The Old Smithy is an attractive late Victorian village house with well arranged accommodation, together with a superb second floor playroom/fifth bedroom and is well situated within this popular village. The loft was converted by the current owners approximately 17 years ago, as well as re-roofing the property and in early 2000, they built the garage. Internally the accommodation is extremely well presented, with oak stripped flooring to the reception rooms, a superb spacious family bathroom with separate overhead shower, and attractive oak and granite kitchen. The property retains many period features including sash windows, built in cupboards and high ceilinged rooms.
The property is entered on the ground floor via a hall with a wide staircase and fine doors leading to both the Sitting Room and Dining Room. The Sitting Room is a well proportioned room with a attractive Victorian style open fireplace, flagged by built in shelved cupboards and drawer, and pleasant outlook over the front. The Dining Room is equally well proportioned with a fireplace housing Stovax wood-burning stove, under stairs cupboard and door to the kitchen with a range of oak wall and floor unit, with display cupboards, granite worktops, white ceramic one and a half bowl sink, attractive tiled splash backs and tiled floor. Space and plumbing for cooker, dishwasher and fridge. Further shelved cupboard and door to the rear hall with glazed stable door to outside, and door to the Utility room with base unit and butlers style sink in the worktop with plumbing for washing machine and additional long worktop. Grant oil-fired boiler and pressurised hot water cylinder, and door to cloakroom, with Mira Excel shower in tiled cubicle, tiled walls, heated towel rail and WC.
The first floor split landing leads to the four bedrooms, all with authentic latched doors and an extremely pleasant outlook over the village gardens, as well as three of bedrooms having fitted cupboards. It should be noted that bedrooms two and three were partitioned. Of particular note is the spacious and well-appointed family bathroom suite in white with tiled floor, panelled bath with overhead shower, and attractive part-tiled walls, twin wash handbasins set in vanity unit with cupboards below, bidet, heated towel rail, views over the rear garden, and WC.
From the landing a door leads to a staircase in two flights, to a wonderful versatile room currently furnished as a Sitting area and office which could also be a fifth bedroom or playroom. There are two velux windows and at the far end, a deep double cupboard and bookcase. Overall the accommodation is bright and extremely well presented.
The property is approached from the road over a wide tarmac off-street parking area, with three steps and attractive stone path leading to the front door, together with a lie of stone path with iron trellis, and attractive iron gate, also leading to the lane and bounded by a traditional stone wall, behind which is a small area of lawn and further well stocked flower and shrub border. Adjacent to the parking is a detached garage with up and over door, and attractive stone wall with side gate leading to the garden. The gardens are an attractive feature of the property, and have been extremely well tended and stocked by the present owners, providing extremely pleasant backdrop for the property, both for the keen gardener and those wanting to enjoy the surrounding countryside. Adjacent to the rear of the house is an attractive york stone paved courtyard area with apple tree and further raised area adjacent to the rear hall. Attractive picket fence with timber trellis and climbing rose leads to an area of level lawn, bordered to one side by a timber fence , and at the far end an attractive stone wall and lower wall giving far reaching views over the Blackmore Vale and surrounding countryside. Adjacent is a further attractive paved area with wildlife pond, which leads to a timber garden shed with further former privy store. Adjacent to the area of lawn are well stocked flower borders with a variety of traditional English garden plants and shrubs, as well as a fig tree adjacent to the wall.
Overall the gardens form a delightful setting for this special property.