THIS elegant, former mill house sits on the edge of the small, historic village of Lopen, adjacent to picture-postcard Hinton St George, and between the pretty market towns of South Petherton, Crewkerne and Ilminster.

The property is surrounded by typical rolling south Somerset countryside and there are plenty of good walks nearby.

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The three-bedroom property has been sympathetically renovated and has retained much of its period character whilst being brought very much into the 21st century with clever contemporary styling.

The property benefits from not being a listed building, enabling further scope to refurbish in the future, yet it is already presented to a high standard with its original doors, dado rails and flagstone flooring that blends so well with the new kitchen and bathrooms. Of particular note are the excellent room sizes and good ceiling heights, even the first-floor landing is almost a room in itself.

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The entrance hall makes a strong first impression as it is bathed in natural light and has an elegant staircase and a flagstone floor.

This leads to a large sitting room with a fireplace with a Hamstone lintel and a triple-aspect including French doors to the rear garden. A further reception room has oak flooring, underfloor heating and a fireplace.

The stunning kitchen/dining/family room is housed in a single-storey extension and has a vaulted ceiling with a contemporary lighting scheme. The kitchen has sleek charcoal grey units, Corian-style worktops, integrated appliances, a Flavel range cooker, a central island and underfloor heating.

The property has planning permission in perpetuity for a further first-floor extension over the kitchen to create a further bedroom suite if required.

On the first floor, there are three double bedrooms and a large family bathroom with a contemporary suite. The principal bedroom has a cast-iron fireplace and an ensuite shower room.

Outside, there is a sheltered lawn garden bordered by beds with various colours of bamboo for screening and year-round structure, and there is also a gravel seating area.

At the front, there is a gravel parking area providing plenty of parking space for several vehicles.

Merriott Road, Lopen, South Petherton

Guide Price: £650,000

Agent: Symonds & Sampson

Agent's Tel: 01460 200790