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Property Flirt

Mudsters, come and drool over a stunning Somerset house with oodles of land, a swimming pool – and its own vast Georgian tithe barn.

Take this house off the market at once. The spacious, spectacular Grade II-listed Huntswell House, sitting in 12 acres of gorgeous grounds in the Somerset village of West Lydford, is mine, all mine!

First, there’s this delicious drawing room, with open fire, old stone surround and polished oak floors.  You’ll have to supply your own Chesterfield and Philippe Starck ghost chairs (the current owners have excellent taste).

Another gorgeous room, the sitting room has those floorboards again and what looks like a marble fireplace surround – and so spacious.

To call this a kitchen is to seriously undersell – as well as the big Aga, modern cooking range, bespoke handmade units with polished concrete tops, and central – huge – island, there’s room for sofas and armchairs around an inglenook fireplace with wood-burning stove, another table and a walk-in pantry.  Doors out the garden and to a utility room, boot room and cloakroom.

Not one but two staircases lead upstairs to the first floor, to the main bedroom.  That’s an en suite dressing room you can see through the door. The sisal flooring will feel so good underfoot.

There are a further four bedrooms on the first floor. Loving the white walls, old pine floorboards and linen Roman blinds  –  a light, fresh and airy blank canvas for someone to put their stamp on. A third staircase takes you up to three rooms – bedroom, bathroom and dressing area – on the second floor.

The bathrooms are fab-u-lous.

You get your own Georgian tithe barn.

Pause while you admire those beams. At 1000 square feet, it’s the perfect party place or maybe you’ve always wanted to set up your own business? The possibilities are endless.

Did I mention there’s a separate, self-contained (though attached) three-bed cottage? For extended family, holiday rental… your staff?!

There’s a full 12 acres of gardens and grounds, with lawns, terraces, borders,  trees – and a swimming pool.

Uninterrupted views of your fields, woodlands and countryside beyond – including Glastonbury Tor (from another angle!)



The village of West Lydford has a church and nearby a garage, shop and post office stores. Close to the ancient Roman Fosse Way which once linked Exeter and Lincoln, the A37 now follows the same route, linking you to Bristol and Bath in about an hour, and to the A303 (and up to London/down to Cornwall) in about five minutes. Within half an hour are mystic Glastonbury, ancient Somerton and arty Bruton.

The name Lydford comes from Saxon Lyd for torrent or noisy stream and ford, a crossing point over aforementioned stream. Fab wild swimming in the nearby weir (if you fancy a change from your own pool).

Spoilt for choice for excellent independent senior and prep schools – Millfield, Bruton School for Girls, King’s Bruton, Wells Cathedral School, Hazelgrove, All Hallows, Sherborne – with a state primary in the next village  Keinton Mandeville, and state secondaries in Castle Cary and Sexey’s in Bruton.

Now Phil and Kirstie, what do you reckon to the price? Write your answer below and then click here to see if you’re right.



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2 comments on “Property Flirt”

  • Ailene Brooks December 6, 2018

    Fabulous – £1,500,000

  • Michael Werkmeister December 4, 2018

    Lovely property – say £1,700,000


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