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Hadspen, Castle Cary, BA7

Offers in excess of £1,300,000

Sold-STC

4 Beds 2 Baths 3 Receptions

REF: SHE240085

A HANDSOME AND WELL PROPORTIONED FAMILY HOUSE WITH ESTABLISHED GARDENS AND PADDOCKS, OFFERING AN IDYLLIC LIFESTYLE IN A PRIME LOCATION

PROPERTY FEATURES

  • Beautiful Georgian property with typical proportions
  • Quiet and much sought-after location
  • Now in need of modernisation
  • Various stables and outbuildings
  • Potential to develop (subject to planning consents)
  • Just under 5 acres in total

THE PROPERTY

This impressive double fronted, Grade II listed house constructed of Ham Stone under a Welsh slate roof, is thought to date from the early 19th century and has been in the current ownership for the past 49 years. It occupies a superb location, in a secluded valley close to Castle Cary and Bruton. It has clearly been a much-loved home of an avid gardener and is now in need of some modernisation in order to fully realise its potential. On entering the front door, you are welcomed into a spacious hallway with the dining room and drawing room to the left and right. Notable for its good light, the dual aspect drawing room with fireplace and sash windows adds to the charm. The elegant dining room has cupboards and display shelves in the alcoves each side of the chimney breast. To the rear of the house, with direct access out to the gardens, is a bright and attractive dual aspect kitchen with a window seat, a range of neutral wall and base units, a white oil-fired Aga and space and connection for appliances. There is ample space for a table and chairs for informal dining. As well as the comfortable reception rooms, this is a very practical house that includes a large utility room with space and connections for fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer, and a walk-in larder, all adding to the convenience of this functional space. A study, ideal for those working from home, a boot room, cloakroom, and the back door giving access to the courtyard garden, completes the picture on the ground floor. Stairs rise to first floor where there is a spacious and attractive landing and four double bedrooms, all with dual aspect, good storage, and views over the garden and neighbouring apple orchard. There is a family bathroom and a separate shower room. There is access to the attic which runs the full length of the house providing potential for storage or possible development of at least 600 sq.ft, subject to the necessary consents. The lasting impression is of a most attractive property nestled in a quiet highly desirable hamlet, offering some very exciting potential. OUTBUILDINGS & GROUNDS The property is approached off a very quiet lane with double gates opening onto the front driveway with parking for several cars. The delightful gardens surrounding the property have been cleverly arranged with considered planting of mature trees, including yew, azaleas, magnolia, shrubs, herbaceous plants, a terrace for dining and an enchanting walled courtyard garden. There are a range of outbuildings, including a generous sized garage and a pretty Ham stone block with three stables and a tack room. The barns and outbuildings provide exciting development potential subject to any necessary consents. The yard entrance leads to an ample parking area and a gate through to the courtyard garden and the house. Within the garden there are 2 greenhouses. From the yard there is a gate to the rear paddock that surrounds the house and rear garden. This field is on the boundary with a cider apple orchard, which is not within the curtilage but may be available for a separate purchase - refer to Jackson-Stops for more details. A further paddock and the woodland area, with an abundance of mature trees and a pond, can be accessed via a gate which lies across the lane, opposite the stable yard entrance. The total land holding extends to just under 5 acres. LOCATION Hadspen is a delightful hamlet surrounded by magnificent countryside within easy reach of Castle Cary and Bruton. Part of a thriving local community that incorporates nearby Pitcombe and Cole, life often centres around the very active village hall, close to Hadspen Valley House. It is small wonder that Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, the eminent architectural historian, described nearby Castle Cary as Somerset's prettiest town. Its centre is dominated by period buildings constructed, in the main, of the distinctive honey coloured stone for which the area is well known and of which the focal point is the duck pond. Castle Cary has carefully preserved its status as a market town and has a number of traditional shops and excellent boutiques within the Conservation Area. Surrounding the town is unspoilt and lightly wooded undulating farmland where dairy farming predominates interspersed with delightful villages. Sporting and Recreation The area is well provided for with bridleways, quiet lanes, and footpaths suitable for cycling, riding and walking. Within close proximity lies the town of Bruton, which plays host to a plethora of attractions, cafes and restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Osip and the popular At The Chapel. The Hauser & Wirth gallery, garden, Roth Bar and farm shop, are within a short drive. The Newt, now well renowned for its many first class attractions, is also nearby. Sailing and water sports on the Bristol Channel, Dorset coast or Sutton Bingham and Chew reservoirs. Nearby racing is at Wincanton, Salisbury and Taunton. The are also numerous golf courses in the area and theatres are at Bath, Yeovil, Bristol and Salisbury. Education There are good schools for children of all ages within easy motoring distance, including the Sherborne Schools' group. There is a primary school and Ansford Academy (secondary education) in Castle Cary. Nearby, Bruton is well known for its schools, most notably King's Bruton and Sexeys School - a state day/boarding school. Hazlegrove Prep School at Sparkford offers further well-regarded private education. Communications to this part of the country are excellent. From Castle Cary there are regular train services to both Waterloo and Paddington, the latter in about 1 hour 40 minutes. The A303 links with the M3, much of it dual carriageway, thus putting London within about two and a half hours' drive.