LAUREL HOUSE, ALHAMPTON, NEAR CASTLE CARY, SOMERSET, BA4 6PY
A charming and most handsome 6 bedroom village house, with medieval origins, set in grounds & orchards of towards 2.5 acres - in the village of Alhampton.
Laurel House is Grade II listed and has generous, characterful accommodation including a reception hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility, cloakroom, conservatory, three double bedrooms, family bathroom, and a w/c. In addition there are further living quarters including a snug, kitchen, dining room, w/c, three further bedrooms and a bathroom.
Theres a beautiful walled garden on the southern side of the house enjoying complete privacy, further to this there is extensive parking, a garage with adjoining studio, a separate office, further outbuildings, additional gardens and wonderful orchards to the rear.
About the area
The property is situated in a delightful position in the heart of the sought after village of Alhampton. The quiet, rural village has an active community of all ages and benefits from a popular pub, active church, and is surrounded by beautiful countryside walks. Alhampton is located just outside the village of Ditcheat, which is also a very popular and ancient village (mentioned in the Domesday Book as belonging to Glastonbury Abbey) 10 miles south of Wells and 3 miles north of Castle Cary with its main line rail service to London. These and the other nearby towns of Glastonbury & Bruton all offer ample facilities.
The village has a primary school, a fine Grade I Listed church, and a particularly popular pub and restaurant. The village is nowadays best known as the home of Paul Nicholls’ Racing Stables (trainer of Kauto Star and Denman). There are good state and independent schools in the area including Wells Cathedral, Millfield, Sherborne, Hazelgrove and the Bruton schools.
Laurel House stands back from the village lane behind a low stone wall and a mixed hedgerow offering good privacy. The house house has attractive Hadspen stone elevations under a tile roof. There are sash windows and two bay windows either side of the front door and above portico. A flagstone path leads to the front door which enters a reception hall.
The house is currently configured to suit dual occupancy with flexible use of several rooms. Any purchaser could reconfigure the property into a layout to suit them, obtaining any consents where necessary.
The history of the property is evident immediately with medieval beams and timber wall studs believed to date back to the 12th Century. The sitting room is a lovely, bright room with a triple aspect - notably the bay window to the front and the French doors to the garden at the rear. Internally there is an Inglenook fireplace with inset wood burning stove and two drinks cupboards.
The dining room across the hall has exceptional character. The pointed arched doorway leads into the room where there is an imposing cross beamed ceiling with Tudor rose and further detailing. In addition there is an inglenook fireplace with an inset Jetmaster fire.
A doorway leads through to the kitchen, which requires modernisation, but also enjoys a dual aspect and has a Gas Rayburn. Adjacent is a cloakroom, further storage and a rear door. Also on the ground floor and servicing this side of the house is a utility and conservatory enjoying views of the walled garden.
On the first floor there is a large master bedroom with an exposed stone wall, dual aspect and a vaulted ceiling which exposes the crook beam which has been a real fascination of local historians in recent times. There are also two further double bedrooms. The guest bedroom enjoys beautiful garden views and a pretty feature fireplace. The three bedrooms all have built in wardrobes and are serviced by the bathroom and adjoining cloakroom nearby.
Accessed from the parking area on the northern side of the house is the west wing with it’s separate entrance and rear porch. The west wing is immaculately presented and like the main house, has plenty of character throughout.
There is a dual aspect snug/sitting room with a superb fireplace and wood burning stove plus wonderful ceiling beams. Adjacent is the kitchen which has plenty of cupboards and drawers with an integrated electric cooker with hob and extractor above. Beyond the sink is a delightful view out to the gardens.
The dining room across the hall is arguably one of the best rooms of the house as it enjoys the triple aspect with views not only of the gardens but also out, through the french doors, to the orchards. There is pretty exposed stonework and lovely ceiling beams.
Upstairs there are three substantial bedrooms and a bathroom.
Just outside the dining room there is a home office which, given it’s excellent position within the grounds, is an idyllic and tranquil spot in which to work.
Over the years the walled gardens have been carefully managed to create a mature, fruitful and varied area with great privacy. There is a superb array of plants, set in deep borders surrounding the lawn. In addition to flowers there are vegetable patches, and greenhouses with a seating terrace nearby to enjoy it all.
In addition to the extensive parking there is a single garage and a gate into the field should a party be on the cards. Within the garage a separate door opens into a studio which is perfectly suited for teenagers, artists or indeed musicians.
Beyond the walled garden there is a further lawned garden, within which there are a number of useful outbuildings. A post and rail fence forms the perimeter between garden and orchard. The orchard extends as far as the eye can see and is interspersed with many fruit trees, it really is a beautiful spot and so rarely acquired within a village. There is a second studio within the orchard and an adjoining wood store.
Gas fired central heating. Mains water & electricity. Private drainage.
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