A Palladian frontage and stone mullioned rear windows are two of the external features which enclose finely proportioned rooms, original fireplaces and a magnificent heavily-carved Jacobean openwork scroll oak staircase.
Originally built as both a family home and the visible expression of the wealth of a branch of the Strode dynasty, which owned the late medieval sheep farm after which the locality is named, the house saw a tempestuous history in the Civil Wars, during the 18th and 19th centuries and when occupied by the Navy in the second world war.
Today, the house is very much a family home, having been lovingly renovated by the Keys family and has been featured in both Period House and Period Living magazines as well as on BBC Radio Somerset. An unexpected tapestry of wool, wars, Huguenots and a ghost or two.
The estate was confiscated by Parliament in the Civil War as the then owner, Thomas Strode, fought on behalf of the Crown.