Future bound so beautifully with the past
Picturesque Orchard Cottage, in Sparrow Hill Way, Weare, Somerset, is on the market with agents Debbie Fortune.
The agents say: "To be found in a quintessential village setting alongside the ancient parish church in this lovely village – this handsome five-bedroom period cottage has been improved and extended, with large gardens and glorious views – this could truly be your dream home in the country!"
The vendors' asking price is £599,000. Orchard Cottage is a handsome old stone fronted detached period cottage occupying a traditional setting in the lea of the ancient parish church.
The agents explain: "The cottage has been extensively modernised and beautifully extended in recent years and now offers spacious five-bedroom, two-bathroom accommodation bursting with character including flagstones, fireplaces and arched sash windows... without neglecting the necessities of modern day life. Up to the minute features include a large Aga kitchen/breakfast and living room with bespoke units, two bathrooms and a cloakroom – all three fitted in contemporary white and chrome with limestone floors, double glazing to most of the windows, and oil fired central heating."
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The cottage is set in large gardens (partly walled and very sheltered) and with a further garden area commanding stunning views of the Mendips. There is a driveway with ample parking to the side, a large garage and a separate barn suitable for a variety of uses.
"All in all this is a quality home of character in a wonderful location – part of a community yet with a country feel, in a great catchment area for schools and suitable for commuters needing motorway or airport access to Bristol, Weston-super-Mare, Wells and Taunton.
The village of Weare is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty beyond the south side of the Mendip Hills in a popular part of Somerset. The general area is well known for its leisure opportunities which include; walking and riding on the Mendips, sailing on Axbridge reservoir, a local golf course outside Wedmore and a sports centre in Cheddar. Coupled with these facilities there is also a church in the village and a selection of country pubs in neighbouring villages. The senior school in this area is Kings of Wessex (www. kowessex.co.uk), in Cheddar, with the middle school at Hugh Sexeys, Blackford (www.hughsexey.somerset.sch.uk) and the first school at Weare School (www. weareschool.com), in Upper Weare. Wedmore, Cheddar, Winscombe and Axbridge are all within convenient driving distance, where there are more shopping, social and recreational facilities. The cities of Bristol, Bath and Wells are all within daily driving distance, Bath and Bristol providing excellent cultural activities.
The coastal towns of Burnham-on-Sea and Weston-super-Mare are also conveniently accessible and there is access to the M5 at Edithmead (Junction 22, outside Burnham-on-Sea) and St Georges (Junction 21, outside Weston-super-Mare).
Orchard Cottage is set in large mature gardens which are bordered by old stone walls, and post and rail fencing.
To the front an original iron gate leads to a flagstone path to the front door and a small garden area with shrubs, climbers and flower beds. The path continues around to the side garden where there is level lawn, ornamental trees and a gravel path leading to the rear, where a large patio is perfectly positioned outside the drawing room and the kitchen to be both practical and sheltered.