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Symonds & Sampson, Ilminster

Key features

  • Extended detached cottage
  • Sympathetically improved, beautifully presented
  • Adjacent barn and former garage with immense potential (subject to PP)
  • Newly converted Bothy / Potential Home Office
  • Generous Reception hall / Snug
  • Large office / Family Room or Bedroom 4
  • Separate Dining Room, Kitchen / Breakfast Room
  • Utility Room and Shower Room
  • Stunning triple aspect Sitting Room
  • Three Double Bedrooms (potential for en suite)

Property description

Tenure: Freehold

Not too big, not too small. A perfect 'fairytale' cottage set in a plot of just over a third of an acre including outbuildings offering immense potential for conversion and home-working. Beautifully extended and offering deceptively spacious accommodation.

The property has clearly been a labour of love for the current owners, having been significantly improved and extended over recent years and yet retaining all the character and charm you could hope for. The extensions and upgrades have been seamlessly incorporated into the original property, with period-style double glazing and some beautiful little touches, all helping to blend a contemporary style of living with a homely, traditional feel.

The current owners have submitted an application for Pre-App advice with SSDC regarding conversion of the adjacent barn / former garage. This offers a wealth of possibilities whether you wish to create an annexe to the main house or perhaps generate some extra income. Whether you have an extended family, need somewhere to work from home or have hobbies that need that little bit of extra room – the scope is here.

Entering the cottage through the traditional entrance porch, there are oak sills, practical oak ledges for sitting and hanging space too. The original period front door opens into a generous reception hall or snug, with ample room for a sofa or two, a flagstone floor and pretty fireplace with a woodburning stove and the adjoining rediscovered bread oven. The stairs rise up to the first floor and under the stairs is space to store logs. A wide doorway and step leads down into the separate dining room, allowing the morning light to filter through into the snug. The dining room has the continuation of the flagstone floors and French doors opening to the rear courtyard. From the snug, oak latch doors open to a spacious separate study, perfect if you work from home. This would also make an ideal family room and has a solid wood floor and triple aspect windows making it a light and bright space to work or play, overlooking the hills and woodland in the distance. Equally should you need an extra bedroom on the ground floor then this could be ideal.

To the other side of the hall, an oak latch door leads you through to the kitchen / breakfast room. This has been fitted with bespoke kitchen units and central island in a dark navy / charcoal colour and oak worktops including a one and a half bowl ceramic butler sink, and mixer tap with filtered boiling water, with views of the garden beyond, integrated dishwasher, waste / recycling bins, fridge and pull-out larder unit with shelves to one side. To one corner are oak shelves for further storage, and the former fireplace now houses an electric range. Beyond the kitchen is a separate utility room with quarry tile style ceramic flooring throughout, a complementary range of storage cupboards and stable style UPVC double glazed door opening to the rear courtyard where there is space to hang your washing. A timber worktop incorporates a stainless-steel sink for messier jobs and to one side there is room for an extra upright fridge / freezer should you need one. There is space and plumbing for a washing machine with room above for your tumble dryer. A door opens to the useful ground floor shower room with contemporary suite including WC, square basin set on an oak worktop with concealed taps and walk-in wet-room style shower with white rustic metro tiling and integral drain.

The sitting room is simply beautiful. A later extension but designed to blend in with the rest of the property, it enjoys a triple aspect overlooking the gardens and a super open vaulted ceiling. Feature windows and the clever inclusion of a stunning full-length double glazed roof light to one side lets in plenty of natural light whatever the season. A traditional style fireplace with chimney breast houses a pretty but sizeable woodburning stove. To one side a niche provides room for log storage. French doors open onto the deck allowing you to “bring the outside in” and spill out onto the deck whilst entertaining.

On the first floor, the open landing gives you another space to sit and admire the lovely outlook, although there is scope to section off the landing to create another smaller extra bedroom if you so wish. The majority of the first floor again benefits from open vaulted ceilings adding to the sense of space and with a plethora of exposed beams and display ledges. An extra velux window lets in southerly light onto the landing, and an airing cupboard provides hanging space and access to the hot water cylinder.

To one side of the landing is a double bedroom with pleasant double aspect window overlooking the gardens and views beyond. There are original floorboards and access to an insulated loft area at this end of the property.

The master bedroom overlooks the garden and has a range of built-in triple width wardrobes with sliding doors. The vendors inform us that the plumbing has been installed for the possible creation of en suite facilities should you require them – please ask for further details. Bedroom three is another double room with a pretty outlook, and a built-in storage cupboard / hanging space with storage over.
The family bathroom is attractively appointed. Period style tongue and groove panelling juxtaposes with polished travertine tiles to give a modern but characterful look. The white contemporary suite includes double ended freestanding bath with central taps, WC, wide basin and vanity storage beneath, large walk-in shower enclosure with dual head controls and glass screen. There is a large ladder style towel rail / radiator giving plenty of warmth and space for towels.

The property is accessed from the village lane via a gravel driveway giving plenty of parking and space to one side potentially for the creation of another garage subject to the necessary consents. A stone wall partly encloses the driveway from the lane, with a shrub / rockery border to one side.
The driveway provides access to the detached barn and adjoining former single garage, which originally would have been the village forge. As mentioned before, this offers enormous scope for conversion to a multitude of other uses but equally offer fantastic storage / workshop space currently should you need it. There is power and light connected and to the rear of the garage space is a WC with drainage and plumbing connected already. The barn itself currently has a part timber floor to provide a level surface, and mezzanine storage level to the ceiling.

From the driveway, a path leads around to a rear courtyard area behind the cottage, with two outside taps, external power points and the air source heat pump for the central heating. The rear courtyard is partly enclosed by a high stone wall on the boundary giving excellent privacy. There is a raised flower border leading the length of the wall and space for a washing line. This leads around to a substantial oak deck which extends around the southerly side of the cottage giving ample room for entertaining and al fresco dining. A semi-circular oak seating area overlooks a brick-built barbecue and fire pit. From the deck, steps lead up to the main lawn which is interspersed with shrubs and trees. A gravelled area includes a raised vegetable bed contained by oak sleepers, beyond which is an aluminium greenhouse. To one corner of the garden the former Victorian privy has been reinstated as a compostable “gardeners’ toilet”. Beyond is a compost area for garden clippings etc, willow and apple trees and flower beds.

A former stable has been newly converted into a superb bothy / garden office. The addition of a full-length double glazed skylight has transformed this space, with further original windows overlooking the garden and view. Laminate floor has been installed as well as power points with USB connectors. There is also water connected via an outside tap. Adjoining the bothy is a gravelled seating area.
A large timber log store provides ample storage and had an adjoining timber tool shed / workshop with bench, power and light connected.


Current Council Tax Band E


Chaffcombe is a small, pretty village on the western slopes of the windwhistle ridge with a parish church, village hall and its own historic waterwheel situated in the woods near the reservoir. The reservoir is 48 acres of open water just to the south west of the village and popular with anglers, bird-watchers and walkers alike. There is also access to a fantastic cycle-path (part of the sustrans route 33) which provides an excellent almost level pathway from Chard to Ilminster along the route of the former disused railway line. Despite the idyllic rural outlook you are only a short drive from excellent road links.



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Chaffcombe, Somerset


Distances are straight line measurements from the centre of the postcode
  • Crewkerne Station6.6 miles
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