Guide price £1,350,000
HANDSOME LATE 17TH CENTURY VILLAGE HOUSE SITUATED IN SUBSTANTIAL PRIVATE GROUNDS A charming detached grade II listed village house believed to date back to 1696 with a Ham Stone ashlar facade under a clay tiled roof and stone mullioned windows. This lovely family home is presented in good order and has enormous potential for further improvement and enhancement subject to the necessary consents. The house is awash with lovely period features that bely its grand age of particular note is the entrance hall with its stone flagged floor, pretty staircase and window seat. To the right is the sitting room with an impressive stone moulded inglenook fireplace and mullioned windows overlooking the garden to the rear. To the right of the hall is a pleasant dining room with shuttered windows which leads to the inner hall and then on to the kitchen. The large kitchen, by Smallbone of Devizes, with its breakfast room has generous storage and fitted units, there is a door to the garden and access to the utility room. Serviced by two staircases, the first floor has a lovely collection of individual bedrooms including a pleasant, double aspect master bedroom with adjoining shower room privately located on the east side of the house. The second bedroom has an adjoining room ideal as a study. A long landing gives access to the remaining bedrooms and bathrooms. On the west side of the house, bedrooms 5 and 6 have great potential to be a separate annexe or flat, plumbing and an extractor fan are already in place for this purpose. The current owners have undertaken various improvements over the years since buying the house, but what is striking is the potential to create much more reception space with a variety of currently under utilised area including the Coach House passageway, the ''Undercroft' and the double garage. The house is approached from a quiet lane on the left side, adjacent to the garage, into a large parking and turning area, likewise on the east side a five bar gate leads to similar sized parking area and access to the stables. Here also is the tennis court, in need of resurfacing, but easily regenerated. The garden and paddocks provide a beautiful backdrop to the house and the mature boundaries provide a good degree of privacy being set back behind the house and away from the lane. Set in this stunning part of Somerset, close to the Wiltshire and Dorset borders. The surrounding countryside has changed little in centuries and comprises mainly dairy grassland divided by thick blackthorn hedges interspersed with small woodland coverts, remaining much as it did when Thomas Hardy immortalised it in his Wessex novels. Nearby Ham Hill Nature Reserve is a lovely area for recreation centred around a former Iron Age Fort Pretty villages break up this lovely landscape, comprising mainly period houses and cottages at their hearts, and throughout the area strict planning controls are in place to ensure that the nature and character of the area is not spoilt. However, the communication links are superb with the A303 only a short distance away (predominantly dual carriageway all the way to the M3 and London and leads to Exeter in the west) and Yeovil Junction station with its Waterloo connection close by to the south of Yeovil. Castle Cary has a connection to London Paddington taking only 95 minutes. The major towns of the area are all within easy reach such as Yeovil with its large supermarkets and a number of smaller boutiques and shops in the market town of Sherborne, also renowned for its two castles and spectacular Abbey. In the village of Stoke sub Hamdon there are three pubs and a convenience store.
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