A traditionally built farmhouse in a beautiful and peaceful setting in the sought after Chalke Valley.
Elcombe Farm is a traditionally built farmhouse with outstanding views over its own land, with 25 acres of ancient woodland on the chalk downland surrounding the farm, as well as fantastic long views over the neighbouring area. The fields are full of orchids and other wild flowers, as well as good crops of mushrooms, and the hedgerows (over a kilometre of which were planted by the current owners) billow with dog roses, elderflowers, blackberries and sloes.
Designed by the renowned Bath based architects Watson Bertram & Fell working with the current owners to create a supremely comfortable family home with all the charm of a period house and all the comforts of the 21st century.
Elcombe Farm is remarkable for its peaceful setting and sunny aspect, free from road noise and light pollution making it an incredibly special place to live.
Situated at the end of a private drive lined with beech hedges, ash trees and small-leaf limes, the farmhouse is arranged so that there is ample parking for visitors' cars. There is a rear drive lined with crab-apple trees which sweeps around the farm buildings and joins Elcombe Lane to the south.
Through the front porch is a large open Entrance Hall featuring an elegant oak staircase, stone floor and a two- way fireplace, which also serves the Drawing Room next door. There is a Study used as a bedroom with en-suite cloakroom.
The well-proportioned Drawing Room with a reclaimed parquet floor and working fireplace has four French windows that open onto the garden. This room was designed to connect easily with the hall, and, like all the principal rooms in the house, benefits from stunning views and a wonderfully sunny aspect. It also leads into the Family/Dining room at the rear of the house. This spacious room with stone floor also has a working fireplace and bi-fold glass doors that again lead out to a paved garden terrace.
The dining/family room and the kitchen are very well connected through two large openings. The kitchen is beautifully fitted with handmade cupboards incorporating old slate tops, and features a three oven electric Aga with a two-oven gas hob/electric module to one side.
From another set of French windows the kitchen leads to a glass roofed atrium that acts an ante room to the large family room and has a high vaulted ceiling. It is used by the current owners as an entertaining room and can seat up to 20 people for family celebrations.
Upstairs, there are six bedrooms including a lovely dual aspect master suite with a vaulted ceiling and extensive cupboards. There are four further bath/shower rooms. A large study with an external staircase leading to the rear courtyard is the seventh room on the first floor.
Beyond the kitchen is a WC, Utility and Boot room which in turn leads to the rear Courtyard. As you would expect of a house of this quality there is an excellent workshop and store.
A large steel-framed barn is located to the west of the house. It currently provides superb machinery storage and has also been used for shoot lunches with a catering kitchen located at one end. There is a further storage area on the first floor.
Beyond the barn is the bungalow which has an open plan kitchen/sitting room, bedroom and shower room.
Elcombe Farm is approached from the lane over a farm track to a gravel drive with ample parking and turning area to the west of the house. Double wooden gates lead through an archway to a rear courtyard with further parking, pergola and climbing roses.
The gardens have been beautifully thought out and landscaped by the current owners and compliment the exceptional setting. To the south brick steps lead to terraced lawns with rugosa roses, yew, lavender and a beech walk dividing the garden from the fields. To the east is a charming walled kitchen garden, easily accessible from the house with vegetable beds flanked by box hedging and espaliered pears. Beyond are raised beds with strawberries, asparagus and potatoes. A gate leads into a charming orchard with a variety of apple, plum, pear and greengage. To the west is a further area of lawn enclosed by pleached lime trees and yew hedging.
The Bothy / Farm Buildings
This is situated to the west of the agricultural buildings and comprises a Kitchen / Sitting Room, Bedroom & Shower room. There is a fenced seating area/garden to the south. Adjoining is a range of modern Farm buildings comprising a large Dutch Barn and a 4 bay steel framed, concrete-floored barn, used for shoot lunches and includes a catering wash-up located at one end. There are also 2 lock up workshops and WC, a wooden staircase to storage on the first floor.
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Elcombe Farm is remarkable for its peaceful setting free from road noise or light pollution making it an incredibly special place to live.Lindsay Cuthill