BAYFORD LODGE, BAYFORD, WINCANTON, SOMERSET, BA9 9NJ
Bayford Lodge, which forms the major part of a substantial country house, is an elegant period property within the popular Blackmore Vale, with parts dating back to the 18th Century. Privately situated in a tucked away position, yet not isolated and surrounded by open countryside, Bayford Lodge retains a wealth of classical features, including a lovely bright and light staircase with glazed atrium rising from the hall, period fireplaces, lofty ceilings, wooden floorboards and flagstones.
The spacious accommodation includes a porch, entrance hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen and breakfast room, cellars, cloakroom, master bedroom with en-suite shower room, bedroom with en suite w/c, two further bedrooms, family bathroom, dressing room, study landing.
The are mature gardens, garaging, an orchard and a paddock with stabling. Plenty of parking. In all the gardens and grounds total approximately 5.5 acres.
About the area
Bayford is a small Somerset village with a village hall, and pub. It is less than a mile from the town of Wincanton which has more extensive facilities including supermarkets, a health centre, Post Office, library, inns and churches. There are also two primary schools and a comprehensive school. Wincanton offers good sporting facilities, including an indoor sports centre with swimming pool, and a good outdoor sporting facility. National Hunt Racing takes place at Wincanton Racecourse on the edge of the town. There is easy access to the A303 (London/Exeter) and mainline railway stations at nearby Gillingham, Templecombe (Exeter - Waterloo) and Castle Cary (mainline to Paddington) are within easy reach.
There are a number of well regarded independent schools for boys and girls in the area including Hazelgrove, Bruton and Sherborne. Stourhead Estate is a short drive away with its well known gardens and house with events held throughout the year.The nearby town of Bruton dates back to Roman times and today is a charming small town with various shops and amenities, including the ‘Hauser & Wirth’ Art & Exhibition Gallery, the ever popular dining experience ‘At The Chapel’ and closer to castle Cary is the newly opened ‘The Newt in Somerset’ which is a must see for any visitors to the area.
Originally a hunting lodge, Bayford Lodge is now a generous family home with vast amounts of space inside and out. Tucked away at the end of a long sweeping driveway, it is well away from the hustle and bustle, yet convenient for A303 and local train stations. The property is surrounded by open countryside with many footpaths which can be accessed from the parkland like grounds. The nearby Stourhead Estate offers fabulous walks and outriding.
The front door enters a porch with encaustic floor tiles and plenty of room to take off and stow away mucky coats and boots. Leading through the porch is the hall with part wooden part flagstone floors and a beautiful staircase rising to a glazed atrium.
The sitting room is a splendid room of great proportions with large sash windows with window seats and a pretty outlook over the garden. There’s a period open fireplace a marble surround and mantel and slate hearth.
The wooden floorboards continue into the adjacent dining room which also has the superb high ceilings, sash windows and the same lovely south facing outlook. The sash windows in both rooms have the original painted shutters too. The dining room also has a drinks cupboard and feature fireplace.
Within the kitchen there's an excellent range of painted wall and base units with solid wood worktops and attractive splash back tiling. There is ample space and plumbing for dish washer, washing machine, tumble dryer and American style fridge freezer. There is also addition space for a Rangemaster cooker and Everhot Stove. Both appliances are currently in place and could be available by further negotiation. A stable door leads out to the rear courtyard and pedestrian access back out to the parking area.
A door from the kitchen leads down to a large cellar with a separate wine cellar and the oil fired boiler.
Also on the ground floor is a cloakroom which has a w/c with period wooden pedestal and more space to hang cloaks.
Leading upstairs is the stunning atrium and upon the landing is a study area with bookshelves.
The master bedroom is another spacious light room with large sash windows and window seats looking out over the grounds in a southerly direction. There’s excellent storage and a pretty cast iron feature fireplace. A door from the master leads into the en-suite which has a walk in shower, w/c and basin. The en-suite has another door out to the landing so can be used in a Jack and Jill style. There’s also an airing cupboard.
On the first floor there are two further comfortable double bedrooms both with sash windows and countryside views in each direction.
The family bathroom is of generous proportions with a bath with overhead shower, w/c and wash hand basin.
Further steps lead up to another large double bedroom with adjoining dressing or sitting room. This is ideal for a more independent teenager, relative or nanny. Being on the second floor the added elevation only improves the incredible views. There’s an ensuite w/c with Sani-flow system and basin.
Gardens and Grounds
Immediately to the front of the property is a flagstone patio area with views to open fields. A mature lawned area with borders of mature shrubs and abundant planting makes this private area ideal for summer alfresco dining. Adjacent to this area is a tarmac parking area for approximately 3/4 cars. To the rear is a small courtyard which can be accessed from the kitchen. There is also a pedestrian access around the side of the property.
A large flat lawn area, once used as a grass tennis court, with a well established shrub border and specimen trees is bounded by the stream with a waterfall feature.
There is a timber framed double garage and to the side is a useful storage shed. A hardstanding area surrounding the garage serves as further parking provision.
On the eastern side of drive is the orchard with an abundance of fruit trees including apple, pear, plum and cherry all bordered by laurel hedgerows.
On the western side of the drive is the paddock. Post and rail fencing runs the length of the drive and stock proof fencing around the remaining boundaries. There are several magnificent trees interspersed within the paddock and a few more recently planted trees planted which adds to the feel of the Parkland-esque setting. Within the paddock is stable block with potential for two stables. Directly opposite is a useful dry shed. The area has post and rail fencing and hardcore to the ground.
N.B. In the interest of the the owner's privacy and that of their neighbours, may we politely request potentially interested parties do not enter the driveway of the property unless an appointment has been arranged.
Oil fired central heating. Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. TENURE- Freehold. COUNCIL TAX - Band G
From the centre of Wincanton, continue up the High street and down Bayford Hill. At the bottom of the hill take the only left turning between two stone walls. Continue down the drive for 300 yards and Bayford Lodge is directly in front of you.
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