Hot property | a 1940s detached family home in the heart of Chew Valley

BPL435 10 October 2019

'Mendip views and space to breathe'

Birthplace of Butcombe Brewery, the village and civil parish of Butcombe is a bucolic delight with a population of just 218 and miles of rolling green hills.

Yew Tree Batch is nearing its 80th decade, having been built in the ‘40s, and remains as magnificent as ever with white-painted external walls, landscaped gardens and muntin windows. Tucked away on a single-track country lane, you’d never know it was just a 15-minute cycle from Bristol Airport.

The property is entered from the rear via a sweeping gated driveway with a garage and parking for a number of vehicles. The canopied porch leads into a high-ceilinged hallway from which the rest of the house leads off. 

Straight ahead is the dining room with a window seat beneath a beautiful bay window looking out over the gardens and valley. Plenty of space here for a large dining table, and the equally well-sized sitting room is conveniently next door, making entertaining seamless. Double doors open out from the sitting room onto an expansive raised terrace which runs along the front of the house – the working stone fireplace is a pretty feature.

A small WC and shower room is accessed  by walking through a small internal lobby from the sitting room and, although useful, is one of the parts of the house that a new owner may wish to reconfigure.

Back in the dining room, a door leads through to the kitchen/breakfast room. The beautifully airy kitchen has a good amount of preparation surfaces with oak worktops as well as an integral stainless steel twin oven and Neff ceramic hob, and provides access to the garden and utility room, which in turn provides passage into the fully plumbed garage with its separate coal store.

Stairs lead up to the first floor from the hallway to the family bathroom, WC and three bedrooms, two with built-in storage. All are double rooms with fantastic views of the enclosed gardens which are screened by mature hedging on all sides and feature shrubs, ornamental and fruit trees, the terrace is bordered by sage and lavender. 

Butcombe is a village that’s just 11 miles, or a 26-minute drive, from Bristol which makes it the perfect location for commuters wanting to come home to rural paradise at the end of the day. 0.3 miles away is Bristol International Airport from which flights leave for destinations across Europe and further afield, and the Airport Flyer bus link is an easy public transport option travelling to and from the city centre.

The village of Blagdon is just 2 miles from Butcombe and has a post office/general store, butcher’s, church, village hall, primary school and a number of pubs. Schools in the surrounding area include secondaries in Chew Magna, Backwell and Churchill, and independents Wells Cathedral, Millfield, Sidcot, Bristol and the Downs Preparatory School at Wraxall are all nearby.

The closest edge of the Mendips is just a 25-minute walk from Yew Tree Batch, with Blagdon Lake and its sailing and fishing opportunities not far away. 

This is sure to be a popular property, so book your viewing today with Savills on 0117 9335800.

Caitlin Bowring

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