' A gorgeous family house on the Somerset/Dorset border', a classic Grade II listed mid-19th century former farmhouse, set at the end of a long drive with 4 acres of land.
Axe House is a comfortable and charismatic family house, which has been in its present ownership for about 12 years. The older part probably dates back several hundred years, and is characterised by stone mullion windows with leaded lights. The majority of the building however is of mid-19th century provenance and has a date stone of 1852. It has an iconic and symmetrical principal façade, with dressed stone and double hung sash casement windows, and in interior which is characterised by features that make this style of house so popular, most notably high ceilings with ornate cornices, window shutters, handsome contemporary fireplaces and flagstone floors.
On the ground floor a handsome porch with fanlight window leads through into a fine hall, with a handsome staircase and ceiling cornice. At the back of the hall is a cloakroom. The Drawing Room has a marble fireplace surround, particularly fine ceiling cornice and window shutters. On the other side of the hall is the Dining Room which again has a marble fireplace surround, flanked by display shelves and alcoves. It too has window shutters and a fine cornice. A painted floored inner hall leads down flagstone steps to a fabulous farmhouse Kitchen/Living room, in many ways the heart of the house. It has a flagstone floor, and beamed ceiling, with a four oven Aga range, down lighters, a window seat and door directly out to the garden and entertaining areas. A snug, or Sitting Room is contained within the older part of the building, with flagstone floor and woodburning stove, as well as chamfered beams and a door to the back stairs. The kitchen is supported by a cold store, laundry and a large boot room, all with flagstone floors.
On the first floor, the principal bedroom has a dressing room and an ensuite shower room. The main landing also gives access to three other bedrooms, the second bathroom and WC. This landing connects with the back stairs/landing, which in turn gives access to bedrooms five and six, as well as a room which is provided with services for another bathroom which is not currently fitted out with sanitary ware. It is worth mentioning that the older part of the building, which contains the Sitting room and accommodation off the back stairs/landing, could be adapted to an annexe for dependant relative or older children still living at home.
A long tarmac drive leads to the property which is set behind its own principal field, well back from the country lane. The drive in part is shared with four other residential properties, converted from former stone barns once belonging to Axe House. Careful orientation has ensured that the conversions do not impede on the enjoyment of Axe House, which is sited to the south. The drive leads to a parking and turning area, and at the front of the house there is an additional area for parking, and space for garaging, subject to any necessary planning permissions.
The gardens take the form of level sweeps of lawn , screened by established hedges and fencing. There are two secluded barbeque and entertaining areas, one adjoining the door to the kitchen, with the other enjoying a more open aspect looking out over farmland to wooded hills beyond. There is an enclosed dog run area, and an excellent workshop. The land takes the form of level pasture, and comprises of a field and paddock. They combine to provide protection and amenity for the house and garden. In all the property extends to approximately 4 acres. An additional field of just over 3 acres is available by separate negotiation.
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