A charming characterful cottage located in a stunning rural position surrounded by fields with no near neighbours. 3 double bedrooms, farmhouse-style kitchen with AGA, large sitting room and study. Gardens amounting to 0.2 of an acre with beautiful far-reaching views. Fantastic character features. EPC Band F
Until one arrives at Eastfield it is hard to believe that such a beautiful property could possibly exist in such an idyllic location, except on the lid of a chocolate box. This charming home is believed to date from the 16th century, with later extensions added up until the 20th century, and was originally built as a farmhouse serving the easternmost fields of the parish - hence the name Eastfield. This simply delightful home is not listed but, as can be expected of properties with such historical backgrounds, a wealth of character features remain in place throughout, now dovetailed with the usual modern appointments. We understand that the property is now available on the open market for only the fourth time in its lengthy lifespan, offering the opportunity for a discerning buyer to become the fifth custodian of this incredibly special and highly endearing rural home.
Aside from the enormous appeal of the cottage itself, the location exponentially adds to the overall charm of this property. Accessed via a tarmac driveway leading across two fields from Penn Lane, it is safe to say that the property benefits from a position in which there are no near neighbours but tranquility, seclusion and far reaching views are ensured, making this the perfect property for those seeking to "get away from it all" and unwind from the stresses of modern life. A variety of delightful outlooks can be enjoyed from every room inside, either across the surrounding field or across the valley towards the village of Hardington Mandeville and the countryside beyond, with a sunny, open aspect and several windows in most rooms filling the property with natural light.
Internally the accommodation is spacious yet comfortable with an atmosphere of great peace throughout. The property has recently undergone a programme of modernisation to ensure that all the facilities required for a modern lifestyle are present, yet without detriment to the wonderful character features which include exposed beams, stone floors throughout the entrance hall and kitchen and a stunning Inglenook fireplace with Bressumer beam and bread oven in the sitting room. With attractive fitted units beneath a wooden work surface, a vintage-style Aga and plenty of space for a breakfast table, the kitchen enjoys a farmhouse feel which is enhanced by a fireplace housing a log burner (not currently working), a stable door to the rear and a shelved larder. The sitting room is arguably the centrepiece of the house, owing to the impressive fireplace in which a large log burner provides a warming glow during colder months. This room benefits from a split floor level which facilitates the use of the sitting room for more than one purpose; at present part is also employed as a formal dining area. Also on the ground floor is the study which, with a corner of windows to the rear aspect exhibiting the views to their best advantage, is an inspiring environment in which to work, although the use of this room could also be changed to a relaxing snug; the perfect room in which to watch the sun set with a drink in hand.
On the first floor there are three double bedrooms which are arranged in a simple, classical layout around a central landing along with a family bathroom. Each bedroom has a unique appeal from the triple aspect, turret-style orientation of bedroom three to the beautifully light and airy bedroom two. The master bedroom is generously proportioned and features an attached dressing room which has potential for use as a fourth bedroom, if desired, or could also be divided to create an en suite bathroom. Domestically the property is well appointed to cope with the stresses of modern life; the kitchen benefits from built in appliances including fridge, washing machine, electric oven and dishwasher, and there is a separate laundry room accessed externally. The entrance hall gives access to a ground floor cloak room and a coat-and-shoe cupboard, and there is also a small storage area beneath the staircase. A further domestic benefit of the property is the garden room which is an ideal place to propagate plants and grow herbs. Despite the works carried out to improve and modernise Eastfield, there remains scope for an incoming purchaser to further personalise the accommodation to suit a variety of needs and wants.OUTSIDE
Eastfield stands within a fully enclosed plot amounting to just over 0.2 of an acre, much of which is arranged as a delightful garden orientated to the front of the cottage, which faces south. The garden is primarily laid to lawn, interspersed with attractive borders full of exciting flora including a number of established trees, both fruiting and ornamental. A paved sun terrace abutting the house facilitates al fresco dining, relaxing and entertaining, with a further sun terrace to the rear of the house offering a perfect place to enjoy the views out of doors. Within the garden is a shed, which benefits from power and light, as well as coal-and firewood storage to the side of the property. Parking is well provided for with a gated area for 2 cars, from which the garage can be accessed; this timber structure benefits from double doors, power and light.AGENTS' NOTE
This property is accessed via a tarmac driveway which is under the same ownership as the surrounding fields. Eastfield has right of way across this driveway, and is responsible for maintaining it.SITUATION
The property is situated in a rural position just outside Hardington Mandeville; a countryside village with a friendly and thriving community who regularly hold events such as the annual street fair. Within the village amenities include a village shop, church, playing park and The Royal Oak pub. A broad selection of shopping, leisure and health care facilities are available in Yeovil and Crewkerne where there are a variety of independent business including Lawrences Auctioneers, various vintage and antique shops and a Waitrose superstore.
Transport links are good with the A303 trunk road accessible near Yeovil, allowing for easy road travel to London and the South East. Mainline stations within Yeovil and Crewkerne provide direct, regular rail services to London (Waterloo), Exeter, Bristol and Bath.
Education is well catered for with a selection of highly regarded state and independent schools in the area including Perrott Hill, The Park and Millfield at Street.SERVICES
Mains water and electricity. Private drainage (septic tank). Oil fired central heating.VIEWINGS
Strictly by appointment with the vendors' selling agents, Messrs. Stags, Yeovil Office, Telephone 01935 475000.DIRECTIONS
From Yeovil take the A30 towards Crewkerne and shortly before the BP filling station turn left towards Hardington. Follow this lane for approximately 2.5 miles, entering the village of Hardington Mandeville, before bearing left onto High Street, signposted Pendomer. At the end of this road turn left and follow this road for approximately 400 yards, after which the driveway to the property can be found on the left, identified by a name plaque on the metal 5 bar gate.