I don’t know about you but I love a little snoop around someone else’s house. So let’s all push our noses up to the windows, peer in the cupboards, knock a few walls knowledgeably, and then the fun bit – guess how much it’s worth!
We get to see a lot of fabulous properties on Muddy but this fab-u-lous place in Lower Godney takes the biscotti.
Impeccably designed and decorated with taste, style and using loads of reclaimed materials, Thornreed House, an award-winning eco barn plus a couple of artists’ studios in the tiny village of Godney on the Somerset Levels looks like it could have come straight out of the pages of Elle Decoration; in fact, it’s appeared in The Times, Guardian, Red magazine and more. And all the gorgeous stuff inside is up for grabs, too.
Thornreed House used to be the home of a gentleman farmer back in the day and it’s filled with original Georgian features. They say the supersized flagstones in the entrance hall and elsewhere come from Glastonbury Abbey.
Tall shuttered windows look out onto the gardens, a vast marble fireplace with wood burning stove – and more of those magnificent flags – at one end of the living room.
At the other, stunning copper covered doors on an unusual curved wall.
Through an arch into the kitchen where all the mod cons have been cleverly fitted into the original inglenook and you can do your veg prep or washing up with a view out towards the Mendip Hills.
On the first floor, two light-filled bedrooms with painted floorboards and gorgeous views await.
Cunning little cubby hole.
Both are en suite, one with a claw foot bath (roarrr!)
…and the other with a retro tiled wet room and rubber floor. Just slide open the doors.
Up on the second floor, a third en suite bedroom stretches across the width of the house. Loving the lime-washed exposed beams and painted floorboards.
The Barn is an award-winning eco build, with a huge open plan living area – with kitchen, living, dining, study – and expansive views all around up on the first floor.
It’s all lime-washed timbers, exposed stone walls, wood burner, stainless steel kitchen units with polished concrete surfaces.
Heating underneath the polished concrete floors keep the two double bedrooms on the ground floor cosy warm.
The copper theme continues with the freestanding bath and copper and trough sink in the en suite.
A peaceful space to think, read, do yoga, just chill…
Step out into the gardens, with established trees, shrubs and borders and stroll down to the banks of the river Sheppy or stop off in one of the two studios to finish off an artistic masterwork or catch up on paperwork in a home office.
The owners have been successfully letting out Thornreed House out as a holiday let for several years. But you could live in the house and let out The Barn? Keep it all for yourself? Use the studios as Airbnb or offices or workshops for your own business? The possibilities are endless.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Godney, a tiny village on the banks of the river Sheppy, is a magical, mystical otherworldly place, with vast skies of constantly changing light. The super cool The Sheppy is the local pub – fab food, eclectic bar, quirky original artworks and live music – there’s a tearoom, artisan bakery and vibrant community life. Spot swans, barn owls, deer and more on walks in the surrounding countryside and you’re on the edge of several Somerset nature reserves with their phenomenal starling murmurations.
Glastonbury, Wedmore and Wells are all around five miles away, with a plethora of independent shops, markets, pubs, restaurants and cultural events. You’re in the catchment for excellent state The Blue School in Wells and private Wells Cathedral School and Millfield nearby. Bath and Bath and Bristol around an hour’s drive. Trains from Castle Cary to London Paddington in around 1 hour 40 mins.
So how much is it on for, do you think? Clickety click to check out the price.