Postcode: TA10 9JX
Sale Type: Sold
Property SummaryAn exceptionally charming home in which period features offer fascinating glimpses into the properties 17th century origins. St. Francis has Grade II listing and the ancient graffiti carved into the original stone mullion window in the sitting room whispers of the rich history that this house has witnessed. Having been under the same ownership for the last 33 years it has provided the current owners with flexible and characterful family accommodation.
As you might expect at the heart of the home and with a window overlooking the expansive rear garden the farmhouse style kitchen is fitted with a green gas fired Aga, a reclaimed pine Island unit and the original low beams complete the cosy traditional feel of this charming room.
The sitting room features an original inglenook fireplace with an attractive copper chimney surround and it is features such as these woven through the house that make its atmosphere so rich.
In years gone by a stable block and carriage house were attached to the house and these now provide for a spacious utility and boot room along with a shower room and downstairs loo as well as a useful larder/store room. There is a particularly light and spacious reception room, that the owners currently use as a music room to house their baby grand piano. The flow of these rooms with the additional flexibility of a door to the outside parking area makes this area of the house perfectly suited to the creation of a separate annexe. Alternatively this room would lend itself very well to the creation of a large open plan kitchen/dining/living area. Leading out of the double doors at the end of the music room the four walls of an old barn remain with a door way in from the parking area. This structure now cleverly serves as a most sheltered and private walled garden area complete with a fig tree, grape vine and wisteria and pond filled with goldfish, newts and frogs, ideal for a cup of coffee or lunch.
Back inside the house on the first floor the master bedroom is formed from the apex of the original carriage house roof and so as you would expect features attractive beams as well as an en-suite bathroom. There are three further double bedrooms, with one having the useful addition of a shower cubicle.
Double wooden gates open onto a pretty courtyard offering space for a number of vehicles. To the right hand corner there is an attractive detached timber double carport with useful storage above.
The garden totalling ¾ acre has a truly magical quality and is a haven for a variety of garden birds, being primarily laid to lawn featuring a range of mature trees and shrubs. As the garden and land flows down, the house seems to melt away and as housemartins fly from their nests in the car port, you’re amongst the unique wildlife and atmosphere of Somerset at its finest
Long Load is an active village with various clubs and groups and a monthly “Pop up” pub. The highlight of the summer is the village day and annual scarecrow competition. Situated parish in South Somerset situated on the River Yeo about 5 miles south of Somerton and close to Long Sutton with its popular pub, the Devonshire Arms. A bridge over the river in Long Load is known to have existed by 1335 and the current Grade 11* listed five arch bridge has medieval origins, but was rebuilt in the 18th century and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
The large village of Martock is just a few minutes away with its shops, pub, library, doctors, dentist, vets, and a primary school. The popular town of Langport is just a few miles away with its cafes and an artisan bakery as well as a supermarket, pharmacy, vets and a number of other shops. There is excellent walking, riding and cycling in the surrounding open countryside and as well as Roman remains and the Battle of Langport was fought in 1645 during the Civil Wall and referenced in the Domesday Book.
There are several good golf courses nearby (Long Sutton Golf Club is within walking distance) and a thriving tennis club at Somerton. The A303 is just a couple of miles away so access to the London, West country of further South is easy.
There are excellent state and independent schools including Millfield, Sherborne, Hazelgrove, Leweston, Bruton, and Taunton School. Sixth Form colleges at both Richard Huish, Taunton and Strode College in Street.
Services - Mains Gas, electricity and drainage.
Tenure - Freehold
Directions – TA10 9JX From A303 take the Tintinhull/Ash/Kingsbury Episcopi turning and head towards the B3165. Turn right onto Long Load Road and the house can be found on the left. From the A372 take the turning to Long Sutton and follow the road for a couple of miles and the house is on the right in the middle of Long Load.
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- Fabulous period property
- Lovely large garden, a wildlife haven
- Four double bedrooms and two bathrooms
- Loads of character
- Plenty of parking and double carport
- Flexible accommodation with potential for annexe
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