Detached house for sale in Upton Lane, Seavington, Ilminster, Somerset TA19

Guide price £650,000
Detached house for sale - 6 bedrooms 6 3 3
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Property features

  • Detached Grade II listed former farmhouse in need of improvement
  • Set in just under half an acre
  • Garage and two-storey stone barn
  • 5 / 6 Bedrooms (Two En suite)
  • Master Bedroom with En suite and adjoining Dressing Room
  • Dining Hall
  • Drawing Room
  • Sitting Room
  • Study
  • Kitchen / Breakfast Room

Property description

With its origins believed to date from c.1700 this Grade II listed former farmhouse is ready for a new owner to sympathetically improve and restore it to its former glory. Well positioned in an accessible and popular village community, it has mature gardens of just under half an acre including a two storey stone barn, and spacious garage. It offers great potential to the right buyer.

The Property
The façade of Upton House has several hallmarks of its late-Stuart/ early Georgian origins. The typically non-symmetrical elevations are of local ashlar stone and a Regency style wide front door sits under an open timber porch with slate roof. The stepped coped gables suggest the house would have originally been thatched but has clearly benefited from a clay pantile roof for many years. The pretty front gardens are bordered by low stone edging flanked with attractive cast-iron railings with decorative Acanthus bud detailing. The later extensions are believed to date from the 19th Century and once inside there is much period detail, no doubt with some still to be rediscovered. Set within a plot of just under half an acre, the predominantly walled gardens with fruit and ornamental trees complement the house perfectly.

The added benefit of the two-storey barn provides further potential in terms of storage, work-space or ancillary accommodation subject to any necessary consents. Whilst you enter the property into a more modest entrance vestibule, this soon opens up into a much grander light-filled dining hall with two windows to the front including period window seat and exposed floorboards. A later stone fireplace appears to sit in front of its much earlier hand hewn counterpart. Glazed double doors open into a triple aspect drawing room which enjoys a pleasant position on the south side of the house and opens via French doors to the rear garden. Further arched doors from the dining hall open into a compact but useful study with just enough room for a good size desk and plenty of shelving. This too opens onto the rear garden and therefore affords nice views across the lawn.

A further doorway from the dining hall opens to a spacious ground floor cloakroom whilst parquet flooring in a central lobby leads you to the wide turning staircase leading up to the first floor. To one side of the lobby is a useful walk-in storage cupboard, adjacent to the entrance vestibule offering scope for enlargement of the entrance area if permitted. Beyond the lobby is a further generous reception room with a cosier feel, not least because of the wainscot panelling, flagstone floor and inglenook fireplace, with a later hamstone fireplace inset. A door leads through to a substantial kitchen / breakfast room. This is currently fitted with a range of serviceable units including integrated oven, and space for dishwasher. The oil-fired aga provides a proper farmhouse feel and is also set in what appears to be a former inglenook. To one side is a walk-in larder cupboard whilst the ceiling beams have been painted white. Across the rear of the house is a generous utility or boot room. It has a practical quarry tiled floor and lots of room for storage and extra freezers, let alone a handy ceramic double butler sink unit. Period doors open to a useful understairs cellar / store, a good size boiler room / store housing the oil-fired central heating boiler and further designated walk-in pantry.

On the first floor the wide half-landing boasts a typical picture window overlooking the gardens as the stairs turn 180 degrees back to the main landing. To one end of the landing the bedrooms are laid out as such to create a generously sized master suite with bedroom, en-suite bathroom with separate shower and adjacent dressing room which interconnects back to the landing. There is a second bedroom with large en-suite bathroom at the southern end of the first floor ideal for guests. The three remaining bedrooms are all double rooms, some with window seats and some with built-in storage or wardrobes. There is a separate family bathroom and adjoining this a stairwell to the attic. The attic appears to have been an original part of the accommodation, probably servants quarters. It has a matching period window on the southern gable end plus later conservation style velux rooflights. However, the attic is currently uninhabitable and contains various cold-water tanks.

To one side gates open to a substantial driveway providing parking and access to the detached garage which is not quite double in size (see floorplan) and has a single electric up and over door to the front, with power and light connected and double timber doors opening to the garden providing easier access for garden machinery. The mature gardens are roughly rectangular and almost entirely walled giving a great feeling of privacy and creating a sheltered aspect. It is well stocked with mature ornamental and fruit trees include apple, cherry, weeping pear, fig, crab apple and magnolia. Beyond the garage is a separate section of garden, designated as a vegetable and fruit garden with currants and raspberry canes. Closer to the house is a curved gravelled area dotted with herbs such as chives, rosemary and oregano, whilst adjacent is a greenhouse for pottering in. Attractive stone steps lead down to the rear courtyard running across the back of the house where there is an outside tap, cottage garden borders with stone retaining walls, and the Oil storage tank. A few steps across the courtyard lead you to the two-storey stone barn. An opening takes you into an store with further door into the main ground floor. A former timber staircase leads up to the first-floor area (which has not been inspected by the agent).

Agents Note
The property is Grade II listed.

Upton House is located alongside Upton Lane, a no through road towards the northern edge of the village.

Seavington is an attractive village made up of two small parishes, Seavington St Mary and Seavington St Michael, both with their own parish churches and sharing a lovely community shop and café, recreation ground with children's playground, village hall used by various clubs and societies and local pub The Volunteer Inn. Nearby, the pretty village of South Petherton also offers a range of day to day amenities although almost equidistant is the Medieval market town of Ilminster, the centre of which is dominated by the ancient Minster and a thriving range of independent stores including butchers, delicatessen, hardware store, antiques and homeware stores as well as two supermarkets. Ilminster has a convenient road access to both the M5, junction 25 lies 13 miles to the north-west and 1 mile to the A303, now dual carriageway most of the way to the M3. There is a mainline railway station at Crewkerne c.5 miles (London Waterloo) which also has a Waitrose supermarket, and the county town of Taunton c.15 miles has a further mainline station (London Paddington) and a wider range of shopping facilities. Bath, Bristol and Exeter offer excellent cultural and shopping facilities within approximately an hour's drive. The World Heritage designated Jurassic coastline lies c.20 miles to the south.

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