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Want to escape your own home for a few minutes? Here, have a virtual mooch around this gorgeous 6-bed house and fab gardens in Kilmersdon, near Frome, Somerset

Going poco loco in lockdown? This will cheer up you up – a nose around The Old Vicarage, a Grade II-listed house for sale in the village of Kilmersdon, near Frome in Somerset. Medieval with Georgian improvements, the old stone house has fab features like mullioned windows, inglenook fireplaces and shuttered sash windows, alongside a contemporary stainless steel cooking range and slick modern bathrooms. The gardens are pretty gorge, too.

At the heart of the house is a large hall that’s so big it’s currently used as a dining room. A fireplace with woodburner will keep you cosy on cooler evenings, you can display your objets on a period shell alcove – and that’s a rare medieval floor you’re looking at.

Four more reception rooms come off the hall: sitting room, drawing room, study and a newly renovated studio room with its own limestone wetroom and separate access (great as a teen/granny room or Airbnb?).

In the sitting room, with its whopper of an inglenook., French doors open onto the gardens and terrace. Pimms, anyone?

Love the way the sun comes through the huge original, shuttered sash windows and dapples on the rug in the drawing room..

There’s also a large kitchen/breakfast room, with what could be Somerset’s biggest sideboard/dresser. A stainless steel cooking range sits in an old fireplace, and there’s a scullery off to the side to hide all the washing up while you concentrate on your croissants and soak up the views over the gardens.

A 17th century staircase takes you to the first floor, where six bedrooms (one en suite, one with a freestanding bath in the room and a family bathroom) are arranged around a central landing. You might want to create another en suite up there – you’ve certainly got the space.

Prepare to fall in love with the gardens. I mean, this is the view from the front door, over the formal gardens. Down at the bottom is a little bridge where you can sit and watch the fish, newts, frogs and toads frolicking in your own private canal water feature.

So pretty, isn’t it? On the other side of the yew hedges are lawns leading down to a stream.

Dibbers at the ready to start living the good life with a separate veg plot.

Set apart from the main house, The Coach House – seen above – is a large vaulted space, set up with underfloor heating, power and light. Could it be the right time to start a home business or explore your creative side? It’s been used as an art gallery in the past.


Said to be where the nursery rhyme ‘Jack and Jill’ originated, Kilmersdon’s a small and popular village with a good pub and a primary school. It’s about three miles from Mells (another lovely village with the award-winning Talbot Inn) and six miles from Frome (one of the top places to live in the UK according to The Times), which is packed with indy shops, cafes, galleries, cinema and has a huge monthly designer/maker/food market.

Chill out at nearby private members club and hotel Babington House (part of the Soho House group); stroll, ride or cycle around the plethora of paths and bridleways; get a city fix in Bath ( 12 miles away) or London (1 hour 20 by train).

Schools ? As well a choice of 4 nearby village schools, independent options include All Hallows Prep School, Downside, Prior Park College, Paragon, Monkton Combe Prep, Monkton Combe Senior and Bruton School for Girls and King’s Bruton.

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