Hastings comprises a substantial, detached country house which offers beautifully appointed accommodation, presented in excellent order throughout with contemporary fixtures and fittings and designed to take full advantage of the wonderful setting. It offers light and airy accommodation with a particularly impressive drawing room and a 31' Kitchen/Family room which is very much the heart of the house and enjoys stunning views over the gardens and the surrounding countryside. The property offers an attractive blend of original period features, including Inglenook fireplaces, and these combine well with modern additions to the property with contemporary fixtures and fittings. The property is double glazed and has oil fired central heating.
The gardens and grounds are an undoubted feature of the property, have been equally well maintained, and there is an excellent range of buildings including a steel frame barn, work shop, traditional barns, garaging and extensive stabling.
In summary, the accommodation provides:
Front Entrance Door opening into the
Reception Hall with Chinese slate floor, built in cloaks cupboards
Cloakroom with white suite comprising; low level w.c., vanity basin with cupboard below
Drawing Room. A superb family sized reception room enjoying a wonderful double aspect with beamed ceiling and Inglenook style fireplace with remote control LPG stove. With oak doors opening through to the
Garden Room. Another wonderful, triple aspect, reception room with a large picture window affording stunning, southerly views over the surrounding countryside. Flagstone floor, double glazed French doors opening to the rear, paved terrace.
Sitting Room/Snug. Part of the original cottage and a lovely room of immense character with exposed ceiling timbers and Inglenook fireplace with inset LPG stove. A double aspect room, again affording wonderful southerly views. Four wall light points.
Dining Room. Again, with exposed ceiling timbers, Inglenook fireplace with inset wood burning stove, double glazed French doors opening to the South facing terrace.
Study with an outlook over the rear courtyard. Fitted shelving.
Kitchen/Family Room. A superb and beautifully appointed room and very much the heart of the house, fitted with a range of cream units with granite work tops with corner composite sink unit. Inset five ring Neff hob with hood over inset into a brick arch. Built-in Neff electric oven and separate microwave oven. Island unit with granite work top with further inset sink and cupboards and drawers below. Inglenook fireplace with inset electric Aga with former bread oven to one side. Built-in dishwasher and built-in fridge. Beams to ceiling. Tiled floor throughout. Double glazed French door opening to the rear South facing terrace.
Utility Room, fitted with base and wall mounted units with work tops with inset single bowl, single drainer stainless steel sink unit. Plumbing for automatic washing machine. Built-in freezer, fridge and integrated dishwasher. Grant oil fired boiler serving the domestic hot water and central heating systems.
Landing with hatch to loft space. Airing cupboard with factory insulated hot water cylinder with immersion heater and slatted shelving.
Master Bedroom. A lovely light and airy double aspect room, again affording wonderful southerly views over the gardens and surrounding countryside.
En Suite Bathroom with white suite comprising; panelled bath with mixer tap and shower attachment, pedestal wash hand basin, close coupled w.c. Fully tiled.
Bedroom 2. Another double aspect room with built-in wardrobes with recess for double bed with cupboards over and drawers to either side. Fitted dressing table and further drawers.
En Suite Shower Room with suite comprising; shower enclosure, vanity basin with cupboards below.
Bedroom 3. Window on the side elevation.
Bedroom 4. Built-in wardrobes and shelving.
Family Bathroom/Shower Room with suite comprising; hydra spa bath, close coupled w.c., bidet, vanity basin with cupboard and drawers below, separate shower enclosure, electric underfloor heating.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The gardens and grounds are an undoubted feature of the property and have been equally well maintained and provide the house with a stunning setting. The property is approached through remotely operated gates opening on to a long driveway giving access to a paved courtyard to the rear of the property and here can be found an excellent range of outbuildings. These comprise a double open fronted garage/car port with gardeners w.c. and up and over door giving access to a separate garage (very much in the ecclesiastical style with Gothic arched windows and pedestrian door), log store, stable yard with kennel, stable/implement store, further stable block with brick elevations with 3 stables and tack area with sink and hot water supply. Steel framed barn with adjacent tractor shed, workshop and storage area with oil tank. Garden shed and further double garage.
The gardens enjoy a wonderful southerly aspect, laid predominantly to lawn with paved pathways and giving access to the wonderful South facing terrace providing an attractive sitting/dining out area and vantage point to enjoy the stunning views. The gardens are stocked with an abundance of specimen shrubs and plants with raised rockery with ornamental pond and further small lake.
The land is in two main enclosures, one field extending to 3.3 acres situated to the south east of the property whilst a further field can be found on the north side of the property and this extends to 1.75 acres. In all the grounds extend to 6.3 acres. A further 9 acres is available by separate negotiation if required.
Hastings occupies a stunning, slightly elevated, south facing position enjoying wonderful rural views over the surrounding countryside. Situated at the end of its own private driveway, the property has no immediate neighbours and accordingly enjoys a good deal of peace and privacy. Despite enjoying such an idyllic location the property is by no means remotely situated as the A358 is about 1 mile away providing fast and convenient access to Taunton with the M5 motorway interchange to the north and to Ilminster and the A303 to the south. Hastings is a scattered hamlet comprising mainly individual and mostly period homes and close by can the found the popular Square and Compass pub. The villages of Broadway and Horton are also close by providing a thriving and active community with excellent facilities for day to day needs including a primary school, two pubs, village hall, playing field, shop and church. The former market town of Ilminster is about three miles away and provides further amenities including a supermarket and interesting speciality shops.
If approaching from the Square and Compass end of the village, pass the Square and Compass on the left hand side and then turn left into Hastings. Continue past Hastings Farm and Hastings Farmhouse and very shortly thereafter a pillared and gated entrance way marked 'Hastings' will be seen on your right hand side. This is the driveway to the property. Alternatively, if approaching from the A303, at the roundabout on the outskirts of Ilminster, proceed in a northerly direction towards Taunton on the A358. Take the second turning on the left, signposted to Ashill, and then immediately left again into Thick Thorn. Continue through to the hamlet of Hastings where the pillared and gated entrance will be found on the left hand side.