Novelist Evelyn Waugh’s incredible former Somerset home is for sale


Despite major renovations, many of the home’s original features remain, including fine moldings on the ceiling, paneled doors, fireplaces, and original stone and wood floors, as well as details added to the interior. ‘Waugh’s era, stone steps and porch at the main entrance with his daughter Margaret’s name and the date 1964 engraved on a living room glass.


A large orangery on the ground floor provides a central hub to the house and allows the connection between the formal library, the dining room and the living room and the informal living room, the family room, the office and the breakfast room. breakfast. The grandeur continues outside with the property’s beautiful formal gardens, large paved terrace and open lawn, with a large circular pond forming the centerpiece with an ornate three-tiered fountain. Scattered around the estate are a traditional range of ancillary country house buildings, including a shed, shops and kennels as well as a barn and pool house, adapting the historic property to 21st century living.

“Tucked away in the foothills of the Quantocks and with views stretching all the way to the West Somerset Railway, Combe Florey House is a hidden gem that has been well maintained over the years,” says Baker, noting that the location and the area around the house is becoming more and more popular with relocating families. “His time at the Waugh family property is testament to its value as a family home.”

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