Centuries old country character and modern luxury combine seamlessly at this beautiful Somerset farmhouse set on the edge of the quaint village of Bishops Lydeard, close to the foot of the Quantock Hills. Sleeping 18 + 2 guests in 8 en suite bedrooms, Pound Farm has a wonderful indoor heated pool, sauna and sunken hot tub, and a fantastic games room; plus everything you need for a happy relaxing large group stay amidst beautiful rural surroundings. From the parking area, a narrow path leads between flower beds in the walled front garden to the house.
You'll notice the wealth of character the minute you walk in through the huge front door in the castellated central porch; with high ceilings, there are original floorboards, stripped pine doors, wooden panelling and period sash windows with shutters throughout.
The lovely sitting room is to the right of the hallway; this is a calm and relaxing room, with plenty of huge comfy sofas and a double aspect outlook over the pretty front and side gardens. A focal point of this room is the local stone fireplace, housing an open fire (logs supplied) for a cosy glow in the colder months of the year. Imagine coming back from a country walk on a chilly Autumn day and sitting in front of the fire with your favourite tipple...
At the bottom of the stairs is a useful boot/utility room with a washing machine and dryer, and a cloakroom.
To the left of the hall, two pine doors lead into the light and airy dining room, where the central piece is a huge dining table, big enough to comfortably seat 16 guests for a celebratory feast to remember. An inglenook fireplace houses a user friendly log burner, and a cosy window seat overlooks the pretty rear courtyard, whilst to the front is an outlook over the front walled garden.
The dining room leads through to the spacious farmhouse kitchen, with original flagstone floor, and a huge inglenook with a 4 oven electric Aga and a separate halogen hob. There is a wonderful walk in pantry, with heaps of room for all you need to create a super celebration meal; a central island allows for socialising whilst you cook, and a table by the window makes a great place to have breakfast, overlooking the front garden.
Off the kitchen is the games room, where there's some great family fun to be had, with a pool table, table football and comfy seating for spectators.
Stairs rise from the hallway to the spacious landing, where off to the left is a lovely double bedroom with an en suite bathroom with an overhead shower. It's absolute bliss to sit up in bed in the morning, cup of tea in hand, and look out over the gently sloping field to the front of the property! Opposite this room is another en suite room (bath with overhead shower), with zip and link beds that can be arranged as a superking or twins.
To the right on the landing are two further bedrooms; one with zip and link beds that can be a superking or twins, and an en suite bathroom with an overhead shower, and one double bedroom with an en suite shower room.
Behind a latch and brace door, a second staircase leads from the kitchen to the double aspect master bedroom, which has an en suite shower room. This is a very commodious bedroom, with an original cast iron fireplace and a very quirky feature chimney breast. Exposed timbers in the wall are where hams used to be hung to dry in years gone by.
Also reached from the second staircase is a spacious family bedroom, with its own separate shower room and WC. This bedroom has a double and two single beds and has gorgeous views of open fields where livestock graze contentedly beneath the trees.
Step out of the back door into a pretty courtyard, a great spot for a quiet moment to reflect or to soak up some rays, as it's quite a sun trap. To the side of this courtyard, is a sympathetically converted barn with two further large en suite bedrooms; one is on the ground floor and has a superking and a single bed, with an ample shower room. Quirky original stone barn steps lead to a similar first floor bedroom and en suite; these rooms take in far reaching views of the nearby Quantock Hills. More carefully restored stone buildings are now used as a log store and as an indulgent sauna, big enough for 6 people to relax and chat whilst enjoying a deep cleanse. The pool house is also accessed from the rear courtyard; even this has heaps of rustic character, with original oak roof beams and thick stone walls interspersed with floor to ceiling windows.
A gate leads from the courtyard to the side garden, which has a good sized patio with plenty of seating and a barbecue. An awesome sunken hot tub, big enough for 10 people, allows for some serious star gazing opportunities, and children will love the play equipment - or they might prefer to let off steam by running around in the front walled garden, layed mostly to lawn.