Upper Crannel Farm, Near Glastonbury and Wells, Somerset
Upper Crannel Farm is a stunning property situated in an idyllic secluded position with breath taking views all round. Designed by the renowned architect Richard Paxton of Paxton Locher the main home sits almost centrally within its own estate and takes in views of Glastonbury Tor to the south and the Mendips to the north. With a secondary home and land, Upper Crannel Farm is a fine example of superb contemporary architecture. The main home has exposed steel beams, cedar cladding and shallow pitched roofs and was built with energy efficiency in mind with high quality glazing, ground source heating, sheep's wool insulation and a rain water harvest system. Designed to maximise the views in all directions the huge open plan living space is on the first floor with floor to ceiling sliding windows. In addition there is a master bedroom suite and two further bedrooms. Enjoying both tranquillity and privacy, Upper Crannel Farm is only a short drive from both Wells and Glastonbury. Including 112 acres of beautiful grassland, the estate is currently a well organised sheep farm requiring minimal input. The current owner has spent many years managing the estate to ensure it is now easily transferrable to new owners, including staff if required. We highly recommend a viewing to properly appreciate the versatility on offer.

About the Property

Upper Crannel Farm was purchased a decade ago by the current owner who engaged Richard Paxton, a highly regarded London architect, to create two cutting edge dwellings which were to be camouflaged as agricultural barns to rest easily within the landscape. The principal three-bedroom dwelling and secondary two-bedroom house have main living spaces at first floor level making one feel part of the landscape with huge skies and rich variety of wildlife. In particular there is a large variety of bird life. The dwellings enjoy unbroken views in every direction looking north towards the Mendip Hills and south to Glastonbury Tor. Each dwelling has been built to a high specification with Eco-friendly designs including earth energy under floor heating throughout, high quality glazing with top energy ratings and luxurious sheep wool insulation in all walls, ceilings and floors. There is a rainwater harvesting system capturing the water from the main roof and containing it within basement storage tanks. The interiors provide light and spacious accommodation with wall to ceiling glazed elevations in the main house providing spectacular rural views. The secondary bedroom accommodation has been created on the ground floor in the main house. A large utility room and a machinery store room are on the ground floor of the second building.

The Main Accommodation - Upper Crannel Farm

The main house was designed to maximise the views in all directions. A ramp leads up to an entrance hall on the first floor. This floor centers on a wonderful large kitchen, living and dining room. This impressive light and spacious open plan area is entirely glazed on two sides taking in breath taking views of the estate and the countryside beyond. A feature is the suspended central wood burner suspended between the sitting and dining room areas. Off of the kitchen area is a utility room and larder. The very spacious master bedroom suite has a dressing room and a bathroom. This is off of the study which is screened from the vast living space. Downstairs are two large bedrooms, a bathroom and a further utility off a hallway with its own access door out to the carport.

The Second Home - Upper Crannel Barn

The second building - created for house guests is a magnificent hybrid of a residence, occupying part of the longer open barn. The accommodation in the residence includes two bedrooms (one with a dressing room), a bathroom, living room and an open plan kitchen and dining room with wonderful views. The building also has a car port, a large utility room and a workshop/store.


Set amid 112 acres of beautiful grassland. The estate provides a level of peace and privacy that is rarely rivaled in the South of England, especially when coupled with such exceptional contemporary architecture. The land lies in splendid seclusion, a few miles south of the cathedral city of Wells. There are uninterrupted views from both houses and indeed from the entirety of the estate. It looks out onto Glastonbury Tor to the south and the Mendips to the North. The land is level and mostly ancient pasture and currently supports a well organised sheep farming operation which requires minimal input. This is fully transferable to a new owner, including staff if required. The Hartlake river runs through the land and is drained by a carefully managed ditch system run by the Upper Brue Drainage Board. Five acres of the land have been planted with native deciduous trees and shrubs to create habitat for local wildlife.

Location and Services

LOCATION: For the purpose of planning your journey the postcode for this property is: BA6 9AD. SERVICES: Energy efficiency and sustainability were carefully considered in the construction of the buildings, with features such as ground source heat pump (which powers the under floor heating), sheep wool insulation, rainwater harvesting and high specification windows all included. At the time of preparing these details the council tax band through Mendip District Council is: TBC.

About the Area

The property is situated between the cathedral city of Wells to the north and the historic town of Glastonbury to the south. Glastonbury is two miles away and offers a range of shops for day to day needs as well as other attractions including Glastonbury Abbey and the famous Glastonbury Tor. Just over 5 miles to the north of the property is the Cathedral City of Wells, which provides a very good range of shopping facilities, including a Waitrose along with the 13th Century Cathedral and a selection of restaurants. Within easy reach is the City of Bath and Bristol, both providing first class shopping, cultural, educational and leisure facilities. The area is well known for its outstanding schools, both state and private, including Millfield, Wells Cathedral School, Wells Blue School, All Hallows and Downside. Castle Cary Train station 16 miles (London Paddington in 90 minutes), Bristol Airport 22 miles, Bath Train Station 24.3 miles (London Paddington 88 minutes).