Located at the edge of the highly sought-after Somerset village of Compton Dando in the Chew Valley, Willan House is a modern interpretation of a single storey stone house. Living space spans approximately 2,557 sq ft with contemporary interventions sensitively woven throughout the interior. The house sits within two acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, which encompass a productive orchard, a paddock and a 200-year-old oak tree. Willian House has four/five bedrooms, a home workspace, private off-street parking and exceptional views across the Mendip Hills. Compton Dando is eight miles from both Bath and Bristol, with Bruton, Mells and Frome around 35 minutes drive to the south.
Approached via a quiet country lane and surrounded by open countryside, the house occupies a secluded plot, set back from the road by a private gated driveway. The front gardens have been laid to lawn and are home to a beautiful cherry tree. There is a double garage, which has a power supply, good storage capacity and generous off-street parking.
The primary entrance is at the front of the house, where a bright, double-height entrance creates a welcoming atmosphere. Pitched skylights and internal glazing allow natural light to flood in, a theme that is continued in the main living space. This is organised in a predominantly open plan layout, with a wall of bi-folding glass doors spanning one side of the dining area and kitchen; this invites in an excellent quality of light and gives a direct visual connection to the gardens. In warmer months, this entire section opens onto the terrace, merging interior and exterior spaces and providing an excellent space for entertaining. The contemporary kitchen is arranged around a central island; it has bespoke cabinetry and a large interconnected utility room.
The arterial hallway leads through to the living room, arranged around a large log burner at its centre. A deep window seat is positioned to one side and enjoys lovely views of the garden. The easterly wing of the house contains four bedrooms, one of which is currently organised as a studio. The main bedroom has a large en suite bathroom, while a family bathroom lies adjacent. A separate study – which could easily convert to a fifth bedroom – is located on the opposite side of the plan. The house is served by a heat recovery system, with multiple solar panels also installed on the roof.
The gardens have been exceptionally well designed and lovingly developed over many years; the beds and borders are varied, layered and full of colours that change with the seasons. Flat lawns on the upper tiers are bordered by mature shrubs and specimen trees, with a 200-year-old oak the centrepiece. The orchard bears apples, greengages and plums, and a wild blackberry hedge separates the main garden from the front paddock.
Compton Dando is a sought-after village in the rolling hills of Somerset’s Chew Valley, which has excellent access to the cities of Bath and Bristol (around eight miles away). The Compton Inn, a well-loved village pub, is within easy walking distance from Willan House and the surrounding countryside, including the Mendip Hills and nearby Blagdon Lakes, offer wonderful opportunities for walking, fishing and sailing.
Keynsham is a 10-minute drive away from Willan House and has a good selection of local amenities, including a Waitrose supermarket. The neighbouring village of Chew Magna has a wider range of shops including a supermarket, butcher, coffee shop, Post Office and bank. The area offers a good range of dining opportunities and country pubs (including The Blue Bowl Inn, The Bear and Swan and most notably the Michelin-starred The Pony and Trap) and restaurants such as the celebrated Salt & Malt at Chew Valley Lake. The nearby farm shop at Bishop Sutton is also a good place for local produce.
High-speed rail services run to London Paddington from Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa. Bristol Airport, which offers an impressive range of flights to international destinations, including the usa, is just a few miles away.