Guide price £2,000,000
The Property The Almonry and The Almonry Barn are a collection of stone buildings under tiled roofs with parts believed to be in the region of 800 years old. The property has recently been restored and is currently being run as a high end wedding venue, b&b and residential home. The Barn This is possibly the oldest part of the site and is currently run as an exquisite wedding venue, however would lend itself well to any number of other purposes. Designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument, the building holds a treasure trove of period features, with exposed beams and trusses along with original exposed stone walls, flagstone floors and deep window sills all serving to provide a space that is both impressive and intimate. The large dining hall, with its soaring, vaulted ceiling along with the adjoining dancefloor area, all with underfloor heating, are perfectly complemented by the thoughtfully considered bar and catering areas. Cloakrooms are also provided on the ground floor. Proceed up the stairs and one can enjoy the Hayloft with raised viewing gallery overlooking the dining hall below. To the right, tucked away, is the serene and intimate ceremony room. The Studio The studio is attached to The Barn and has been sympathetically converted into a spacious two bedroom residence, with a beautiful, open plan kitchen and sitting room, with wood burning stove. Neutral tones and whitewashed woodwork throughout serve to enhance the exposed stonework that is a feature of the downstairs. A recently fitted kitchen is provided, along with space for a good sized table and chairs for dining. Large glazed doors and windows with plantation shutters ensure that this is a very light and airy space, further enhanced by the vaulted ceiling. Stairs ascend to a double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with roll top bath and separate shower cubicle. A galleried landing then leads in the other direction to a second bedroom. Perfect for bride and groom, this space could equally be used as guest accommodation, for dependant relatives or as a lucrative B&B enterprise, as the current owners do. House 1 It must be pointed out that whilst the residential accommodation is currently divided into two adjoining residences, it could very easily be converted back into one impressive single property. A significant feature of this Grade II listed property is the hugely impressive open plan sitting room and kitchen with its vaulted ceiling with exposed trusses, frames and stonework, again enhanced with whitewashed walls. There is a great sense of space and light here along with a keen eye on interior design. The kitchen is in a fitting shaker style and incorporates a Neff dishwasher and fridge, Smeg double oven, inset hob and two oven oil fired white Aga. The inclusion of a pantry, island with Minerva worktop and traditional double Belfast sink ensure that this is not only a very practical kitchen but is equally elegant in its style. The kitchen, which has space for a table and chairs, leads seamlessly through to the sitting room which is the perfect space for relaxing or entertaining. Stairs lead up from here to the mezzanine level with a gallery overlooking the ground floor and currently set up as an office, perfect for those that need to work from home. Also on the ground floor is to be found the Hall, which serves well as a lovely space to welcome guests but is also big enough for a table and sofa. A cloakroom and utility room, with washing machine and tumble dryer can be found leading off this space. Finally a glazed door to the rear leads out onto the rear garden. Up the stairs, which benefit from useful storage space underneath, and the theme of simple, chic design continues. A galleried landing leads in one direction to the principal bedroom, with a characterful ensuite that includes a loo, bidet and basin. Recessed fitted wardrobes provide some useful storage here also. The second bedroom benefits from extensive eaves storage and exposed beams. A shower room and cupboard housing the hot water cylinder complete the picture. House 2 Part of the same building but cleverly sectioned off, this additional residence has been carefully and sympathetically renovated in a similar style, ensuring that sense of space and light prevail. A large open plan kitchen and sitting room form the hub of the house. The kitchen, located down one end of this large space, has a large island with quartz worktop, inset induction hob, integrated appliances that include a Neff dishwasher and fridge freezer and under counter oven along with a 1.5 bowl ceramic sink. At the other end of this room the impressive Inglenook fireplace with Bressumer beam takes centre stage. The flooring in this room is worth a special mention being engineered lime washed oak that complements the simple yet refined style of the space. Beautiful original flagstone flooring then leads through to the utility room with ample recessed storage, a tumble dryer and washing machine. A hall leads through to the bedrooms, the principal of which has a very well appointed ensuite shower room, wood panelling and French doors onto the garden. A second double bedroom also enjoys the same aspect with access to the garden. The family bathroom, with roll top bath, makes the most of the original features and includes some useful storage behind some Gothic styled doors. A fully tiled wet room with shower can be found here also. Grounds The grounds surround the property and are divided into various sections. On approaching the property one is immediately greeted by an area of extensive gravelled parking, ensuring that this works as a venue. The grounds, that include well stocked borders, mulberry, pear and birch trees, clematis, foxgloves, roses and irises to name a few, enjoy lovely views of the nearby church tower of St Peter and St Paul as well as the nearby historical Abbey. From the driveway a timber gate leads to a further gravelled area in front of the studio, bounded by a stone wall. A further gate leads to a cobbled path in front of The Barn and onto the house. The houses both enjoy separate gardens and are mainly bounded by stone walling. An orchard that includes cider apple, pear, plum and damson trees is otherwise laid to lawn and sweeps around the side and rear of The Barn. Climbing roses, twisted willow trees, lime trees, topiary box balls, gravelled pathways and paved seating areas make the most of this spot, which is where the superb views across the neighbouring countryside towards Langport can be enjoyed. Various sheds and outbuildings, including a former pigsty and fabulous Shepherds Hut, provide further interest throughout the grounds. Thought to be circa 2.8 acres in total. Situation The village of Muchelney remains much as it has been for the last two centuries and comprises period properties amidst a landscape which has changed little. Famous for its historic 13th/14th century former Benedictine Monastery and Abbey ruins, the surrounding countryside is designated a Special Landscape Area in which strict planning controls operate to preserve its special character and so remains particularly unspoilt. There is a good range of amenities in the nearby small towns of Langport, Somerton and Martock, with a more comprehensive range of facilities at Taunton or Yeovil. Despite its rural location, the area is very accessible as the A303 is only about 6 miles to the south, giving good access to London and the West Country. In addition, Yeovil has a main line station with services to Waterloo and there is an Intercity service from Castle Cary to Paddington, about 90 minutes. Education The area is highly regarded for the excellent standard of education, both state and independent (Millfield, Wellington, Strode College, the Sherborne Schools, and the Bruton Schools).
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