6 bedrooms (3 en suite) – family bathroom – large kitchen – walk-in pantry/cold room – dining room – snug – drawing room – WC – integral annexe with kitchen, sitting room, bedroom and en suite wet room (Bedroom 6) – large private garden – hot tub – outdoor furniture - parking for several vehicles.
Open the big red front door and step into a wide hallway with old flagstones on the floor and exposed timbers in the walls. Off to the left is the kitchen; on your way you pass the snug where you can cosy up on the settee and watch TV or use it as a quiet space for reading. The kitchen is a big sociable space, where you can sit around the central island and chat with countless cups of tea, or have a glass of wine whilst dinner’s being prepared. In the corner there’s a big walk-in pantry/cold room where your food should stay fresh for days, and your beer will certainly stay nice and cool. The adjoining dining room has a feature inglenook fireplace (not in use) and a big chunky table to seat 14; pile it high with scrumptious food and raise a toast to that big birthday or anniversary, with your nearest and dearest all around you.
On from dining room is the utility room, also accessed from the back courtyard, so it’s not a problem when you come back from a country walk with muddy boots and wet dogs. There’s a fridge/freezer, a washing machine and a tumble dryer in this room and if you look down you’ll notice circular brickwork and a big round door in the floor – beneath is a well, but don’t worry it’s all secure and can’t be opened.
Back in the hall, straight ahead there’s a WC, and off to the right is the drawing room, a long light and airy room with original thick floorboards. To one end there’s a huge inglenook fireplace with a user-friendly wood-burner (logs supplied); to the other is a local stone fireplace (not in use). In between are big fat sofas and chairs for you to put your feet up, play parlour games, have a movie night; the kind of things holidays are made of.
Take the stairs up from the hall and you’ll find yourself more or less in the middle of a landing that runs the entire length of the house. Straight ahead is Bedroom 1, a light filled room with a pretty fireplace (not working), zip and link beds, and an en suite shower room; right next to it is Bedroom 2, again with zip and link beds and a lovely built-in window seat. Then there’s a family bathroom, with a P bath with overhead shower, and next off the landing is Bedroom 3, another lovely crisp room with a window seat and zip and link beds. At the end is Bedroom 4 which has a king size bed and an en suite loo. Like all of these rooms it overlooks the front garden and what a cheerful start to the day to sit in bed with a cup of tea and watch squirrels scampering in the tree outside the window.
Across the landing is Bedrooms 5 which is ideal for a family as it’s actually two interlinking rooms with a shared en suite shower room. There’s a double bed for Mum & Dad and two singles for the children. The bedrooms are so unruffled and restful, and they’ve all got original built in cupboards to put your clothes in; somehow it’s all a bit Anne of Green Gables, full of quirky old charm, a proper house in the country.
Back downstairs just off the kitchen is an integral annexe, so if you have elderly parents or grandparents in your group, or even a couple who like their own space, this will suit them well. There’s a kitchen/diner with an electric oven, hob, microwave and fridge; next to it is the sitting room and then Bedroom 6, which has zip and link beds, an en suite wet room, and French doors that open onto a patio and the garden – a lovely spot in the summer for morning coffee or a cheeky late night snifter.
The gardens are mostly to the front of the house and lead on to the open fields where you can take off for a walk down across the valley to the River Luv. There’s a little duck pond and if you fancy a soak too there’s a wonderfully bubbly hot tub where you can sit back beneath a sky the colour of forget-me-nots if we have a good summer! Don’t worry about the tinies, there’s plenty of room for them to run about and let off steam.
What really stands out about Pippinsands is its notable homely quality. It’s like if this house had arms they’d be wrapped all around you welcoming you: “Come in, come in, have tea and toast, come and sit beside the fire, come and unwind.” It’s hard not to, you’ll feel so settled you’ll probably wish you could live here forever.
4 oven oil fired Aga (oil included) – fridge – microwave - walk-in pantry/cold room with freezer – TVs in snug and drawing room – docking station – rural wifi – toddler bed, cot and high chair available – duvets/towels/linen provided – shops 2 miles – pub 2 miles – groceries delivered by Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsburys and COOK. Non-smokers only – 2 dogs by prior arrangement (£50 charge per pet) – Friday to Friday bookings - short breaks – strictly no fireworks, sky lanterns or drones. Consideration required for neighbouring properties. NB: There is an unfenced duck pond at the front of the house so children must be supervised at all times.