Farm house

A secluded and tastefully renovated 15th century farmhouse in the West Country that features two gorgeous stone cottages and just under 16 acres to play with

Decorative and ornate period elements meet organic materials at the Somerset-inspired Hey Farm.

In the West Country, on the Somerset / Dorset border, you will find Hey Farm, a beautifully rural and secluded property with views over the surrounding green and hilly landscape of the Ax Valley and over to West Dorset.

The farm is currently on the market via Symonds & Sampson at an indicative price of £ 2.5million and comes complete with two stone cottages, just under 16 acres of land and pasture as well as stalling facilities and barn.

Dating from the 15th century, the Rank The Listed II home has been tastefully renovated by the current owners who have used natural materials throughout the home to create a seamless transition between historic elements and the latest additions.

Materials including slate and oak flooring make up for the original Tudor stone arches and chamfered beams, and the considered tones of lime-based tempera further complement the overall aesthetic.

Formerly a barn on the estate of Forde Abbey, the property has interesting and tasteful period touches such as the five-leaf stone windows that take center stage in the impressive dining room, au- above which are four spectacular molded ceiling beams; and in the living room, a large Hamstone fireplace floods the room with light and warmth from the burning embers.

Benefiting from a southern exposure, the house maximizes its sunny perspective with an orangery (decorated with the rich foliage of vines and plants) placed just off the living room. Patio doors open onto the terrace beyond and create a smooth transition from indoor space to outdoor space.

Four bedrooms are located upstairs, with a potential additional fifth bedroom (currently used as an office) on the ground floor. The master bedrooms are complemented by handcrafted arched wardrobes that lead to the private bathroom.

A swimming pool is also located on the ground floor, although it is now in need of updating.

In addition to the spacious accommodation in the main house, there are two other terraced stone Victorian cottages also on the grounds which are currently rented – one configured with three bedrooms, the other with two. Cottages create a truly exciting rental opportunity or fantastic accommodation for family or staff.

Naturally, the beautiful cottage gardens that surround the property and outbuildings are teeming with western country charm and character – said to be inspired by prominent local gardener Margery Fish.

Stone paths lead through lawns, flower beds and mature trees, to “secret” seating areas and “garden rooms” teeming with fruit trees.

A paved courtyard provides a sheltered and sunny spot for more plants, while the gardens at the front of the property, housing several ponds, take on a more natural feel. The immediate outdoor space is complemented by a ‘U’ shaped courtyard consisting of barns and traditional stables, with plenty of space for farm machinery, horses and storage.

“It’s not too big, it’s not too small… this one is just perfect” comes to mind when considering Hey Farm. There’s a lot to offer for the price without it feeling overwhelming or unmanageable.

Hey Farm is currently on the market via Symonds & Sampson at an indicative price of £ 2.5million – see more photos, or inquire with agent for details.

Winsham: what you need to know

Site: The village is located in southern Somerset, near the Dorset / Somerset border. Chard is approximately 6.4 km, Crewkerne 11 km and Axminster 8 km, both with stations serving London Waterloo.

Atmosphere: The popular village has a thriving community and is home to a primary school, pub, church, village post office / shop, village hall and playgrounds. Other equipment can be found at Chard.

Things to do: The village is surrounded by beautiful countryside which will be a great incentive to go out and enjoy walks or walks. The nearby Forde Abbey House and Gardens are home to Mortlake’s tapestries and make for an interesting day trip. The coastal town of Lyme Regis is also easily accessible, with its historic harbor and popular beaches. The nearby Chard district is home to a museum, art galleries, independent shops and restaurants.

Schools: Winsham Primary School is the local primary school and the C of E Primary School at Thorncombe St Mary is also in the area. For high school, Holyrood Academy is a good public school and independent options include Perrott Hill, Sherboure School, and Taunton School.

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