Doran Lodge is an absolute gem of a property tucked away at the end of a quiet private road with just three other properties.
Originally a single storey livestock barn, the property was converted in the 1970’s when a second floor was added. Further modernisation and enhancements have been carried out over the years and Doran Lodge is now a comfortable and versatile home.
The property has plenty of character with original ceiling beams on the ground floor, fireplaces, a solid oak floor through the kitchen, dining and sitting room and solid oak latched doors throughout. The character is complimented by practical double glazed windows and oil central heating.
The wonderful south facing and mature garden is completely walled whilst the large gated driveway and carport at the front of the property give lots of parking.
The oak front door opens into a large entrance hallway with a cloakroom conveniently placed at one end. From here a further door leads into a smaller inner hall where there is a space for coats and shoes. An oak latched door opens into a wonderful open plan kitchen and dining room with an immediate view through to the conservatory and garden beyond. The kitchen has an extensive range of ‘shaker style’ cream cabinets complimented by deep oak work surfaces and a ‘farmhouse’ style sink. Practicalities are catered for with an integrated dishwasher and a Stoves range cooker that is cleverly situated into an inglenook-style fireplace. Double doors and a bespoke oak window open to the conservatory. This lovely light space links the house almost seamlessly to the garden and brings the outside closer during the cooler days.
It has lots of space for a dining table and comfy sofas to curl up and enjoy the warmth of the sun during colder months.
Double doors open directly onto the paved terrace in the garden. A door from the kitchen opens into the utility room where there is space for a washing machine, tumble dryer and a freezer, a Belfast sink sits under the window and the oil boiler is also located in here. To one end of the room are bespoke full height cupboards giving lots of sensible storage space. Doors lead to the front hall and to the rear garden. The dining area is adjacent to the kitchen with plenty of space for a large table and chairs. Open to the dining area is a study with a window that overlooks the garden.
From the kitchen and dining, a door leads to the gorgeous sitting room where the focal point is the reclaimed brick fireplace and wood burner. This room has two sets of French doors that open out onto the paved terrace in the garden again, making it practical for all seasons.
The open plan areas and connection to the conservatory, sitting room and garden are as equally suited to entertaining as they are to absorbing family life.
The first floor landing is light and airy and has doors off to the three double bedrooms, two of which are dual aspect. One of these has ‘Plantation shutters’ at all windows and full length, built in wardrobes. The family bathroom has a solid oak floor, bath, separate shower cubicle, basin, wc and a heated towel rail.
Doran Lodge is accessed from Great House Court through a five-bar gate that opens onto a large block paved driveway which has a raised flower border on one side. To the other side is a large car port with a store behind and two further useful stores alongside. There are two outside electric points and an outside tap.
The delightful and well sheltered rear garden is south facing and completely enclosed by walls. A block paved terrace runs the length of the rear of the house with a low step up to a lawned area that has borders with mature planting of shrubs, trees, climbers and herbaceous plants that include many Mediterranean-style plants such as Campsis, Ginger Lilies, Musa (banana) and Catalpa to name a few. The stone walls and paving soak up the heat during the summer days and gently radiate them back during the evenings creating a perfect place for outdoor dining and entertaining.
From Glastonbury take the B3151 and follow to the village of Meare. Continue through the village passing the church on your right. After passing the turning to Ashcott (on your left) look on the right for a post with four name signs hanging off, turn right here into Great House Court. Follow down to the end and around to the left where Doran Lodge can be found at the end on the left hand side.
Great House Court is a small, private road accessed from St. Mary’s Road and within very close walking distance of the village primary school and church.
Meare is located just a few miles outside of the historical town of Glastonbury. A farm shop selling essentials and local produce is located on the outskirts of the village between Meare and Westhay. Close by is the Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve with superb walks along numerous paths with trails and hides, a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. The Heath has an abundance wildlife including Otters, Marsh Harriers, Bitterns, Great White and Cattle Egrets and the fabulous Starling murmerations in the spring and autumn, these are a magnificent and often twice daily sight around the village.
Glastonbury is connected via a level and gravelled track that joins into quiet lanes and a cycle path that leads to the outskirts of the town. This takes under 20 minutes by bike from the property and is a very pleasant journey. The Cathedral city of Wells is only eight miles away and offers all the usual amenities of a thriving market town; twice weekly markets, plenty of independent shops and restaurants. Meare is approximately 11 miles from Castle Cary Railway Station, which has mainline rail service from Castle Cary to London (Paddington) in circa 2 hours. Bristol and Exeter Airports are both within about 1 hour’s drive offering connections around the UK, Europe and to other destinations
There are excellent state and independent schools locally including Wedmore First School Academy, Hugh Sexeys Middle School, St. Dunstan’s in Glastonbury, Crispen in Street and the high performing Kings of Wessex Upper School Academy. Local Independent schools include Wells Cathedral School, Sidcot and Millfield.
The property is within easy distance of the M5 and Highbridge & Burnham railway station with regular trains to Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway. Bristol international airport is approximately 17 miles north.
Mains water and drainage. Electricity. Oil Central Heating.
Strictly by appointment with the Vendors agent Killens 01749 671172