4 Bedroom Cottage (Now Sold)
Synderford, Thorncombe, Chard, TA20 4PZ
Holway Cottage is of early 18th century origin, being first built as a tiny two storey two roomed house with an animal shed adjoining. Over the centuries it has evolved and grown into the present charming and comfortable home.
Over the past few years the house has been totally overhauled by local master craftsmen and is ready to live in without worry. The work has included complete replacement of the roofs, including the timbers, which are finished in reclaimed clay tiles and natural slate. The entire electrical and lighting system has been renewed to modern standards of safety and energy saving. All plumbing and drainage services have been renewed including installation of full central heating, some of it under-floor.
The largest ground floor area is the kitchen/dinig/living room, which has windows in all four directions. Large bi-fold doors open to the natural stone terraces and the countryside views.
One entire wall is a range of German fitted cupboards, surrounding the window and double sink with work surfaces either side. There are full height separate freezer and refrigerator as well as the dishwasher and double oven. The kitchen area is completed by a huge island with capacious storage drawers below. All the work surfaces are polished granite.
The remainder of the room gives space for a large dining table and sofas. The heated floor is finished in wide clear oak planks.
An opening leads to the cosy sitting room. This is the lower floor of the original little cottage and its character is reflected in the exposed beams, window seats in the thick walls and the wide fireplace. A dramatic touch is the woodburning stove with a large glass door to watch the flames. Everyday heating is by a radiator.
Two handmade period doors lead to the little entrance hall and onwards to remainder of the ground floor.
The second sitting room is in two areas, one the original animal shelter and the other a recent hand built traditional green oak sunroom. The two areas share a heated limestone floor.
The utility room has the downstairs toilet, a range of storage cupboards, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Up a spiral staircase is the master bedroom with lovely views through the double french doors which open onto a small wooden balcony. There are built in wardrobes and a radiator.
The family bathroom features a freestanding cast iron bath and period washbasin and WC. There is a separate glass shower cubicle with a monsoon shower. Radiator.
The central bedroom can be reached by either of the two staircases and has windows to either side. There is a large built in wardrobe and an airing cupboard. Radiator.
The third bedroom leads off the original steep stairs from the front hall. It has an ensuite bathroom divided from the room by frosted glass walls and doors. There is a WC and washbasin and a separate small wetroom with another monsoon shower.
In the grounds is a newly totally rebuilt barn which has a store room with a separate oil boiler and a carport on the ground floor. Upstairs is a large studio room with a shower room (WC< wash basin and monsson shower) and a further small room currently used as an office. The studio is the fourth bedroom but could be used for a variety of purposes. Radiators.
There is also a newly built timber and tiled double garage at one end of the garden and a substantial greenhouse with attached potting shed at the other side. Both buildings have electricity.
The garden, which is approximately one acre has lawns, flower beds, raised kitchen garden beds (with automated watering) and trees including apple and plum.