Situation Situated in this attractive and highly sought after village which lies to the north east of Ilminster between the Blackdown Hills and the Somerset Levels with the majority of the houses being built from local stone. The name Shepton Beauchamp hails from the Saxon name 'Shepton' meaning sheep settlement to which was added that of the Beauchamp family (pronounced Beecham) who held the manor with the barony of Hatch Beauchamp from the mid 12th Century. With a thriving Post Office and Stores and award winning butchers shop, a pub with excellent food and accommodation, two farm shops and a specialist clock and watch shop, the crowning glory is the fine 13th Century church of St Michael. Equally important to village life is Shepton Beauchamp First School which continues to score very well on the ofsted reports. There is an excellent playgroup, pre-threes group and parent and toddlers. A thriving village with a real feel of community with many local events which are well supported. Buttle Lane, which Hollyhock Cottage is situated on, is a no-through private lane with a sprinkling of beautiful houses neighbouring the property.
The nearby town of Ilminster gets its name from the nearby River Ile and its lovely 15th Century minster. The town continues to have a large selection of specialist shops and has its traditional Autumn carnival parade and well established November Victorian evening that heralds the switching on of the town's Christmas lights. A new venture of the French Market adds to the vibrancy of the town. There is a wealth of leisure facilities, schools for all ages and churches of various denominations.
Taunton is 11 miles drive away
Description Believed to have been built in the 1560s and extended soon afterwards, now with a more modern extension to the rear, full of character, and much improved by the current vendor with its distinctive red brick coins around the windows, this stone built cottage with red clay roof tiles in keeping with the majority of the properties within the village. The property offers versatile living accommodation which comprises of an entrance porch, a multi-purpose living/dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, garden room/study, sitting room, utility room/WC on the ground floor. On the first floor there is a landing, master bedroom with ensuite shower room, guest room with ensuite shower room, two further double bedrooms and family bathroom. The property benefits from wooden framed sealed unit double glazed windows and is calor gas centrally heated to radiators. There is a small front garden with flower and shrub beds and an extremely private rear garden which is fully enclosed and has a wealth of trees, shrubs and flowers.
Entrance Canopied entrance with outside light; glazed door leading through to:-
Entrance Hall Cupboard housing consumer unit and electrics; single panel radiator; glazed door leading through to sitting room and glazed door leading through to living/dining room; part hardwood herring-bone floor; glazed window to front aspect.
Living/dining Room 19' 4" x 15' 1" (5.9m x 4.6m) A stunning room with an ancient carved stone fireplace (local builder's speciality) with multi-fuel burner inset; telephone point; hardwood herring-bone parquet floor; turning staircase rising to first floor; some ancient beams and supports (where an old wall used to exist); split-level room with a step two-thirds into the room a few inches in height; double and single panel radiators with thermostat control; window to front aspect; a former external window overlooking kitchen and stable door leading through to kitchen; wall lights.
Kitchen/breakfast Room 13' 11" x 16' 4" (4.245m x 5m) (narrowing to 12' 1" (3.69m))
A nice quality family room with a wealth of cupboards incorporating a stainless steel twin oven, ceramic hob and stainless steel canopied extractor; built-in fridge and freezer; plumbing space for dishwasher; circular stainless steel sink unit with matching drainer and mixer taps; larder cupboard; glazed stable door leading on to garden; window overlooking garden room; four pane window to side aspect and eight pane window to rear aspect; glazed door leading through to garden room; terracotta floor; an ancient former outside stone wall.
Garden Room/study 16' 0" x 5' 7" (4.88m x 1.71m) Telephone point; two wall lights; recessed shelving with double cupboard below; windows to rear and side aspects; glazed door leading to the side rear garden; door leading through to:-
Sitting Room 19' 4" x 21' 3" (5.9m x 6.5m) A stunning room with a fabulous inglenook fireplace with multi-fuel burner inset covered to the side; Oak stripped floor; ancient main beam believed to have been taken from a ship; three panel radiators; square arch leading through to a small recessed area (5' 1" x 4' 11" (1.55m x 1.5m)) with window to rear aspect; television point; window to front aspect; recessed downlighters; brass uplight; small Cathedral style door leading through to:-
Utility Room 10' 5" x 6' 7" (3.2m x 2.02m) Ceramic tiled worksurface above plumbing space for washing machine, tumble dryer etc; low level WC; pedestal wash hand basin; ceramic tiled floor; four pane window to rear aspect; painted ceiling beam.
First Floor Landing Three door airing cupboard with cupboard to the side housing central heating boiler; split level landing with steps leading up to:-
Master Bedroom 16' 4" x 13' 10" (5m x 4.24m) (including ensuite)
Two panel radiators with thermostat control; two double glazed skylight windows to side aspect; six pane window to rear aspect with views and overlooking garden; exposed floorboards; six door wardrobe with a mixture of hanging and shelf space; doorway leading through to:-
Ensuite Shower Room Corner shower cubicle with mains shower; low level WC; pedestal wash hand basin; tiled splashbacks to water sensitive areas; shaving point; double glazed skylight window; recess shelving.
Bedroom Two/guest Room 14' 6" x 9' 9" (4.44m x 2.98m) Six pane window to front aspect; part exposed wall timbers; exposed wooden floorboards; single panel radiator with thermostat control; doorway leading through to:-
Ensuite Shower Room 7' 0" x 2' 5" (2.14m x 0.74m) Shower cubicle with mains shower; wall-mounted wash hand basin; low level WC.
Bedroom Three 12' 8" x 10' 4" (3.88m x 3.15m) (with a further 4' 1" x 3' 10" (1.25m x 1.18m) into wardrobe with hanging shelf space)
Low level six pane window to front aspect; part exposed ceiling trusses; panel radiator with thermostat control.
Bedroom Four 11' 11" x 10' 5" (3.65m x 3.2m) Four pane window to rear aspect overlooking garden; part exposed ceiling truss; built-in open fronted wardrobe with double cupboard below; recessed shelving; single panel radiator with thermostat control.
Family Bathroom Clawed foot modern bath with mixer taps and shower extension; low level WC; pedestal wash hand basin; painted tongue and groove panelled walls to dado height; three door cupboard; recess shelving; frosted patterned window to side aspect; slate tiled floor; heated towel rail.
Front Garden The vendor currently parks two vehicles in front of the Cottage on the private lane; there is a small flower and shrub bed with low level stone wall with various climbing plants including a Rose, a Fig tree and Clematis.
Rear Garden Two tiered and enclosed by a mixture of panel fencing, natural hedgerows and rendered painted wall; raised pond; wood store; garden shed with power; a decked area; steps leading up to formal lawn with two further seating areas; there are a number of wonderful plants, all mature, within the garden including Wisteria, Vine, Hollyhocks, Buddleia, Jasmine and Sweet Pea; there is an external power point and outside light; located on the rear side of the roof are solar hot water panels providing free hot water.
Services Mains water, electricity and mains drainage. Bottled propane gas.
Outgoings We understand this property is in band 'D' for Council Tax purposes (South Somerset Council).
Directions Directions from Taunton/M5
From J25 of M5, follow A358 for about 9 miles and take the left hand turn signposted for Ilton and Barrington Court. Follow this road for just over 2 miles and bear left at the junction (Barrington Court). Follow road for about 1.5 miles and then, on left hand bend, turn right into Barrington. Follow road through village and keep going until you reach left hand turn into Shepton Beauchamp. At the bottom of the hill, at the pub, turn right and follow the road through the village (past the school, church and post office). Turn left after the old Methodist chapel and drive down Buttle Lane for about 300yds to Hollyhock Cottage. Park in the lane.
Directions from Yeovil/A303 East
From the Yeovil (Cartright) roundabout travel along the A303 for about 5 miles to the next roundabout. Take the second exit past the petrol station and follow the road for about a mile to a mini roundabout. Immediately after the mini roundabout turn right (sign posted Shepton Beauchamp) and follow the road for 1.5 miles before turning right into the village. Turn right before the old Methodist chapel and drive down Buttle Lane for about 300yds to Hollyhock Cottage. Park in the lane.
Floor Plan Disclaimer These plans are set out as a guideline only and should not be relied upon as a representation of fact. They are intended for information purposes only and are not to scale. Copyright Mansbridge & Balment 2012.
Agents Note According to the 1979 Estate Agency Act we can confirm the vendors of this property are related to a member of staff working for Mansbridge & Balment.