This renovated rectory lists all its past residents since 1309
It’s not often that you stumble across a modern house with centuries of rich history to its name, but that’s exactly the case with the Old Coach House in Somerset.
This charming four-bedroom property dates back the medieval period and extraordinarily lists everyone who’s called it home.
It was 710 years ago this year that Adam Hildebrande moved into the Old Coach House and along with stone arches and foundations showing where the rooms were, you can stand on the actual steps used by a vicar who, in the mid-1800s, had an affair with a local woman and was banished to France.
Set in a spacious 1.2 acres, and dating back to the 13th century, this unusual building has been created from the attractive local Blue Lias stone recovered from the ruins of the former rectory which occupied the site.
Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside said: “There are currently thousands of homes on Rightmove that say they are in need of renovation or modernisation and the Old Coach House is a brilliant example of what can be achieved if you’re up for a project. The biggest plus of buying a house to renovate is that you can make it your own, but think about whether you’re buying a property for yourself or whether you’re a developer looking to make a profit. My advice for people wanting to renovate a property is that first and foremost you should forge a good rapport with the builder.
“Secondly, don’t pretend that the process won’t be stressful, because it will be. But most importantly, do your research. It’s important to consider whether the property is listed or in a World Heritage Site. If it’s a period property such as the Old Coach House, for example, it may be a stipulation that certain original features need to stay, which is a big consideration. Sometimes, however, local authorities will allow ultra-modern extensions on older properties to showcase the contrast between the past and present.”
Daniel Rees, Head of Savills’ Residential Sales in Cardiff, added: “The Old Coach House is a versatile and attractive home with lovely views of the 13th century church. Interestingly, this spacious property has been created from the attractive local Blue Lias stone recovered from the ruins of the former rectory which occupied the site. The property enjoys plenty of privacy whilst you can also enjoy the far-reaching views of the countryside.”
This property is listed for sale with Savills.