Address: Bowers Farm - Babcary
Postcode: TA11 7EE
Sale Type: For Sale
Postcode: TA11 7EE
Sale Type: For Sale
Nestled discreetly in the heart of rural Somerset, Bowers Farm is a fabulous five bed family house with stunning views of the countryside that surrounds it. Situated entirely within its own land, the property affords complete privacy and is positioned at the end of a long private drive. Dating from the 18c, this charming, Grade II listed building has been extended and embellished over the years to provide spacious family accommodation and further potential to convert a fine stone barn into a 2 bed house.
The house is approached via a long private drive that culminates in a pretty circular parking area. The front door opens into a pretty hall with original flagstones underfoot and an oak staircase that’s leads to the first floor. Off the hall are two charming reception rooms; both rooms feature original oak beams, and a magnificent Inglenook fireplace overlooks fine oak floors in the dining room. At the heart of the house is a luxurious and well-appointed kitchen with every amenity – a two oven, oil fired aga sits adjacent to an original bread oven beneath a beautiful oak lintel whilst hand crafted kitchen units house a variety of integrated appliances that include a double NEF oven and an induction hob. Granite work tops, recessed lighting and a magnificent limestone floor (complete with underfloor heating) complete the picture. Hidden behind a two ‘stable doors’ is a larder and a charming old staircase that leads to the primary bedroom upstairs. Doors lead directly to a pretty conservatory that runs the length of the kitchen, features a functioning well, and offers stunning views of the gardens beyond. Also off the kitchen is a spacious utility room and cloakroom.
The house can also be accessed via a rear hall that opens to two further reception rooms and a third staircase to the first floor. This part of the house used to be the old apple store and has been sympathetically renovated to provide a spacious living area that retains its old charm.
On the first floor is a principal bedroom suite with en-suite bathroom, four further spacious bedrooms (one with a dressing room) and two family bathrooms. The primary en suite bathroom is particularly impressive with an oversized walk in shower, a stand-alone bathtub, electric underfloor heating and high end fixtures and fittings throughout. Some of the bedrooms feature original Victorian fireplaces and stone window ledges whilst beautiful oak lintels sit atop pretty windows with sensational views of the gardens and the Somerset countryside.
The gardens and grounds are beautiful. Adjacent to the house is a seasoned stone paved terrace ideal for entertaining in the Summer. Well-manicured lawns framed with pretty box hedging sweep away towards a boundary of mature shrubs enriched by a magnificent array of flora that make up a stunning herbaceous border. Beyond is a row of pretty poplar trees. Further afield is a well fenced principal paddock with a mains water supply. Further paddocks lie to the South and East and orchards flourish with a variety of fruit trees that include Apple, Walnut and Mulberry. An all-weather tennis court is easily accessible from the main gardens. Please note that less land could be purchased if required.
Most of the agricultural land lies to the North of the house and is punctuated with a long drive that runs past a large pond resplendent with water lilies and mature willow.
To the North of the house is a single storey open fronted 7 bay carport with block walls and a clay tiled roof. There are also two stables currently used as a workshop and a garden store. Several solar panels lie on the roof and generate more than enough electricity to supply the house. To the West is a magnificent stone barn that has enormous potential to be converted into a 3 bed house with the relevant planning. It has recently benefitted from a new roof, constructed in line with its status as a listed building.
Bowers Farm is ideally situated on the outskirts of Babcary, one of the most charming villages in Somerset. Village life is vibrant and there is a tangible sense of community spirit. It is well known for its excellent pub (The Red Lion), its playing fields with public tennis court and its 14th century Church. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and bordering the Sparkford Vale, the lack of through traffic allows for an unusually free environment for children to roam freely!
Local amenities include a convenience store and petrol station 2 miles away and further shopping can be found in the nearby market towns of Somerton and Sherborne. Somerton is a picturesque town, 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. The parish church, dedicated to St. Michael, is quite plain externally but contains one of the finest wooden roofs in the county carved by the monks at Muchelney Abbey. Somerton offers all the usual amenities of a market town, bars/restaurants and has a small independent supermarket. Number 28 is a new addition offering a Bakery resturant and wine shop.
Bruton, a 20 minute drive, is a fashionable and popular town in the heart of the Somerset countryside. The town has several well-known restaurants, pubs and bars including At the Chapel and The Roth Bar at the world-renowned Hauser & Wirth Gallery. An exciting addition to the high street is the restaurant Osip, recently opened and run by a Michelin starred chef. A 15 minute drive from Babcary is the very pretty town of Castle Cary, which has a mainline railway station and the new hotel and restaurant The Newt with wonderful woodland walks, gardens, cafes and resturants (https://thenewtinsomerset.com/). This small market town is home to many independent businesses including shops, boutiques and galleries and, at the weekly Tuesday market, local producers gather to sell their wares including organic vegetables, artisan bread, cheese, meats and fish. New restaurants have recently opened as well as a wonderful delicatessen, butcher and independent wine shop.
Transport links are excellent with Castle Cary’s mainline railway station just 15 minutes away, and the A37 easily accessible to Bristol and Bath. The A303 with direct access to London and the South West is a few minute’s drive.
Excellent local state and independent schools include Hazelgrove, Millfield, All Hallows Prep, The Bruton schools, Ansford and Strode College.
South Somerset District Council, Council Offices,
Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT
Council Tax band F
From the Podimore roundabout, take the A37 North for approximately 3 miles. Turn right towards Babcary and continue through the village until reaching the pub (The Red lion). Turn right and continue for a mile. Bowers farm is on the left with a gateway and cattle grid.
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- Magnificent 5 bed farmhouse
- Extensive outbuildings and stables
- 17 acres of land, paddocks and orchards - less could be negotiated
- Stunning rural views
- Long private drive
- Tennis court
- Traditional stone barn with potential planning
- Large terrace and Al fresco dining area
- 4500 sq. ft of living accomodation
- Grade II listed
Guide Price £2,000,000enquire now
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