7 bedroom detached house for saleThorne, Somerset, BA21
Sold STC £1,000,000
- Popular Hamlet Location
- Grade II Listed
- 7 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms
- 3 Reception Rooms
- Wonderful, Varied Grounds
- Gardens & Swimming Pool
- In all 2.3 Acres
Full descriptionA wonderful detached Grade II Victorian rectory with spacious and adaptable accommodation including 6/7 bedrooms. Set in private grounds of 2.3 acres of gardens, orchard and paddock. Secluded Hamlet location yet just 3 miles from Yeovil.
The Property - Quite possibly the finest property currently on the market within such easy reach of town centre amenities, The Old Rectory is a handsome and comfortable home with much to offer the purchaser who seeks versatile accommodation with classically elegant proportions and splendid grounds in a highly sought-after location. Justifiably Grade II Listed, this property was constructed around 1853 as the rectory for the nearby Church of St Andrew using local lias stone, interspersed with mellow cut Hamstone and consequently exhibits character features including a charming former bread oven. Today the property is presented in a palette of fresh, classical neutrals which accentuate the high ceilings, attractive painted doors, leaded windows and sweeping staircases to provide a sense of period glamour dovetailed with modern facilities, creating a fantastic home for families of any age or size. As a result of a slightly elevated position and open farmland nearby, the property enjoys marvellous, far-reaching views towards Ham Hill from the front as well as various charming outlooks across the grounds, church and Thorne village from other aspects, highlighting just how truly special a location the property occupies.
As is characteristic of grand period homes, the internal accommodation is arranged to provide a thoughtful balance of formal and informal living, from the sumptuous and ceremonial dining room to the cosy, secluded television room on the first floor. Most of the reception rooms can be found on the ground floor arranged around a spacious entrance hall including the drawing room which is a simply stunning room with a feature open fireplace, a large window to the front and double doors leading directly to the sun terrace; a perfect setting for relaxed family time or more formal gatherings alike. With a breakfast room adjoining the kitchen and an imposing dining room the ideal setting for any type of meal is available, and for times when the aim is simply to get away from it all, the television room on the first floor is a wonderfully cloistered place in which to unwind and enjoy a more casual environment.
Much of the upper two floors of The Old Rectory is arranged as ample bedroom space, with up to 7 double bedrooms available if desired. From the entrance hall, a sweeping staircase rises to a generous first floor landing from which all rooms on the floor can be accessed, including three large bedrooms, two of which benefit from built in wardrobes and the largest enjoying a feature fireplace and en suite bathroom. The family bathroom is also accessed from the landing, and steps lead down into the television room, which can also be reached via a secondary staircase, offering excellent potential for use as a seventh bedroom or a home office with independent access to the parking area. A further staircase rises to the second floor where there are another three generous bedrooms, the two largest of which are linked by a door. Another bathroom can also be found on the second floor with it's own airing cupboard, and there is a further generous storage cupboard on the second floor landing.
Many of the features which transform a house into a convenient family home can be found here, with attention paid to ensuring that ample storage is available and that muddy shoes can be removed under cover before entering the rest of the house, a benefit which is particularly apparent when entering the property through the front door which leads into a welcoming entrance lobby. A significant asset to the property is the cellar which is divided into two rooms and provides excellent and easily accessible storage, with a door to the parking area from the cellar's access staircase facilitating the storage of heavy or bulky items. Another room which is fantastically appointed to cope with the stresses of modern life is the kitchen which is equipped with an oil fired Aga as well as an electric double oven, both of which are nestled among fitted, contemporary units into which an integral dishwasher and a 5-ring Calor gas hob are set. The utility room is located within easy reach of the kitchen with plumbing for a washing machine and space for a larder fridge/freezer. Those working from home will appreciate the study on the ground floor which benefits from an adjoining lobby and cloakroom.
Outside - The Old Rectory stands majestically in 2.3 acres of varied grounds which offer sensational outdoor amenities to suit a variety of lifestyles. A sweep of smooth lawn, interspersed with established flower and shrub beds, is a perfect excuse for garden parties with the "croquet" lawn representing a fantastic place for games. Similarly, the swimming pool area suggests a wealth of al fresco dining and entertaining opportunities with a summerhouse serving the dual purpose of providing a changing room as well as storage for garden furniture and pool equipment. Several sun terraces immediately abut the property which provide a choice of lovely places to enjoy the sunny aspect at any time of day, from morning coffee at the rear of the house to evening drinks on the side terrace. Keen gardeners will find themselves at home in the "good life garden" which is divided from the pleasure lawns by a hedge and is equipped with raised growing beds and a soft fruit cage. With a private aspect and an easily enclosable boundary, the garden is a haven for those with children and dogs.
The Old Rectory is approached along a sweeping gravel driveway which leads from Church Lane through a gate and splits to give access to a circular carriage driveway at the front of the property or a parking and turning area in front of the garage to the side. The garage is of double proportions with twin up-and-over doors and benefits from power, cloakroom facilities and a pedestrian door to the rear garden. There is also a lean-to wood store near the side entrance to the property. Accessed from the garden as well as through enjoying independent access to the lane, the paddock is a useful space within the grounds which is ideal for those keeping horses or livestock. The sunny aspect has been taken full advantage of with an area of solar panels and there is also a Victorian agricultural shed constructed of timber elevations beneath a tiled roof.
Services - Mains water and electricity. Private drainage (septic tank). Oil fired central heating.
Situation - The property is located near the end of a no-through road in the charming village of Thorne which is designated as a conservation village and enjoys a countryside feel with a no-through road giving access to the village. Nearby amenities include the Carpenters Arms pub in Chilthorne Domer which can be reached on foot within half a mile, or by road within 2 miles. Yeovil enjoys a wealth of shopping, leisure and health care amenities whilst the popular town of Sherborne can be reached 8 miles away. Sherborne and Yeovil Junction stations enjoy direct rail links with London (Waterloo).
Education is well catered for in the area with a variety of state and independent schools available. There are schools for children of all ages within Yeovil and a primary school in Chilthorne Domer, and independent schools within easy reach include The Park, Perrott Hill, Hazelgrove and Millfield at Street.
Directions - From Yeovil Hospital Roundabout take the A37 towards Ilchester and shortly after the Tesco Express bear left towards Tintinhull. At the double roundabout turn left onto Thorne Lane. Follow this road through the next roundabout and shortly after the turning into Western Avenue, turn right towards Thorne. Turn left by the church and the property can be found after a short distance on the left.
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