A million pound mansion known as ‘Willy House’ for its phallic topiary is back on the market nearly a year after it went up for sale, but it didn’t sell.
The property, in the village of Cross, Somerset, where Carry-On star Frankie Howerd has lived for much of his life, has attracted attention for decades with its striking front garden lined with bits of titillating topiary – leading local schoolchildren to dub it ‘Willemhuis ‘.
The six-bedroom house overlooks the Mendip Hills and is on the market for £1 million – £75,000 more than it was first listed in October 2021.
The 17th century mansion has four spacious bedrooms on the first floor, another room in the ‘west wing’ with a living room and en-suite bathroom, and a detached cottage with bedroom, kitchenette and shower.
The property also boasts four and a half acres of land and comes with a stable room, conservatory, potting shed and tack room for storage and maintenance of riding equipment.
And it contains a glazed garden room which extends into a large patio garden, with the rear entrance hall and pathways providing essential space for coats and boots, with the house having easy access to the beautiful countryside.
Set in the leafy area of Cross, Somerset, the million pound ‘Willy House’ has a front lawn adorned with six phallus-shaped shrubs
The titillating topiary with bulbous bottoms, long shafts and a large cone-shaped headline is part of the path leading to the front door of the mansion
One of the pad’s three bathrooms is neatly decorated in pink and white and contains a toilet, sink, tub and bidet with gold taps
This rustic living space has a small fireplace for the winter months, gleaming wooden floorboards and various sized wooden cabinets
The sellers have been in the house for 25 years and the previous owners have kept it in the family for over two centuries.
UCL linguistics teacher Dr Beth Malory, who saw the house online, laughed: ‘Interesting topiary.
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Estate agents Roderick Thomas, who are selling the house, said: ‘The well-landscaped gardens are home to beautiful yew trees which have been wonderful examples of topiary for years.
‘There are also walled courtyards, lots of parking, 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 is a property with historical links, character and style and considerable assets plus further potential.
This dining room has a stripped-down decor, with a simple wooden table, beige coated walls, large black fireplace and old stone floors
One of the six bedrooms of the million pound town house, four on the first floor, one in the ‘west wing’ of the property and another in a cute cottage
Another understated kitchen with beautiful black tiles, wooden cabinets and a smooth glossy surface to prepare meals
The six-bedroom property, overlooking Bristol’s Mendip Hills, is up for sale for £1million – £75,000 more than it was first listed in October 2021
‘The property is set back from the village road with its beautiful 200 year old yew trees dominating the garden.
‘Further to the rear is the beautiful house with a farmhouse character, historic details and generous living space.’
Topiary is training plants to grow in a shape by cutting branches and twigs to create and maintain clear patterns.