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Reputed to be one of the oldest original dwellings of the village, 'Westward Cottage' is a beautiful 18th century stone cottage that occupies a delightful, elevated position in the heart of this thriving Mendip village.
Westward Cottage is truly picture perfect, from its primrose painted elevations to the gorgeous clay tiled roof with solar panels featuring to the rear, it is the epitome of the revered Chocolate Box Cottage. Set behind a pretty walled garden that features the familiar style of a cottage garden with informal planted borders, stone terraces and the obligatory greenhouse. Beyond the greenhouse a pathway leads down to a discrete single garage and off street parking space. Entering the property through a handy storm porch with the most beautiful studded wood door, there is a space to decamp cloaks and boots before entering the house itself. Continuing through to porch, glazed French doors lead directly into an impressive reception/living room, packed to the rafters with original period features and Old World charm. From exposed timber beams to a glorious inglenook fireplace, this is a truly wonderful room which bathes in natural afternoon light from its West aspect. Whilst to one side of the room sits the inglenook fireplace and stairs rising to the first floor, the opposite side of the room features a more contemporary electric fireplace that is set into the chimney breast and provides a more practical alternative. To either side of the chimney breast are handcrafted display cabinets. The rich oak floor is another practical addition and contrasts superbly with the exposed internal stone walls.
Moving through from the living room, to the rear of the house is the kitchen and a separate dining room. The dining room is a light filled dual aspect room and is a wonderful space for an intimate dinner party, but equally could provide another sitting area, child's play-room or home office if required. The kitchen is in keeping with the character of the rest of the home, and is fitted with a good range of traditional farmhouse style units with Oak fronted doors and plenty of work surface. There is an integrated dishwasher, gas hob and fan oven, along with an American style fridge freezer and other white goods. A return off the kitchen leads to a pretty rear courtyard, ideally placed for your morning coffee and breakfast. There is a also space to store wood and of course your bins.
On the first floor, off a winding staircase with a galleried vaulted ceiling are the three bedrooms, two of which are front facing with the third enjoying an easterly aspect along with the family bathroom. The master bedroom features a plethora of fitted wardrobes and drawers, making use of every spare piece of wall. The lovely original beams adorn the ceiling with a picture window providing views out towards the Bristol Channel over the surrounding countryside. Bedroom two also features fitted cupboards and the same far-reaching views, whilst bedroom three, which is currently utilised as a home office, is a smaller double room with access to eaves storage. Finally, the family bathroom is spacious, light and airy room fitted with a classic white suite, with a shower over the bath, pretty tiling and white washed walls. A handy airing cupboard within the bathroom houses the Worcester central heating boiler.
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.
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