BEECHLEIGH HOUSE, LONG STREET, GALHAMPTON, BA22 7AY
This handsome Hadspen stone property has been completed to the highest of standards with many distinctive bespoke features. All of the rooms in this beautifully light property are of very generous proportions. An air source heat pump and underfloor heating make for an extremely eco family home. The impressive living spaces include a reception hall, study/sixth bedroom, sitting room, kitchen dining room, games room, utility, downstairs wet room, cloakroom, five double bedrooms, two en-suites and a family bathroom.
There is plentiful parking, a large garage, carport/store and gardens enjoying the stunning countryside views. The plot amounts to approximately one third of an acre.
Beechleigh House is an imposing property, constructed of local Hadspen stone with a tiled roof and attractive oak timber-work. The property sits centrally within the village while enjoying wonderful countryside views to the rear and stands back from the village lane behind a magnificent Copper Beech tree, hence the property's name. It was completed in 2021, with the current owners then undertaking a comprehensive program of further development to bring the property up to its current condition. Immense attention to detail is visible throughout the property with lovely features including a bespoke oak staircase, oak floorboards, handmade wardrobes, as well as high quality materials and appliances utilised throughout. The property is run off an efficient air source heat pump which supplies the heating throughout the property and hot water. The ground floor of the main wing enjoys underfloor heating.
A feature oak porch shelters the front door which enters the welcoming reception hall. The first impression as you enter is the wonderful handmade staircase, built using high quality oak. On the right hand side of the hall, there are two reception rooms; the sitting room and study/bedroom 6. The sitting room at the back of the property enjoys a lovely countryside outlook beyond the gardens with bi-folding doors leading out. Internally there is a characterful stone fireplace with inset Clearview wood burner. The adjoining study/bedroom is a versatile reception room, which has previously been used as a dining room. Off the hall there is also a cloakroom and underneath the stairs there is a storage cupboard.
The kitchen is another substantial, social living room with bi-folding doors opening out onto a sheltered courtyard; ideal for al-fresco dining. The kitchen itself has a vast number of fitted units with bespoke wooden worktops and integral appliances including a SMEG range cooker and a dishwasher. There is a Meile American style fridge-freezer and other features include deep pan drawers, two Villeroy and Boch sinks with one having an “Insinkerator" food disposal system, and a breakfast bar. There is plenty of room for a large dining table by the bi-folding doors, enjoying a beautiful view up the garden and beyond.
Adjoining the kitchen there is a utility room with a stable-style door out to the parking at the front. The utility has plumbing for a washing machine and tumble drier as well as having another sink, further storage and room for another fridge. Off the utility there is an inner hall which connects the main part of the house to the games room and bedroom above. On the right hand side of the hall there is a wet room and along the left there are storage cupboards.
The games room is another expansive reception room which enjoys bi-folding doors and a Clearview wood burning stove and is perfect for family gatherings. Above there is a substantial double bedroom with built-in wardrobes and velux window with rain sensor. Adjoining the games room there is a store room with a cupboard housing the hot water cylinder.
From the main reception hall, the staircase rises to a large landing which could easily provide a study area if required. Also accessed from the landing there is an airing cupboard, separate storage cupboard and a Juliet balcony overlooking the grounds. On this floor there are four double bedrooms, two-en-suites and a family bathroom.
The master bedroom has generous built-in wardrobe space and superb views over the grounds and across the fields to the rear. The en-suite is finished to an extremely high standard with marble floor and wall tiles, a walk-in shower with dual shower heads, heated towel rail, vanity unit and w/c. The guest room at the opposite end of the first floor enjoys an en-suite which is almost identical to that of the master, as well as having a walk-in wardrobe. The family bathroom is also well appointed, and adjoins the third bedroom in a Jack-and-Jill style. Within the family bathroom there is a bath with overhead shower, w/c, heated towel rail and a vanity unit. There are also plentiful storage units incorporating the wash hand basin.
From the village lane, a paved driveway bound by a low stone wall sweeps under the Copper Beech tree and around the house to a large parking area to the rear. There is further parking in front of the house and at the end of the drive there is an oversized single garage with enough room for workshop use. The garage has an electric roller door, ample storage above and a door leading into the games room. Adjoining the garage there is a single carport/store.
Immediately outside the kitchen dining room is the courtyard which enjoys total privacy and a lovely garden aspect. There are established borders and a vegetable plot, with the rest of the gardens laid to lawn and only countryside in view. In all, the gardens and grounds amount to approximately one-third of an acre.
About the area
The semi-rural village of Galhampton offers a thriving and friendly community, an active village hall, a parish church and a popular pub. There is a wide network of footpaths on the doorstep, as well as horse riding and other outdoor pursuits.
The vibrant market towns of Castle Cary and Bruton are nearby.
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.
Fashionable Bruton is also characterised by its historic buildings, as well as being home to the world-renowned Hauser and Wirth Gallery.
Sherborne, Wells, Shaftesbury, Glastonbury, Street, Frome, Wincanton and Yeovil are all close by and Salisbury, Taunton, Bath and Bristol are within easy driving distance.
Two miles away “The Newt in Somerset” is home to beautiful countryside walks set in the grounds of a Georgian country estate. Within the estate are a Hotel & Spa, Farm shop, restaurants and house & garden shop. Residents of Galhampton benefit from local residents’ membership rates.
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 strong exam grades and independent schools include the Sherborne and Bruton schools, Millfield, Wells Cathedral, Hazelgrove, and Port Regis.
Mains water, drainage and electricity. Air source heat pump.
Energy Performance Rating: C
Council Tax Band: G
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Tenancy term negotiable.
3,500 per calendar month. Deposit equal to 5 weeks rent held with the Deposit Protection Scheme. Available from 1st November 2023.