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Higher Farmhouse is a handsome, natural stone, double fronted, period, Grade II listed farmhouse dating from 1778 situated in a lovely semi-rural, hamlet address near the towns of Yeovil and Sherborne. A lovely approach gives access to an extensive driveway parking area leading to an attached double garage/workshop and further double carport. The house stands in a level plot and gardens and attached paddock extending to over three quarters of an acre (0.8 acres). This house has been finished stylishly, retaining many original character features including inglenook fireplace, mullion windows with leaded lights, exposed beam work and flagstone floors. The house is heated by oil fired radiator central heating, cast iron multi fuel stove in the sitting room and also benefits from some bespoke double glazing. The property enjoys lovely rural views from many of the windows. The beautifully laid out, generous, flexible accommodation extends to 4568 square feet and comprises entrance reception hall, drawing room, sitting room, ‘wow-factor’ open plan farmhouse kitchen/breakfast room with walk-in larder cupboard, garden room, side lobby, utility room, dining room/office and ground floor WC. On the first floor there is a landing area with loft ladder giving access to two significant attic rooms, master suite comprising large double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and dressing area, second double bedroom with en-suite shower room, two further double bedrooms and a family shower room. On the second floor there is a further landing area, two more double bedrooms and second floor shower room/WC. There is also a significant loft area providing scope for further conversion/extension, subject to the necessary planning permission. There are superb countryside walks from the front door as well as riding opportunities with bridleways nearby the property. It is also a very short walk to the village pub! The property is a brief drive to the heart of the historic town centre of Sherborne with its superb boutique high street with cafes, restaurants, Waitrose store and independent shops plus the breath-taking Abbey, Almshouses, Pageant Gardens park and Sherborne's world-famous private schools. It is also a very short drive to the mainline railway station to London Waterloo. The property is perfect for those aspiring families making the most of the cheap mortgages available at the moment, buyers cashing out of the South East and London market or cash buyers looking for their perfect pied-a-terre in this exceptional rural area. It would also appeal to the high-end holiday letting and second home markets. THIS SUPERB PROPERTY MUST BE VIEWED TO BE APPRECIATED.
Stone paved front pathway leads to period storm porch, outside light, glazed and panelled period front door leads to entrance reception hall.
ENTRANCE RECEPTION HALL – 18’8 Maximum x 8’5 Maximum
A generous entrance greeting area providing a heart to the home, period staircase rises to the first floor, panelled door leads to under stairs cupboard space, flagstone floors, radiator, doors lead off the entrance reception hall to the main ground floor reception rooms.
DRAWING ROOM – 30’10 Maximum x 16’ Maximum
A beautifully proportioned main reception room enjoying large Inglenook fireplace with cast iron open fireplace, brick hearth. This room enjoys a light triple aspect with multi-pane windows to both sides and rear, exposed beam work, three radiators, brick arched feature alcove with bread oven feature, exposed brickwork, TV point.
MUSIC ROOM / OFFICE – 17’5 Maximum x 15’8 Maximum
Multi-pane leaded light, stone mullion window to the front, panelled surrounds, working shutters, views over the front garden, exposed pine floorboards, feature stone fireplace with cast iron log burning stove, fire side recess with shelving and cupboards, radiator, telephone point, exposed painted beams.
SITTING ROOM – 19’10 Maximum x 18’6 Maximum
A beautifully presented reception room enjoying a light dual aspect with leaded light mullion windows to the front overlooking the front garden and to the rear, large Inglenook fireplace with flagstone hearth, cast iron log burning stove, fireside recess cupboard space, exposed oak floors, panelled shutters, radiator, telephone point, TV point, exposed painted beam work, panelled door from the sitting room leads to inner hall.
Flagstone floors, radiator, glazed door to the rear, glazed and panelled door leads to ground floor WC.
GROUND FLOOR WC
Fitted low level WC, pedestal wash basin, window to the front, radiator, tiled floor.
Pine panelled door from the inner hall leads to open plan farmhouse kitchen.
OPEN-PLAN FARMHOUSE KITCHEN/DINING ROOM – 29’10 Maximum x 13’7 Maximum
This room boasts a feature entrance leading straight into a garden room giving a full through-measurement of 27’4 Maximum and boasting lovely, south facing views over the main garden. This fantastic kitchen enjoys a range of solid pine panelled country kitchen units comprising solid maple timber work surface and surrounds, a range of drawers and cupboards under, flagstone work surfaces, tiled surrounds, ceramic Belfast sink with mixer tap over, a range of drawers and cupboards under, space and plumbing for dishwasher, space for fridge, feature fireplace with timber surrounds, housing oil-fired Aga, tiled surrounds, separate space for electric oven with gas hob, glass splash back, wall mounted cooker hood extractor fan, flagstone floor, exposed beam work, window to the front enjoying views across the front garden and a sunny southerly aspect, space for substantial dining room table, ceiling mouldings and picture rail, multi-pane window to the rear with window seat, oak flooring, radiator, telephone point. Latch door leads to walk-in larder, flagstone floor, wall mounted shelving, electric light and power connected. Entrance from the farmhouse kitchen dining room leads to garden room.
GARDEN ROOM – 12’11 Maximum x 15’6 Maximum
Bespoke period-style double glazed hardwood construction enjoying lovely views across the main garden and a sunny south facing aspect, exposed natural stone elevations, oak flooring, cast iron stove style living flame fire powered by LPG, double glazed double French doors open onto the front patio.
Entrance from the main kitchen area leads to the rear lobby.
Multi-pane glazed and panelled door leads to the front, Flagstone floor, timber stable door leads to utility room / boot room.
UTILITY ROOM / BOOT ROOM – 14’3 Maximum x 7’6 Maximum
A range of solid pine panelled kitchen units with solid maple woodwork surface, stainless-steel sink bowl and drainer unit, space and plumbing for washing machine and timber dryer, cupboards under, space for chest freezer and upright fridge freezer, flagstone floor, radiator, double glazed timber window to the front.
Period staircase rises from the entrance reception hall to a large split-level first floor landing. Panelled door leads to airing cupboard housing sealed pressurised hot water cylinder, slatted shelving, ceiling hatch and loft ladder leads to attic rooms.
ATTIC ROOM ONE – 14’11 Maximum x 10’11 Maximum
Exposed floorboards and rafters, multi-pane window to the rear, light and power connected, period timber door leads to attic room two.
ATTIC ROOM TWO – 15’6 Maximum x 10’8 Maximum
Multi-pane window to the side, exposed rafters, light and power connected.
Panelled doors lead off the first floor landing to the main first floor rooms.
MASTER BEDROOM – 22’2 Maximum x 15’7 Maximum
A generous double bedroom with multi-pane window to the front, exposed painted beam work, exposed pine floorboards, radiator. Entrance leads to dressing area, fitted dressing table with work surface, drawers and cupboards under, double panelled doors lead to large, fitted wardrobe cupboard space. Panelled door leads to en-suite bathroom.
A period style white suite comprising low level WC, ceramic wash basin on washstand, panelled bath with mains shower tap arrangement over, tiled surrounds, chrome heated towel rail, tiled floor, shaver point, extractor fan, exposed painted beam work, window to the rear.
BEDROOM TWO – 16’6 Maximum x 16’4 Maximum
A generous double bedroom, leaded light stone mullion window with window seat to the front enjoying a sunny southerly aspect and views across the front garden, exposed pine floorboards, exposed painted beam work, radiator, doors lead to fitted wardrobe cupboard space.
BEDROOM THREE – 16’4 Maximum x 13’9 Maximum
A third generous double bedroom enjoying a light dual aspect with leaded light mullion window to the front overlooking the front garden enjoying a sunny southerly aspect, window seat, window to the rear, exposed painted floorboards and beam work, radiator, door leads to fitted wardrobe cupboard space. Entrance to en-suite shower room.
EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM
A modern white suite comprising low level WC, pedestal wash basin, large, glazed shower cubicle with wall mounted mains rain shower over, tiled surrounds, panelling to dado height, tiled floor, shaver point, extractor fan, exposed painted beam work.
BEDROOM FOUR – 8’3 Maximum x 9’10 Maximum
Leaded light mullion windows to the front enjoying views across the front garden, window seat, exposed pine floorboards, exposed painted beam work, radiator, double doors lead to fitted wardrobe cupboard space.
FIRST FLOOR FAMILY SHOWER ROOM
A contemporary white suite comprising low level WC, pedestal wash basin, tiled splash back, glazed shower cubicle with wall mounted mains shower over, tiled surrounds, tiled floor, chrome heated towel rail and radiator, window to the rear, shaver point, panelled door leads to linen cupboard with slatted shelving.
Staircase rises from the first floor landing to the second floor landing. Exposed painted rafters and beams, window to the rear, latch doors lead off to the second floor bedrooms.
BEDROOM FIVE – 17’4 Maximum x 12’10 Maximum
Multi-pane window to the side, vaulted ceiling with exposed rafters and beam work, radiator.
BEDROOM SIX – 12’10 Maximum x 12’9 Maximum
Another generous double bedroom enjoying a vaulted ceiling with exposed rafters and beam work, multi-pane window to the front, radiator.
SECOND FLOOR SHOWER ROOM
A period style white suite comprising low level WC, pedestal wash basin, glazed walk-in shower cubicle with wall mounted mains shower over, tiled surrounds, double glazed ceiling window to the side, radiator, tiled floor.
Vehicular access from the country lane to gravelled driveway. Double timber five bar gates open to an enclosed parking area providing off-road parking for 8 or more cars. Driveway leads to attached double garage.
ATTACHED DOUBLE GARAGE / WORKSHOP – 23’2 Maximum x 21’ Maximum
Light and power connected, double timber garage doors, rafter storage above, window to the side, garage houses oil-fired central heating boiler, personal door to the side.
DOUBLE CARPORT – 20’5 Maximum x 17’4 Maximum
Door leads from the carport to attached outside WC.
Low level WC, wall mounted wash basin.
Front stone paved pathway leads to stone paved patio area and pathway leading to storm porch and front door, outside light, undercover veranda area, outside tap. The main garden is situated at the front of the property and it enjoys a sunny southerly aspect. The whole plot is level and extends to approximately three quarters of an acre (0.8 acres).
FRONT GARDEN – 162’ in length x 130’ in width
The main portion of the garden is laid to sweeping lawn and enclosed by a mixture of mature hedges and natural stone walls. There are a variety of mature trees, flower beds and borders, large stone paved patio area with outside lighting.
DETACHED CABIN / SUMMERHOUSE – 11’ Maximum x 14’7 Maximum
Light and power connected.
Further paved patio seating area laid to stone chippings, stone-built barbeque.
Timber gates from the main garden area from the driveway leads to further paddock land on the southern side of the property bordering the country lane.
This is an L-shaped piece of land measuring approximately a quarter of an acre (0.23 acres) offering development potential, subject to the necessary planning permission. The paddock has a tap connected and enjoys vehicular access via double five bar timber gates from the driveway area.
An entrance at the rear of the carport gives access to rear courtyard garden.
COURTYARD GARDEN - 39’3 Maximum x 15’9 Maximum
Laid to stone chippings, glazed and panelled door leading to the inner hall.