place to store boots and coats and from here on through into the kitchen which over looks the south facing rear garden. The kitchen has a naturally homely feel and is very welcoming with a slightly retro edge added by the style of the solid wood kitchen. An exposed cobble stone wall sits behind the modern Redfeyre electric range oven, the only modern range oven to offer induction hobs, this range cooker combines a traditional look with modern convenience. Painted wooden panelling and porcelain floor tiles add to the appealing eclectic style. The practicalities are catered for with a utility area adjacent to the kitchen. From the kitchen, a door believed to be the original back door of the house, leads through to the living room. This room is steeped in historical atmosphere with original flagstone floors, inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove and original hand sawn elm beams. This room is double aspect with two windows over looking the front and one to the east side. From here there is a doorway out into the courtyard and stairs lead to the first floor. In total the property has five bedrooms with four in this part of the property. At the end of the landing on the right is a lovely light triple aspect double bedroom with views out towards Glastonbury Tor at the rear, a shower room serves this and a second double bedroom. A beautiful stylish family bathroom has a feature shuttered window and the views to the front can be taken in while enjoying a soak in the free standing bath. An exposed stone wall, elm flooring and shower with inset pebble tiling make for another eclectic and very appealing room. On from the bathroom there are two interconnected rooms and including the bathroom these three rooms can be closed off from the rest of the house making a self contained suite for rental or guests. The bedroom of this suite of rooms is double aspect with exposed beams reaching into the apex of the roof. Exposed stone walls and a re-purposed and upholstered church pew head board make this a room where traditional features combine immaculately with individually crafted details. Interconnected is a second room currently set up as a sitting room and providing facilities for guests, this room could be returned to make the fourth bedroom on this floor. If required, separate access to this suite of rooms is provided by a wooden staircase from the rear of the property. From the courtyard the original post office now offers a self contained, characterful and stylish suite of rooms. Perfect as a letting unit, for guests, or potentially this area could be combined with the rest of the house via the fitting of a staircase to join the first floor. There is an open plan living and kitchen area which combines traditional styling such as wood panelling and cast iron radiators with a more contemporary kitchen area. The double bedroom outlook is screened with planting and there is potential here to open up the room with double doors onto a small patio. The ensuite shower room is beautifully fitted. This house offers a fantastic and rare opportunity for its next owners to live in this unique location and to re-configure the property subject to the usual consents but without the constraints of it being listed. Viewing is highly recommended.
From the courtyard a driveway leads round to the right where there is a small garage. Currently there is an access point for the Swallows that nest here cut into the door. A willow hedge and wrought iron pedestrian gate divide the driveway and rear of the property from the sheltered south facing garden which is mainly laid to lawn and features a range of established trees and shrubs. A blue lias stone wall encases the garden on the east and west boundary. Godney stands on the banks of the river Sheppey and the river wends its way along at the bottom of the garden where cattle graze peacefully in the field beyond. The current owners have built a marine plywood boat for trips up and down the river which will stay with the house. A very special feature here too is the ‘Green Room’, the name given to the summer house that has been built using reclaimed materials and insulated with sheeps wool and double glazing. The Green Room incorporates a platform constructed of wood which extends out over the river. This room being so well insulated is an amazing spot at any time of year for observing the diverse range of wildlife that make Godney their home. kingfisher, deer and barn owls are all regular visitors. On the way back up to the house a former blue lias stone and tiled pig sty is now a useful wood store.
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.
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. Suggested parking: in small layby opposite the house.
Oil fired central heating, Biodigester treatment plant, mains water and electricity
Viewing by appointment only
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