Guide price £1,550,000
A beautifully restored Georgian farmhouse nestled in a beautiful hidden valley with excellent outbuildings including stables and a party barn. There is a delightful garden and land extending to 14.3 acres. Approached via a single-track drive and nestled in its own idyllic valley, Pondhayes Farm can safely be described as a 'hidden gem'. First glimpses of the house are most impressive, with its very pretty faade constructed of local honey coloured Ham stone with a brand newly thatched roof and pretty mullion windows. The entire property underwent a fastidious program of works, ongoing for the last twenty years which transformed the house into a magnificent family home. It is now a perfect juxtaposition of old and new, with many traditional features still in place but also all the modern conveniences such as underfloor heating throughout the entire ground floor. Justifiably Grade II listed of historical and architectural importance there are many rooms in the house worth a special mention. The well-proportioned drawing room is a most striking room with large flagstone flooring and stunning views from both sides over the delightful gardens and grounds. There are French doors which open out to the rear garden and beautiful paved terrace, which is ideal for 'al fresco' dining on a nice summer day. Alongside the sitting room is a very useful TV/snug room with a large inglenook fireplace (along with bread oven) and woodburning stove. The dining room is also worth a special mention, boasting impressive stone flooring and another inglenook fireplace and woodburning stove. This leads to a large study with a stone fireplace and attractive wooden flooring. On the north side of the house is a long breakfast room and sunroom which is also used as a playroom. This room is ideal for entertaining with a sitting area and breakfast area. One of the most spectacular parts of the house which leaves a lasting memory is the exceptional bespoke family kitchen with a vaulted ceiling, tall windows, a sitting area and views over the garden. This incorporates very pretty wall and base units and a central island with a granite work surface. This kitchen is quite simply 'as good as it gets' and forms a perfect hub of the house. Also on the ground floor is a truly spectacular large bedroom suite with an adjoining shower and bathroom and galleried bedroom above which would be ideal for guests with young children or even an elderly relative. The principal bedrooms are situated on the first floor with three double bedrooms, two with very large adjoining bathrooms, and the master bedroom suite even has a large walk in wardrobe. The entire house is immaculately presented and has been meticulously looked after over the 23 years that the present owners have been living here. The property boasts some excellent outbuildings including a large barn ideal for housing garden machinery and also a workshop. There are two stables and a tack room, a car port, and probably the biggest surprise is the superb party barn which opens out onto a magnificent paved terrace. Beyond the paved terrace is a large lawned area with a croquet lawn and also a very special cross shaped Rill. The magnificent garden and grounds are a particular feature of this property and have been lovingly and cleverly nurtured over the years, and during a nice spring/summer day would not be out of place at the 'Chelsea Flower Show'. The garden and grounds are a children's utopia but also safe for pets with enough ground for a smallholding and/or ponies or horses. The layout of the garden and grounds can be seen on the site plan attached. The garden to the front of the house is truly fabulous with incredibly well stocked and well thought out borders. This leads up to a woodland walk and as is shown clearly on the plan the property is very well protected by its own grounds.
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