Guide price £1,150,000
An exceptionally charming Grade ll Listed Country House with a 2 bedroomed Cottage enjoying a wonderful position set within the foothills of the Quantocks.
- Secondary Accom
- Private Parking
- Triple Garage
Orchard House is an exceptionally charming Grade ll Listed country house. The property originally dates back to around 1600 with 18th century and early 19th century additions, offering a wealth of immense character to include many historical features throughout the accommodation.
The property has been well maintained benefiting from a number of upgrades completed by the current owners and now provides a superb family home. With the addition of a detached spacious two bedroomed cottage situated within the grounds, this offers versatile and flexible accommodation. Ideal for extended family, staying guests or could provide an additional income source from B&B or holiday letting.
The main front doorway opens into the hall, with an original (late Georgian) staircase to one side and a large leaded light window positioned above the door allowing an abundance of natural light to flood in.
A formal reception room (currently used as an office) features a large raised inglenook with open fireplace and a Bessemer beam over; an attractive triple leaded light window surrounded by oak panels with shutters and a spacious walk-in store with a doorway leading out to the south facing veranda.
Leading along the inner hallway to the main sitting room. A spacious room offering attractive exposed timbers, a large leaded light window with panel detailing and a feature brick surround inglenook fireplace incorporating a very efficient Jetmaster and an original Bessemer beam with mantle over. Access out to the side leads to the sun terrace and part walled cottage garden.
Large double doors open into the dining room. This room is filled with a wealth of original features including an impressive stone floor, exposed timbers and open fireplace with built in display and storage either side. A large leaded light window with detailed panelling looks out to the front.
The inner hall leads into the kitchen /breakfast room with a secondary staircase leading up to the principle suite. This attractive farmhouse style kitchen with quarry tiled flooring offers a comprehensive range of bespoke handmade painted wall and base units. This includes a large Belfast sink and a range of integrated appliances. The Rayburn range also provides hot water to the house. At the far end is a large breakfast bar with storage under overlooking the gardens as well as a bespoke larder cupboard. The cloak and boot area with separate toilet leads out to the stunning thatched veranda which provides a fabulous covered space for outside entertaining.
Upstairs there are four spacious double bedrooms. The main guest room includes en-suite facilities. The main bathroom suite comprises separate bath and walk-in shower all beautifully finished with hand painted panelling.
The principle bedroom is spacious and light enjoying a double aspect out to the gardens. This leads into the dressing area and shower room with independent access downstairs into the kitchen. The fourth bedroom has a large built in corner cupboard.
THE CIDER HOUSE
The Cider House is a very pretty two bedroomed cottage which is located towards the entrance of the property. It offers exceptionally spacious additional accommodation to the main house to include an entrance into an impressive kitchen/breakfast area. This very spacious room includes a range of kitchen units and cooking facilities. A huge open plan sitting room / dining area features a brick surround fireplace with open fire. A doorway leads out to the front parking area. There is an attached outside lavatory and sink.
Upstairs there are two large bedrooms both offering en-suite facilities and a balcony looking over the garden. Further under eves storage is found along the landing.
GROUNDS & GARDENS
The formal gardens to Orchard House extend around both properties offering an abundance of established borders that are filled with immense colour combining interesting ornamental shrubs underplanted with a wide variety of herbaceous perennials and colourful climbers and stunning roses.Various terraces and pathways join to lead through the rose arch into the partly walled cottage garden area; this can be enjoyed from the side terrace. This protected part of the garden is edged around the formal lawn with a stunning collection of plants. This offers colour and interest throughout the year. A summerhouse gives respite to enjoy the garden. A very pretty pergola leads through to the front garden area. Beyond the formal garden divided by wrought iron estate fencing, there are further grounds including an orchard with a mix of established fruit trees as well as formal ornamental trees offering wonderful autumn colour.
The utility area of the garden includes a range of outbuildings ideal for machinery and log storage. A greenhouse and kitchen garden area with composting bins offers an excellent space for growing your own fruit and vegetables. In all the gardens and grounds extend in excess of two acres.
An impressive oak framed triple car port under a pantile roof offers excellent covered parking and storage.
Orchard house is located in an enviable location enjoying private and secluded gardens and grounds. Situated on the foothills of the Quantocks (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) the property can enjoy easy access to stunning walks and outriding within the hills. The property, however, is not remote and is within easy access to nearby facilities of the village of North Petherton, Bridgwater and Taunton. The picturesque County town of Somerset, Taunton offers an excellent range of shops, independent restaurants and cafes and highly regarded state and independent schools. From Taunton there is a fast rail service to London Paddington and both Bristol and Exeter international airports are within 45 minutes drive.
Sedgemoor District Council www.sedgemoor.gov.uk
Council Tax Band G (Main House) Band C (The Cider House)
Oil fired central heating, Rayburn heating water, mains water and electricity. Private drainage.
ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE