Stathe

£325,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 4
A well-presented cottage converted from a Victorian barn, with secluded back garden and patio overlooking a wildlife pond. EPC Band D.

Situation

Ludwell's Cottage is set in the heart of the Somerset Levels, an understated but beautiful and historical rural area. Footpaths run past the front of the house. The Levels themselves begin a hundred yards from the Cottage, on the far side of a pedestrian bridge over the River Parrett. A mile away is the RSPB reserve on Sedgemoor, and the Site of Special Scientific Interest on Aller Moor, which has the flora and fauna of a marshy grassland. A mile and half away lies Burrowbridge, with its famous mump and its excellent local pub, the King Alfred.

Four miles distant is the charming small market town of Langport, which has a lively and increasingly youthful population. It boasts two fine churches, a primary and secondary school, a library, doctors, dentists and veterinary surgeries, a mid-sized supermarket, local shops with free parking, and a wide range of cafes, bakeries and pubs. It is also home to Kelway's Nursery, founded in 1851, which has been supplying plants to the Chelsea Flower Show for the last hundred years, winning many Gold Medals for its peonies. The site of the Battle of Langport (1645) is found in Wagg Drove, while a couple of miles further away is the site of the Battle of Sedgemoor, the last battle fought on British soil, in 1685.

Taunton, the County Town of Somerset, is 20 minutes away by car, and has an extensive range of amenities, including a good range of supermarkets, shops and schools; parks; a theatre; a multiplex cinema; a large library; a race course; a golf course and one of the best small cricket grounds in England. The surrounding countryside is unspoilt, and close by are the Quantocks (the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK) and the Mendip and Blackdown Hills, all of which have great views and extensive footpaths. The North Somerset coast, with its small villages and towns at Kilve, Watchet and Minehead, is only a few miles further away.

Description

Ludwell's Cottage is a beautiful semi-detached cottage, with brick and stone elevations under a mainly tiled roof. It was converted from a late Victorian barn about 30 years ago. Since then it has been extensively upgraded and improved by the present owners. Its patio is a natural sun-trap, and overlooks a wildlife pond which is home to newts, dragonflies, moorhens, ducks and kingfishers, plus the occasional invading heron and even, on one occasion, an otter.

Accommodation

The kitchen has a high sloping ceiling and is well-lit, with oak-fronted units, work-top, electric hob, built-in oven and extractor fan; there is room for a fridge-freezer and dishwasher. However, it is felt that the new owners might wish to modernise and even extend the kitchen, and for this reason the appliances have not been upgraded. There is a back door leading to the patio. Another door leads to a large, dual aspect, L-shaped lounge/dining-room, which is pleasingly light and airy. This room, which is over 26 feet long, has exposed beams, six wall light points and French doors opening onto the patio. A further door leads from the lounge to a study (or possible further bedroom). Another door leads to the hall, off which lies a cloakroom which is plumbed for a washer-drier and which houses a new oil-fired boiler serving the hot water and central heating systems. The hall, which contains two understairs cupboards, leads onwards to the front door.

On the first floor are two landings. One leads to a small third bedroom (or computer room) and to the family bathroom, which overlooks the pond. The second landing leads to an en suite shower room, with a generous walk-in shower, and the two larger bedrooms, which both have exposed roof beams and velux roof-lights. The front bedroom, some 19 feet in length, has a barn-style window, while the master bedroom at the rear has a window overlooking the patio and pond. A good Internet connection is available for a monthly subscription.

Outside

Among the main attractions of Ludwell's Cottage are its tree-lined back garden and large patio area. The patio overlooks a pond (not part of the property) which is home to various types of wildlife and surrounded by native trees. In recent years the patio has been improved and strengthened with a winding concrete wall to which is attached a low wooden fence. Two short flights of stone steps lead up from the patio to a back garden which has twice been extended by the present owners. As well as a small wooden shed and an oil tank surrounded by planted willow, it features a tall native hedge and established shrubs and trees. A wooden pedestrian gate leads to the gravel forecourt in front of the house, which has parking for three vehicles. In addition, there is space in the back garden for a garage, should the new owners wish to have one.

The Immediate Surroundings

The Cottage is on the Huish Academy school bus run, and their buses stop just outside, while a regular timetable of council buses operates from Burrowbridge and Stoke St Gregory (both 1 miles distant). Good local primary schools are found at Stoke St Gregory, North Curry and Curry Rivel.

The Cottage is at the centre of an interesting network of footpaths, running across different parts of the Somerset Levels, including one which is part of a Cross Britain Walk. The Macmillan Way West (which runs past Ludwell's Cottage) links the North Devon port of Barnstaple to Castle Cary.

A hundred yards from the Cottage is a pedestrian bridge across the River Parrett, which is tidal at this point. Various interesting creatures, including eel, pike, herons, kingfishers and otters, have been seen in the river or along the riverbank. Here one can connect to the Parrett Trail, which runs the length of the River Parrett, and provides a pleasantly scenic walking route to either Burrowbridge or Langport. 200 yards from Stathe Bridge is a memorial bench, which affords a good view across the Levels, and from where one can see the original site of the Great Crane Project, which in the last few years has managed to reintroduce 93 hand-reared common cranes to the UK. 40 to 50 have settled on the Levels. The Somerset Levels represent a paradise for bird-watchers, with the RSPB reserve on West Sedgemoor a mile away, and the heronry at Swell Woods 4 miles distant. The main London-Penzance railway line is only a mile from the Cottage. Although the nearest stations are at Taunton and Castle Cary, there is much talk about reopening the station at Langport.

There are many local good places to eat and drink. Apart from the King Alfred at Burrowbridge, which serves as a community hub, in Langport alone one can choose from Kitchen at the Wharf, Art Tea Zen, The Parrett Cafe, The Green Lemon Cafe (at Kelways), Cardamom, The Langport Arms, The Black Swan or The Rose and Crown.

Directions

From Taunton take the A38 to Bridgwater and after about 3 miles, at Walford Cross, bear right on the A361 towards Glastonbury. Go through Durston, West Lyng and East Lyng to Burrowbridge, where you turn right immediately before the traffic lights over the river bridge. Continue for 300 yards, go over another bridge and immediately bear left marked to Langport and Stathe. Follow this road for a mile and half and then take the first right, a broad turning marked to Stoke St Gregory and North Curry. Continue for 100 yards, and Ludwell's Cottage is the first building on the right, just after the post-box. Park in the gravel forecourt.

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