A charming detached, beautifully presented period cottage set in The Quantock Hills, within easy reach of Taunton. 4 Reception rooms, superb kitchen/breakfast room
4 Double bedrooms, master suite with dressing room and en suite, double garage with large roof space, south facing landscaped gardens. EPC Band E.
Old Orchard Cottage is situated on The Quantock Hills in the small hamlet of Clavelshay, near the small town of North Petherton. North Petherton is a popular and desirable place to live, due to its extensive range of facilities, including a Doctors surgery, pharmacy, library, public houses, restaurants, schools and stores. The M5 motorway is also very convenient with junction 24 approximately only 1.5 miles away. The larger centres of Bridgwater and Taunton are also easily accessible, both of which have railway stations and excellent transport links. Taunton, the County Town of Somerset, is approximately 9 miles to the South West, where there is a County Cricket ground and horse racing for those with sporting interests, an extensive shopping centre and a wide range of commercial facilities. The Quantock Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where there is an extensive network of paths and bridleways.Description
The property is a substantial detached cottage retaining many period features, with colour rendered elevations under a pitch tiled roof and uPVC double glazed windows. Old Orchard Cottage has been sympathetically improved and extended to provide a spacious family home with landscaped gardens and views to the countryside beyond, situated in a beautiful rural yet accessible position in The Quantock Hills.Accommodation
Old Orchard Cottage is approached by a garden gate which leads to an entrance porch with windows on both sides. A solid oak, part glazed, studded door opens into the sitting room, which centres on a large inglenook fireplace with an inset wood burner, brick surround, heavy beam over and shelving to either side. The sitting room enjoys a wealth of character with beamed ceilings and exposed wooden flooring. A door on the right leads to the delightful kitchen/breakfast room which has an attractive dual aspect and access to the gardens, a part vaulted ceiling with a character mill wheel and a window seat. The kitchen is fitted with a range of contemporary bespoke units with granite work surfaces and a central island. There are a number of integrated appliances including a Britannia Cooker with extractor over and a dishwasher and further space for fridge freezer and fridge. Steps lead down into the light and airy garden room, which has large patio door leading to the garden, an expanse of storage cupboards and a further door to the outside. The dining room/play room is a very versatile room with storage cupboard, shelving, a window and door to the inner hallway. The inner hallway provides access to the library, which is a large room retaining many period features including a fireplace with a wooden surround and mantle, exposed beams, extensive shelving for many books, a dual aspect and would also work very well as a fourth bedroom. The downstairs cloakroom/utility room has exposed wooden floors, a low level WC, wash hand basin, space and plumbing for a washing machine, tumble dryer and also houses the boiler.First Floor
A turning staircase leads to the first floor from the inner hallway. The landing provides access to all the bedrooms, the bathroom, a hatch to the loft space and a cupboard housing the hot water tank. The family bathroom is fitted with a white suite comprising a WC, wash hand basin, panelled bath with shower over and tiled surround, with linen storage to one side. Bedroom one is of a good size and has a dual aspect with wooden window sills, feature fireplace, exposed beams and a large built in wardrobe. Further along the landing is bedroom two, which again is a good sized room with a dual aspect, feature fireplace, inset ceiling lights and a storage cupboard. The master bedroom suite has a superb bedroom with a vaulted ceiling, exposed A frame beams and fitted wardrobes. The bedroom has a dual aspect with wonderful far reaching views over surrounding countryside. From the bedroom steps leads into down to a large dressing room fitted with an expanse of built in wardrobe, window overlooking the rear of the house and further leads to a en suite shower room with a power shower cubicle, low level WC, wash hand basin with cupboard underneath and obscured window. The dressing room in the master suite could alternatively be used as a fourth bedroom interconnecting with the master bedroom.Services
Oil fired central heating, mains electric and water.Outside
Old Orchard House is approached by a wooden five bar gate which opens onto a gravelled driveway providing parking for up to three cars, a garden shed and the oil tank. A pathway leads around to the front, through a small shrub and tree garden. The rear garden is laid to lawn and beautifully landscaped with deep planted herbaceous borders, mature trees, a small pond and is enclosed by low hedging, proving a good degree of privacy. There is a patio area, accessed from both the kitchen and the garden room, which provides a ample space for sitting out in the summer months to enjoy the views beyond. The summer house is of a good size and sits in a great position overlooking the lower garden. A pathway leads down the middle of the garden to the double garage, an enclosed gravelled area of garden and second garden shed. The double garage has a roller door and provides parking for at least two cars plus additional storage under the stairs. A turning staircase leads up to a converted roof space with a triple aspect and Velux windows. This is an extremely functional space and could be used as an office or additional accommodation, subject to necessary planning consents. The garage is accessed 100m from the house via the road that leads to Lower Clavelshay Farm.Directions
From Taunton, take the A38 Taunton Bridgwater. In North Petherton take the first left signed Broomfield/Goathurst. Take the next left into Cliff Road and continue along this road for half a mile. Turn right at the signpost Clavelshay/Broomfield. Follow this road for approximately 2 miles where the Old Orchard House can be identified on your right hand side after the turning for Clavelshay Barn Restaurant.