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Rimpton, Somerset, BA22

Guide price £685,000

Under offer

3 Beds 2 Baths 3 Receptions

REF: SHE210142



  • The property is not listed.
  • Period stone cottage in peaceful village location
  • Short drive to Abbey town of Sherborne
  • Delightful south facing garden
  • Unusually high energy rating of C with low carbon footprint
  • Light spacious accommodation
  • Ample parking, with two driveways.
  • Three reception rooms
  • Kitchen with Aga
  • Timber cabin home office with power and light


Woodside is a charming period cottage of stone elevations under a tiled roof, with a delightful secluded garden in the popular village of Rimpton, just a short drive from Sherborne. Thought to date from the 1760s, the property was totally renovated in 1994 when the roof was completely replaced. In 2012 the current owners carried out a programme of significant improvements including installing photo voltaic panels and a solar thermal unit (to heat the water), replacing the boiler, adding an en-suite shower room to the guest bedroom, re-configuring the sun room, and replacing some windows with sealed uPVC double glazed units. In 2020 the remaining windows not double-glazed were similarly replaced. In 2021 a new wood-burning stove was fitted in the sitting room, and the chimney lined. The result is a property with all the charm of a period cottage, but with the benefit of an unusually high and efficient energy rating of C, and a low carbon footprint. The rear (garden side) of the property faces south, and the rooms are full of light. Arranged over two floors, the accommodation is versatile with a spacious layout, plenty of light and character, but importantly is not listed. A studded oak front door opens to a welcoming entrance hall, with, to the rear, an oak part-glazed stable door leading to the patio and garden. Off the hall is a discreet cloakroom with coat hanging space. Adjacent is the good sized double aspect sitting room with fitted shelving, window seat, and views over the garden. A substantial brick fireplace with bressummer beam over, and inset ''Woodwarm' wood-burning stove, provides a central focal point and ensures a cosy atmosphere. Following on is the dining room, also double aspect, with window seat and garden views. There is also a cast iron fireplace (sealed) with timber mantel and surround. A door leads into the kitchen with a good range of fitted shaker style base units, and a central island with beech worktop and cupboards and space for stools below. A good-sized pantry with window for ventilation, provides extra shelved storage. White goods including a Bosch fridge/freezer and Siemens dishwasher may be available under separate negotiation. A cream 2 oven Aga (oil) provides warmth for the winter with a useful ceiling mounted clothes airer above, and a Creda electric stove provides cooking facilities for the summer months. A door leads to an inner lobby with plenty of space for coats and boots, from which a part glazed door leads to the side of the house and the parking area. From the kitchen, steps lead up to the wonderfully light sun room with large French doors to the patio. Windows afford lovely views over the gardens and allow sun to flood in, making this a most convivial space. A door leads to the utility room with Grant oil fired boiler. There is a worktop with stainless steel sink and drainer and a Hotpoint washing machine which may be available under separate negotiation. Wall and base units provide additional storage space. Back to the hallway, stairs rise to the first-floor landing, where there is an airing cupboard plus roof access to the loft. There are 3 double bedrooms, the principal being triple aspect and of a generous size with lovely views over the rear garden, as has bedroom 3. Bedroom 2 has a side aspect and en-suite shower room. Also on this floor is the family bathroom with separate shower cubicle. The property is approached from the village road via a private driveway which leads to ample parking for several cars, plus a timber garage with power, light and plentiful roof storage space. To the left of the house is a second driveway, which provides further gated parking. The beautiful landscaped gardens lie primarily to the rear of the property and are a delight and a real feature. The current owners have renovated all aspects of the garden. Completely enclosed by native English hedging and varied evergreen shrubs with year-round interest, the gardens are an oasis of peace and calm, providing a truly serene place to while away the afternoon. Immediately abutting the rear of the house and accessed from the sun room and entrance hall, is a substantial secluded sun-kissed paved patio, the perfect place for al fresco dining and an evening drink. Low stone walls border a raised area of lawn, accessed by stone steps. There is a wildlife pond and a wide range of trees and mature shrubs, richly stocked flower beds and climbers including a rose covered arbour. A feature is the large twisted willow, and the current owners have added sixteen further trees, including a magnolia, liquidamber, and a trio of Himalayan birches. Vivid and colourful mixed borders, beautifully planted with amongst others, delphiniums, lupins, irises, lavender and geraniums, provide natural beauty which can be enjoyed all year round in privacy and peace. Pathways meander through the garden under a rose and clematis covered arch and trellis leading to the working part of the garden with raised vegetable beds and soft fruit areas. Fruit trees include apples, pears, plum, fig and cherry, some espalier trained. There is also a shed, greenhouse and a composting area. Also in this part of the garden is a very useful timber cabin/home office, which has been fully insulated and has power, light and wall mounted thermostatically controlled electric heater. The front garden is bounded by a low stone wall with central wrought iron gate leading to the front door. A narrow strip of lawn is bordered by mature shrubs and plants. A splendid pyracantha and climbing hydrangea adorn the front of the house. The lasting impression is of a charming family house with light, spacious accommodation, set in pretty, mature gardens within this sought-after village. 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. The ancient Abbey town of Sherborne has a good range of shops and boutiques and is well known for its beauty and high-quality schools. Many 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 an inner-city service from Castle Cary to London Paddington.