- Secondary Accom
- Swimming Pool
- Off Road Parking
THE AGENT SAYS...
Keymer Cottage is a traditional cottage with stone elevations under a slate roof but hides at the rear two superb and unusual compass windows (usually only seen on historic stately homes) which increase the light and charm of the interior spaces, creating delightful nooks in the sitting room and bedroom above. The cottage has four bedrooms and generous living areas with many adjoining rooms that are well suited to family life. Features include exposed beams, an inglenook fireplace with bread oven, oak and mahogany parquet floors and an AGA in the kitchen.
Behind the cottage is the Coach House which has a utility room, large office and storage space on the ground floor and self-contained two-bedroom annexe above. The annexe already has proven rental income and with some investment this could doubtless be increased, either as a shorthold tenancy or holiday let. There is also potential to convert the ground floor to accommodation if required. The extensive grounds comprise an attractive mature garden with covered hot tub and exercise swimming pool and multiple paddocks. There is also a 10 stable block, huge indoor riding arena, carport, large workshop, numerous store rooms and plenty of parking.
The main entrance is at the rear of the property with a fine oak door opening into the spacious entrance hall which has concealed storage behind a timber panelled wall and a separate cloakroom. Off the hall is a good-sized study and the large sitting room which has lovely features including exposed beams, inglenook fireplace with bread oven, oak parquet floor and a beautiful compass window with bespoke seat - a delightful spot to sit and be creative or to enjoy a good book (the other window in the room also has a built-in seat). Adjacent to the sitting room is the smaller drawing room which also has a fireplace and a mahogany parquet floor. Its connectivity with the sitting room gives this room potential for many uses, perhaps a dedicated TV room, library, craft space, play room or teenagers lounge, to name a few. On the opposite side of the sitting room is the dining room which leads through to the kitchen. The kitchen is simple but practical with traditional style fitted oak units, tiled floor and a large dark blue AGA in addition to the single built under oven and separate hob. There is no shortage of storage or preparation space, with a long uninterrupted run of worktop perfect for those who love to bake or make pasta. A stable door opens out to the courtyard area behind the house from where the conservatory is accessible to enjoy those in-between days in the warm.
The main staircase rises from the sitting room (with a useful storage cupboard underneath) with a second set of stairs from the small hallway off the dining room leading directly up into the dressing room of bedroom 2. Upstairs there are four bedrooms, two with en-suite facilities, and the family bathroom. Bedroom 1 is dual-aspect with two windows to each side, flooding the room with light. There is fitted storage and a spacious en-suite bathroom. Bedroom 3 is a smaller double room and Bedroom 4 has real wow-factor as it includes a compass window, which gives an airy feel. A staircase from this room provides access to the loft. A long hallway leads to Bedroom 2 which could be considered the master bedroom suite with its dedicated dressing room, en-suite shower room and generous proportions, in addition to the separate access.
Keymer Coach House (Annexe)
Attached to the rear of the Coach House is a garage (with pedestrian access from the courtyard), a small stable and open fronted wood store. Inside, the rear hallway gives access to a utility room, WC, under stairs storage cupboard and large office space. At the end of the hall is a door out to the covered porch at the front of the building. From here there is access to the first floor and outside the tack room (external door). On the first floor of the coach house is a self-contained two bedroom apartment with kitchen, bathroom and large living room.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The property is set back from the road and enclosed by a low stone wall bordered by herbaceous perennials with climbers tumbling over. The front garden is laid to gravel for easy maintenance and an attractive stone portico frames the front door. To the side and rear, the property has grounds totalling 5.85 acres, comprising the garden and multiple paddocks. The mature garden runs to the side of the cottage and is filled with conifers, shrubs and perennials to provide interest in all seasons. Nearest the cottage is a paved dining area with a timber pergola and lawn to the side. A gravel and stepping stone path leads down the garden through a timber rose arch to a large area of verdant lawn. Tucked discreetly to the side is an exercise swimming pool and hot tub with a changing room, all of which are under cover. Beyond this there is a small copse at the end of the garden.
Between the rear of the cottage and the coach house is a small block paved courtyard with ornamental fountain, accessed from the road by an arch with wrought iron gates. In front of the annexe there is a large gravelled parking area, separated from the road by a wall and field gate. Beyond this is the purpose built stable block, comprising 10 stables and a large area of hard standing. Alongside is a carport with two adjacent storerooms and a spacious workshop at the rear. Behind this sits the fantastic indoor horse arena which is over 87 long and 53 wide. There is an attached store at the front and a stable and old greenhouse to the side. The arena can be accessed via the store, stable, side door and full height wide barn doors at the front.
Keymer Cottage stands within the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are many miles of footpaths and bridleways, including the Herepath a cycle and walking bridleway, ideal for those with walking and riding interests. Whilst having a postal address of Buckland St Mary, the property is actually situated in a quiet country lane a small distance from the village which has a primary school, village hall and parish church. The active communities of Broadway and Horton are close by and provide amenities including primary school, general store, post office, public house and church. Ilminster is 4 miles away and Chard 6 miles from the property, providing further amenities for day to day needs. Taunton offers cultural and recreational facilities. The A303 is just 5 minutes away, providing fast and convenient access to London or further into the West Country, and the M5 can be joined at Taunton or Wellington. The property is also on a bus route to Chard and Taunton.
Mains electricity and water. Private drainage. Oil fired central heating.
South Somerset District Council Band G (Cottage)/ Band A (Coach House)
ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE
Current Rating F (Cottage)/ E (Coach House)