A home dubbed ‘Willy House’ due to its penis-themed topiary garden has gone on sale for just under £1million.
The sculpted hedges in the garden of a house on Old Coach Road in Cross, Somerset, make it a unique purchase for any horticulturalist – or just someone who wants to show off their cheeky side.
The property is set in the tranquil village near Axbridge, and has been turning heads for more than 20 years.
Its tumescent greenery bulges over the Mendip Hills, in a village where Carry-On star Frankie Howerd once resided.
Put on the market at £925,000, the 17th century home boasts five bedrooms, a stable block, and a separate one-bedroom cottage – perfectly suited to an Airbnb or holiday letting business.
It’s unclear who first conceived of the genitalia theme as the topiary was there long before the current residents moved in, although it’s thought that the trees date back hundreds of years.
Peter Knife, who owns the property, previously said he has no idea how the hedges came to be shaped that way, and that he’s had no complaints from neighbours in the decades he lived there.
Speaking a few years ago, the grandfather-of-three said: ‘I’ve lived at the house for 20 years with my wife and its always been known as the ‘willy house’ by children who go to a school nearby.
‘It doesn’t bother me in the slightest.
‘I’ve also had people walk past my house and ask me how I keep my hedges so well-maintained. I wind them up and tell them I put Viagra in the roots.’
In a listing on their website, estate agents Cooper and Tanner labelled the home as ‘a unique landmark in this rural community’.
They added: ‘The stunning 200-year-old topiary yew trees adorning the landscaped front garden, and the elegant pale-yellow façade, belies a welcoming interior with old “farmhouse” warmth and charm, and a plethora of original features.’
Hopefully the new owner decides to keep the striking display, but topiary newbies may want to try some life drawing classes, so they can trim their unique bushes in an anatomically correct fashion.
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