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‘Pocket Georgian Country House’ for sale!

Clanville Manor; 5/7 bedrooms in 2.25 acres (further land may be available) for sale

The Rightmove link above has lots of information but here’s a bit more for anyone who is interested in sharing this special part of Somerset.

Clanville Manor is looking for a exceptional family to love it as the Snooks have done since 1898. It’s a Georgian Farmhouse, built in its present form in 1743, but there was probably a dwelling here much earlier than that. It’s a magnificent family home with five ensuite bedrooms (four double/twin and one single) plus a kitchen, garden room, three reception rooms, a laundry room, shower and boot room even a cellar! There’s an outdoor heated pool in the walled garden.
The house is compact enough to easily manage but large enough for B&B or extended family visitors. Sally ran a successful B&B here for 18 years and still presently runs the self-catering holiday cottage included in the sale:
The Tallet, ( a self-contained 2 bedroomed cottage is behind the house. If the new owner wants to continue to let this either as a holiday let or furnished 6 monthly let, we could come to an arrangement on selling all the furniture and contents so that the transfer would be seamless. However, I’m only taking bookings up to six weeks ahead of today’s date.

The Tallet could easily be incorporated into the main house as we kept the original doorway that used to link it to the house when it was ‘the back kitchen’ and hay-store.
The three cellar rooms under the house have virtually unused flagstones on the floor and would make an ideal wine store or children’s den.
The house and garden is surrounded by farmland that we shall continue to farm in a sustainable regenerative farming way with beef cattle and a few chickens. The area that’s being sold with the house extends to 2.25 acres, with the possibility of more land by negotiation if you have horses or are looking to embrace the rural life.
We have planning permission to convert our stone and brick barns across the drive into two dwellings for us and our family and shall continue to farm our beef cattle in the other fields. The planning application on the South Somerset District Council website ( is 17/00845/FUL This gives full details and also outlines our plans for succession of the farming enterprise to the next generation. (

There can be vacant possession of the house as we have property to move to whilst our barn conversion is being completed.The new track to the farm and the barn conversions has been constructed and the entrance from the B3153 will shortly be vastly improved with a cattle grid on each drive nd post and rail fencing bordering a larger entrance ‘apron’; the present old white gate, fence and cattle grid being removed. (Update September 2017)

Once this is complete we shall have a six foot high ‘feather-edge’ fence erected on the boundary that is shown in our plans and on the ground at the top of the drive. Clanville Manor owners will have their own drive, with new cattle grid, from the entrance apron and we shall only have access for trimming the hedges/clearing the ditch and for one crossing point for the occasional use of ‘Farmer Rob’ and cattle. Two paddocks are included with the house and there are two outbuildings beside the rear car park area. Further land may be available.
The garden is planted to be as easy to manage as possible with, mainly, shrubs and trees, and a vegetable garden at the back. There is a glorious Magnolia Soulangeana in front of The Tallet, which lights the back of the house area during late March and April, and a Magnolia Grandiflora in the front garden along with walnut trees.
Yes, the main Paddington to Penzance railway line runs at the end of the 1/4 mile drive, but we honestly don’t find it disturbing; about two or three trains run every two or three hours during the day and the last train is about 10.30pm. However, Castle Cary station is just one mile away, ideal for commuters, with fast trains to Paddington, Bath & Bristol. If you’re concerned that you may be disturbed but are otherwise interested in buying Clanville Manor, why not book into our four-poster B&B room for a night and experience a night here. After all, if you’re buying a pair of shoes, you’d try them on, so why not try a house before you buy? See for details.

Our Facebook page has lots of photos from all seasons through the years especially of the garden.