Knowle St. Giles, Chard
- Detached extended cottage with contemporary feel
- Superb elevated position with views to Blackdown Hills and Quantocks
- Substantial gardens of c.1.4 acres
- Triple garaging, shed, summerhouse, greenhouse
- Individual and characterful accommodation
- Superb proportions throughout
- Spacious kitchen / dining room
- Utility room and downstairs shower-room
- Further large double aspect living / dining room
- Rear family room / sitting room
Occupying the site of what was originally a much smaller period cottage, the house has been substantially extended and remodelled to create a light filled, highly individual home with character features and a contemporary twist. Many of the rooms enjoy triple or double aspects and all have wonderful far-reaching views. Whilst it is plenty large enough for a family, it’s also homely enough for those couples who need plenty of entertaining space or room for visitors.
On a day-to-day basis you are likely to use the side door from the driveway, which brings you in to a particularly spacious kitchen / dining room. The floor is tiled with a practical ceramic slate effect tile which continues through into the separate utility room. The kitchen units are a traditional style with cream coloured front and granite effect work tops. The Rangemaster electric range and the freestanding Smeg fridge / freezer are included in the sale, whilst the dishwasher and freezer are also integrated. There is also an oil-fired Stanley Range which provides the domestic heating / hot water provision. The spacious dining area has room for both the largest of tables, and / or a few comfy chairs should you wish, making this a really sociable space for friends and family.
Beyond the separate utility room (where there is room for your washing machine) there is a well-presented shower-room giving you a useful extra set of facilities on the ground floor.
From the kitchen a door opens through to a large living / dining room. This is a particularly versatile space which can be used as another dining space to one end, but with plenty of room for a cosier sitting room area around the modern inglenook style fireplace that lies to one end. The fireplace still houses the original bread oven niche, and now includes a woodburning stove and tiled hearth. There are display niches within the lovely thick stone walls, which formed the original cottage. As with many of the rooms, there are deep oak window sill recesses. A door opens through to a light and airy family room (or second sitting room) which overlooks and opens onto the rear gardens via two sets of double glazed French doors.
The stairs lead up from this room to a unique and impressive landing space, which in turn opens out onto a balcony overlooking the gardens and countryside beyond. The oak elements from elsewhere in the house are carried through by way of the balustrade, supporting pillars and architrave. There are birch effect fitted wardrobes to one side, and doors open to four bedrooms and the family bathroom.
The master bedroom has a double aspect, again with far reaching views towards Ilminster and the Quantocks. There is also a fitted wardrobe. To one corner is an attractively fitted en suite shower room with mosaic pebble effect tiled flooring, large shower enclosure, vanity wash hand basin with drawer storage, WC and chrome ladder style towel radiator.
Bedrooms two and three are also generous double rooms with lovely views, and bedroom four is a smaller double or generous single room.
The family bathroom is a good size, with square whirlpool bathtub, his and hers sinks, shower area with rainfall shower and WC. The room has lots of natural light via a large skylight window. A door from the bathroom leads up to an attic room for storage or occasional office / hobby space. The hot water cylinder with electric immersion is located in the loft.
From the country lane a generously wide entrance leads into a gravelled driveway via two timber 5-bar gates offering copious amounts of parking and turning space. This is bounded by stone walls. To one side of the drive steps lead up to a vegetable garden which screens the oil tank to one corner. Gravel paths lead around the vegetable garden and mature hedging creates privacy to this side of the garden. A path leads behind the TRIPLE GARAGE / WORKSHOP where there is useful storage space for ladders etc. The garage has three up and over doors, power and light connected. There is also a water tap to one side.
To the other side is a further gravelled area with ALUMINIUM GREENHOUSE, and adjoining shrub border. The lawn sweeps up to a TIMBER RAISED BED for further vegetable gardening. A mature beech hedge gives an attractive all year round boundary for to this end of the garden. The majority of the 1.4 acre plot is laid to large expanses of lawn with mature trees including ornamental cherries, fruit trees and natives such as oak and ash trees. There is a living willow / cherry arbour with seating area.
Nearest the property wide, shallow sleeper steps lead down to patios on the east and southern side of the house. To the front a gate leads around to the front garden via well-stocked raised borders and opens onto the lane. There is a further gate opening to the west side of the garden with adjoining double electrical external socket. There are also two further outside taps.
On the west side of the house is a further large gravelled seating area, leading onto the lawn. There are two double outside sockets on the south-west side of the property.
Beyond which is a further gravelled garden (where the private drainage is located). There is a timber STORAGE SHED and mature trees, perfect for a tree swing!
The lower section of garden is also lawned, with a TIMBER SUMMERHOUSE making the most of the evening sunshine.
The property is surrounded by beautiful countryside, offering excellent opportunities to enjoy leisurely walking, cycling and riding. It occupies a delightful rural location in an area of natural beauty, surrounded by countryside in this popular part of South Somerset, with views to the Blackdown Hills and Quantock Hills in the west.
Within walking distance of the property is the Chard-Ilminster off road cycle path, part of Sustrans Route 33 which offers a traffic free route to both towns via the route of an old railway line.
The picturesque village of Dowlish Wake with its Inn, Church and cider mill is 2½ miles, while the country towns of Ilminster (less than 3 miles) and Chard (3 miles) offer a wide range of local amenities including national and independent retailers, schooling, banks and supermarkets. Crewkerne is also within easy reach with its mainline railway station (Waterloo – Exeter) and Waitrose supermarket. The county town of Taunton (M5 Motorway & Mainline Station) 15 miles, Golf Course at Cricket St Thomas (3 miles), and the Jurassic coastline at Lyme Regis is 15 miles.
Knowle St. Giles, Chard
NEAREST STATIONSDistances are straight line measurements from the centre of the postcode
- Crewkerne Station6.7 miles
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