Turnpike Lodge is a surprisingly spacious and interesting property which offers flexible accommodation and lots of potential. Situated on the edge of this sought after village, the property sits within a plot of ¾ acre and enjoys views over the adjoining open countryside and the landscape beyond. The main house has been built with character, as have the conservatory/garden rooms which are timber clad to blend into the landscape. The entrance hall gives you the first taste of that character and provides a nice link between the main house and the annexe. Separate doors to the ground floor of the annexe, and the first floor studio are located on the right hand side of the hallway. The far door takes you through to a useful inner lobby with stairs to the first floor. This has already been configured to create a smart one bedroom studio, with a sitting room, fitted kitchen, and bathroom. The ground floor is currently used to provide a utility room, study and large games room, but this could easily be reconfigured to replicate the first floor layout to provide an additional studio. This extra accommodation could be used for guests, dependant relatives, or holiday lets, offering income potential or a flexible living arrangement.
The main part of the house is made up of a good size kitchen breakfast room with a door through to the inner lobby/boot room. This room has an outside door which was originally the front door, however it's perfectly placed to be the tradesman's entrance and to cater for the trappings of country living, i.e. muddy wellies, & muddy paws. This is the only part of the house which is attached to the neighbour s house, the rest of the property is un-attached. The kitchen has an excellent range of units and workspace, plenty of room for the family to mingle around the breakfast table, and a useful pantry with enough room for a fridge freezer, this is definitely the heart of the home. The kitchen also has a glazed door through to the inner hall. Adjacent to the kitchen is the dining room which is perfect for more formal dining, followed by the study/library. Bedroom 4 is also located on the ground floor adding to the flexible living arrangement, it could also be used to form part of the holiday let potential. The drawing room is at the far end of the hallway, this charming room benefits from an attractive bay window overlooking the garden and an open fireplace with Jet master Fire, both of which contribute to the atmosphere of the room. At the rear of the property is the garden room which is divided into three distinct areas, providing interesting and flexible accommodation throughout the year. In the winter months the log burning stove allows the first conservatory to be used as a cosy snug where you can enjoy relaxing in a more casual environment than the drawing room. The southern end of the conservatory has large glazed doors opening to terrace, and is the ideal place to enjoy warm summer evenings.
The low rise staircase is another attractive feature, as it leads you up to the galleried landing. Upstairs there are three bedrooms and a family bathroom with separate WC and, if required, with some reconfiguring the layout could provide ensuite facilities to bedrooms 2 and 3.
Grounds & Gardens
The secure gated entrance to the front of the property leads to an extensive gravelled parking and turning area which is framed to one side by herbaceous borders. The garage block has been converted by the current owners to create a substantial annexe, however its façade with the clever use of wooden panelling ensures that it looks like a triple garage.
To the rear the garden is primarily south west facing, and is completely private, it comprises of a lawned area screened by mature hedging which could be used to create a kitchen garden or become a children's play area. A canopy to the rear of the games room provides a very useful under cover utility area.
The main garden is a place to relax and enjoy, it is made up of a large expanse of lawn with mature trees and plants, a wildlife pond and generous flower borders. It is framed by low hedging and provides the perfect location to appreciate the uninterrupted views of the neighbouring farmland and the landscape beyond.
Turnpike Lodge occupies a delightful position at the foot of the Marlborough Downs, on the edge of the village of Compton Bassett. The village lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty an historic landscape with origins dating back to pre-medieval times. Those with an interest in sporting and rural pursuits are well catered for in the area and the property offers first class opportunities for walking and riding nearby.
The village itself is a quiet spot with a good pub, a church and a village hall. Calne is a few minutes away and has very good facilities for everyday needs. The market town of Devizes is six miles away and has a range of supermarkets, restaurants and amenities including a cinema and leisure centre as well as a thriving produce and antiques market each Thursday.
There is excellent schooling nearby including St Margaret's and St Mary's at Calne only three miles away, and Dauntsey's and Marlborough College are easily reached. There are mainline stations at Chippenham and Pewsey (Paddington 75 mins) and the M4 motorway is easily accessible (10 miles).
The cities of Bath and Salisbury are within twenty five miles and are both vibrant shopping and cultural centres with excellent theatres and restaurants.