This charming period farmhouse occupies a 5.34-acre plot in a tranquil, yet convenient, rural location on the Somerset/Devon border, in between the village of Buckland St Mary and the twin settlements of Horton and Broadway.

The rural retreat, named Folly Farm, is set in an elevated but sheltered position on the lower flanks of Buckland Hill in the Blackdown Hills Natural Landscape.

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The 300-year-old farmhouse comes with an adjoining former cider barn which is currently configured as a main residence with a separate annexe over one or two floors. There is the potential to use the properties as one dwelling with the possibility of creating a fourth bedroom on the ground floor.

The property has been furbished yet has retained much of its original charm and character with a wealth of period features such as its original flagstones, window seats, chamfered beams and an inglenook fireplace with a bread oven, that all add to the feel of stepping back in time.

The home is sympathetically presented throughout and has two reception rooms, including a cosy snug and a sitting room with chalet-style timber cladding. The kitchen has a traditional country look with vaulted ceilings, an Aga, a Belfast sink, unfitted units and the original copper boiler is still in place.

On the first floor, there are two large bedrooms and a family bathroom.

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Inside the Cider Barn annexe, there is a large living room, a separate kitchen, a shower room, and an airy bedroom on the first floor, which also has a connecting door from the main house.

Outside and surrounding the house, the largely informal grounds gently blend into the countryside beyond. In season there are wild daffodils, bluebells and native orchids, while kingfishers are regular visitors to the ponds. In front of the house is a south-facing semi-walled garden largely laid to lawn with cottage garden favourites such as roses, peonies and jasmine. Close to the rear of the house is the former orchard with a few remaining apple trees. Outbuildings include timber sheds/workshops and a Nissen hut-style storage building. There is a long meadow and a small area of woodland.

Folly Farm, Buckland St Mary, Chard

Guide Price: £1,200,000

Agent: Symonds & Sampson, Axminster

Agent's Tel: 01297 33122