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A PRETTY STONE FARMHOUSE, LISTED GRADE II, WITH AN IMAGINATIVELY CONVERTED BARN STANDING IN APPROXIMATELY 2 ACRES OF GARDENS AND GROUNDS

PROPERTY FEATURES

  • Hall, Drawing Room
  • Kitchen/Breakfast Room
  • Dining Room
  • Cloakroom
  • 3/4 Bedrooms at first floor level
  • Bathroom
  • Annexe & Converted Barn
  • Outbuildings
  • Plant room, Workshop, Store
  • Lean-to two bay car port with further secure workshop
  • Approximately 2 acres of Garden & Grounds

THE PROPERTY

Listed Grade II, The Old Farm is a fine period farmhouse with an imposing faade, built of stone elevations under a clay tile roof with an attractive stone lower course. It offers sensibly configured accommodation with nicely proportioned rooms, good ceiling heights and a lovely outlook to both front and rear. Attributes worthy of particular mention include a magnificent inglenook fireplace in the dining room, blue lias stone floors, a well fitted kitchen with two oven oil fired Aga and a fine plank and muntin wall within the kitchen and the drawing room. Recent improvements have included the installation of a new family and annexe bathrooms, a new woodburner in the drawing room and a new fitted kitchen in the annexe. Just recently completed, the current owners have undertaken an imaginative conversion of the adjoining old barn; the work has been completed to a high standard with under floor heating via an air source heat pump, and a Howdens kitchen. This has significantly enhanced the accommodation and could be used as an additional source of income or for intergenerational living. The property is approached up a tarmac drive leading round through a five bar timber gate; a gravelled spur leads to the secure haybarn and covered yard and on to the paddock. The drive runs into a rectangular courtyard with a stone chip surface flanked by the extensive outbuildings. These include a plant store, a large workshop and further store. There is a large modern secure hay barn partially clad with timber, beyond which is a further covered yard; in addition there is a lean-to outbuilding comprising two car ports, workshop and further store room. The gardens are a major feature of the property and lie to the rear of The Old Farm. A stone path runs alongside the rear faade with steps leading to the rear garden. To each side of the path there is a rectangular gravelled terrace flanked by a separate barbecue area on the other. Beyond this, steps lead to a lawned area bordered by well stocked flower and shrub borders and evergreen hedging, and on the other a beech hedge, through which there is access to the large vegetable garden. This comprises a series of raised beds and a soft fruit cage. A field gate and separate garden gate give access to the paddock with post and rail fencing and recently planted hedge and to the orchard which has been planted with a variety of fruit trees. Bourton is the most northerly village in Dorset and has a popular inn, garage/post office/village stores, church and well regarded primary school. There is a doctor's surgery in the nearby village of Silton, while Gillingham provides for most everyday needs with a Waitrose and mainline railway station (London Waterloo). Nearby Bruton is a fashionable and popular town in the heart of the Somerset countryside, and has several well-known restaurants, pubs and bars including At the Chapel, The Roth Bar at the world-renowned Hauser & Wirth Gallery and the newly opened Newt Hotel and Gardens. For more sophisticated requirements there is the cathedral city of Salisbury to the east and the Georgian spa town of Bath to the north.