With its wisteria-clad principal elevation, hamstone mullion windows and thatched main roof, Hoods has enormous curb appeal and in many ways is the epitome of late 17th Century houses for which this area is well known. Hoods is Listed Grade II and takes its name from being occupied by the Hood family in the 1770s. It was the subject of a comprehensive refurbishment and refit in 2008, the thatch was renewed in 2005 and re-ridged in 2016 when the chimneys were also overhauled. The renovations have resulted in a house which blends 21st Century comfort such as underfloor heating, high-spec lighting, luxurious bathrooms, secondary double glazing and a beautiful kitchen with the charm and character of the original such as flagstone floors, window shutters, polished board floors and some magnificent fireplaces.
On the ground floor, a Hallway with a handsome oak staircase, stone reveals and illuminated display recesses gives access to a well-proportioned Drawing Room with carved stone fireplace and wood burning stove and French casements that lead out to the verandah. On the other side of the hall is the Sitting Room, again with a wood burning stove and which could easily be used as a formal dining room if so desired. The Study is beautifully fitted with desk tops, bookcases and cupboards. The heart of the house is the beautiful Kitchen/Breakfast Room with reclaimed quarry tile floor, bespoke pine units/dresser, an electric three oven Aga supplemented by an electric oven, microwave and induction hob. Worktops are granite. At the rear of the house is an excellent Boot/Utility Room and the Back Hall gives access to the cloakroom and garden.
On the first floor, the Principal Bedroom has plantation shutters, fitted wardrobes and drawer units. It is served by a palatial bathroom with marble tiling. Along the landing is a charming guest bedroom with polished board floor, window seat and fitted wardrobe, served by an ensuite shower room also with marble tiles. The remainder of the first floor comprises two more bedrooms, served by a Shower Room.
Hoods Barn Holiday Cottage
Adjoining the rear of the house, and accessed directly from the utility/boot room, is a holiday letting cottage comprising a ground floor living room, kitchen, first floor bedroom and ensuite bathroom. Capable of independent access or directly from the house, this space is readily adaptable for other uses such as separate accommodation for older children, rumpus/hobby space, home office or accommodation for dependent relatives.
A tarmac driveway leads to a gravelled parking and turning area with adjacent pond and wood store. There is an open fronted double garage with stairs up to loft storage. In addition there is a garden workshop and tool/machinery store. The garden is walled on all sides, and adjoining the rear of the house is a particularly handsome Victorian-style verandah with Hatherleigh flagstone patio providing a most private and secluded entertaining area. A short flight of steps from here leads up to the main lawn, where there is an upper terrace with views across the garden to the Church. Beyond again is a productive vegetable garden and tool store, with espalier fruit trees. The garden is well stocked with a variety of established shrubs and small trees.
Viewings by appointment only with Sherborne office 01935 812323 or Yeovil office 01935 477277