5 Bedroom Semi-Detached House (Now Sold)
Crows Hill, Batcombe, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6BN
The cottage is on the outskirts of the much sought after village of Batcombe, a picturesque rural village in the heart of Somerset. The property has outstanding views, situated at the top of a hill overlooking Batcombe Vale. There is plenty of parking space to the front of the property, a small front garden and a good sized garden to the rear, opening out onto farmland. There is an active and friendly community with excellent local facilities and transport links to Bath, Bristol and London. It is close to the small thriving town of Bruton, which has become a hub of artistic exchange with the presence of the Hauser and Wirth Arts Complex. Facilities there include doctor’s surgery, veterinary practice, pubs, playgrounds, an excellent selection of primary and secondary schools both state and private.
The cottage has been fully modernised in the last 15 years with a 2 storey extension and development of attic space. All the plumbing and the electrics were replaced. The original building has been updated with insulation.
Entrance – porch 5’9” x 10’11” (1.75 x 3.4 m)
On entrance to the property there is a front porch/conservatory. This has been used for hanging bikes, storage of waterproof clothing and even seed growing for the summer vegetable garden. Easterly facing, along with the front garden, it is a morning time suntrap. Entrance to the main property is via a glass barn door.
Hallway – 4’8” x 8’ (1.4 x 2.4 m)
The porch leads to a hallway with hooks for coats and space for shoes. The hallway opens into the downstairs rooms in the house.
Downstairs bathroom – 7’6” x 7’10” (2.28 x 2.4 m)
There is a downstairs bathroom on the right of the hall. This has a large shower and houses the boiler with shelves for linen etc.
Open kitchen/diner/living room – 21’11” x 18” (6.7 x 5.5 m)
To the left of the hall is the major outstanding feature downstairs, the welcoming open plan communal kitchen/diner/living space for family. This has been the centre of family life and is a space that can house the extended family for social gatherings. There is a freestanding island with a double range cooker, a large dining table and 2 large sofas to accommodate plenty of family and friends. There is a Belfast sink with wooden sideboards and a small pantry ideal for storing the freezer and many pots of jams and chutneys. Views out of the back French doors are of rolling Somerset countryside. The room has a large wood burning fire which provides incredible warmth in the middle of cold winters. This area has grown over the years to reflect the art and craft skills of the inhabitants, with baskets, paintings, pots and pans and even surf boards hung from the ceiling. This room has a large opening to the conservatory and the back doors to the garden.
Conservatory – 25’2” x 8’ (7.7 x 2.4 m)
The conservatory runs along the length of the house. This room faces west with large windows on 3 sides and 3 Dormer windows and catches the afternoon and evening sun with incredible views of the sunset over Glastonbury Tor in the distance. This room has served as a ping pong and music room for growing children, a workshop for musical instrument making and printing, drying off wet dogs and even an amphitheatre for World Cup viewing.
Living room - 12’ x 13’ (3.2 x 3.9 m)
The living room is on the right hand side of the house accessed from the hallway. It can be used as a quiet refuge from busy family life, a place to do homework and a place to sit and read. It has double glass doors opening in to the conservatory to join in with the communal world if so desired.
The first floor accommodation is accessed by the open plan stairs which are situated at the side of the main communal room. It has 3 double bedrooms, a bathroom and a small office.
Bedroom 1 - 11”5 x 9’4” plus 3’9” recess (3.5 x 2.8, recess 1.4 m)
Bedroom 1 overlooks the back garden with extensive views over countryside.
Bathroom 2 – 9’4” x 8’ (2.8 x 2.4 m)
A good large bathroom, it has an iron enamelled clawed bath and cupboard housing the hot water tank and shelving.
Bedroom 2 – 12’6” x 9’5” (3.8 x 2.9 m)
Bedroom 2 faces the front of the house overlooking farmland and catches the early morning sun.
Bedroom 3 – 10’3 x 12’3” (3.1 x 3.7 m)
Bedroom 3 faces the back garden with extensive views overlooking Glastonbury Tor in the distance and beyond as far as the Somerset coast 40 miles away. These are a magnificent feature of the property and are undisturbed by any view of roads.
Office – 9’ x 8’8” (2.7 x 2.6 m)
This is room overlooking the back garden which functions as an excellent secluded office space. It has been used as a nursery and a bedroom. It has potential for an en suite bathroom for bedroom 3 or dressing room.
There is a staircase in the middle of the landing leading up to the second floor accommodation.
Bedroom 4 – 14’7” x 10’7” (4.5 x 3.2m)
This consists of an open plan attic bedroom to the left with windows both sides, with spectacular views both sides and sun both morning and afternoon. There are cupboards with louvred doors for storage and shelving.
Bedroom 5/attic room 11’4 x 9’4” (3.5 x 2.8 m)
On the right hand side of the stairs is a small attic room which could be converted in to a small bedroom.
Attic storage 11’4 x 6’ (3.5 x 1.8 m)
There is an attic storage room which houses the cold water tank and has further room available for storage.
Externally, there are ample gardens and grounds. The back garden extends over 100ft westwards with a gate into open farmland. The back garden can also be reached via a side alley from the front garden. It has been divided into 3 areas. The first part is made up of lawns and flowerbeds leading on from the house and a small patio area that gets both morning and evening sun. It has also been an excellent home for hen houses. It moves on to a second area that has 1 small shed for garden utensils, washing lines and a large shed with electricity and a wood-burning stove. It has been used as an artist’s studio. The final part of the garden has been left to grow wild apart from a campfire area that has provided outdoor cooking and entertainment for young children and young adults alike. Over the years the garden has been used for growing vegetables, a range of soft fruits and has a variety of willow plants used for basket making.
The front garden has a sturdy and large shed, the oil tank, a space for recycling and household refuse. It is the most sheltered spot throughout the year and has been left to grow, apparently following permaculture principles. It is wild but gives enormous privacy and is a suntrap year round. Both gardens have enormous potential for development in a variety of different ways and in our lifetime as a family the gardens have changed from an open football pitch, to a camping venue, a vegetable plot, a wild forest and lately, a quiet refuge with fantastic views and enormous privacy.
The following services are available:
Mains electricity, private water supply (spring water from the Somerset hills giving the best cup of tea in the world), private drainage with a septic tank servicing this and the direct neighbour’s house, telephone connection and wifi, with high-speed broadband connection about to be made. Heating is oil fired with radiators in all rooms. Local wood supplies for the solid fuel burner in the open plan downstairs room are excellent. There are weekly rubbish and recycling collections and a top class postal service.
The house is situated above Batcombe Vale on top of the hill. The views are magnificent and we are surrounded by open farmlands. The river is at the bottom of the hill and this has provided countless hours of entertainment for children and dogs alike. There are pools to swim in, rope swings and perfect Pooh sticks bridges. . The whole area is crisscrossed with public footpaths and bridleways.
This is a small hamlet comprising 3 houses. We have always enjoyed harmonious and supportive relationships with the neighbours.
The village of Batcombe has a church, a pub with good food, a large village hall with a lively calendar of events and activities throughout the year. The village hosts a number of clubs including drama club, Cinema club, Bridge club, cricket and golf clubs, badminton and ping pong facilities, Horticulture club, the WI and more. It also has its own Batcombe Heritage Centre which you can access at www.batcombe.org.uk. There is a well established Toddlers group in Batcombe with several other preschool options in nearby villages. There are two local Primary schools both within easy reach and one with a school bus service from the village of Batcombe that stops outside our door. Secondary education is excellently served with a variety of outstanding schools in both the state and private sector.
The property lies less than 2 miles north of the small picturesque town of Bruton. The town has a railway station with direct connections to London, Bath, Bristol, Weymouth and Yeovil. Fast direct link to London is via Castle Cary, which lies 4 miles away. Already an historic thriving Somerset town with 3 senior schools, the recent opening of the Hauser and Wirth Art Complex has further enriched cultural life. It lies on the River Brue and is well served by restaurants, cafes, pub, organic vegetable growers, organic cheese makers, artisan coffee roasters and an outdoor activity centre.