A home of great charm and character bordering open farmland with the benefit of an adjoining and entirely self-contained annex.
Believed to date to early 1900, this substantial and most appealing stone built farmhouse occupies beautiful level grounds in the heart of the rural Somerset countryside. With two gated entrances and a gravel driveway that sweeps beside adjoining open farmland which in conjunction with the garage provides parking for numerous vehicles. A more recent addition to the home is the most impressive garden room that was built as a self-contained leisure complex to house a heated indoor swimming pool. Most creatively, the pool has been concealed with beautiful engineered flooring transforming this area to a stunning high vaulted area for entertaining large numbers of family and friends. The original part of the house contains much of the Edwardian charm and character coupled with a most impressive new kitchen/dining room extension that has truly bought the home into the 21st century. A canopied entrance porch leads into the welcoming reception hallway which still features the lovely tessellated flooring and a fine carved and turned staircase to first floor. Both principal reception rooms are set directly off the hallway, the lovely drawing room featuring a rare period polished slate mantel with pictorial inserts and a gentle step neatly dividing the room into two separate seating areas. The formal dining room, again with a fireplace providing a focal point to the room, has the same warm, stripped floorboards as the drawing room and also enjoys a pleasant outlook across the front grounds. A separate breakfast room would at one stage have been the original back kitchen and whilst no longer required for cooking, the Rayburn stove set within the chimney breast with original Welsh dresser beside retains a sense of history in the home and one can easily imagine housekeepers in years gone by dashing up and down the back staircase that leads from this room to the first floor. The remodelling and extension of the kitchen took place in 2016 and great care has been taken to ensure that the design of this large and important room is such that it sits comfortable with the age of the house with use of neutral tones and natural materials. There is an expanse of granite, providing extensive work surfaces and occasional dining space.
Arranged over two floors, the self contained annexe is a terrific space for those with a dependant relative or perhaps someone seeking to generate a second income without compromising the privacy of the main home. At first floor there is a bathroom with open plan bedroom and at garden level a sitting area and a fitted kitchen/diner. Also within the kitchen is the Worcester oil fired central heating boiler providing heating for the annexe alone.
Within the main house, at first floor there are five bedrooms, two of which are en suite with a Victorian style family bathroom. The master en suite is worthy of particular note having been fitted with beautiful hand crafted oak.
The former leisure suite is approached via a small garden ante room with adjacent bar area. For those that decide to open up and utilise the pool, the owners have retained the convenience of showers, WC and sauna room. The enormous garden room with open trusses, a pine clad ceiling and exposed brickwork suggests a Scandinavian influence and with a series of three sliding doors to the gardens, allows guest to drift in and out of the grounds on warm summer days. For darker winter months, a lovely wood burning stove has been installed.
The house sits in grounds of some three quarters of an acre with a wonderful expanse of lawn to the front interspersed with flowering cherry, a small orchard and an attractive ornamental fishpond with central water feature. A path to the side of the house leads past a smart and well maintained greenhouse, past three raised vegetable beds to a large lawn bordered by pretty well stocked flower borders. An octagonal timber gazebo sits alongside the open pasture land, perfectly placed to capture afternoon and early evening sunshine.
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The current owners love of entertaining family and friends led them to remodel this country farmhouse to incorporate a huge high vaulted garden room to accommodate the largest of gatherings.David Wild