A hidden gem, a sumptuous and recently restored early 20th Century house, blending baronial style with 21st Century requirements, all on a very manageable scale. Set within mature grounds including a Gertrude Jekyll style water garden.
Marston Court in its present form was conceived in the early part of the 20th Century. Taking in part of an original dwelling, now divided into three, substantial extension work was undertaken to create a grand Elizabethan style house. Marston Court has a wonderful principal façade, with a crenelated tower, stone mullion windows all focused on a pair of magnificent entrance doors, set in a hamstone surround, and topped with a coat of arms. It was acquired by the present owners in 2011 and since then, has seen comprehensive refurbishment and restoration.
Works have included roofing, new installations, a bespoke Vale Orangery extension to the kitchen, all new sanitary ware to the bathrooms, and restoration of the original features. The result is a house, that by any measure, provides a real wow factor from the moment that you pass through the entrance gates, and continues to deliver right through the interior and out into the garden. It might be said that it enables baronial style living, but on a scale that is manageable in the context of 21st Century life. On the ground floor there is an impressive reception hall, with a restored parquet floor, and a fine staircase with lantern light. The drawing room is magnificent, and has an elevated threshold with steps down into the main area. This room is dominated by its tall beamed ceiling and focused on a panelled recess, which contains the carved stone chimney piece, and a window seat overlooks the water garden. A door leads to the study which has an oakleaf pattern cornice with a lantern light. On the other side of the hall is an oak panelled office with display cabinets, a pair of linen fold panelled doors open through into the dining room which has a stone fire place, oak panelling and a carved frieze. Steps from the dining room lead up into the fabulous kitchen with lime stone flooring, a central unit with twin sinks and granite work tops, a six oven aga, all opening to a living area served by a wood burning stove and French casements out to the secret garden.
The first floor bedroom accommodation has been arranged to provide two wonderful bedroomed suites, each of equal status. One has a triple aspect and view over the water garden, as well as views over the surrounding countryside to the Corton Ridge. It is supported by a beautifully fitted dressing room and a wet room with stone floor. The other suite, which has a double aspect, is served by fitted wardrobes and a tiled plinth with runway lighting set with a traditional style bath. This room also has a lavishly fitted shower room. The remainder of the first floor is made up of the fourth bedroom served by a separate shower room. A flight of steps leads up from the landing to the second floor which has been arranged to provide a guest suite. This bedroom is also served by an impressively large and palatial bathroom which has views of the Corton Ridge. All the sanitary ware is of excellent quality, and all bathrooms have underfloor heating.
Marston Court is approached over a long driveway belonging to the property, set with a stand of mature pines on one side. The first part of the drive is subject to the right of way of two other residences. Beyond that, a pair of entrance pillars set with electric gates, open to a secluded and well protected parking and turning area, sweeping around to the front of the house, all focused on a magnificent tulip tree. Stretching from the drawing room window is a Gertrude Jeykll style water garden with lilies and carp, as well as a fountain. To one side of this is a garden summer house, a gin and tonic spot. The water garden is enclosed by manicured hedging. Beyond, the garden opens out and is walled on two sides. There is a principal sweep of lawn, shaped by colourful and well stocked borders, and provided with strategic seating areas to catch the sun at different times of the day. This in turn gives on to a small arboretum and a screened kitchen garden area with greenhouse and potting shed. Serving the kitchen living room is a secret garden providing an ideal spot for morning coffee amidst the fragrance of wisteria and climbing roses. The whole garden offers seclusion and tranquillity within a lightly wooded setting. Adjacent to the drive is a pair of double garages and a wood store.
The property is discretely tucked away in the village of Marston Magna, which has a church and a pub. The neighbouring village of Queen Camel has a stores and village school. Set close to the Dorset Somerset border, the Abbey Town of Sherborne and the regional centre of Yeovil are within short motoring distance. There is some excellent walking in the immediate vicinity, especially along the Corton Ridge which includes historic Cadbury Castle, which affords magnificence views across the Sparkford Vale. Perhaps the main attraction of the site is its accessibility. The A303 trunk road can be joined at Sparkford, and this in turn connects with the M5 serving the Midlands and Southwest, as well as the M3 back to London and the M25. Many of the areas best known independent schools are also within daily commuting distance, most notably Milfield, Bruton, Hazelgrove, Port Regis and St Mary's, Sherborne, Leweston and Milton Abbey. There is golf at Sherborne and Yeovil, and National Hunt Racing at Wincanton and Taunton.