Release your inner estate agent and guess the price of this period town house with contemporary features, glorious walled garden– and studio annex
Welcome to Property Flirt – the Muddy feature where we both have a nose around a gorgeous house that’s up for sale – and then you try and guess the price (with a bottle of virtual champagne for the winner!). Wanna play? I’ve got the keys, let’s go in…
OK, so we’re talking a Grade II listed house in the pretty market town of Somerton. Dating back to the 17th century, Stockers House has got its share of original features of course, but all of its rooms are large and airy, something you don’t always find in period properties, and it’s got some rather cool contemporary features. I mean, look at the entrance hall (yep, it’s about the same size as my living room). Check out the size of that inglenook hamstone fireplace, too – and I’m loving the little curved stone staircase in the corner which leads up to the first floor.
The light-filled sitting room’s got a stonking fireplace too, this time with a wood-burning stove. The dining area next door leads out into an L-shaped garden room/conservatory. Lots of free flowing space to chill, eat, gaze out of the window or throw a party … are you free?
There’s nothing olde worlde about the kitchen with its stainless steel range cooker, fashionably eau de nil fitted units and polished stone floor.
The house has got four big double bedrooms, two of them on the first floor. Baggsy this one: imagine waking up to this every morning: light streaming in through the enormous sash window and with fab views of the garden.
Pass me the loofah, I’m just going to hop, skip and jump into the freestanding bath in the Jack and Jill en suite…
Here’s where you can get started writing your novel or admire all those books written by somebody else.
This place just goes on and on, with two more beds up on the top floor, including this one with exposed stone wall and deep window sill. With walls this thick no one will hear you yelling at your kids (as if you would).
Back down to earth and the quintessentially English walled garden. Someone’s lavished a lot of love and care out here, with pretty planting, a large pond festooned with lily pads, well-kept borders and lawns, stone pathways, a greenhouse or two and a summerhouse.
Glass of something chilled in the orchard? Don’t mind if I do…
Stroll down to bottom of the garden, stopping off en route to admire the size of the buttresses holding up the garden wall and a quick swing in the chair, before you reach the annex. Yep, there’s a two-storey annex with its own secret garden hidden away down there.
Pass me my paintbrush, just looking at this space has made me come over all creative but you could easily turn this artist’s studio and garage underneath into a granny annex, home office (thinking of setting up your own business?) or a rather swish airbnb.
All of this lies behind the rather unassuming frontage – this place really is a Tardis – on the aptly named Broad Street which used to be part of the cattle market and known as Rother Beast Street!
And the location? Rather good. Somerton, said to be the capital of ancient Wessex, is a pretty little town with a French feel – think wide streets lined with old stone houses. You can stroll over to the independent shops (including a fab independent supermarket), cafes and pubs – including one of Somerset’s coolest gastropubs The White Hart – yet you’re surrounded by beautiful Somerset countryside. Culture vultures can reach Bruton and its art galleries in half an hour; mystical Glastonbury, ditto; and the funky shops and market in Frome within 45 mins.
Transport wise: jump on a train at nearby Castle Cary and you’ll be in London in under 2 hours. Add on another half an hour to get to The Smoke by car.
So, what do you reckon? How much dosh would you part with for this place? Pop your answer in the comment box below and then click here to see if you’re right!