An outstanding contemporary home with the perfect blend of modern, period and industrial architecture. Wonderful grounds, modern barn and separate annex at the foot of the Blackdown Hills.
Brook Farm is privately set in rolling countryside and surrounded by its own land. Originally a traditional thatched Somerset Longhouse, Brook Farm has been greatly extended and enhanced by the current owners and now offers flexibly and versatile accommodation with a sublime mix of architecture. The modern entrance hall is a wonderful space to welcome guests and naturally leads through to the extraordinary kitchen/breakfast room that has floor to ceiling glass sliding doors that open out seamlessly to the west facing patio courtyard perfect for entertaining. The impressive kitchen, designed by Siematic, enjoys a an electric dual control Aga, Zip boiling and cold water tap and a range of built in Miele appliances including a single oven, steam combination oven, coffee machine, warming drawer, induction hob, integrated fridge, integrated freezer and dishwasher. From the kitchen there is a handy fitted utility, WC and walkway flanked by striking sliding doors to the sauna and shower room. The back hallway leads down to the light and spacious gym which has the possibility and infrastructure to be split into two rooms adding to Brook Farms versatility. The double aspect sitting room benefits from fabulous views out over the grounds and is within close reach to a further kitchen/breakfast room which again has been meticulously designed and fitted. Further ground floor living accommodation in the modern extension includes two offices, modern shower room and the plant room. Upstairs there are two similar sized double bedrooms both with dressing rooms and a modern, extensively fitted bathroom. Finishing the upstairs of the modern wing is the Cinema room a fantastic entertaining room.
Turning left from the main door, the entrance hallway leads around to the master bedroom, complete with en suite shower room and separate dressing area. This double height room has been thoughtfully designed and includes access into a private Japanese inspired garden via large sliding doors. Beyond this leads into the traditional unlisted farmhouse with a different atmosphere, brimming with many period features. There are three stunning reception rooms all with feature fireplaces and beautiful window seats looking out over the patio and garden, a dining room, WC and access to the open car port. On the first floor of the farmhouse there are three double bedrooms all with built in wardrobes and views over the south facing garden. A family bathroom with bath and separate shower concludes the accommodation in the farmhouse which is perfectly arranged for guests. Brook Farm has had no expense spared with CCTV, underfloor heating in the modern extension, Duravit sanitary ware and Sonos sound system throughout.
Attached via the car port, The Bothy is a superb annex with its own parking space and separate entrance. From the car port you enter into a tiled inner hall, which has plumbing for a washing machine and a WC off before stepping down into the spacious open plan living area. The modern fitted kitchen has a Quooker boiling, cold and filtered water tap, appliances and has a solid wood breakfast bar. Machine engineered solid Oak flooring runs throughout the whole of the living area and the whole of the downstairs benefits from underfloor heating. A patio door leads from the living area onto the courtyard garden. An attractive oak staircase leads to the first floor where the is a double bedroom with fitted wardrobe and a modern shower room. Both rooms benefit from Velux windows.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
Brook Farm is centrally located within its 14 acres with all the land easily accessible from the house. A particular feature is a wonderful, generous south facing patio with a water feature to the rear of the original farmhouse and an oak framed, slate roofed open pavilion perfect for alfresco dining. Steps from the patio lead up onto the garden with numerous established shrubs and trees. An impressive, fenced vegetable garden has been created with 8 raised beds as well as a potting shed, lambing shed, lean-to and wood shed. There is a substantial detached barn finished with timber cladding and an electric roller barn door, half of this particular building is set up as a store for machinery, the other is currently arranged as an studio with kitchenette, WC and French doors out onto a decking area. Immediately outside the main kitchen is a striking, modern west facing terrace with glass balustrade which overlooks the grounds. The land is currently set up with 6 fenced paddocks and 5 field shelters, a pond which feeds to a lake and a summer house with electricity and water. Brook Farm is approached by a long driveway which leads to the front of the property where there is a turning circle and ample parking.
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I absolutely love the mix of architecture here, they come together beautifully and make for a wonderful home.Tom Bedford