Guide price £685,000
Chaff Barn is an individual attached property forming one of a cluster of six former agricultural barns which were sympathetically converted in 1998 and are set in a peaceful tucked-away valley surrounded by lovely countryside. The elevations are of a warm honey coloured hamstone with glazed arrow slit apertures and exposed ceiling beams. The expansive use of glass throughout provides a contemporary touch. Many of the rooms have floor to ceiling windows, with the rear facing rooms having lovely views over the pretty garden with its cascading water and countryside beyond. In 2001, the vendors added a David Salisbury timber conservatory. Subsequent improvements include the addition of a side porch, a Jetmaster fire and flue in the sitting room, plus a new Grant boiler which was added earlier this year. Additionally bespoke shelving, cupboards and a desk have been fitted to the study and built-in wardrobes added to bedrooms two and three. The glazed front door opens to the entrance hallway, off which is the open plan dining hall/kitchen, with plenty of space for a good size dining table and chairs. Tall windows and glazed doors both front and rear allow the light in and views of the garden to be enjoyed. There is an excellent range of cream wall and base units with a built-in eye level Baumatic double oven, integral fridge freezer, Bosch dishwasher and a Rangemaster LPG hob with Smeg extractor above. The work tops are iroko with granite accents and there's an inset double sink with mixer tap over. A useful walk-in shelved pantry provides ample storage space. A door leads to the side lobby with a deep recessed cupboard and boiler room. A stable door opens to the parking area. Also off the kitchen is the timber conservatory with space for a table and chairs, perfect for entertaining or simply to sit and enjoy the lovely views over the pretty garden and beyond. Double French doors open to the private rear terrace. Off the dining hall is the good size sitting room with floor to ceiling glazed panels and door to the rear terrace. A timber fireplace with polished slate hearth and Jetmaster fire provides a central focal point and ensures a cosy atmosphere. A door leads to the rear aspect study with French door to the rear garden. Stairs with storage under lead to the first floor and the principal bedroom with recessed fitted wardrobes. Tall windows both front and rear give far-reaching views. The ensuite provides further recessed wardrobes, a shower cubicle with power shower, a vanity basin with plenty of storage under, a bidet and WC. Back to the entrance hallway, where there is a discreet cloakroom and a further staircase which leads to the landing off which are bedrooms two and three. Both have fitted wardrobes, one with the airing cupboard. Off the landing is a well-fitted bathroom plus access to the boarded loft with ladder and light. The property is approached via a communal driveway to a five-bar gate which opens to a private gravelled parking area and the detached larger than average garage with power and light. External stone steps lead to the useful studio/home office/bedroom four above, with garden views. There is also a cloakroom with basin and WC. The charming gardens at Chaff Barn are mainly to the rear and side of the property with an area of lawn bounded to the south by a low graduating stone wall planted with alpines and succulents. The cascading river Cam with waterfall at the top, is the other side and provides a wonderful vista and the soothing sounds of running water. The well-stocked gardens have been lovingly nurtured over the years to provide a truly private and serene place to while away the afternoon. There is a rich variety of flowering plants, herbaceous borders, climbers and mature shrubs with some spectacular roses which provide year-round colour and interest. Immediately abutting the rear of the property is a private paved terrace, perfect for outside dining, or an evening gin and tonic. At the side of the garage are raised timber vegetable beds, plus the oil tank, concealed with a jasmine and honeysuckle covered trellis. The west side of the garden leads down to the river Cam and has an area of lawn plus an apple tree and a good selection of shrubs and plants including hibiscus, agapanthus, viburnum and euphorbia to name but a few. To the rear of the garage is a good size lean-to greenhouse. Mature hedging provides privacy and forms a natural boundary. There is outside lighting and water taps. The water fall at the top of the garden has been discreetly lit by the vendors providing a lovely ambience at night. In all, the lasting impression is of a beautifully presented barn conversion in a magical waterside setting with the added benefit of a home office/studio/bedroom four, set in this unspoilt part of Somerset. Compton Pauncefoot must be one of the prettiest villages in this particularly beautiful part of the South West. The surrounding lands have been in the ownership of the Compton Castle Estate for many years and have thus remained unspoilt. This careful stewardship has resulted in a village that retains its intrinsic architectural character, comprising as it does period houses built of the local honey coloured stone. The rolling countryside is mainly natural farmland; this is the Vale of Camelot, so called as nearby Cadbury Castle was reputedly home to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Much of this area is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in which a policy of strict planning controls operate to preserve its rural character. The village with its splendid 15th century Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is well placed for easy access to Castle Cary, Wincanton and Sherborne, all market towns with a good range of shops. The A303 (dual carriageway almost the whole distance to the M3) is nearby and there are mainline railway stations at Castle Cary (Paddington about 90 minutes) and Templecombe (about 5 ½ miles away. Waterloo is about 2 ¼ hours.
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