Guide price £1,750,000
The Property Designed by the vendor in a New England style, using predominantly Canadian Cedar under a powder coated steel roof, with a strong coastal influence, this is an immensely chic and contemporary house. The house is approach by way of a paved path that sweeps round, under a willow tree, to the glazed front door. This initial attention to light is played out throughout the property with the use of large timber double glazed, small pane windows and French doors. As the door swings open one is immediately struck by the scale of the predominantly open plan living space and further drawn into the Drawing Room with views to the delightful gardens beyond. This is certainly a statement room, with three French doors with transom lights above and an impressive timber framed fireplace with slate hearth and surround. The neutral-coloured walls are enhanced by the selection of some soft toned engineered wood flooring from Fired Earth that is used throughout most of the living space. The high vaulted ceiling with galleried landing above further serves to enhance the feeling of airiness and space. As one would expect, the Kitchen is of an exceptional quality with cream base units under exquisite, honed matt granite worktops and with a keen eye on practicality with the inclusion of a double porcelain Belfast style sink, Hotpoint fridge drawers, Zanussi induction hob with pop up extractor, Neff microwave and oven and various other integrated appliances. The inclusion of a centrally positioned island provides further storage and a breakfast bar for those more informal mealtimes. However, this is a generous Kitchen that opens out into an area that provides plenty of space for a large table and chairs, perfect for those that enjoy entertaining. Just off the Kitchen is the less formal Family Room which is a supremely comfortable space to relax in front of a wood burner whilst watching TV or taking in the garden and loggia that lie beyond further French doors with plantation shutters. Lying just off this room is a useful Boot Room and Utility Room, with slate floor and connection for a washing machine and tumble dryer. A very functional space yet still no compromise on quality here, with further timber base units with roll-out shelves, slate worktops and large ceramic Belfast all incorporated with great style. For those more formal events, an impressive, panelled Dining Room with a wonderful, vaulted ceiling and doors to the front garden is the perfect place to pass the time. Again, with a keen eye on function design, a large china, glass or drinks cupboard is situated just off this room. With a beautifully appointed Shower Room with Fired Earth limestone flooring and tiled walls next door, the dining room could quite easily be converted into a fourth bedroom should this be a more suitable configuration. Finally on this floor is the Principal Bedroom suite which is luxurious in its proportions and benefits from double height ceilings, a study area, French doors onto a terrace, bookshelves and a cedar lined dressing room with fitted hanging rails and shelves above. A fabulous tiled ensuite Bathroom with wood effect flooring, double basin and storage complete the picture here. From the ground floor stairs rise up to a galleried landing with plenty of space for further seating or a desk and from which two further double bedrooms can be found. Both benefit from ensuite facilities and the use of tongue and groove timber further enhances the coastal and New England style that prevails throughout. A fantastic linen closet which in turn provides access to a large attic space ensure there are plenty of storage solutions in this extremely well considered house. In addition to the main house there is a very substantial, double garage constructed in matching cedar and with a cedar shingle roof, perfectly complementing the main residence. Timber steps to the side of this garage lead up to an eminently flexible studio space that is currently in shell condition and could easily be converted to offer additional accommodation for dependent relatives, guests or as a lucrative B&B enterprise. Equally, it could be the perfect teenage hang out. Outside / Gardens Plenty of parking is provided on the gravelled driveway in addition to the garage. In addition there is a lean to log store, timber green house and raised beds that surround it. A paved path, with subtle lighting, guides one from the driveway and garage down to a larger paved area and the front of the house. Following the paving around and noting the inclusion of a selection of ammonite accents, a further nod to detail, the east side of the house provides a sheltered and secluded terrace garden focussed around a small Magnolia tree, with carefully selected and planted borders and clipped box hedging, known as The White Garden. With ample space for a table and chairs this is a very private area, perfect to perhaps hide from the wind on the blusterier summer days or shoulder seasons. To the rear of the house, which is south facing, there is a further space for a table and chairs under an enchanting, glass topped loggia providing protection from both the sun and the odd shower. Lined by lavender, this paved area then gives way to a large expanse of lawn that affords views down to an intriguing selection of trees that include Red Oak, variegated Liriodendron, Ginkgo Biloba, Cercidiphyllum, Copper Beach and an espalier of Apple and Pear trees, amongst others. Carefully designed and planted throughout, this is a garden that will provide a succession of colour and interest throughout the year. In all around 1.6 acres. Situation The Cedar House occupies a peaceful position down a no through road in the small village of Stowell, one of the most desirable settlements in the area, surrounded by rolling countryside. Local facilities are available at Charlton Horethorne, which has a village shop/post office, gastro pub/hotel, primary school and village hall. A wider range of facilities are available in Milborne Port, including various shops, supermarket, two pubs, a primary school, garage and filling station, social club and highly regarded Clockspire Restaurant. A little further afield is the lovely Abbey town of Sherborne with two large supermarkets (Waitrose and Sainsbury's), specialist shops and cultural facilities. Other places of cultural interest, such as The Newt in Somerset and Hauser & Wirth in Bruton are close by. There is a mainline rail service from both Templecombe and Sherborne to London Waterloo (2¼ hours) and from Castle Cary (11½ miles) to London Paddington (1½ hours on the fast train). Education The Gryphon secondary school in Sherborne is highly rated and is within easy reach. The area is noted for its independent schools with Sherborne Boys' and Girls' schools, Leweston, Bryanston, Clayesmore, Millfield, the Bruton schools, Canford and Milton Abbey all within reasonable driving distance. There are preparatory schools at Sherborne, Blandford and Shaftesbury amongst others. Sporting and Recreation There are numerous golf courses within easy motoring distance, including Sherborne and Yeovil. Racing at Wincanton, Bath, Taunton, and Salisbury. Water sports on the Dorset coast (about 30 miles) or on Sutton Bingham reservoir just south of Yeovil. The Newt country estate with hotel/restaurant and Summer Lodge country house hotel/restaurant are within easy reach.
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