Every now and then a property comes on the market where our heart just skips a beat. Brook House, in the historical village of Nunney, is such a wonderfully unique property bursting with character.
Having the remains of an imposing 14th Century Castle as its neighbour creates a romantic and astonishing backdrop to be enjoyed from the pretty courtyard with the brook below.
Recently renovated to the highest of standard, all work undertaken throughout the home has been sympathetically and beautifully accomplished by master craftsmen. The result of such expert execution is an exquisite home with all its history and charm lovingly, and thoughtfully, preserved.
The current vendors undertook this project and at every turn new layers of the past were uncovered from original fireplaces to remnants of masonry and carpentry – such relics are believed to have survived from the castle itself and have been carefully incorporated into the renovation of Brook House.
The original flagstone flooring, coupled with blue lias flagstones, are exposed throughout the ground floor with its two reception rooms and open plan kitchen with generous dining area. Both receptions have original fireplaces with wood-burners providing perfect spaces to relax and unwind. The much-revered Bath based architect, Simon Morray-Jones, submitted the history/conservation report and full drawings for the planning application. He carefully reworked (where permissible) the entire space, including the original wing which had been demolished. He designed the addition of a glass sitting room to the back of the property, framing the view of the castle in all its glory and splendour.
The innovative use of the unique frameless glass doors cleanly fold back to expose the courtyard from both this space and also from the kitchen to create a wonderful free-flowing experience of bringing the outside in.
Upstairs original, Dutch Elm floorboards flow continuously throughout the three double bedrooms. Ancient doors, exposed beam-work and limestone mullion windows serve to further enhance the ongoing feeling of charm and history. Two bathrooms have been furnished with high end fittings in keeping with the overall quality of this exceptional home.
The courtyard is a spacious area which wraps around the property. The sunrises and sunsets illuminate the castle and highlight its architectural features. A pretty little wooden bridge over the brook provides access from the side of the property to the castle.
Nunney is a fabulous village with a thriving and bustling community with a pub, a village store and a little coffee shop. The annual village fete attracts visitors from wide and far and is a much-anticipated event. The nearby fashionable town of Frome is a five-minute drive and is home to a comprehensive choice of retail outlets and all the usual amenities. Founded in 2013 the “Frome Independent” is an award-winning street market that is held on the first Sunday of each month and attracts up to 80,000 people per year. The equally fashionable own of Bruton is a fifteen-minute drive and is home to the renowned art Gallery, Hauser and Wirth, the restaurant At the Chapel and the fabulous country mansion, Babington House, is a few miles away. The larger and beautiful City of Bath is approximately 35 minutes north and offers a plethora of culture and history. Transport links are excellent with a mainline railway from Frome or Castle Cary to London Paddington and Bristol Airport is approximately 45 minutes to the west.
Nunney First School has been rated “Good with outstanding features” by Ofsted and feeds into excellent secondary schools in Frome. There is also an excellent secondary school in Bruton, Sexeys, and is a state day/boarding school. Private schools include All Hallows Prep, Downside, Kings Bruton, Bruton for Girls and the Bath schools, Prior Park, Monkton Combe, and King Edwards to name just a few.
Directions – BA11 4LW
From Frome take the A361 towards Nunney. At the Nunney Catch roundabout take the fourth exit (passing the garage). Continue into Nunney until you reach The George Inn on the righthand side. Brook House is opposite on your left.
Electricity and mains drainage.
Council tax Band C
This property is currently for sale at £625,000. Full details are available on Rightmove.
To view this property or request more details, contact Lodestone Property, Bruton, Somerset, telephone 01749 605 099.