Guide price £1,950,000
This handsome seven bedroom property is originally believed to date back to the 17th Century with a later Victorian addition to the rear added around 1850. Constructed mainly of White Lias stone under clay tiles to the front and slate to the rear, the property sits comfortably within its gardens on the edge of the village. Whilst the property has in recent years benefited from some significant upgrades, it is justifiably Grade II Listed of Architectural and Historical importance and still retains many original features throughout. Approached via a gravelled driveway, as soon as the front door opens there is a real sense of charm and space with high ceilings, double hung sash windows, floor to ceiling French doors and elegant cornicing providing a huge amount of character and elegance. This is an excellent house for entertaining and whilst it can clearly absorb a great number of people when it needs to, equally manages to still feel comfortable and in no way daunting when just a few are in residence. A beautiful dining room towards the front of the house provides an excellent space in which to enjoy candle lit dinners, with its impressive Hamstone fireplace and slate hearth. The dual aspect here is further enhanced by sash windows with shutters. Drinks prior to dinner can be taken in the perfectly proportioned drawing room, positioned towards the East of the house and taking full advantage of those far reaching views. High ceilings preside again, complemented by decorative coving, sprung wooden flooring and a further working marble fireplace with stone hearth. The sitting room provides a comfortable, less formal space to relax and lies just off the kitchen, opening out onto a fabulous timber conservatory with lead roof to ensure an ambient temperature. The built-in bookcases, carved door frames, discreet timber radiator covers, ceiling rose and coving are further details that add to the beauty and appeal of this space. Perhaps the most impressive of likely to be most used of all is the kitchen, which has undergone a transformation under the watchful eye of the current owners. This is now a fantastic space fit for the demands of day to day family living, as well as an ideal place to host more informal gatherings. It is very well equipped, with an AGA (green), Kppersbusch ceramic hob and extra wide inset built in oven, integrated dishwasher and fridge as well as a service kitchen and utility, perfect for food prep and the more functional aspects of running a house. A large island with granite worktop over handmade wooden units, space for a good sized table, an enchanting window seat (many of which can be found throughout the house) and beautiful Amtico flooring are further elements that make this kitchen stand out. A completely rebuilt study, situated just off the kitchen and cloakroom complete the picture on the ground floor. Upstairs, as one ascends the sweeping central staircase, the theme of space and light continues with five excellent double bedrooms, many with dual aspects, fireplaces and ensuite bathrooms. Storage is also good, with the principal bedroom benefiting from a walk-in wardrobe and many of the others from built in cupboards. The two double bedrooms on the second floor are surprisingly large, despite being in the eaves and currently share a further bathroom. Equally, a box room could be converted to offer a further ensuite bathroom should one so wish. Gardens and Grounds The grounds at The Old Rectory are well balanced between well maintained gardens and well positioned paddocks. The former surround the house, are immaculate and enhance the beautiful vistas that can be taken in from various positions. Most of the gardens are laid to lawns with an impressive number of wonderful mature trees that include Oaks, Limes, Horse Chestnuts, Yew and Cedar along with some very well stocked borders. In addition, a burgeoning vegetable patch with raised beds, greenhouse, fruit cage and cold frame provides the perfect space to cultivate a wealth of produce. Further elements such as the brilliantly designed, cedar edged parterre, which has been carefully and richly planted to form a pleasing symmetrical pattern with an integrated automatic watering system, create both a visual feast and a fantastic haven for butterflies and bees. The scented, timber pergola is also worth a special mention, adorned with wisteria, roses, lavender and clematis which leads up to the top garden. Several secluded areas to sit and enjoy the garden have been created as well as terraced areas from which to enjoy a spot of al fresco dining. The Coach House has undergone a significant and sympathetic programme of restoration to bring it back to its former glory. Structurally sound, made up of a number of ''rooms' and retaining much of its original charm and features, this is now a very grand storage space. However, subject to the usual planning consents, this could be converted to offer even more as perhaps a separate annex or indulgent home office. Extensive gravel parking is to be found both by the Coach House and sweeping around the front of the house. This house, having at one time been the site of an equine hospital, is especially well set up with equestrian facilities that include five loose boxes, a foaling box, tack and store rooms. These facilities are complimented by the two excellent paddocks that are have water, field shelters and direct access to the road. The gardens and paddock total approximately 5.5 acres. The Situation The house enjoys an enviable location within this highly desirable and very quiet village, close to the parish church and with noteworthy views across fields towards the Corton Ridge. The countryside on the Dorset/Somerset border must be some of the most beautiful in the South West - gently undulating unspoilt farmland broken up by valleys and woodland where dairy farming predominates. Rimpton is a small village tucked away from main roads in an area of strict planning control, preserving its special character, and consists mainly of period stone houses and cottages, some dating from mediaeval times when the village was in the hands of the Bishop of Winchester. It is well known for the beauty of its houses and its setting and is considered to be one of the best villages North of Sherborne. The ancient Abbey town of Sherborne, just a few minutes' drive away, has a good range of shops and boutiques including a Waitrose and is well known for its beauty and high quality schools. Most national retailers are represented in the larger commercial centre of Yeovil. Communications to this part of the world are excellent with the A303, a dual carriageway, most of the way to the M3 towards London. To the west the M5 is joined at Taunton for access to Bristol, the Midlands and the north. There are mainline railway stations at Sherborne and Templecombe, both serving London Waterloo in a little over two hours. Alternatively, there is a fast service from Castle Cary to London Paddington.
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