Postcode: BA4 6HF
Sale Type: For Sale
Kings Hayes is a stunning family home, dating back to the early 1700s, offering seven bedrooms, a two bedroomed annex and a swimming pool all set in the heart of the revered village of Batcombe and just three miles from the popular town of Bruton. This Grade II listed property, with Georgian origins and Victorian additions, is one of the finest properties in the village offering flexible accommodation and is perfectly positioned within an idyllic countryside setting. Borders of shrubs and roses provide a charming introduction to the entrance surrounded by a stone carved portico and opening into an impressive entrance hall with an original flag stone flooring. Both the sitting room and drawing room, with their high ceilings and picture sash windows are bathed in natural light and overlook the pretty surrounding gardens. Open fires and generous proportions provide comfortable spaces for relaxation. A spacious dining room is perfect for grand entertaining with a magnificent backdrop of an original stone mantelpiece as its focal point. The country style kitchen continues with flag stone flooring throughout with a boot room, pantry and utility room conveniently connected. A garden room with french doors provides further space to dine or relax and enjoy the morning sun.
Upstairs four double bedrooms, a bathroom and shower room all enjoy the surrounding leafy views with the principle bedroom leading to a dressing room and en suite. One of the four bedrooms with the adjacent bathroom has a second staircase thus creating the opportunity for separate accommodation. Stairs ascending to the second floor reveal three further bedrooms one en suite . All rooms have original exposed beams - a perfect children's hideaway!
The annexe, a former coach house, provides a potential secondary income stream or accommodation for family, friends or staff. This beautiful conversion is flooded with natural light owing to the many glazed aspects and features exposed beams overhead. A large games room leads on into a spacious sitting room with access into the courtyard beyond. A fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom is also located on ground level. Upstairs two generous double bedrooms, one with an en suite, provide excellent and spacious accommodation. There is also a double garage with workshop and store within the coach house.
The enchanting gardens wrap around the home and are a magical mix of densely planted borders brimming with an array of flora including a spectacular annual show of roses. Areas laid to lawn and paving create romantic spaces divided with pretty stone walling. The splendid architectural vista of the church spire looms in the background - a permanent reminder of this picturesque setting. A mature and prolific veggie patch provides an abundance of fresh produce direct from the garden to the table. A full sized, heated swimming pool, set within a walled garden, enjoys total privacy and is wonderfully positioned to enjoy all day sunshine.
The village itself is one of the most desirable in Somerset and is the home of a bustling community where the village hall hosts cinema evenings, yoga and exercise classes and other such events. The Three Horseshoes is a highly regarded pub with restaurant and is within walking distance of the property. A new addition to the village is a fresh milk vending machine recently installed by a local farmer. The fashionable town of Bruton is a few miles south and is home to the renowned art gallery, Hauser and Wirth and Roth Bar and the high street offers a pharmacy, florist and the well known restaurant “At The Chapel”. The pretty town of Castle Cary, a few miles further, is home to the new hotel and restaurant, The Newt (https://thenewtinsomerset.com/) which has wonderful grounds with woodland walks. Nearby, Frome has a thriving arts scene with a cinema, two theatres, and diverse shopping. The Frome Independent Market, held on the first Sunday of every month is a celebration of all things artisan and attracts thousands of visitors. Babington House, the private members' club, with its swimming pools, tennis courts, gym, bars and restaurant is only a short drive away and is an idyllic hub for relaxing and socialising.
The area is renowned for its excellent schools which include primary and secondary state schools in Bruton and Frome. The two prep schools of All Hallows and Hazlegrove are nearby and, for secondary, Sherborne, Kings Bruton, Bruton School for Girls, Millfield and Downside are all within easy reach. Bath, Frome, Westbury, Warminster and Castle Cary stations provide rail services to London Paddington and London Waterloo. The A303 (M3) links to London and the wider motorway network - the A36, M4 and M5 are all within easy reach. There is a wide range of national and international flights from Bristol Airport.
From Bruton take the A359 towards Frome. Take the left turn for Batcombe. Once you enter the village, continue along to Kale Street and then turn onto Gold Street. Kings Hayes can be found on the right hand side.
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- Fabulous period home in Batcombe, near Bruton
- Separate two bed annexe
- Outdoor heated swimming pool
- Original feature
- Stunning mature gardens
- Buzzing village community
- Garage plus parking
- Walking distance to excellent pub