- Period farmhouse with fabulous contemporary addition in peaceful location with beautiful views
- Flexible accommodation. 5-bed house or 3-bed house with 2-bed annexe
- Approx 1 acre land and stone outbuilding/garage
- Carport for two cars and integral office/workshop/gym
- Very close to Millfield School
- 5 bedrooms , 4 bathrooms
- Large open plan kitchen/sitting/dining room, additional 3 reception rooms
- Large utility room, boot room and two walk in larders
- Master suite with dressing room and four other bedrooms; two ensuite
- South facing garden, two terraced areas, lawn and field with mature trees
Cooks Farm is a Somerset longhouse that has had an exceptional design makeover and extension from RIBA award winning architect Graham Bizley of prewettbizley.com. This remodelling has resulted in a home that combines period details such as flagstones and inglenook fireplaces together with a light-filled contemporary and large open-plan kitchen/ sitting/dining room with stunning views.
Originally a six-bedroom house, part of the renovation work was to convert it into a three-bedroom, three-bathroom main house and a two-bed annexe cottage. This configuration works very well with separate entrances, but can easily be made into one house by opening-up one door. Initially a typical Somerset longhouse, Cooks Farm now has the cosy original reception rooms (both with flagstones and large inglenook fireplaces) linking to the very spacious light-filled room. This new space has a wall of glass (sliding doors) opening onto a deck with 180 degree views of beautiful uninterrupted open countryside.
Being a great cook the current owner insisted that this new area had a decent sized larder split into two: a cold room and walk-in storage area. Another useful part of this new building is the boot-room. One of the previous reception rooms in the house is now a very large utility room and WC.
The main house has two wood burners and an AGA which means the current owners use the central heating sparingly. They bought this house because they loved the original features such as the fireplaces, window seats with shutters and fabulous medieval exposed elm boarding, but they also wanted a house that was bright and spacious with a view. The new part of the building has provided exactly this and the attention to detail has involved creating a sloping ceiling that soars to a double-height pinnacle encompassing the extra glazed triangular windows. They in turn flood the room with light and definitely distinguish this building from your average extension. Due to the south-facing aspect a clever angular roof was built over the decking to reduce glare from the sun in the summer months, but which can be a real benefit for solar gain in the winter.
The two original reception rooms are full of character with inglenook fireplaces and windows seats and provide the cozy winter or night time rooms.
The upper level of the the main part of the house was reconfigured to provide a master-suite designed with privacy in mind. These rooms are accessed from the landing via the good-sized dressing room which gives a feeling of a private wing. The dressing room leads into bathroom with; original claw-foot bath; large modern walk-in shower, and a window seat with a view to Beacon Hill opposite, when not obscured by the stunning Magnolia tree just outside the window.
There are also two further bedrooms with ensuite bath/shower rooms.
The annex, originally a cider barn, can be accessed internally or externally and has an open plan kitchen/sitting room/dining room with a wood burner and two bedrooms; one double bedroom, one single and a family shower room.
A lighting designer was employed during the building works to ensure this fabulous property would always be seen in its best light. In addition, an award-winning bespoke carpenter built and designed the eaves' storage and shelving in the master bedroom with the aim of turning this into a light-filled and cosy sanctuary with great views. The rest of the clutter and storage in the generous sized-sized dressing room.
The front of this property which borders the quiet lane looks exactly as it always would have, a typical Somerset farmhouse, but around the back is a real wow factor- the new part of the property is larch clad - and with its soaring roof, looks like a grand piano.
The property is accessed by a driveway that goes between the house and a stone barn, with garage doors that with any necessary planning permission is ripe for conversion. Currently it is used as a large storage room. Behind the house is a large area of gravel for parking and a larch-clad carport with cat-slide roof with bays for two cars, plus a fully insulated room that has been an office, but could be a gym or workshop. One of the windows in this room has great views over the garden and is adjacent to a terraced area - a perfect spot for evening sun.
The deck leads onto an area of lawn surrounded by flower beds with a beech hedge with a gap. It is through the gap that the expanse of the land (approx one acre) is realised. There is another large paved area with a brick BBQ and Clematis-covered pergola. The rest of the garden is sizeable with mature trees, including apples, oak and walnut. The end of the garden borders onto open fields.
Being at the foot of Beacon Hill means that Cooks Farm is very protected from road noise.
One of the aspects about living in this village that the current owners particularly love are the walks. There is Dundon Beacon which is opposite the house and is a nature reserve, ancient oak woodland and site of an Iron- Age fort and few minutes' walk is Lollover Hill which is like a mini Glastonbury Tor with views for miles around.
For more information visit http://www.palden.co.uk/leymap/compton-dundon.html
Cooks Farm is right on the edge of the village so is blessed with tranquility, but is also walking distance to amenities such as the village hall, church and pub, Post Office and playground. Compton Dundon is a very active village due to it large and new village hall which hosts all sorts of events and classes.
Within 5 minutes' drive is the picturesque medieval town of Somerton, originally the county town of Somerset and before that, possibly the capital of Wessex. Its focal point is the wide 17th Century Market Square with a Buttercross in the centre. Somerton offers all the usual amenities of a market town such as shops, primary school, bank, post office, library, optician, vet, dentist, doctors, solicitor, public houses. In addition there are two especially good eating establishments, the newly opened '28 Market Place' a restaurant/coffee bar/artisan bakery/wine store, which is receiving rave reviews nationally and also the very popular gastro pub The White Hart. There is an excellent arts centre/gallery called ACE. For more information visit http://www.somerton.co.uk/
5 minutes' drive in the other direction is the town of Street which is famed for Clarks Village shopping, but also has a Sainsburys and the very good Strode Theatre/cinema. Other local facilities can be found at Glastonbury-15 mins away ( Minor injuries hospital) , Castle Cary - 25 mins, Bruton -30 mins, Wells -25 mins.
Cooks Farm is less than 5 mins drive from Millfield Senior school which is in Street and so is ideal for swimming families. Street also offers the excellent Strode Sixth form college.
Other local schools include King Ina Primary in Somerton, nearby Keinton Mandeville primary, Butleigh C of E primary school , Baltonsborough Primary and Crispin Senior School Street. Other Independent schools include Hazelgrove Prep school, the Taunton schools, Kings Bruton, Wells Cathedral School and Sherborne Boys and Girls schools.
Transport links are good with a 10 minute drive to the A303 linking to London and the Southwest. Castle Cary railway station is just 11 miles away and offers an excellent direct rail service to London in less than two hours. The M5 is just approximately 25 mins.
Mains drainage, electricity and water. Oil CH.
Compton Dundon sits either side of the B3151 with most of the village to the west. This area is called Dundon and where Cooks Farm is located. The easiest way to find the property is to go south through the village towards Somerton and after passing the Pet Food Store take the next right turn which is Peak Lane. Cooks Farm is the fourth house on the left about half a mile along this little lane.
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Please note that extra work has been done on the property since the photos and floorplan were done, the main difference being that the barn is now about 2ft narrower in order to make the driveway wider.
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