THE OLD RECTORY
LOVINGTON, CASTLE CARY, SOMERSET, BA7 7PR
The Old Rectory is an unspoilt and charming Grade II period property dating back to medieval times. The partly thatched stone built property enjoys tremendous character, with numerous stone outbuildings, delightful gardens, a paddock, and river frontage with fishing rights.
The house has a wonderful homely feel and the comfortable accommodation comprises – Sitting Room; Dining Room; Farmhouse Kitchen; Study; Utility; Boot Room; 4 Bedrooms; 2 Bathrooms; Cloakroom; Large Stone Barn; Coach House; Double Garage; Workshop; Gardens; Orchard; River Frontage; Paddock:
About the area.
Lovington is a small popular village with a church, primary school and a pub/restaurant. The historic market town of Castle Cary is a short distance to the east with its mainline railway station to Paddington.
The A37 is two miles away giving rapid access to the A303. The towns of Sherbourne, Yeovil, Street, Glastonbury, Wells and Frome are all within a short drive and Bath and Bristol are within commuting distance. There are wide ranges of sporting and cultural amenities and excellent state and independent schools including Millfield, Wells Cathedral, Downside, Hazelgrove and the schools at Bruton and Sherborne
The wooden front door with two eye level viewing windows lead from the front garden to the -
HALLWAY – A flagstone floor, a plank and muntin screen wall, painted stonework and ceiling beams give great character the The Old Rectory entrance hall. From the hallway an old wide wooden door opens to the
DINING ROOM – An atmospheric room with paneled ceiling and plank and muntin screen wall. Inglenook fireplace with stone supports , a large bressumer beam over and a stone tiled hearth, on which sits a wood burning stove. Deep window and window seat facing south. To one wall is an Elm open fronted inset wall cupboard with shelving. Stairs rising.
DRAWING ROOM – Dual aspect, with a window and deep seat facing due south over the front garden and a further window facing west gives this charming room excellent light. There is a wealth of character in this spacious room including painted wood paneled walls and a framed and cross beam ceiling. To one wall is a partly glazed wall cupboard with shelving within, and a handsome wood and marble open fireplace is the focal point of this spacious room and sits upon a stone hearth.
KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM – This room is definitely the heart of the home and has great comfort, charm and character. As well as glorious views over the garden through the stable door and side window, this spacious kitchen offers a flagstone floor, beams and paneling to the ceiling, a four oven gas AGA with two bread ovens within the chimney alcove, and plenty of space for the usual appliances. There is a good range of wooden wall and base units with feature tiling to the worktops. A one and a half bowl sink unit sits beneath an inside window with deep sill to the utility/boot room. Built-in storage cupboards with shelving within. To one side of the AGA is a lovely old plank door which leads to a secondary staircase and bedrooms.
UTILITY ROOM – Tiled floor. Window with tiled sill to courtyard. Space for washing machine/tumble dryer and dishwasher, both under a tiled worktop with stainless steel sink unit and cupboards below. Doors to –
CLOAKROOM – The tiled floor continues. Window to rear courtyard. White WC.
BOOT ROOM – A flagstone floor and an old period outside door makes this an ideal room for wet dogs and muddy boots. An alcove area houses the water softener and storage shelving.
Returning to the entrance hall, door off to -
STUDY – A good size and versatile room, currently used as a study, with a window and window seat facing south and a further window to the east. Brick painted open fireplace with painted wooden mantelpiece over, and a tiled hearth. Plank & muntin screen wall. Flagstone floor. To one wall is a charming and original built-in wall cupboard with shelving within.
REAR HALL with coat hooks, access to outside and further door to -
BATHROOM – Which is ideal for those with a dependent relative as this newly refurbished bathroom, combined with the adjoining room would make excellent ground floor accommodation. Comprising of a white suite of bath, WC, pedestal basin and attractive fully tiled walls. Plenty of shelving and storage space plus a towel rail radiator. We understand wiring is already in place for a power shower if required.
Wooden turned stairs climb to the –
LANDING – With beams to ceiling and a skylight window. There is a range of excellent storage cupboards with hanging and storage space within. Door to -
BEDROOM - A good size spacious room with high ceilings, painted beams and a period cast iron fireplace. A window with deep sill looks over the side aspect.
BEDROOM – Another spacious room with exposed ceiling beams and a pretty period cast iron grate. There are dual aspect windows to front and side, one with a window seat. Door to generous dressing room area.
BEDROOM – To one wall are original built-in wooden cupboards with hanging and storage space within, and beams to ceiling.
A small step up to the spacious –
INNER LANDING – Painted wood paneled plank walls with plenty of fitted bookshelves make this an ideal study area.
FAMILY BATHROOM – With coloured suite comprising of bath, pedestal basin & WC within an alcove area. Large built-in storage cupboards, skylight window and access to roof space. Door through to –
BEDROOM – A lovely dual aspect bedroom with a fitted wooden cupboard and ample storage space within. This room is also accessed from the secondary kitchen staircase.
Surrounding the courtyard of The Old Rectory are numerous outbuilding including –
THE THATCHED BARN – Historically used as a bakery, it now offers a versatile space for a variety of uses. Large wooden double doors open to the vaulted main area. To one end is a mezanine loft space with a timber dividing wall, and to the other is the brick outline of the old bakers oven. A door leads to the rear of the building where a small stone lean-to potting shed gives door access to the orchard.
DOUBLE GARAGE AND WORKSHOP – An open fronted stone garage, with tiled roof, offers parking for two cars, alongside this is a large workshop with power and light.
THE COACH HOUSE – Divided into two separate areas at present, one part being a vaulted open barn, the other used once as animal stalls.
The gardens are a particular feature of the property. Over the years considerable thought and attention to detail have been given to the abundant borders, productive vegetable area, orchard and river bank. Unusual & collectable specimens abound, including numerous hellebores, spring bulbs, climbers, roses and mature trees, including fruit trees and a medlar within the orchard. The river Brue meanders around the edge of the garden and the property enjoys river bank fishing rights where Brown Trout and Perch are regularly fished. Viewing areas of the river frequently reveal a resident Kingfisher and visiting Egret.
Adjoining the garden and with road access, is a well fenced paddock of approximately 1.75 acres.
SERVICES - LPG for AGA and hot water. Night storage heatings. Mains electricity and water. Private drainage.
TENURE - Freehold
COUNCIL TAX - Band G
From our offices in Castle Cary head towards the railway station and follow the B3153 towards Somerton. After approximately 3 miles you will enter the village of Lovington, The driveway of The Old Rectory will be found on the right hand side next to the red telephone box.
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