Town/City: Castle Cary
Postcode: BA4 6PZ
Sale Type: Sold
Property SummaryWhite Chimneys in Alhampton is an attached Victorian cottage which has been extended over time to provide a comfortable three bedroom family home. It has double glazing throughout and gas central heating.
A front path leads up to a porch, where there are handy cupboards for shoes. A solid oak front door then opens into a light and spacious living room, with large sash windows to the front letting the light and sunshine flood in. This room is the full width of the house, with a fireplace at each end, one with a wood burning stove and the other housing a stack of logs. Oak flooring complements the spacious feel.
The large family kitchen is perfect for relaxed family meals and entertaining friends. Solid wood units provide lots of storage and a central island adds further work space. Neff stainless steel built-in double ovens, an integrated microwave and a large five ring gas hob make this a real cook’s kitchen. A separate utility room has a door to outside and there is also a rear lobby with downstairs loo and a study area with French doors to the garden.
An oak staircase leads up from the living room to three double bedrooms, a wet room and family bathroom. The spacious wet room is under-floor heated, fully tiled with travertine and has a stylish travertine basin. The family bathroom has a Spa bath with a power-shower above. There is lots of storage upstairs, all bedrooms having fitted cupboards. The principal bedroom has sliding mirrored wardrobes, reflecting the light from the large window, and more fitted cupboards around the bed. This bedroom and the wet room enjoy an integrated sound system. From the landing, further stairs lead up to an attic room with Velux windows and plenty of space for a bed and seating.
At the front, a low wall borders a pretty lawned garden with a path leading up the middle to the porch. A glass-roofed loggia at the rear of the house offers very useful covered space, and an old butler sink with both hot and cold water is perfect for muddy wellies. A lovely old stone wall runs down one side of the garden and a central lawn is bordered by pretty planting, pear and silver birch trees and some raised vegetable beds. There is a pond with some carp, a dining area with decking, a glazed summer house and several wooden outbuildings - a workshop, a playhouse, a bike shed and a studio. With entertaining in mind, there is also a party bar. A pathway round the side leads to a gate through to the front.
The pretty village of Alhampton is a friendly community with its own pub, the Alhampton Inn and lovely country walks on the doorstep. Haddon Wood is on the doorstep! A 28 acre native woodland which is run by a voluntary group of residents https://alhampton.wordpress.com/haddon-wood/ The neighbouring village of Ditcheat is widely known as home to Paul Nicholls’s racing stables and Barber’s farmhouse cheese. It has an excellent farm shop, primary school and The Manor Inn pub. Castle Cary, 2.5 miles south, is a bustling town with many attractive and historic buildings including its 19th century Market house and the 18th century Roundhouse. The main street offers an assortment of individual shops, cafes, restaurants and delicatessens. Market day falls on a Tuesday where fish, organic vegetables and homemade breads are sold on the cobbles in front of the Market House. The Newt in Somerset has recently opened nearby. A recent article in the Telegraph quoted 'The Newt is one of the most exceptional country house hotels Britain has seen'. The gardens are open to the public and visitors are welcome to walk through amazing woodland gardens and to dine in the restaurants and cafes.
Large supermarkets are located in the towns of Wincanton and Shepton Mallet which are both a short drive away and the fashionable town of Bruton is also very close by. Bruton is a popular town in the heart of the Somerset countryside. It has several well-known restaurants, pubs and bars including “At the Chapel” and “The Roth Bar” at the world-renowned Hauser & Wirth Gallery. Both Castle Cary and Bruton also offer a doctors’ surgery, pharmacy, vet, post office, several mini supermarkets, fuel station and numerous independent shops. For further shopping and recreational activities Frome, Bath, Bristol, Wells, Salisbury and Wells are all within easy driving distance.
The neighbouring village of Ditcheat has a primary school and Ansford secondary school is situated in Castle Cary. There are excellent local independent schools nearby including Millfield School, King’s School Bruton, Bruton School for Girls and also the state-owned day and boarding school - Sexey's.
The A303 provides a direct route to London via the M3 and there is a mainline rail service from Castle Cary to London Paddington (under 2 hours). Airports in Bristol and Exeter offer connections within the UK, Europe and beyond.
Once in Alhampton village, with the Alhampton pub on your left, turn into the lane immediately before the pub. White Chimneys is c200 yards along on the right.
Mains gas, water and drainage, electricity
Mendip District Council
- Three bedroom Victorian family home
- Peaceful spot in rural village
- Large family kitchen
- Large garden with workshop, studio and summer house
- Fabulous attic playroom/office
- 28 Acre woodland nearby
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