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Yew Trees is a stunning, beautifully restored property with envy inducing kerb appeal. The wow factor continues inside with a traditional cross passage hall, boasting exposed timbers, stone walls and original flagstone floor, which leads to the real talking point: the restored 19th century bread oven! Handsome fireplaces, 2 thick walls, window seats and wonderfully characterful, spacious family rooms make this house the perfect place to snuggle up in winter. As the seasons change so does the beauty of the house. Spring brings bursts of cheerful colour from myriad bulbs and in summer the bountiful roses adorning the facade bloom beautifully in a stunning display.
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Built in approximately 1500, Grade II listed Yew Trees began life as a medieval hall before being substantially altered, most probably in the early 17th century. Further changes were made in the 19th century, notably the installation of the commercial bread oven, which has been retained and beautifully restored, providing a wonderful talking point. Since 2003 the whole property has undergone substantial renovation, with many previously hidden historical features exposed, and is now a beautifully presented, spacious and unique property of immense charm and character.
The accommodation in brief comprises: snug with inglenook fireplace; very large (over 35 long) sitting/dining room; kitchen; WC; boot room; four double bedrooms (one with mezzanine level); family bathroom and additional shower room. There is plentiful bespoke fitted storage throughout the property. Outside there is a store at the front and a workshop and garden house at the rear, in the large, sunny and secluded garden.
If you dream of character, plenty of space to entertain, taking tea in the garden and discovering something new about your house everyday then Yew Trees could be your perfect home.
Under an elegant ironwork porch, the heavy, gloss black front door, with leaded glass panels, opens into the long entrance hallway. An original flagstone floor, exposed stone walls, timber framing and beams, give an early introduction to the houses wealth of character. To the left is the snug and to the right the sitting room/dining area. At the end of the hall is a door out to the garden.
An impressive and attractive brick inglenook fireplace with original cambered timber bressumer is the focal point of the snug. This is enhanced by areas of exposed lias stone walls; exposed ceiling and wall timbers; attractive cabinetry in the alcove; and a lovely window seat under the original Georgian sash window. To the right of the fire is a small, cast iron door, giving a teaser of what is beyond the wall. Behind the snug, to the side of the back door, is the 19th century commercial bread oven which has been beautifully restored and cleverly worked into the design of the home, with a mezzanine play area (or perhaps reading nook) utilising the space above.
The wonderfully spacious sitting room, which is over 35 long and half as wide, has a handsome cut hamstone fireplace with multi fuel stove. There is a storage cupboard to the left of the fire and another lovely window seat. Where a wall originally divided the room, there is an attractive display shelf running around the ceiling. At the other end, the dining area would comfortably seat a large family gathering and this room would make for a wonderful Christmas lunch, perhaps retiring to the snug afterwards for a restorative nap or family film. A step up from the dining room is the stunning country kitchen which overlooks the rear garden. Features include a timber clad ceiling with beautiful exposed beams, dark oak shelves and a gin bar built into what remains of an original chimney. Beech fitted units are complemented by the sage green and cream walls, dark grey floor tiles and granite worktops. A double butlers sink and large range cooker add to the charming country aesthetic. Just off the kitchen is a large pantry and a WC beyond. At the other end is a boot room which opens to the rear garden and to the front of the property, where it adjoins a storage room.
Upstairs there are four bedrooms, the family bathroom and an additional shower room off a split level landing with exposed timbers, original doorways and storage on the inner landing.
Bedrooms 1 and 4 are adjoining, with the latter currently used as a study. Bedroom 1 is a large, double-aspect room overlooking the front and side of the property. The room has many beautiful details including an original Victorian cast iron fireplace with brick chimney breast from the bread oven below; exposed lias stone and timber framing; elegant fitted wardrobes and a feature stained glass panel in the dividing wall. Bedroom 4, which is almost as large, mirrors these details and is equally characterful.
Bedroom 2 is a double room which benefits from a mezzanine level, that comfortably accommodates a double futon style bed, leaving the main floor area free and thus making the room much larger than it would otherwise be. Built-in wardrobes under the timber and glass staircase up to the mezzanine continue the great use of space.
Bedroom 3 is another large double, overlooking the front, again with exposed stone, beams and wall timbers.
The family bathroom is lovely and bright, with exposed timber framing and a brick wall that really sets off the white, freestanding, double ended slipper bath. At the other end of the room is a separate shower.
Next door is the additional shower room, decorated in lovely calm grey tones, and bathed in light from the window, which runs the length of the back wall. There is a large walk-in shower and twin sinks and toilet built into more attractive bespoke cabinetry.
A large lawn, enclosed by railings set in hamstone, separates the house from the street. The eponymous yew trees flank the gate and original flagstone path to the front door. An evergreen hedge on the left boundary screens the property and a seating area from the street. To the right is a large gravel driveway and parking area. A further flagstone path runs alongside the house to the front door and there is also access to the property via the boot room (with adjacent store room) which leads out to the rear garden.
The south facing and secluded rear garden is level and laid to lawn with some large, mature trees on the boundary. The garden is fully enclosed by fencing with shrub filled borders running the length of both sides. At the end of the garden there is a vegetable plot, large log store and sheds in the top left corner and over to the right is a sizeable timber outbuilding which is fully insulated with power and light connected and currently used as a gym but would equally make a great home office or studio. Adjoining the house, outside the boot room, is a patio dining area and on the opposite side is the good-sized workshop/utility room (with sink) and an attached glass garden house.
Kingsbury Episcopi is a popular and sought after village, largely built of period properties and benefitting from a church, pub and shop. The village is known for its community spirit and festivals and has been crowned Somerset Village Of The Year in recent years. There are good schools locally: Kingsbury Episcopi Primary School; Ash Primary School; and Huish Episcopi Academy, Sixth Form & Leisure Centre. The nearby village of Martock has a wider range of amenities, including schooling, and the A303 is within easy reach, as are the regional centres of Yeovil and Taunton.