Penn Lane, Hardington Mandeville, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22


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  • Bedrooms: 4
A delightful thatched cottage located on the fringe of a popular village but enjoying a rural position with no immediate neighbours and beautiful countryside views. The accommodation includes 3 bedrooms (master en suite), charming sitting room, Kitchen/breakfast room, dining room and study/bedroom 4. 2 areas of garden totalling approx. 0.5 of an acre. Ample parking and 2 garages. EPC Band E.


Rarely do properties become available which offer such a broad array of highly desirable features as Pen Cottage. Not only does this exquisite ham stone cottage with it's water reed thatched roof occupy what is arguably one of the finest positions in the locality, but it is also blessed with a history of careful maintenance and thoughtful improvement, spacious, versatile accommodation inside, and a generous plot approaching half an acre including two areas of garden. Historically, it is thought that the site of Pen Cottage has been of some importance since the Roman invasion of Britain; standing by the side of a Roman Road, once the main link between Winchester and Exeter, evidence suggests it may once have been a watering stop for travellers and their horses. The cottage itself was built in the 1700s, originally as a simple Shepherds dwelling belonging to the Portman Estate. More latterly, the property has been sympathetically extended in several areas to create the marvellous home seen today, with modern facilities such as double glazing and an oil fired central heating system added systematically.

Most immediately noticeable upon arrival is the superb position; the property stands at the highest point overlooking Hardington Mandeville and, with no immediate neighbours, enjoys a sense of seclusion and privacy. Another considerable attraction of the elevated position is the fantastic views with such far-flung landmarks as Exmoor and the Quantock Hills to be seen on fine days, as well as a 360 degree vista of the equally beautiful South Somerset countryside. Furthermore, amenities in the village are a short walk across the neighbouring fields, suggesting an extraordinary blend of tranquil privacy and convenience to be found here.

Entering the property through the front door, the appeal of the accommodation inside is immediately obvious; the well proportioned rooms are spacious and filled with natural light, with every opportunity to catch even a glimpse of the views taken advantage of. The sitting room is the centrepiece of the house with a open, stone fireplace forming an attractive focal point. Under the current ownership a bay window has been added to this room, providing the perfect viewpoint within the comfort of the house. Positioned at the centre of the property, the dining room is a highly sociable space which lies open to the kitchen, creating a sense of togetherness. The kitchen itself is thoughtfully equipped with fitted units including a built in fridge, an oil fired Aga and space for a dishwasher as well as plentiful storage in a larder and an understair cupboard. There is plenty of space for a central breakfast table, and sliding glass doors lead onto a sun terrace, allowing a seamless transition of indoor/outdoor living. From the entrance hall, two bedrooms and a bathroom can be found, suggesting the opportunity for step free living if desired. The master suite is on the first floor and can be reached via it's own staircase; with built in his and hers wardrobes and a large en suite bathroom, this luxurious arrangement is perfect for extended families or those expecting regular guests. Another independent staircase leads to the study which could also be used as a fourth bedroom. This delightful room is ideally placed to enjoy the fine views in both directions, making this an inspiring environment for those working from home or desiring a place for independent study.


It is fair to say that the gardens at Pen Cottage complete the property perfectly. Stretching to the side of the property is a generous cottage garden which starts at the sliding doors as a paved sun terrace, an ideally sheltered place to dine, entertain or relax al fresco with the views as a backdrop. Moving away from the house, the terrace gives way to a well kept lawn fringed with established, well stocked borders, and after a short distance there is a charming summerhouse which is elevated in order to peek above the hedge line and take in stunning, panoramic views. Across the lane is another area of garden, and it is abundantly obvious that the care and attention seen in the cottage garden has similarly been devoted here too. This part of the plot is dedicated to the growing of produce and, with a poly tunnel, a potting shed and vegetable beds covered with insect netting, is perfectly set-up for those with green fingers. Established fruit trees in this area include damson, greengage , Victoria plum, Bramley apples and a plethora of eating apple varieties, and there are also soft fruit bushes and canes. Opportunities for a touch of the good life are abundant, representing a highly desirable rural lifestyle to be achieved here.

Parking is well provided for with a driveway beside the cottage offering off road parking for two cars. From here an electric door leads into a spacious garage with a utility area, from which a door leads directly into the kitchen. There is also parking across the road with space for a further 3 vehicles in addition to another garage which was once a stable and now benefits from power and light, making this ideal for use as a workshop or secure storage for outdoor equipment. Log stores can be found adjacent to the summer house, adjoining the garage across the road and at the end of the cottage garden, where there is a twig store.


The property is situated in a rural position just outside Hardington Mandeville; a countryside village with a friendly and thriving community who regularly hold events such as the annual street fair. Within the village amenities include a village shop, church, playing park and The Royal Oak pub. A broad selection of shopping, leisure and health care facilities are available in Yeovil. In Crewkerne there are a variety of independent business including Lawrences Auctioneers, various vintage and antique shops and a Waitrose superstore.


Transport links are good with the A303 trunk road accessible near Yeovil, allowing for easy road travel to London and the South East. Mainline stations within Yeovil and Crewkerne provide direct, regular rail services to London (Waterloo), Exeter, Bristol and Bath.


Education is well catered for with a selection of highly regarded state and independent schools in the area including Perrott Hill, The Park, Sherborne Schools and Millfield at Street.


Mains water and electricity. Private drainage (septic tank). Oil fired central heating. Oil fired Aga providing hot water.


Strictly by appointment with the vendors' selling agents, Messrs. Stags, Yeovil Office, Telephone 01935 475000.


From Yeovil take the A30 towards Crewkerne and shortly before the BP filling station turn left towards Hardington. Follow this lane for approximately 2.5 miles, entering the village of Hardington Mandeville, before bearing left onto High Street, signposted Pendomer. At the end of this road turn left and the property can be found after a short distance on the left hand side.

These particulars are a guide only and should not be relied upon for any purpose.

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