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This traditional stone farmhouse with plentiful land and outbuildings is just waiting to be transformed into an exceptional home.

Brook Farm sits in around three acres of beautiful Somerset countryside in the hamlet of Southwood between Glastonbury and the county’s ‘prettiest town’, Castle Cary.

It is for sale by auction with a guide price of £500,000 and is marketed by Roderick Thomas, Wells at OnTheMarket.

The farmhouse needs considerable repair and improvement but is not listed and stands south facing.

Though Southwood is within just a few miles of larger villages and towns, it is quiet and secluded on a rarely used lane.

Baltonsborough village is within a mile and has a church, primary school, pub, a new shop/bakery/café, winery, village hall and an active and friendly community.

There are several bridleways and footpaths close by, with one bridleway leading south through meadows, woodland and apple orchards to the river and village of West Lydford.

Brook Farm is approached from a quiet lane which runs along the northern boundary of the property.

The house has fine views across its own land and the unspoilt bordering countryside.

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The farmhouse includes a hall, sitting room and kitchen dining room with three bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor. There is an adjacent store and an outside WC.

The property includes an extensive range of outbuildings, which are mainly timber framed with sheet cladding and which offer the opportunity for storage, redevelopment or clearance as required.

The house is well positioned with more than ample space for extension and gardens.

Castle Cary is described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, the eminent architectural historian, as Somerset’s prettiest town.

It is characterised by period buildings constructed of the distinctive honey coloured stone for which the area is known.

It remains a delightful small market town with a number of traditional shops and boutiques.

On the outskirts of Castle Cary is the railway station with its direct line to Paddington in under two hours, while the A303 road link is a few miles south.

There are excellent state and independent schools in the area including Millfield, Strode College, Wells Cathedral, Hazelgrove, various local primary schools and Bruton and Sherborne schools.

Brook Farm is for sale by the Modern Method of Auction – for more details, contact Roderick Thomas.

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