4 bedroom detached house for saleHigh Street, West Lydford, Somerset, TA11
Sold STC £610,000
- Detached Farmhouse
- Grade II Listed
- Up to 5 Double Bedrooms
- Annexe Potential
- Ample Parking
- Land Amounting to 3.8 Acres
- Additional Land Available
- Conversion Project Available
Full descriptionAn intriguing detached 4 bedroom Grade II Listed farmhouse with flexible accommodation with annexe potential set in 3.8 acres of gardens and adjoining paddock with additional land available by separate negotiation.
The Property - High Street Farm is a wonderful example of how a majestic, characterful property can be made into a fantastic family home through careful preservation of stunning features and sympathetic enhancement to provide modern amenities. Justifiably Grade II listed, the property is thought to have been constructed around the turn of the 19th century as an estate steward's house, before becoming the farmhouse for High Street Farm. The property is now offered for sale on the open market for the first time in 100 years, having been owned by members of the same family since the early 20th century, and under the ownership of the current vendors has enjoyed a programme of modernisation which has seen the installation of new kitchen and bathroom suites, redecoration throughout and attention to the central heating system and grounds.
In addition to striking Gothic-style elevations of Lias stone with fascinating leaded windows, the property exhibits a variety of imposing period features throughout including flagstone floors in the entrance halls and impressive fireplaces in the sitting room and breakfast area, both of which house log burners with a contemporary style stove used to great effect in the sitting room inglenook. Arguably a centrepiece of the property, the staircase is a particularly fine feature with painted stone steps and a wrought iron handrail forming an elegant sweeping ascent from the entrance hall to a central first floor landing, helping to maintain this property's feeling of comfortable grandeur when moving from living to sleeping accommodation.
Internally the accommodation is family orientated with great flexibility to easily suit the needs of a variety of purchasers. The ground floor layout provides two reception rooms, a central kitchen/breakfast room and the former coal store, which was converted several decades ago to provide additional living and sleeping accommodation capable of providing a single storey, self-contained annexe, when used in conjunction with a shower-and cloakroom accessed from the utility room. Alternatively, these rooms can be utilised as office space for those seeking a removed place to study or work from home, whilst multi generation or mature families can achieve a degree of separation if desired. The first floor is arranged as three generous double bedrooms, one of which benefits from built in wardrobes and storage, and the family bathroom which has been refurbished to provide a modern white suite with both bath and shower facilities available.
Domestically, the property has been beautifully appointed with all that is required to help the busy modern family achieve a more relaxed lifestyle. Ample storage can be found throughout the property; in addition to built in storage in two of the bedrooms and a loft space accessed by a wooden staircase from the bathroom, the property benefits from a spacious wine cellar which, with it's vaulted ceiling, external coal door and flagstone floor, is an excellent place to store all manner of household items, while power and light also enable the use of this room as a hobby or games room. Located between the kitchen and the former coal store, the utility room offers both laundry facilities and an excellent place to enter the property from the parking area or the garden with wet and muddy boots or dogs, owing to an easily maintained linoleum floor. The kitchen itself has been fitted with a range of traditional, farmhouse style units beneath wooden work surfaces and benefits from built in appliances including eye-level oven and grill, electric hob, fridge and dishwasher, conveniently arranged to one side of the room allowing space near the fireplace for a breakfast table, making this an excellent place for family meals and informal entertaining.
Outside - High Street Farm is surrounded by attractive, level grounds which amount to approximately 3.8 acres and are divided between areas of beautifully kept garden, paddock and a utility zone where the base of a former dutch barn stands. The garden is thoughtfully arranged to provide a large pleasure lawn which is interspersed with flower and shrub beds and enjoys a sunny aspect, suggesting an excellent place for al fresco dining and entertaining during warmer months, surrounded by your own and neighbouring fields. A large vegetable plot hints at a fantastic farmhouse lifestyle to be achieved here with the potential to lead "the good life", in conjunction with the adjoining paddock which would be ideal for keeping livestock or horses.
Ample parking is provided to the front of the property, where a concrete yard offers space for a number of vehicles, and there is vehicular access across the paddock to the site of the former dutch barn.
Agents Note - Further Land and buildings are available by separate negotiation;
Lot 2: Grade II Listed barn with planning permission for conversion to a 5 bedroom house with detached office and garage. Planning documents can be viewed on the Mendip District Council website, reference number 2016/1239/VRC. Guide Price £250,000.
Lot 3: Up to 39.4 Acres of level pasture, available in various lots, adjoining the grounds of High Street Farm. Price on Application.
An easement will be put in place allowing for the developer of the barn to connect to mains services.
There is a public footpath running through the paddock and leading out into Lot 3.
Situation - West Lydford is a popular village within the Mendip district which benefits from proximity to sought after schools and excellent transport links whilst still maintaining a countryside feel. Within the locality, amenities include a church, parish hall, petrol station with mini-supermarket, post office and pub and a broader range of amenities are available within Somerton, Castle Cary and Street, all of which are easily accessible.
Travel and commuting links from the area are readily available with the A37 accessible within half a mile. The A303 trunk road can be joined at Podimore Roundabout, and Castle Cary station offers rail services to London (Paddington), Bath, Bristol and Exeter, amongst other destinations within the South West.
With a variety of state and independent education for children of all ages within easy reach, West Lydford is ideally positioned to enjoy easy access to some of the area's most sought after schools including Hazelgrove and Millfield at Street.
Services - Mains water, drainage and electricity. Oil fired central heating.
Directions - From the A303 Podimore Roundabout take the A37 towards Bristol and continue straight ahead at the Lydford Crosskeys traffic lights. Take the next available left hand turn onto High Street and the entrance to High Street Farm can be found on the left a short distance after the village sports field.
These particulars are a guide only and should not be relied upon for any purpose.
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