West House is an elegant period house, Listed Grade II, and dating back to the 17th Century with later 18th Century additions. In many ways it is the epitome of houses of this type and age with double hung sash casement windows and symmetrical facades. The house has a wealth of period features associated with houses of this quality and age including a handsome fireplace in the drawing room, double hung sash casement windows, wide panelled doors and tall wainscots together with a superb staircase leading to a galleried landing. The accommodation has well proportioned rooms with excellent ceiling heights and is laid out in such a way as to be ideal for family living. Acquired by the present owners about eight years ago, the property has undergone a programme of refurbishment including partial re-roofing, the renewal of the majority of windows, partial re-wiring, the installation of a pressurised hot water system and boiler (four years ago), the refitting of two bathrooms and the refit/extension to the kitchen including the installation of an electric Aga and custom built Plain English kitchen units.
A large and welcoming reception hall has an elegant staircase leading to the galleried landing and opens via double doors to a spacious library with a range of bookshelves, and display shelves with cupboards under on either side of a fireplace. The drawing room has a beautiful and large bay window with window seat overlooking the principal garden, window shutters, a French door to the garden and an elegant fireplace. An inner hall leads from the reception room to a study, a good sized dining room with handsome fireplace and cupboard to one side. A door from the dining room also connects to the family room. The kitchen/breakfast room is split level and well fitted with a good range of Plain English kitchen units and granite worktops with Belfast sink and dresser unit. Beyond the kitchen is a family room with wood burning stove, a useful utility room, cloakroom and cellar with wine bins. The elegant staircase in the reception hall leads up to a spacious galleried landing. The principal bedroom has a large bay window and overlooks the gardens and has a stylishly fitted en suite bathroom with roll top bath, large walk in shower and twin wash hand basins. There are four further good sized double bedrooms, a shower room which can be used as an en suite with bedroom 2 if so desired, and a further bathroom with access to both bedrooms 3 and 4. A second staircase leads down from the eastern end of the house to the ground floor by the family room. From the landing there is access via a fitted loft ladder to a spacious U-shaped attic. It is thought that this space could be incorporated into the living accommodation if so desired subject to any necessary planning and Listed Building consents. West House is a handsome period house, with excellent and well laid out accommodation with a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. The layout of the accommodation lends itself particularly to family life in the 21st Century.
A driveway flanked by a grass verge, spring bulbs and walling curves round to a large gravelled and parking area adjacent to a brick and flint double garage with workshop, adjacent implement store and log store. A paved terrace flanked by pineapple finials set on stone walling adjoins the front of the house. This terrace overlooks an area of lawn enclosed by walling, railing and mature hedging. At the rear of the house is the principal area of garden, principally laid to lawn and flanked by wide and well stocked herbaceous borders set against high stone walling. At the bottom of the main lawn abutting the stone wall is an open fronted and south facing seating area looking back towards the house. This provides an excellent barbeque area for summer entertaining. To the side of the main lawn is a lower lawn once used as a lawn tennis court. Vegetable area. Adjacent to the lower lawn is a heated swimming pool with paved surround. Garden machinery store and pool plant room. A wicket gate leads through to a delightful lightly wooded riverside walk with spring bulbs, pond and footbridges. Across the bridleway from the house is a paddock, sloping in nature, from the top of which are fine views over the village to woodland and farmland beyond. Set within the paddock is a detached stone, tile and brick barn ideal for stabling or shelter. In all the property extends to approximately 2.9 acres.
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"An elegant period village house, dating from the 17th Century, with excellent accommodation and large garden together with paddock and barn, located on the edge of a sought after Piddle Valley village"