Guide price £750,000
This quintessentially period English cottage, which sits in a private village location, has recently benefited from substantial work that includes a new kitchen, extensive decoration and considerable planting in the garden, all carried out with a keen eye on retaining the abundance of character and charm of this historical building. Access to this part stone and part rendered property with a mix of tiled and thatched roofing, is via an oak framed porch (soon to be installed) which leads into a sizeable hallway with wonderful exposed timber floor, stairs to the first floor and some excellent storage both under the stairs and with fitted bookshelves. A door leads from here into the noticeably light, recently decorated, dual aspect sitting room with a Bath stone fireplace with slate hearth and inset Jetmaster fire providing the perfect focal point, particularly on those cooler evenings. This is equally a room to be enjoyed in the height of the summer given the lovely views out to the garden. Also off the hallway is the kitchen/dining room with double doors to the garden. This is a lovely room full of convivial charm with exposed beam and plenty of room for a table, chairs and even a sofa, making it very much the heart of the home. There is a good range of painted timber wall and base units plus a cream 4 oven (oil) Aga. Additionally, there is a substantial island with integral wine cooler, dishwasher and breakfast bar. The worktop is solid oak with a 1 ½ bowl butler sink with ''boiling water' tap. There is a Liebherr tall fridge/freezer together with a recessed part-glazed cupboard providing further storage. Adjacent is an impressive walk-in pantry with floor mounted Grant boiler and ample fitted shelving and ventilation windows. Through the kitchen lies the cosy snug, with further exposed beams, blue lias flagstone flooring, window seats with views to the front garden, recessed nooks and a fireplace with bressummer beam and inset log burner. Stairs lead up from here, with storage underneath, to a double bedroom with reduced head height and exposed beams above. A timber door leads from the snug to a side lobby and then onto the garden. There is a further internal door to a utility room with a side aspect. A Belfast sink with timber worktops, cupboards and space and connection for washing machine, along with space for coats and boots. Beyond is a shower room with cubicle, WC and basin. From the main hallway, stairs rise to the first floor landing with high ceilings and further exposed beams, with access also being afforded to the loft space. This in turn leads to a lovely bathroom, decorated in neutral tones, with a panelled bath with shower attachment, basin with storage cupboard below and WC. There are two good sized double bedrooms, one with a range of painted fitted wardrobes and exposed A frames and vaulted ceiling, the other with fitted painted timber wardrobes to one side, airing cupboard with hot water cylinder, WC and slatted shelving above and en-suite shower room with basin with storage cupboard below, shower cubicle and WC. All rooms offer idyllic views across the private garden. The delightful gardens, which are in the style of a typical English cottage garden, are set to the front and side of the house, are full of an abundance of mature shrubs and trees, interspersed with a variety of more recently placed plants that include Fatsias, Peonies, Alliums, Apple, Acer and Cherry trees. A climbing passion flower softens a fence whilst a rose arch with swing seat under provides a charming detail. The front of the house is adorned with a lilac Wisteria and climbing roses providing a dazzling display. Another lovely feature of the garden is the combination of gravelled and paved paths and terrace areas from which the garden can be enjoyed at various times of the day. Equally, one can seek refuge from the elements in the newly renovated and painted timber summer house enwrapped in Clematis. A useful painted timber shed provides some more practical space. Across the single track lane is the stone built Barn with gravelled parking area and covered log store. Residing behind part glazed timber double outer doors and glazed sliding inner doors that open into a wonderfully impressive space with beautiful high ceilings thanks to the exposed beams and A frames as well as a wood burner to provide heat and comfort. Stairs lead up to a galleried area with reduced head height overlooking the floor below. Planning has been granted to extend the Barn to form a more usable annex . See application reference 21/01523/HOU. All things considered this is a completely charming property, presented in great style and offering further potential in a much sought-after village with amenities. Charlton Horethorne is a pretty village lying approximately midway between Sherborne and Wincanton, the centre of which is a Conservation Area and comprises mainly pretty period houses and cottages at its heart. There is a village shop, part time mobile post office, church, primary school, and a bistro pub all within a short walk of the house. The larger towns of Wincanton and Sherborne are within a short drive, and both have a variety of facilities; Sherborne is well known for its Abbey and traditional shops as well as for the quality of its schooling. Wincanton, to the north, has a large supermarket and access to the A303. Communications to this part of the world are excellent with the A303, a dual carriageway most of the way to the M3 in London. To the west, the M5 is joined at Taunton for access to Bristol, the Midlands and the North. There are railway services to London from Sherborne, Templecombe and Castle Cary.
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