Prospective buyers giggle over ‘interesting-shaped bushes’ at £1million mansion
Prospective buyers of a £1million mansion have been giggling at rather odd shaped bushes in the garden.
The six pieces of titillating topiary outside the house in Axbridge, near Bristol, include some with bulbous “bottoms” and a couple that appear phallic-shaped.
They line the path leading up to the 17th century house house and stand proudly by the side of the road.
The house is named after its pruned yew trees, another of which has been shaped into a large bird.
UCL Linguistics lecturer Dr Beth Malory, who spotted the house online, laughed: “Interesting topiary.
Topiary is the training of plants to grow into a shape by clipping branches and twigs to create and maintain clear patterns.
The property, which comes with four and a half acres of land, sits below the Mendip hills and is separated from National Trust land designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty by a dry stone wall.
The grounds include a stable, chicken coop and a detached cottage with a bedsitting room, kitchenette and shower room.
Estate agents Roderick Thomas, who are selling the house, said: “The well-arranged gardens include splendid yew trees which for many years have been wonderful examples of topiary.
“There are also walled courtyards, lots of parking area, lawns, flower and shrub beds and a vegetable garden.
“The Yews is an exceptional property dating back to the 17th century and believed to have links with the nearby old coaching inn.
“It’s a property with historic links, character and style and substantial assets plus further potential.
“The property stands back from the village lane with its magnificent 200 year old Yew trees dominating the garden.
“Standing further back is the handsome house with its farmhouse character, period details and generous accommodation.”
The unlisted pad holds several reception rooms, six bedrooms, three bathrooms and a kitchen and breakfast room.
A separate, self contained west wing includes a living room, bedroom and en-suite bathroom.
The sellers have been in the house for 25 years, with the previous owners keeping it in the family for over two centuries.
On the ground sits a bedroom, sitting room, reception hall, dining room and large kitchen complete with a traditional farmhouse range.
A glass garden room stretches into a large patio garden, with the rear hall and routes giving essential space for coats and boots, with the house having easy access to the stunning countryside.
On the first floor are a further two large bedrooms, a twin room and a smaller box room.
The house is complete with two stables and a tack room – which is used for the storage and maintenance of riding equipment.