Home buyers get first opportunity to look around unique brewery restoration

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By hardingsimon | Tuesday, March 04, 2014, 09:39

 A unique residential development that will see the historic Oakhill Brewery on the Mendips transformed into a stylish apartment complex with its own on-site swimming pool and gym will open its doors to the public for the first time this weekend (March 8-9)

Visitors will be able to walk inside the first fully furnished showhome and buyers will be able to secure reservations on the first two phases of quality apartments on offer at the landmark development.

Just off the A37 between Wells and Bath,  Oakhill Brewery  is a highly contemporary complex of 25 homes ranging from a  five bedroom home created in the old Malthouse to bespoke penthouses and designer apartments.

Once completed the complex will have its own swimming pool and gym health suite for the use of residents. Despite the challenging winter weather contractors are ahead of schedule on the first of three planned phases at the former brewery site.

Visitors to the open weekend will be able to see a fully furnished two-bedroom ground floor apartment and have the chance to see inside other apartments on the complex. Apartment prices start from £160,000.

Oakhill Brewery Developments Ltd Managing Director Kevin Newton said potential buyers would be able to reserve an apartment with a £1,000 deposit.

He said: "The first two phases will be completed by early May. We are pleased that the Homes and Communities Agency are also offering the Help to Buy scheme on the development enabling people to get on to the property ladder.

"The fact Oakhill is just 10 minutes' drive from Wells, 20 from Bath and 30 from Bristol means it is convenient for many people who work in the city but want a home in the heart of the Mendip Hills.


Founded in the 1760s the Oakhill Brewery's handsome and distinctive stone façade has been a landmark in the village for decades.

The original malthouse and other buildings have been converted   by contractors Graham Building & Development, which specialises in sympathetic renovations, conversions of listed buildings and structures of architectural interest as well as commercial projects.

Kevin Newton said: "We were determined to retain the character and charm of the original building and restore the brewery to its former position as the focus of the community.

He said: "This is one of the most exciting restoration and conversion projects anywhere in Somerset. Original stone from buildings  previously on the site have been used in the restoration and  the new homes  incorporate the highest standards of insulation and energy efficiency, achieving a Level 4 rating in the Code for Sustainable Homes."

 The centrepiece Malthouse five-bedroom home occupies the original maltings building and features a distinctive pyramid-shaped roof and vent feature. It is on the market at £450,000.

Home buyers can contact the sales office  on 0800 0116830.



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