Guide price £550,000
3 Aldon House is an elegant property that was the subject of a significant programme of works 15 years ago when the original house was converted. The result is a very impressive, major section of an early 19th century mansion of mellow hamstone elevations, with Palladian revival and Palazzo architectural influences, under a Welsh slate roof. Essentially Georgian in architectural detail (the house having been built circa 1801) and was the ancestral home of the Batten family. It then became a language school and in 2006 was converted into nine separate properties, each with an individual freehold. Justifiably Listed Grade II, the designers have worked hard to ensure that the interior is practical, light and provides an interesting juxtaposition between old and new. With its excellent sized rooms, good ceiling heights and full-length windows, the property is set over three floors, making it eminently flexible and providing that useful function of being able to flex and retract to accommodate guest or family as required. The ground floor is in the main given over to reception space and provides some indulgent space for entertaining. The large living room, with wooden floors, dual aspect and neutral décor, is a delight and leads through to a fabulous, large kitchen with plenty of space for a dining table. The stone floor sets off the cream base and wall units that house a range of integrated appliances under a solid quartz worktop. A stainless steel gas range cooker and integrated microwave oven ensure this is a kitchen fit for those who wish to indulge their culinary desires. Ceiling heights in this room are particularly impressive and continue that feeling of space and light. Stairs lead from a rear hallway, where access is given to the rear garden via a back door, up to the first floor where a large landing can be found, with views across gardens, making this the ideal spot for a study area. Leading off this landing is the principal bedroom which also enjoys a dual aspect and high ceilings. A well-appointed en-suite shower room with cubicle, wash basin and low-level WC is positioned in the far corner. A second, good sized double bedroom with views to the front of the building has an en-suite bathroom, with bath tub, separate shower cubicle, wash basin and low-level WC and decorated in neutral tones. Stairs then lead on up to the second floor where the slight eaves of the roof provide additional character to two further double bedrooms, an excellent family bathroom with shower cubicle, bath tub, wash basin and low-level WC. Finally a large storage cupboard provides some additional, useful space. Garden and Grounds Aldon House is approached via a sweeping, private, tree lined avenue to a circular gravelled forecourt. Surrounding the house and adjoining open countryside, are beautiful communal grounds of circa 3.5 acres, studded with mature trees, including holm oak, monterey pine, mulberry, and magnolia, providing a serene, bucolic, parkland setting. A gate gives access to ancient meadows and woodlands which surround the grounds, perfect for dog walking. There is even a tennis court (currently being renovated), for the residents' use. In addition, number 3 has its own private garden to the rear, comprising a patio and terrace along with a lawned area that then opens out onto the communal area, making this the ideal spot for entertaining or having an evening sun downer. Flower beds and shrubberies further enhance the appeal of this spot. The lasting impression of this property is that of a graceful and historical building that incorporates a striking and contemporary residence in a rural setting, yet being within easy reach of essential amenities and communication links. Situation Quietly situated within extensive parkland of circa 3.5 acres and approached by a long and sweeping lime tree avenue, surrounded by glorious south Somerset countryside, including Nine Springs country park which is easily accessible and within 5 minutes' walk. All the amenities of Yeovil town centre are a short drive away and the A303 is within easy reach. The historic Abbey town of Sherborne is within 6 miles. Both towns offer a wide range of shopping, recreational and cultural activities together with the mainline stations (Waterloo from 2 ¼ hours). Taunton and the M5 is within 24 miles. Dorchester is within 19 miles and the world heritage Dorset coastline is less than 20 miles away. 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. 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 20 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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