Ditcheat Hill Farmhouse is thought to date back to the 17th Century with later additions and following acquisition by the present owners in 2004 underwent a programme of modernisation and refurbishment. That included the conversion of a former barn to provide two holiday letting cottages which recently have been granted consent for unrestricted use. The house has those characteristics which make old farmhouses of this type so popular, principally well proportioned rooms, a lovely big kitchen with Aga and bags of utility space and storage. On the ground floor a stair hall with panelled door, a dado rail, a handsome staircase and a pattern tiled floor flows through to a dining room focused on a handsome fireplace with bookshelves to either side and in turn French casements open to a conservatory. Across the other side of the hall is a drawing room with a stone fireplace, window seat, beamed ceiling and a beamed inglenook fireplace with the remains of an old bread oven. To the rear of the drawing room is a study with a woodburning stove. The kitchen/breakfast room is at the heart of the house and has an excellent range of cupboard units with granite worktops and a three oven gas fired Aga cooker. It has a high ceiling and a wonderful flagstone floor. Off this is a flower room and wine store. The centrally situated back hall and lobby give access to a large utility/drying room with sink and gas fired boiler. Off this is a shower/cloakroom. On the first floor there is a split level landing giving access to five bedrooms in total, all doubles, and one of which is served by an en-suite shower room, the remainder by the two bathrooms.
The cottages are known as Nutcombe and Cider House. They are two bedroom and one bedroom respectively and on conversion were used as holiday lets. Recently Mendip District Council have given planning consent enabling both cottages to be used as independent dwellings although at present some of the services and spaces are interlinked with the main residence. The cottages are currently let under assured shorthold tenancies producing an income of £1150 per month.
A cattle grid flanked by an ash tree on one side, and a beech on the other, gives access to the main drive which is in turn flanked by woodland to either side containing some fine broadleaf trees, as well as new plantings and served by a path network and set with a mass of spring bulbs including daffodils and bluebells. The drive leads to a parking and turning area to the side of the house adjacent to which is a garage/workshop, second garage used for garden machinery with lean-to implement store adjacent. Running along the south of the house is a paved terrace giving on to a sweep of lawn flanked by colourful borders and focused on a rectangular rose garden in the centre. Beyond a rose clad arbour gives access to a further area of lawn protected by a mature beech hedge and studded with specimen trees. There is a further area of garden with a circular pond and adjacent vegetable garden with large greenhouse. There is a two bay modern barn/workshop with galleried mezzanine floor, perfect for use as a games room, hobbies room or rumpus space for older children. At the rear of the house is a utility courtyard with stone and tile log store. The back drive is flanked by grass verges and an avenue of young trees and leads to a concrete yard and parking area adjacent to which a three bay modern barn currently partitioned to provide two stables and adjacent blanket/tack store, hay loft with storage facilities below, machinery and implement store.
The land comprises two main enclosures down to grass, one served by a concrete hardstanding and field shelter and supported by two small paddocks. At the top of the property is an established spinney/paddock and from here in common with other parts of the property there are fantastic panoramic views across the Brue Valley.
The two cottages, Nutcombe and the Cider House are approached off the back drive and sit adjacent to the concrete yard. They look out over the paddock to the hills in the distance.
In total the property extends to approximately 8.5 acres.
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"A handsome period farmhouse with together with a pair of cottages and an excellent range of adaptable modern outbuildings set with approximately 8.5 acres of land and magnificent views across the Brue"