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Property Description

A quintessential chocolate box cottage situated in the heart of the popular Mendip Village of Shipham. This beautifully appointed and utterly charming character home has a lovely homely interior packed with original period details which have been further enhanced by quality modern refinements. 

'Wanstead Cottage' is a truly unique and historic family home with delightful painted elevations, complimented by a handsome clay tiled roof. The cottage is conveniently situated within easy walking distance of the local primary school, village hall, village store and public house, not to mention miles of incredible footpaths and bridleways of the Mendip Hills.

Approaching the cottage to the rear there is parking for two vehicles and a handy gardeners toilet in a stone outbuilding. On entering the property you arrive at a good sized inner hallway with a lovely stone floor, perfect for decamping cloaks and muddy boots. Off the hallway is a handy cloakroom with beautiful imported 'Fired Earth' tiles to both the wall and floor. Directly in front of you is a versatile room which is currently utilised as a study/fourth bedroom and links through to the sun room through internal French doors. To the right of the hallway is the impressive kitchen/breakfast room which spans some 26'0 and features hand-built farmhouse style units complimented by a wood block work surface that is inset with a sink overlooking the rear courtyard. The kitchen units have been extended in recent years in order to provide provision for white goods and there is plenty of space for a breakfast table. The oven is situated in the chimney recess beyond which stunning glazed metro tiles add a splash of colour. A practical terracotta effect tiled floor adds even more character and is perfect for those with pets or children with muddy feet. There are two enchanting reception rooms including an alluring living room with a handsome stone fireplace inset with a cast iron woodburning stove and a second sitting room which also has a lovely feature fireplace with an exposed brick hearth and fitted cupboards to the chimney recess along with a beautiful flagstone floor. Beyond the sitting room a door leads you into a light filled Garden Room that looks out over the pretty rear garden and benefits from additional Velux window in the ceiling, along with a pair of French doors, a side door, and a contemporary tiled floor.

Moving onto the first floor you will find three double bedrooms and the family bathroom, two of the bedrooms face to the front of the property and enjoy views out over the garden, one of the bedrooms features a recessed cupboard which is accessed through a sliding track door, both of the room have outstanding views towards the North Somerset coast. The third bedroom is a good sized double and looks out to the rear, it has a recessed wardrobe and a painted floor. Finally, completing the accommodation is the traditional themed bathroom which is fitted with a classic three piece white suite, complete with a clawfoot bath, walk in shower and gorgeous tiles, including metro tiles to the splashbacks and geometric tiles to the floor.

Outside, the property has a pretty and good sized rear garden that is bounded by a stone wall to one side and an established hedgerow to the other, mainly laid to lawn there are two ornamental ponds, a lovely stone patio area outside of the sun room which is ideal for al-fresco dining and summer garden parties, and well planted borders housing a number of small trees, shrubs and flowers. The original entrance door to the house is now a handy garden store and there is also a small shed to the rear of the garden.


This gorgeous period cottage is very much a home for all seasons, the roaring fireplaces are perfect for those long cold fall & winter evenings, whilst the lovely cottage garden is a glorious space to enjoy through Spring to Summer.


Shipham is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and a highly sought after village, nestled in the picturesque Somerset countryside. It is well served by first, middle and senior schools and is much sought after by those commuting to Bristol, as it offers all the advantages of rural living with many bridleways and footpaths, including the West Mendip Way which crosses the parish providing ready access to the hills and Mendip plateau, where there are extensive views across the Bristol Channel to the Welsh coast and Brecon Beacons beyond. Indeed, it is very well positioned for local transport links and the M5 motorway which is accessible via junction 20 at Clevedon, junction 21 at St Georges and junction 22 at Edithmead. Village facilities are available, including butcher/stores, garage, public house and further shopping facilities at nearby Winscombe and Cheddar. The new village hall (with its stage, sports hall, function rooms and kitchen) is a popular centre for a broad range of community events and activities for all ages. Private sector schooling is close by at Sidcot and the Downs School at Wraxall is within easy reach, as are Wells Cathedral School and Millfield. In the state sector, Kings of Wessex School (www.kowessex.co.uk) is nearby and for sports and recreational amenities, Churchill Academy is a drive away. The surrounding area is excellent riding country and is sure to appeal to equestrian enthusiasts and walkers. There is an international airport at Lulsgate and access to the mainline railway station at Yatton.


Travelling into Shipham from the Cheddar direction, proceed into The Square which is opposite Hansfords and The Penscot Inn. Turn right into Hollow road and the property can be found on the right hand side just past the old School House. What3words///training.retraced.pesky


Tenure - Freehold

Council tax band - B

EPC rating TBC

Hollow Road, Shipham
3 Bedrooms
1 Bathrooms

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