Orchard House is a handsome and substantial village house, which offers beautifully appointed accommodation of immense charm and character and is presented in excellent order throughout. It offers light and airy accommodation, with the majority of the rooms opening directly to the rear garden and enjoying a southerly aspect. The house provides particularly spacious family sized accommodation with five reception rooms and a beautifully appointed kitchen/breakfast room, which is very much the heart of the house and which again opens directly onto the rear garden. The property exhibits many original period features including excellent carpentry, high ceilings, window shutters and the original Butler's bells. The property has been sympathetically updated in recent years with modern fixtures and fittings and has some hard wiring for Ethernet/data points and gas fired central heating. The majority of the windows have also been replaced with Bygone double glazed units which look very much like the original wooden sash windows but are in fact Upvc.
The house stands in large gardens extending to about 1.25 acres and they are stocked with an abundance of specimen trees and shrubs and enjoy a high level of privacy. There are a number of useful outbuildings including Garaging and a Summer House/Home Office.
The accommodation comprises:
Entrance vestibule, with glazed double doors opening through to the
Reception Hall, with French limestone tiled floor
Rear Hall with Cloakroom with Thomas Crapper high level w.c, wash hand basin.
Built in high level storage units and boiler cupboard housing the gas fired boiler serving the domestic hot water and central heating systems. Door to side garden
Drawing Room, an elegant and well proportioned reception room with large window on the rear elevation flooding this room with light, window seat, elegant Chesney Georgian style fireplace with inset fire basket and slate hearth, built in shelving to either side, exposed oak flooring, double glazed French doors opening to the rear garden.
Dining Room another well proportioned reception room with good ceiling height and original ceiling cornice, fireplace with inset Jetmaster firebox and slate hearth, exposed oak flooring, fitted shutters.
Sitting room/Garden room with open fireplace with inset wood burning stove with fitted cupboards and fitted book shelving to one side. French door of the rear elevation opening directly to the rear terrace, fitted TV point.
Study also with wood burning stove, exposed timber floors, fitted window shutters and built in shelving.
Snug/Family Room a very cosy room with tiled floor and open fireplace with inset wood burning stove. Window seat and built in storage, fitted shutters, built in shelved cupboard.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room very much the heart of the house, beautifully fitted by Dorset Kitchens of Beaminster with Farrow and Ball painted units, granite worktops with inset twin china Belfast sink with fitted waste disposal unit and separate hot water tap and hand held spray unit, four oven gas fired Aga, built in tall larder fridge, separate freezer, plumbing for dishwasher, limestone tiled floor throughout, window seat affording an attractive outlook over the rear garden with French door opening to the rear terrace, further built in shelved cupboards. TV point and mobile appliance charging units.
Utility/Laundry room also with Belfast Sink, with fitted work tops, space and plumbing below for automatic washing machine and tumble dryer. Fitted base and wall mounted units, quarry tiled floor, fitted shutters, wine racking and high level cupboards.
Landing with glazed roof light and hatch to loft space with pull down ladder, airing cupboard with factory insulated hot water cylinder with immersion heater and shelving.
Master Bedroom with attractive part barrelled ceiling, Georgian style cast iron fireplace with marble hearth, exposed timber floors, fitted shutters, built in shelved cupboard.
En suite Bath/Shower room with modern white suite comprising double ended spa style bath, power shower enclosure, pedestal wash hand, low level w.c.
Guest Bedroom fitted shutters, exposed timber floor, fitted book shelving, corner fireplace with ornate surround.
En suite Bath/Shower room with white suite comprising panelled bath with shower screen, mixer tap and separate power shower unit over, pedestal wash hand basin, low level w.c, fitted shutters, built in cupboards with shelving and hanging rail.
Bedroom 3 with exposed floor boards, ornate Georgian Style fireplace, vanity basin with cupboards below, fitted shutters.
Bedroom 4 fitted shutters, exposed floor boards
Bedroom 5 a light and airy double aspect room with fitted shutters, exposed floor boards, ornate fireplace, built in wardrobe with shelf and hanging rail.
Family bathroom/shower room with modern white suite comprising panelled bath with mixer tap, separate power shower enclosure, vanity basin with cupboard below, close coupled w.c, fitted shutters.
The property is approached through twin wrought iron gates, with gravelled driveway giving access to a large parking and turning area. The property is set back from the roadway, behind low stone walling with mature hedging, affording the property a good deal of privacy. A separate pedestrian gate gives access to a paved courtyard bounded by raised flower and shrub borders and providing an attractive sitting out area, enjoying complete privacy and seclusion. A pergola with climbing plants provides an attractive walkway, giving access to the rear garden. Here can be found a large paved terrace, providing an attractive sitting/dining out area and with direct access from the house. The terrace is bounded by raised flower and shrub borders and ornamental pond, with steps rising to give access to an area of lawn, with further steps rising to the remainder of the garden which is laid predominately to lawn and again bounded and interspersed by flower and shrub borders and numerous specimen trees. Kitchen garden area with raised beds and soft fruit cage and further pond.
The property has a good range of outbuildings including a larger than average single Garage with fitted shelving, three phrase electric connected and with hatch to floored loft. Adjacent log shed and apple store with fitted racking. Potting shed. Prefabricated single Garage with up and over door. Two Green houses. Summerhouse/Home Office with heating, telephone point, French doors providing an attractive outlook over the garden. Cloakroom/changing facility with wc. Terrace with hot tub.
Orchard House is situated in the heart of this thriving village, within a designated Conservation area. Hatch Beauchamp provides a range of amenities, including primary school, pub, garage, restaurant, church, playing fields and village hall. The A358 is readily accessible providing fast and convenient access to Ilminster and the A303 to the south and Taunton and the M5 to the north. Taunton, the county town, provides a comprehensive range of recreational, scholastic and shopping facilities as well as a main line railway station and M5 motorway interchange.