THE HAVEN - BLAGDON - House For Sale

Blagdon Village, Chew Valley, North Somerset

Stunning, Uninterrupted Views Overlooking Blagdon Lake and Chew Valley

Home  •  Lounge  •  Kitchen  •  Dining/Office  •  Hall/Porch  •  Bathroom  •  Bedrooms  •  Utility  •  Extra Rooms  •  Balcony  •  Roof/Attic  •  Exterior  •  Garage  •  Cardeck  •  Windows  •  Garden/Greenhouses  •  Workshop/Shed  •  Insulation  •  Patio/Decking  •  Oak Trimmings  •  Incoming/Outgoing Services  •  Points of Interest
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Cast Iron Gate in the Garden

Garden Entrance
The garden entrance gate is solid cast iron, over 150 years old. I bought it from a reclamation centre around 2000. See the picture right.

The side pillars of the gate were originally balcony supports, recycled from a demolition job in Clifton, Bristol. Obviously they were up the other way when they were supporting the balcony on the side of the building in Clifton, but by tipping them on their sides, and concreting them in the ground, they are used to frame and hang the gate. I thought they made an interesting and decorative change from their original use.

The gate is 'single cast', meaning cast in one go, and was made before the time of electric welding. This means it was made from cast iron poured into a mould and allowed to harden and set.

It is beautifully made and everytime I show a metal worker or foundryman of any repute or early standing, they nearly wet themselves with delight!

Raised Beds
The whole lower part of the garden is laid out to block built raised beds, capped with wood to enable sitting or kneeling on the edge to tend plants.

They are narrow enough to reach the middle from both sides, and therefore you need never step on the dirt. They are high enough to sit comfortably and work.
The Raised Beds    Raised Beds Showing Strawberries, Beans and Raspberries
In fact, no one has walked on the soil for over 15 years. You can turn it with a fork and a flick of the wrist. The soil is so fine, you'd think it came from Harrods!

Some of the garden is established, ie. Rhubarb, raspberries, blackcurrents etc, and the rest is for you to decide what to put where. On the other hand, you can tear it all up and start afresh.

There has been no artificial fertilizer put on this ground for over a decade. Instead, we dig in kitchen waste, peelings, tea bags, egg shells and other leafy goodness from around the garden, including the ash from the bonfire.

Bonfire - burning area
Speaking of fires, there is a specially constructed bonfire area, with a caged box and ash catcher, surrounded by paving slabs to make sweeping up afterwards very easy.

Fruit Trees
The bottom fence is lined with cordoned fruit trees. Winstone pear, Lord lambourne apples, Cox's orange pippen apple, Victoria plum, all established, trained and heavy croppers every year. They also have their own trickle water supply. The picture shows one of them in full bloom.
Fruit Trees in Bloom    The Aloe Vera Greenhouse
Aloe Vera Greenhouse
The green greenhouse on the right was built to house my Aloe Vera plants. This picture shows the project part built, and my son, Jordan, painting the wood with green stain. There are 800-1000 plants in there at any one time at varying stages of growth.

Garden Watering Using Rainwater
There is a 300 gallon galvanized tank under the car deck which takes rainwater from the house roof and so is constantly topped up during times of rain. This is piped around the garden via underground pipes to taps in multiple locations around the garden.

This means that wherever you are in the garden, you are never very far from a water supply. All you need is a fairly short hose to connect up and you can reach anywhere in the garden that needs watering.

Except for a small area at the bottom of the garden, all of the other fencing is new.

The garden has a very upmarket 'Elite' aluminium greenhouse. Elite are a high quality greenhouse manufacturer and supplier. It has been in-situ for many years but is in perfect condition. Power and lighting means that you can safely visit the greenhouse after dark and use soil heating or propagators to bring on young plants ready for the planting in the raised beds.

We all seem to value our wildlife more than we used to, and to this end we have encouraged birds into the garden by feeding them all year long. There are 9 nesting boxes around the house and garden, with up to 7 normally in use during the breeding season, sometimes twice when there is time for a secondary brood.

We regularly see buzzards and flocks of crows in the sky at the same time. Admittedly, this is usually when they are in the throws of some kind of aerial scrap as the crows try to see off the buzzard, and usually succeed. There are around 11 magpies in nearby woods and tawny owls nesting close to us. Around tea time we regularly see a barn owl circling in the field below, I guess looking for mice and vowels.

We regularly see flocks of gold finches right outside the window, all the tit family, blue, coal and great. A robin, sometimes two, which is when the fun starts. 2 pairs of bullfinches, green finches and yellow hammers, all visit the garden regularly. A green woodpecker and several greater spotted woodpeckers. Pied wagtails, as pairs. A gold crest came to the fat balls, a delightful little bird that has an orange mohican hairdo.

One of the nesting boxes is right outside my computer room window and I can see them going in and out with beaks full of caterpillars and worms, literally 3 feet away from where I'm working.

I kinda hope any new purchaser would perhaps like to keep this going, and the opportunities would be a photographers delight! It's so quiet around here you can hear crystal clear birdsong all day long.

Garden Shed - with storage underneath
The shed is galvanized metal sheet all over, lined internally with dexion shelving, to provide plenty of storage space. The front is double sliding doors.

The area outside the shed is slabbed out, to a size roughly equal to the shed area. This makes it easy to clean spades, forks, mowers and strimmers before putting them away, or to do other maintenance work outside.

As the shed is raised up on one side, where the ground slopes away, the underside has a useful dry storage area.
Fuchsias at the Front of the House    The Wind Screen Around the Decking
The picture left, shows the very large 4" fuchsias that grow along the front of the house. They are not hardy, but come back every year. They are a massive compared to most other fuchsias and flower for a very long time. We think the front of the house here is a mini micro-climate of it's own, as things survive here all winter that really should succumb to the cold and frost. Things like geraniums and these fuchsias, including the delicate ballerina type fuchsias.

The picture on the right shows the screen that just slots in the pipes around the decking. It literally takes seconds to put up and seconds to take down. Most of the time you don't need it, but if there is a breeze coming up the valley, it will create a very calm place.
The Containers at the end of the Deck    Some flowers at Their Best
These containers are at the end of the deck and have had geraniums in them for 4 years. They just seem to survive there outside all winter, which means there must be a little micro-climate that is condusive to them the same as at the front of the house.

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For more information, or answers to questions, or to arrange a viewing, please call Phil or Jill on 01761 462722.