We think it’s love for this absolute beauty of a house, architecturally sublime but also a town house and in one of our favourite towns in the West Country.
Yes Grade 11* listed Donisthorpe, even the name is classy, is in Somerton, a picturesque market town on the cusp of the Somerset Levels.
It’s a knockout house in a small private square – Cow Square, we even love that – and comes with its own walled garden and a coach house. You may think you want to move to the middle of nowhere and then a house like this comes along, within stumbling distance of one of the best pubs in the country, cool antique shops, an excellent café and with proper wilderness just a mile or two down the road We’d say it’s a done deal.
Donisthorpe is old school grand with slate floors, high ceilings and flooded with natural light.
It’s a huge house, with a beautiful entrance hall, drawing room, sitting room, dining room and contemporary kitchen/living space downstairs. Check out the gargantuan cellar too which just makes for a serious wine habit. Of course the house comes with oodles of extra rooms like pantry, cloakroom, utility room.
Upstairs there are five bedrooms and then an attic with several rooms, formerly used for staff, that could be modernised. The 2 storey coach house is currently used for storage but could easily be converted into a chi chi guest house to provide an income. It's a beauty in its own right with the look and spirit of an old French gite, we feel.
Somerton is home to the truly wonderful White Hart
pub, so you’ve got fabulous food and great cappuccinos right there and then there’s all those weekends yomping across the Somerset Levels. Get some binos and fall headlong into the starling murmuration.
This is one of our favourite parts of the West Country with so many things to love. Beautiful Wells is close by, as is quirky Wilkins Cider Farm. Schools are top knotch too whether you go for the state option of the Blue School in Wells or shell out for King’s Bruton or Millfield.
What can we say except if we could we would.
Yours for £1.25m from Knight Frank
which we can’t help feeling is an absolute steal.