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Sleeps 12 (plus 6 children)

We have so many friends that have moved to Somerset and wanted somewhere to stay nearby. Orchard House was a fantastic retreat from our busy city life. The children could literally fall out of the house in the massive gardens, and we spent the odd rainy day snuggled up watching films in our very own cinema! Thank you to all at Scott Williams, we had the most wonderful time.

Octavia, London
Living Space

Main House
Ground Floor:
Well-equipped, open plan kitchen and dining area to seat 10 people. French doors leading outside onto the courtyard
Sitting room with original open fireplace and woodburning stove, ‘secret’ staircase to the 1st floor
Flagstone hallway opening onto the gardens
Office/study room
Playroom with French doors onto the gardens
Boot room
Utility
Loo
1st Floor:
Twin bedroom with truckle beds (can sleep 4 children in total)
Master double bedroom with king-size bed, free-standing copper bath tub, open fireplace, walk through wardrobe and double shower room
Double bedroom
Double bedroom with a cubby hole room suitable for one or two small children
Shared bathroom
2nd Floor
Cosy snug with widescreen TV

Courtyard with converted stable room housing a fabulous pizza oven and dining table

Media Barn
Ground Floor:
Games room with pool and vintage pin ball machine
1st Floor
Huge cinema room with screen, curved sofa, remote controlled black out blinds, kitchenette, dining table and loo

Guest House
Double bedroom with open fireplace, free-standing bath, and en suite shower room. French doors lead from the bedroom into the garden.
Double bedroom with en suite bathroom
Steps down to sitting/music room with piano and large glass doors opening out onto the garden

Pig Sty
Double bedroom with wood burning stove. This bedroom does not have a bathroom, but outside there is a little wooden bridge crossing a brook for those who like to wash al fresco!

Please note: There are some disused farm buildings on site which are gated but children should be supervised within the grounds.
There is a studio building within the grounds which will remain locked for the owner’s personal storage.

Amenities

Outside dining area
Children’s play area
Trampoline
Basketball net
Gypsy caravan
Smart TV with Netflix and Apple TV (guests to use their own accounts)
Tradtional topiary garden
Wide gravel driveway with modern prairie-style planting
Orchard garden
Kitchen garden with vegetable beds

Domestic Services

Maid service
It is possible to arrange a local cook – payable extra, please give plenty of notice

Location

The house is set in the outskirts of Leigh-upon-Mendip, a small village in the Mendip hills.
There is a local pub within 5 minutes walking distance

Babington house is 9 minutes away by car
Mells is 5 minutes by car
Frome is 15 minutes by car
Bruton is 20 minutes by car
Bath is 35 minutes by car

Transport

A car is recommended
The nearest train station is Frome, 15 minutes drive away
London is 2.5 hours by car

Local Information

For members of SOHO house, Babington is a very short drive away.

The pretty nearby village of Mells has a rich history which can be seen in the old buildings and unspoilt surroundings. In the center of the village is The Talbot Inn, a wonderful pub serving delicious food. Tea and cake can be found at the village cafe, and also at The Walled Garden – a charming garden combined with a small plant nursery and cafe. Dine outside on freshly cooked wood-fired pizzas.

The nearest town is Frome, where the old streets are lined with quirky independent shops and cafes. The town really comes alive once a month at the local market where stallholders pack together to sell fabulous food and homemade wares. Weekend mornings are bustling with cosmopolitan types sitting at bistro tables on the cobbled streets, chatting over their morning coffees.

Bruton is another historic town within easy reach. Home to the very cool art gallery Hauser and Wirth, an outdoor activity centre for children at Mill on the Brue and some fabulous restaurants- we love At The Chapel, Matt’s Kitchen and the Roth Bar and grill.

The Newt in Somerset is a newly opened estate with magnificent walled gardens, a glasshouse, farm shop, restaurants and cafe. A wonderful day out- not to be missed.

Our View

We really enjoyed visiting this house, it’s a wonderful addition to our collection of houses in Somerset and would work perfectly for someone wanting to get away from the city but also wanting to stay involved with the hubbub of designers and creatives who have re-located to the coolest area of the South West.
The entranceway is a long, curving gravel drive with newly planted orchards on one side and prairie planting on the other. Making our way through the garden we felt as though we were trespassing into Alice in Wonderland where the bronze statue by Anthony Gormley stands like a guardian of the house amongst cloud shaped topiary.
Within the house, the age of the building is prevalent. Original details are visible everywhere, original flagstones line the hallway and an impressive stone fireplace dominates the sitting room. It is rumoured that Henry VIII stayed here whilst hunting in the area in the 16thC.
The creative owners who split their time between Somerset and LA have filled the house with surprising details – bright copper touches in the kitchen and bathrooms, and glass pendant lamps like fire-balls hang in the rustic stables-come pizza room. We loved the cobbled courtyard with a beautifully decorated gypsy caravan.

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