Through the keyhole
A sprawling quirky property bursting with character ready to be transformed into the home of your dreams – with your own business too if you wish – in Somerset's most fashionable town
An unmissable opportunity to create your dream house in oh so fashionable Bruton, the sprawling double-fronted Grade II-listed property lies at one end of the High Street, and bears witness to the history of the town, with parts dating back to the 15th century, through the Georgian period up to more recent times.
Now No 3 High Street and its ‘interesting’ exterior needs to be brought into the 21st century… could it be by you?
Currently arranged with a dispensing pharmacy and shop on the ground floor, both areas have fireplaces and old beams and could easily be returned to attractive reception rooms if you wished (though you might have other ideas? Bruton is a hive of thriving independent shops and businesses). The corridor between the two shops has original flagstone floors underneath modern flooring and, as it leads into a further lobby, would make an impressive entrance hall.
The layout of the house is interesting. Behind the double frontage with the shops, there are several rooms laid out to the left of the property and then across the width, creating a courtyard in between. Let’s go and see…
The first room behind the existing shop, is an airy sitting room with open fire. Given the size of those beams, you won’t be surprised to discover this is the oldest part of the house.
This leads onto a dining room, which has an old iron cooking range hidden behind a false wall. See the courtyard through the door?
Poke your nose outside. Al fresco eating with the sitting and dining rooms to the left, the kitchen at the end and the garden beyond.
Onto the kitchen, with historic beams, original flagstone floor and a family-sized Rangemaster stove, overlooking the garden. There’s a big store room just off, which could be converted to another reception, an office/study, treatment rooms….?
Stairs at the front and back of the property take you up onto the first floor to four whopping bedrooms like these. Look at the width and length of those original elm floorboards – superb.
Sunglasses on for the family bathroom. Separate loo and shower up there too but you might want to add in a some en suites – there’s certainly the space.
Back downstairs and out through an ancient archway, believed to have come from Bruton’s medieval abbey, into the large lawned garden with summer house. G&T for me, please.
That lovely stone building with ‘pitching eye’ round windows at the end of the garden is yours too.
The self-contained 18th century Coach House has a kitchen/dining, sitting room, bedroom, mezzanine gallery, garage (convert to a second bedroom?), fenced off patio and great views over the town. Accessed from the main house’s garden and also through a lane called Higher Backway, it’s even got it’s own postcode. Stay there while you’re doing the reburbing the main house, then perfect as a holiday let, granny annex or student pad.
Everything Bruton has to offer is – literally – on your doorstep. Well-known restaurants like At the Chapel and the Roth Bar and Grill, international art gallery Hauser & Wirth, independent fashion and interiors stores, two pubs, several food shops, GP, vet, pharmacy, hair/beauty salons, post office, garage and more.
Independents Bruton School for Girls and co-ed King’s Bruton (the Queen came for their 500th birthday bash this year), state secondary Sexey’s and Bruton primary are all in town. Other good independents Millfield, Hazelgrove and All Hallows close by.
A train will whizz you to Paddington in about two hours; to Waterloo a bit longer. The A303 (London–Cornwall) is about 15 mins away.
SO…HOW MUCH DO YOU RECKON?
Clue: if you’re moving from the Smoke, less than a Victorian terrace in Zone 2.