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an extra level. accessed by a delightful – and extremely period – spiral staircase. You enter the house (from front or rear)


into a generously-sized ‘squashed-square’ of an entrance hall; to one side is a large kitchen/breakfast room, and to the other a dining room, both with inglenooks, the one in the kitchen currently containing an Aga as well as the original bread oven. Floors here are quarry-tiled, and the back staircase rises to the first floor. Considering the age of the house, you’ll not


be surprised to hear that there’s no connecting corridor on the ground floor, and you simply move through from room to room. Next comes a large study, with partial flagstone floor, and the 20ft by almost 17ft drawing room, complete with triple-aspect windows, a beamed ceiling and a huge feature fireplace. Upstairs, by the spiral staircase built off to


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one side of the house, you get to a connecting corridor off which lie four bedrooms and two bathrooms, one at each end of the house – the biggest bedroom is the same size as the drawing room below it, making for an impressive space indeed. Above these the stairway continues up into


the ‘tower’ and smaller second floor, currently containing one more bedroom and the huge play space. Needless to say, views are good in all directions from the upstairs, and especially so the higher you go. This is an endlessly fascinating house,


homely and quietly magnificent, within easy striking distance of Bristol, and with good London access – you can catch a train directly into Paddington from Nailsea & Backwell station, little over a mile away. For lovers of historic dramas, in particular, it’s romantic and nigh irresistible. CL


(This page) History leaks out of every corner of


this home, from the venerable roof beams to the inglenook fireplaces to this beguiling circular


stairwell (Right) From the archetyal farmhouse ktichen to the village setting, surely this is everyone’s idea of the rural idyll


House details Court Farm


58 Church Lane, Backwell, North Somerset, BS48 3JH


A Grade-II farmhouse, of good size, in a fabulous location with wonderful mature gardens and bags of historical interest.


Guide price: £1.2 million 5


3 2


Bedrooms


Reception rooms Bathrooms


Formal gardens: approx 1.077 acres, including a lily pond and a well Internal area: 4,270 sq ft (5,004 sq ft inc outbuidings)


Contact Savills Clifton 20 The Mall, Clifton Village, Bristol BS8 4DR clifton@savills.com; 0117 9335800; savills.co.uk


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