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North Cheriton, Templecombe, Somerset, BA8

Guide price £950,000


4 Beds 3 Baths 4 Receptions

REF: SHE220082



  • The property is not listed
  • A fine detached, spacious period house
  • Impeccably presented light and flexible accommodation
  • Good size kitchen/breakfast room with ample room for a sofa and double doors to the garden
  • Gracious sitting room with open fire and doors to timber conservatory
  • Galleried landing with four double bedrooms and three bathrooms
  • Integral double garage
  • Delightful walled garden


Cheriton Hill House is a fine detached property with origins thought to date back to the 18th century and has the benefit of being free of any listing constraints. The house was thought to have been built on the site of the Old Windmill Inn and once housed Napoleonic prisoners of war. The property is constructed of local stone under a clay tiled roof and has been the subject of a comprehensive programme of improvement and refurbishment by the current owner. The kitchen, utility and all three bathrooms have been replaced. Built in wardrobes have been added to the bedrooms. The upstairs landing has been reconfigured and is now spacious and light with an open gallery. A hand carved Bath stone fireplace with slate hearth and wood burning stove has been added to the sitting room, together with a handsome bespoke timber conservatory. The plumbing and electrics have been updated, and there's a new boiler and hot water cylinder. There are new timber garage doors and finally, the house has been completely re-decorated, with new floor coverings throughout. The property is entered via a timber door, which leads to the entrance lobby. A further door opens to the impressive dining hall, with ample space for a large dining table and chairs. A gracious staircase with decorative turned spindles rises to the first floor. To the rear is a discreet cloakroom. Adjacent is a rear aspect study/snug. Off the dining hall is the impressive sitting room with arched windows to the front giving views over the garden. On the opposite wall is the beautiful Bath stone fireplace with wood burning stove, which provides a central focal point and ensures a cosy atmosphere. Either side are two arched alcoves. There are two sets of French doors with side lights, one of which opens to a sheltered paved terrace, the other to the conservatory with doors to the garden and the terrace; the perfect place to while away the afternoon with a book. The kitchen/breakfast room is also accessed from the dining hall and is very much the heart of the home, with an excellent range of cream painted timber wall and base cabinets incorporating a cream marble worktop with inset Belfast sink with mixer tap over. Integral appliances include a Miele dishwasher, a Smeg stainless steel six ring LPG hob with Faber extractor over and a built-in eye-level double oven and grill. There is a generous area for a substantial table and chairs, plus there is even room for a large sofa. Double doors open to the garden, allowing the outside in, creating a room in which everyone will want to gather. A door leads to the useful side aspect utility room with wall cupboards and an oak worktop with inset stainless-steel sink and cupboards beneath. There is space and connection for a washing machine and tumble dryer. Adjacent is a further cloakroom. Off the utility room is the capacious integral garage with power and light. There are folding timber doors and a floor mounted Grant boiler and hot water cylinder. From the dining hall, stairs rise to the first floor where there are four double bedrooms. There is a spacious galleried landing with exposed ceiling beams and windows to both front and rear. Two loft hatches give access to the roof void. The beautiful principal bedroom with exposed ceiling beam is to the south side of the house, with views over an adjoining paddock. A wall of recessed fitted wardrobes provides ample storage space. A door leads to the generous double aspect ensuite bathroom with a shelved recessed cupboard, window seat, panelled bath, basin and WC. There are two further bedrooms to the front, both with lovely views over the garden, and a rear facing bedroom. Also on this floor is a shower room with double shower cubicle, basin and WC, plus a bathroom with panelled bath, basin and WC. The house is approached from the lane via a timber five-bar gate which opens to a circular gravel driveway. There is ample turning and parking space for several cars in front of the integral double garage. The walled garden which extends primarily to the front of the house is both fully enclosed and private. There is a substantial area of lawn, bounded by a wide range of mature shrubs, richly stocked flower beds and climbers including Roses, Jasmine, Honeysuckle and Hydrangea. The vivid and colourful mixed borders are beautifully planted with amongst others, Peonies, Camelias, Poppies, Irises and Cornflowers providing year-round colour and interest. Mature trees include a Holm Oak, Acer, Mulberry, Hawthorne and an Apple Tree which provide definition and shade. The front of the house is adorned with a climbing Hydrangea and an impressive mature Japanese lilac Wisteria promising a dazzling display. At the far end of the garden are the remaining stone walls of an old period stable. Now a ruin, this space could be developed to create a home office/studio or ancillary accommodation subject to the necessary planning consent. To the side of the house is a sun-kissed paved terrace which is also accessed both from the sitting room and conservatory, perfect for outside entertaining or an evening gin and tonic. At the rear of the house is a gravelled area bordered by a Portuguese Laurel hedge. The lasting impression is of a truly stylish, spacious and impeccably presented house set in delightful gardens within this popular village. The northern fringe of the Blackmore Vale has changed little in centuries and comprises mainly dairy grassland divided by thick blackthorn hedges interspersed with small woodland coverts, remaining much as it did when Thomas Hardy immortalised it in his Wessex novels. Pretty villages break up this lovely landscape, comprising mainly period houses and cottages at their heart, and throughout the area strict planning controls are in place to ensure that the nature and character of the area is not spoilt. The pretty conservation village of North Cheriton is one such village. However, the communication links are superb with the Wincanton junction of the A303 (predominantly dual carriageway all the way to the M3 and London and leads to Exeter in the west) only two miles away and Templecombe station with its Waterloo connection only three miles away. Castle Cary has a connection to London Paddington taking only 90 minutes. The major towns of the area are all within easy reach such as Wincanton with its large supermarket and a number of smaller boutiques and shops, and the town of Sherborne, renowned for its two castles and spectacular Abbey, has a wide range of shops including a Waitrose. The nearest shops are Wincanton or alternatively the award-winning village shop in Charlton Horethorne. The new hotel and restaurant The Newt plus the world-renowned Hauser & Wirth Gallery is at nearby Bruton.