5 bedroom detached house for saleYeovilton, Somerset, BA22
Sold STC £550,000
- Detached Long House
- Grade II Listed
- Beautifully Renovated
- 5 Bedrooms
- 4 Reception Rooms
- Generous Gardens
- Parking and Stables
- Fantastic Country Views
Full descriptionA charming detached grade II property which has been renovated to create a beautiful 5 bedroom home with a wealth of versatile accommodation. There are generous private gardens, lovely views, parking, stables and workshop/shed.
The Property - Orchard House is one of the most charming and stylish homes currently available in South Somerset which represents a highly desirable rural lifestyle without compromising on the quality of the accommodation and offers great versatility throughout. Having been lovingly restored and updated under the current ownership, the property offers excellent modern facilities and generously proportioned rooms whilst still retaining the aura of a truly romantic English country cottage; an advantage not often achieved so effortlessly in properties of character. As a result of a south-facing garden backing onto open farmland, glorious views can be enjoyed from many rooms, and plenty of windows ensure that the property is full of natural light.
Justifiably Grade II Listed, the property is believed to date back to the early 19th century, when it was constructed as a considerably smaller cottage which has been extended several times of the years with sympathy to the original building, creating the attractive Somerset long house seen today. Much character is exhibited throughout with later additions carefully selected to compliment more ancient features, such as exposed beams in many rooms, an impressive inglenook fireplace with bread oven in the sitting room and an original stable door leading from the hallway to the garden, whilst modern convenience has been carefully considered, leading to the use of LED lights throughout, high standards of insulation and a fantastic entertainment system in the drawing room.
A significant asset to the property are the four reception rooms, which collectively provide a space for any occasion. The kitchen/breakfast room offers a farmhouse-style dining experience with attractive wooden units, a double Belfast sink and an oil-fired Rayburn complimenting the characterful elements of the property, with a separate touch-sensitive electric hob and oven for cooking during warmer months, whilst the dining room is perfect for more formal occasions with a feature fireplace and mood lighting. Forming a centrepiece for the property, the sitting room occupies the oldest part of the house, a fact evidenced by numerous period features including three window seats, exposed ceiling and wall timbers and a beautiful inglenook fireplace, which houses a multifuel burner and conjures images of a hearty setting for relaxed evenings or casual entertaining. Slightly removed from the rest of the accommodation, the drawing room/snug has been arranged as a media centre with an integrated bluetooth enabled music system, smart television, coloured mood lighting and electric stove, all of which are remotely controlled making this an ideal movie room and setting for gatherings of teenagers. Alternatively, this room could be used to great effect by those working from home or desiring a place for independent study, in conjunction with the cloakroom and the utility room from which a door leads to the garden. The piano room is a flexible space with potential for a variety of uses: a great benefit for the growing or more mature family who might require adaptable accommodation to suit the changing needs of family members.
The wonderful proportions and fine quality of the ground floor accommodation is continued on the first floor, where five charming bedrooms can be found. Two staircases lead to both older and more recent parts of the house, which interlink through a Jack-and-Jill bathroom with power shower and bath facilities shared by the master and second bedrooms, both of which also benefit from excellent built in storage. Rising from the piano room, the primary staircase leads to a large landing which has previously been used as additional bedroom space yet offers great potential for use as a study or play area, from which the family bathroom and four of the bedrooms can be accessed including the delightful fourth bedroom where exposed beams on the original exterior wall of the property help to create an atmosphere of quaint character.
Versatility is a key feature of the property which can be taken advantage of to suit a variety of individual needs. At present, the property forms one large family home with rooms effortlessly flowing from one to the other on each level, yet those needing to accommodate dependent relatives or grown-up children living at home could easily create a self contained annexe: with the utility room having been converted from a kitchen and an independent staircase rising to the master bedroom and bathroom, the easternmost part of the house could be separated with little effort required to form a one bedroom dwelling with it's own access to the garden. The wide variety of reception rooms and bedrooms available allow for a number of different arrangements, with unique requirements easily catered for with small amounts of adaptation necessary.
Outside - Orchard House benefits from a generous plot measuring approximately 0.3 of an acre with an excellent range of outdoor facilities on offer to cater for a variety of hobbies and lifestyles, including a large workshop/shed and a stable block comprising two spacious boxes with a concrete yard. Those desiring somewhere to relax outside in beautiful surroundings will appreciate the tranquility of the garden, with an ornamental pond and well stocked borders hosting an exciting array of plant life which complements the chocolate-box elevations of the cottage and the south facing aspect ensuring a sunny environment at all times of day, whilst keen gardeners will be very much at home within this level plot which benefits from three raised kitchen garden beds, planted with a variety of herbs, fruit and vegetables, a greenhouse, fruit trees and an enclosed chicken run. Beyond the garden fence open countryside stretches towards Limington in the distance, ensuring a private aspect enjoying the same glorious views observed from within the house and creating a stunning back drop for al fresco dining and entertaining when weather allows.
Aside from the wonderful landscaping, herbaceous borders and excellent facilities created here, practical elements of the garden have also been carefully considered. This has resulted in the installation of a log store, sensor lights on the house, stables and workshop ensuring both security and safe passage outside daylight hours, natural water supplies including rain water harvesting and a well with pump and external power points, collectively enabling effective gardening and maximum enjoyment of the outside space. Parking is also well provided for with a gravelled parking area offering space for 3-4 vehicles.
Situation - Yeovilton is a small village located close to Ilchester and within easy reach of Yeovil Town and Sherborne. Within the village amenities include a church and a choice of livery yards, with many footpaths and bridleways offering excellent opportunities to explore the countryside on foot or horseback. The nearest pub is located just 1 mile distant in Limington and day-to-day shopping and health care facilities accessible within 2 miles; Ilchester enjoys a selection of amenities including petrol station and convenience store, pubs, restaurants and cafes and primary school, with a comprehensive range of shopping, leisure and health care facilities available in the commercial centre of Yeovil and within Sherborne, where there is a Waitrose supermarket.
The village enjoys a countryside setting within easy reach of transport links including the A303 trunk road and Yeovil and Castle Cary train stations which offer rail services to London (Waterloo and Paddington respectively), Exeter and Bristol. Education is also well catered for with a selection of state and independent schools in the area including Sherborne Schools, The Park, Hazelgrove and Millfield at Street.
Services - Mains water (metered), drainage and electricity. Economy 7 storage heaters. Oil Fired Rayburn with hot water provision. We understand the property is currently on Fibre Optic Broadband.
Directions - From Yeovil take the A37 towards Bristol and turn right into Ilchester. After 100m turn right towards Limington. On reaching Limington turn left, signposted to Yeovilton. The property can be found on the left hand side at the start of Bineham Lane.
Agents' Note - Please note that the current Google Streetview image dates from 2009, before considerable works were done to the property. For a more accurate representation of the current condition you are advised to drive past the property or refer to the photographs.
An adjoining paddock (which is under a different ownership) measuring 0.3 of an acre may be available for sale by separate negotiation. Please refer to the agents for further information.
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