Private ownership! Five bedroom house known as ‘Willy House’ with phallic topiary garden in the former village of Frankie Howerd is up for sale for £1million
- 200 year old topiary yew trees in the landscaped front garden of the 17th century house, led to schoolchildren calling it ‘Willy House’
- Peter Knife, who currently owns the Someset property, has ‘no idea’ how the hedges were formed in this way but has not received any complaints
- On the market for £925,000, the property boasts four bedrooms and a one bedroom cottage which agents say could make a great business or provide home office facilities
An ‘X-rated’ house known as ‘Willy House’ for its entrance framed by a series of ‘phallic’ topiary trees in the garden is up for sale for nearly £1 million.
The property in the quiet village of Cross, near Axbridge in Somerset, has been drawing attention for over 20 years with its phallus-shaped greenery.
Rising above Bristol’s Mendip Hills, in the village where Carry-On star Frankie Howerd has lived for much of his life, the property is up for sale for £925,000.
What an entrance: the 200-year-old topiary trees stand in the front garden of the five-bedroom property in Cross, near Axbridge in Somerset
There are seven topiary trees in the front yard of the property, and schoolchildren in the area have aptly named the house the ‘Willy House’.
The sculpted hedges of the front yard are a ‘unique landmark’ in the rural community
The 17th-century house features four individual double bedrooms and a one-bedroom cottage in the front yard that may provide income through Airbnb, or may provide home office or studio facilities.
But the eye-catchers are the 200-year-old topiary yew trees that adorn the landscaped front garden and give the detached house the nickname ‘Willy House’.
The foyer features a fireplace insert and cast iron stove, with a hidden unused staircase behind stripped pine doors.
There are four bedrooms (one pictured) in the main house and another bedroom in the cottage at the back of the property
Pictured is one of four ‘reception’ rooms including a sitting room, foyer and dining room
One of the four bathrooms in the main building of the property
In the kitchen is an Aga stove with granite counters, which overlooks the backyard and views of the Mendip Hills.
Peter Knife, owner of the two-acre property, has said he has no idea how the hedges were formed, but has had no complaints.
A few years ago, the grandfather of three said: ‘I have lived in the house with my wife for 20 years and it has always been known as the ‘willy house’ by children who attend a school nearby.
The kitchen, pictured, is hand built and features solid granite worktops and a breakfast bar
The kitchen windows overlook the property’s garden and the Mendip Hills
‘I don’t care in the least.
‘I’ve also seen people walk past my house and ask me how I maintain my hedges so well.
“I wind them up and tell them I put Viagra in the roots.”
In a listing on their website, brokers Cooper and Tanner labeled the house “a unique landmark in this rural community.”
Thrown in with the real estate, which could be good for business, this is a one bedroom cottage (pictured) that can generate income through sites like Airbnb or act as a work from home facility
The rear garden of the property (pictured), which spans over 2 acres, offers a stable block and tack room, as well as adjacent paddocks and an area to keep chickens
The floor plan for the 17th-century building with five bedrooms, a conservatory, two stables and a tack room
They added: ‘The beautiful 200 year old topiary yew trees that adorn the landscaped front garden, and the elegant pale yellow façade, belies a welcoming interior with old ‘farmhouse’ warmth and charm, and an abundance of original features.
‘These impressive trees in the landscaped front yard are a unique landmark in this rural community.
“They create a striking vision and frame the path to the front door. On either side are lawns with well-stocked flower beds and borders.