Whether you have an eye for extra income or simply need multi-generational living space, this stunning period property with superb ancillary accommodation and indoor pool offers private complex-style living where it feels like every day is a holiday.
Versatility is the key with this property, not only in terms of the size and adaptability of the accommodation on offer but the many different uses it could have to a variety of purchasers. The property is beautifully presented, the main house being sympathetic to its original character but with a great blend of personality and modern luxury thrown in. Believed to date from 1832 with a variety of extensions and improvements from the 1920's to date, many original features have been retained whilst tasteful additions in terms of flooring and period style radiators complete the chic but homely look. Whilst the main house is spacious and has enough room for even the largest of families, the adjoining self-contained annexe and further coach house apartment provide options for independent income streams, let alone space for visitors. The added advantage of the indoor heated pool makes holiday letting the obvious choice.
The secure gates and private position give the sense of being "in your own little world" surrounded by beautiful countryside but not far from excellent road and rail links.
The Main House
Both the kitchen door and main entrance open onto the central courtyard and on a day to day basis no doubt you're likely to spill in and out of the homely eat-in kitchen. The main front door opens in to a traditional porch with flagstone floor. An original period glazed door opens into a light filled hall giving a superb first impression. Large polished porcelain tiles reflect the natural light and a spiral staircase leads up to the first floor. An attractive well-fitted cloakroom is tucked away to the rear of the hall and provides a handy extra door to the outside. To one side of the hall is a lovely morning room, a useful extra reception room getting lovely early sunshine through the east facing window with typically wide window a seat. A "Clearview" stove set in an attractive stone fireplace gives a warming glow in cooler months. Beyond the morning room is a private study, located in the turret on the north side with a range of fitted storage and windows overlooking the countryside.
On the west side is a substantial dining room with impressive stone fireplace housing a further woodburning stove. This room has a traditional feel with overhead beams, period style radiator and double doors flowing through into the sitting room, perfect to open up for entertaining. The sitting room is a lovely size with separate study area to the south side, flooded with light from the south and west. An inner hall gives access back through to the kitchen and up to a separate studio space. With a tiled floor and oak clad walls, this is an adaptable room for a variety of uses and has loft access. Two double glazed sliding patio doors open onto the courtyard.
The kitchen is beautifully fitted with a range of contemporary country style units with granite worktops. A 5 oven dual control aga helps this room to be the real heart of the home on a day to day basis. There's plenty of room for a large table to create that farmhouse feel. Alternatively, the adjoining breakfast room or snug gives you another dining option. The flagstone floor from the kitchen flows through, unifying both spaces.
Upstairs, a light and airy landing with lovely views houses both a laundry cupboard and further airing cupboard. This contains not only the hot water tank but also the controls for the solar panels on the rear of the pool building. The master suite enjoys a dual aspect for morning and evening sun. It is beautifully presented with a secret door leading to a similarly stylish en-suite located in the turret. A white contemporary suite includes a freestanding bath, and spacious shower cubicle.
To the rear of the property are two double bedrooms with an adjacent shower-room fitted with heritage style suite. Beyond the main landing a former bedroom now creates a spacious and versatile inner landing space with window seat overlooking the central courtyard and views beyond. The guest suite (or optional master bedroom of course) lies adjacent. Again, beautifully presented with open plan en-suite facilities including a freestanding bath, as well as separate shower. From the first floor landing a door opens to a second staircase. The second floor provides two further bedrooms with their own landing and shower-room, a great space for older children to make their own.
Immediately adjacent to the main house, the annexe is of complimentary stone and could easily be connected to the main house via the studio if you so wish. Perfect for a dependant relative or equally suitable as a holiday let, it offers single storey accommodation laid out as two bedrooms, kitchen, shower-room and sunny conservatory / living space. Just outside the conservatory is a lovely sunny patio area leading onto the gardens.
The Coach House Apartment
Located above the garaging facilties the coach house apartment is a further self-contained living space. It's perfect for grown-up children looking for their first taste of independence, or as a further income stream. Accessed via an independent timber staircase with small balcony overlooking the gardens to the south, the open-plan accommodation is decorated in neutral colours with westerly facing windows overlooking the central courtyard. The living space has an adjoining kitchenette with electric oven and hob, integrated fridge and washing machine. Beyond this is a spacious bedroom area with generous en-suite shower-room large enough to incorporate a bath should you prefer.
The property is set in private grounds of approaching 1.5 acres. A sweeping drive with secure electronic gates opens into a central courtyard for parking and access to all the individual buildings including the Coach House. Beneath the Coach House apartment are twin open carports which are flanked to either side by two large single garages with double doors. One garage is utilised as laundry room housing the separate oil-fired boiler for the coach house apartment, space for washing machine, tumble dryer and sink unit. The second garage has a tiled floor and makes an ideal store room or games room. The gardens extend around the property with generous lawns and attractive well-stocked borders. The south lawn has lovely views across the countryside and is perfect for a family needing to burn off energy. To one side there are mature fruit trees including pear and apple. A substantial greenhouse is perfect for green fingered buyers, with its integral bed for planting along the south side and mature grape vine. It also has power and water connected. Beyond is a large chicken coop for buyers fancying a little self-sufficiency. To one corner of the grounds is a discreet area for storage including compost area, large timber storage shed, and oil tank all screened from view by mature trees.
The Indoor Pool Complex
An attractive building with eight double glazed sliding doors opening to both aspects allowing you to spill onto the sun terrace at the rear. The heated inoor pool is suitable for even the keenest of swimmers being c.8ft at the deep end and measuring c.14m x 7m. There is ample space surrounding the pool for entertaining. Surround sound speakers and TV are connected. To one end are two separate male and female changing rooms with wc's and shower-cubicles. A further tiled room would make an ideal gym with its own sliding doors to the garden. The boiler room has separate access from outside and houses all the equipment for control of the water and pool environment, as well as a separate electric immersion for independent use of the showers.
The Tennis Court
An all-weather tennis court is located on the south side of the Pool House with its own LED flood-lighting. There is also external pir sensor lighting throughout the grounds of the property.
The property is not listed. Whether you have an eye for extra income or simply need multi-generational living space, this stunning period property with superb ancillary accommodation and indoor pool offers private complex-style living where it feels like every day is a holiday.
Furringdon House enjoys a semi-rural position with lovely views over the surrounding countryside towards Ham Hill Country Park, and a great sense of privacy. It is located just to the east of the village of Merriott. The village has an excellent range of local services including a garage, a petrol station, two general stores, a post office, a pub, a pharmacy (which will collect prescriptions and deliver medicines), and a pottery. There is a church, a chapel, and a village hall, tithe barn and social club which are all host to a wide range of activities. There is also a recreation ground with junior and senior play areas, cricket and football pitches, tennis courts and a bowling green, separate squash club and court.
Crewkerne is a traditional market town with a range of shops including a Waitrose Supermarket and a main line railway station for the London, Waterloo to Exeter line. There are good schools nearby, with local first school and preschool at Merriott. Superb independent schools such as Perrott Hill School, and Chard Independent School within 15 minutes' drive. Slightly further afield with 45 minutes' drive there are other choices including those at Sherborne, Millfield (Street), Wellington, Taunton and Bruton.
Ham Hill country park lies within a short drive, whilst the Jurassic coastline of Dorset can be reached in less than 45 minutes making the area very popular with those looking for the best of both worlds in terms of communication links and quality leisure time.