A cluster of cottages next to popular Somerset country inn The Full Moon at Rudge could provide a unique development opportunity.

The cottages, which are situated on a 0.5-acre site, have been brought to the market with a guide price of £950,000 jointly by Colliers International and Cooper and Tanner on behalf of the administrator.

They are presently configured as four holiday lets with an indoor swimming pool, but planning permission has been granted for conversion into seven residential dwellings, two of which would be created by turning the pool house into semi-detached homes.

“These cottages offer a wealth of opportunities for a developer looking for a project that already has planning permission, or a purchaser seeking to move to the country,” said Andrew Frost, surveyor in the development team of Colliers International.

“They are located in an idyllic rural setting with outstanding views over the surrounding countryside, yet are close to the attractive Somerset town of Frome and within commuting distance of Bath.”

Darren Woodyer, development manager at Cooper and Tanner, added: “These former holiday lets are situated in the heart of the village, next to the very characterful Full Moon pub which part dates back to the 17th century.

“Even though Rudge is a quiet picturesque village, it is only approximately 4 miles from Westbury which has a main line railway service to London, and is two miles from the A36 which is the main road to Bath.”

The cottages are a collection of agricultural-style buildings constructed in the early 2000s and finished in a mixture of timber weatherboard cladding, stonework and render. They have planning permission to be reconfigured as a single detached house, two semi-detached houses built in the former pool building, and a terrace of four houses.

They are located beside The Full Moon at Rudge, a former coaching inn which dates in parts back to 1690 and is situated in the village of Lower Rudge, which is around 30 minutes from Bath and within convenient proximity of Longleat Safari Park, Frome, Trowbridge and Westbury.