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Lower Ansford, Castle Cary Offers in the Region Of £600,000

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  • A charming three bedroom property in a quiet lane
  • Stunning, well established gardens
  • Large windows throughout making the accommodation exceptionally light and airy
  • Superb potential offered by three stone outbuildings (stp)
  • Two recently updated bath/shower rooms
  • Extensive parking
  • Easy access to the high street and rail station
  • Far reaching south westerly views

A charming three bedroom detached house with enchanting gardens and several stone outbuildings offering a world of potential in this quiet lane within Castle Cary.


AIRLIE HOUSE, LOWER ANSFORD, CASTLE CARY, BA7 7JY

A charming three bedroom detached house with enchanting gardens and several stone outbuildings offering a world of potential in this quiet lane within Castle Cary. The unique accommodation is well oriented to enjoy the gardens and includes an entrance hall, sitting room, kitchen, dining room, three double bedrooms, two bath/shower rooms and a utility outhouse. Outside there are wonderfully established gardens, ample parking and three period stone outbuildings ripe for conversion or other uses (stpp.)

About the area

Castle Cary is described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, the eminent architectural historian, as Somerset's prettiest town, set in beautiful unspoilt countryside. The town is characterised by period buildings constructed of the distinctive honey coloured stone for which the area is well known. It remains a delightful small market town with a number of traditional shops and boutiques within the Conservation Area in which a policy of strict planning control operates to prevent inappropriate development. These shops cater for most everyday needs whilst Shaftesbury, Glastonbury, Street, Wells, Frome, Wincanton, Sherborne and Yeovil are all close by and Salisbury, Taunton, Bath and Bristol are in easy driving distance.

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The “The Newt in Somerset” just outside Castle Cary is home to beautiful countryside walks set in the grounds of a Georgian country estate. Within the estate there are a Hotel & Spa, Farm shop, restaurants and house & garden shop. On the outskirts of Castle Cary is the railway station with its direct line to Paddington and the A303 Road link is a few miles south. There are excellent state schools in the area - Ansford Academy boasts excellent exam grades and independent schools include the Sherborne and Bruton schools, Millfield, Wells Cathedral, Hazelgrove and Port Regis. Lower Ansford is a quiet lane within the town, well known for being slightly elevated to enjoy lovely South Westerly views across the countryside. The location is optimal given its close proximity to both the rail station and the town centre, both being accessible by foot.

Accommodation

From the lane, the driveway leads into the courtyard formed by the barns and house, within which is an extensive parking area for many vehicles. The house is somewhat unassuming from the front, with the appearance of just a single storey, but as you enter the hallway you soon realise the true expansiveness of the property. To the right hand side of the hall is the kitchen where there is a gas-fired Aga and a sink set within the units; over which is a view of the courtyard, framed by the stunning roses which clamber over the front elevation. A side door leads off the kitchen out to a sheltered walkway which connects the house to the utility outhouse where there is plumbing for a washing machine, the boiler and room for a fridge freezer.

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On the lower ground floor is the sitting room which is a splendid living area with light pouring in thanks to the dual aspect with wonderful gardens views to be enjoyed in both directions. In addition to the large windows and French doors to the southern aspect the room has several features including a wood burning stove, high ceilings and coving. Adjacent to the sitting room is the dining room which also has a dual aspect with garden views. There are three very comfortable double bedrooms, one of which being on the ground floor and the other two on the first floor. Next door to the ground floor bedroom there is a recently updated bathroom with a bath, overhead shower, basin set into a vanity unit and w/c. Both rooms on the first floor enjoy far reaching views and the larger of the two has french doors out to a balcony. Also on this floor is the airing cupboard and the modern shower room which has a walk-in shower, basin and w.c.

Outside

The gardens and grounds of Airlie House are truly idyllic, all thanks to years of care and attention throughout the current owners tenure. The garden faces in a south-westerly direction making it a real sun trap throughout the afternoon. There is a main lawn which is encircled by deep flower borders, full of shrubs and flourishing flowers. Throughout the garden there are several beautiful rose arches and each border appears to have a different, yet equally magical scheme of established greenery. The garden enjoys excellent privacy throughout with high hedgerows on both sides and orchards at the rear. By the orchard boundary there are productive vegetable patches, neatly tucked away. Immediately outside the french doors of the sitting room there is a sheltered seating terrace which basks in full afternoon sun; surrounded by pretty Mexican Daisies.

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Steps on both sides lead up to pedestrian gates securing the garden which open back out to the courtyard parking. As mentioned, the parking area is fit to park many vehicles with further provision to do so possible within the main barn. This outbuilding is over 32’ in length and is perfect for many uses given its size and the access via two separate garage doors. The other two stone outbuildings connect to one another and like the main barn they offer a world of practicalities. Together these barns could be converted into impressive ancillary accommodation subject to the necessary consents being obtained. A ladder from the studio leads up to the first floor where there is further storage or accommodation potential. In addition to these barns being incredibly useful and full of potential, they are also most attractive being constructed of local Cary stone under clay tiled roofs.

Services

Mains gas, water, drainage and electricity.

Important Notice

Roderick Thomas, their clients and any joint agents state that these details are for general guidance only and accuracy cannot be guaranteed. They do not constitute any part of any contract. All measurements are approximate and floor plans are to give a general indication only and are not measured accurate drawings. No guarantees are given with regard to planning permission or fitness for purpose. No apparatus, equipment, fixture or fitting has been tested. Items shown in photographs are not necessarily included. Purchasers must satisfy themselves on all matters by inspection or otherwise.


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Name Location Type Distance
Lower Ansford
Castle Cary BA7 7JY
County: Somerset
Sale Type: Under Offer
Ref #: 00001487