Couple move from Cotswolds to £500K home with 'terrifying' deep well

Emily, 48, and Phillip Jones, 51
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A couple has taken on the challenge of a lifetime after moving from Cirencester and buying a Grade II listed property for over £500k, complete with a 20-metre deep well. Emily, 48, and Phillip Jones, 51, became the proud owners of The Old House, a historic dwelling in Upton upon Severn in Worcestershire dating back to 1670, in May 2021.

Upon acquiring the seven-bedroom house, Emily remarked that it required a significant amount of renovation, even suggesting it appeared "going to fall down". Since settling into their new abode, the couple has undertaken substantial improvements, including insulating the home, updating the heating system, and repairing or replacing windows.

Their efforts have also extended to revamping the kitchen, redecorating two bedrooms, and refurbishing the sunroom. Intrigued by the well on their property, Emily and Phillip decided to delve into its depths, uncovering that it was an astonishing 20 metres deep. They now aim to restore it to a functioning well.

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Emily, a hairdresser, said: "When we moved in we knew the well was there." She confessed to having nightmares about the unknown depth of the well, saying, "We covered it with decking and recently we pulled the decking up to investigate how deep it was."

The discovery was startling for Emily, who admitted, "It was shocking, it is incredibly deep, looking down terrifies me."

In May 2021, the family, including their six year old son, left behind their life in Cirencester, seeking more value for their money.

However, Emily acknowledged that the house demanded extensive renovations, stating: "We have done tonnes of work on it, it looked like it was going to fall down."

"Everything in the house needed doing. We have repaired and replaced some windows."

"We added a new kitchen, insulated the property, installed new heating and renovated two of the upstairs bedrooms."

When Emily and her husband purchased the property, they were aware it had a well but didn't give it much thought until they opened it up earlier this year.

The well is 20 metres deep and currently not in use, but Emily and Phillip harbour aspirations to cover it in glass and restore it.

Emily stated: "We would love to put some glass over the top of the well but it is an absolute fortune. To cover our well it would cost us £3k in glass and as we have other stuff to do it is going to have to wait.

"With the well we would like to use the water, we want to get a pump down there. Our water rates keep going up and up, either way we would like to use some of the water for washing or gardening."

Emily concedes that their renovation project still has a long road ahead. With the property being grade two listed, it brings its own set of challenges as everything needs council approval.

Emily expressed: "It is really difficult, you can't just go knocking down walls and ripping things out. We have a second summer kitchen, which is the oldest part of the house.

"That needs a lot of work doing to it. That would be a complete renovation.

"We have renovated two bathrooms upstairs and have five more bedrooms to do. Our main bedroom is a low ceiling, we would like to take the attic ceiling out to have a larger space. We have big plans, it is going slowly but surely."