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Property showc se Not that its story starts as ‘recently’ as that,


oh no, as there is something far older within the grounds. Backwell – a ‘Village of the Year’ winner as recently as 1997 – appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as ‘Bacoile’, meaning “the well back on the hill’, and the very well in question still exists, and within Court Farm’s grounds. Accessed by stone steps and


a grotto area, it’s of Anglo Saxon corbelled construction; nearby, and also at the garden’s eastern tip, lies a lily pond, making for a truly magical space within what’s a very impressive garden throughout. The grounds extend around three sides of


the Grade-II listed house, with an ornamental front garden hidden behind a stone wall – there’s external access to the house’s cellar from here – while the bulk of the land to the rear is laid to lawn, arranged over two tiers, and peppered throughout with mature trees and other planting, giving Court Farm a pleasing degree of privacy. The drive leads to a courtyard and


three stone outbuildings before you get to the house, all usefully sized, with the largest of them nearly 24 feet long and ten feet wide.


Court Farm is in a nicely elevated position


on a hill at the edge of the village, right next door to the Anglican parish church – views stretch towards the Channel. Inside, the the house manages to be cosy


and impressive both at once – some feat – with good-sized rooms, many of them almost perfectly square (or, this being an old house with an unusual footprint, rhombus- shaped), and one space, on the second floor and currently used as a playroom, over 33 feet long. Windows are traditionally leaded, large


inglenook fireplaces dominate many of the rooms – this is a place full of intriguing period detail – and doors are studded and braced. While most of the building is across two floors, there’s a tower in the ‘axe head’ that takes a vaguely cross-shaped section up


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