THIS charming cottage sits on a plot of just over a quarter of an acre in an elevated position on the edge of Ilminster.

The cosy, semi-detached property benefits from lovely large gardens with countryside views of the Shudrick Valley, yet it is within walking distance of the town centre, which is half a mile away.

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The accommodation is typically quirky like many local cottages, full of character with exposed beams and an inglenook fireplace, but with a modern conservatory at the front doubling up as a light-filled dining area and making the most of the southerly outlook. The traditional sitting room has a beautiful inglenook fireplace, while another small room, currently used as a snug could equally double as a home office.

Beyond the sitting room, steps lead to a galley-style kitchen that has a rustic country look with quarry-tiled flooring, exposed beams, a range of units and a built-in larder cupboard. The ground floor is completed with a modern family bathroom.

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On the first floor, there’s a large double bedroom with views over the valley, a single bedroom and a further good-sized room, used currently as a dressing room. The property is not listed so there may be scope to alter the upstairs layout, subject to the necessary consents.

Outside, the gardens surrounding the cottage are a highlight with various points of interest and an abundance of mature plants and trees. The side garden has an ornamental pond and raised flowerbeds, while the kitchen garden is stocked with all manner of fruit including kiwi, raspberries, currants, fig and grapevine, plus there is a bespoke citrus house. The middle garden is laid to lawn with a range of shrubs, sun-loving palms, ferns and a well-placed summerhouse. Beyond this, there is an orchard area with fruit trees including apples, pears, cherries, greengage and plums.

There is a parking space at the front of the property.

Townsend, Ilminster

Guide Price: £300,000

Agent: Symonds & Sampson

Agent's Tel: 01460 200790