Houses like The Chantry in Mere, beautiful, Tudor, truly original, so special in fact that a sonnet has been written about it, well, they just don’t come along very often.
The house itself is heaven – all wood panelling and high ceilings and antique oak doors which beg to be photographed. But the location, hidden away behind St Andrew’s church (just add bells for atmosphere) with 5 acres of garden and paddocks and a cottage, is extraordinary. Here you are in the heart of the pretty Wiltshire town of Mere with a full blown country house. Come and take a look.
The Chantry dates from the mid 15th century and is Grade 2* listed, a rating reserved only for houses of architectural and historic importance. The front door opens on to a vast Great Hall with historic beams, flagstone floor, shuttered windows and carved stonework.
The current owners have given the house a contemporary rock n roll makeover – a perfect juxtaposition of old and new. So you’ll find colour everywhere, vibrant rugs, red walls, camp bejewelled stag’s heads – if you’re going to live in a gargantuan Tudor house like this it works to twist it up.
Houses this old and vast can lack comfort but The Chantry has a modern kitchen, woodburners and crucially underfloor heating.
There are seven bedrooms in the main house and a beautifully decorated cottage for guests, grandparents, staff – you choose. Three paddocks for your ponies, a swimming pool and then those knock out gardens which lead to a stream fed pond with a waterfall, the whole surrounded by spectacular trees.
A quick word for Mere, a gorgeous little town which has a Co-op, an antiques shop, the wonderful florist cum greengrocer cum deli and bakery Sprout and Flower and, of course, Yapp Brothers wine merchant. All bases covered then.
You’re close to the famous Capability Gardens of Stourhead here, with picturesque Mere Downs for proper hiking. Good schools abound from the legendary Gilllingham secondary school to Port Regis.
What can we say? We’re sold.
The Chantry is on with Knight Frank for £2.15m