8 en-suite bedrooms - games room - large kitchen - dining room - sitting room - utility room/boot room - indoor heated pool - sauna - sunken outdoor hot tub - rear courtyard - walled garden - outdoor furniture - BBQ - parking for several vehicles - online grocery shopping available from Dart Fresh, Asda, Sainsburys, Tesco, Waitrose and COOK.
Centuries old country character and all the luxury of modern times combine seamlessly at this beautiful Somerset farmhouse set on the edge of the red sandstone village of Bishops Lydeard, close to the foot of the Quantock Hills. Sleeping 18 + 3 guests (there is a small charge for the 3 extra beds) in 8 en suite bedrooms, Pound Farm has an amazing indoor heated pool, a sauna, sunken hot tub, and a fantastic games room; you'll have everything you need for a happy and 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.
Walk in through the huge front door in the castellated central porch and a wealth of character greets you; high ceilings, original floorboards and flagstones, stripped pine doors, wooden panelling and period sash windows with shutters. At the bottom of the stairs is a handy utility room, perfect for muddy boots and dogs after a walk in the fields; there's a washer/dryer and a spare fridge - and the most gorgeous original Victorian floor tiles!
Turn right along the hallway to the sitting room, light and spacious, with a noticeably restful ambience; the double aspect gives an outlook over the pretty front and side gardens. This is a lovely room for afternoon tea, a quiet read, or for settling down to watch a movie.
A focal point of this room is the local stone fireplace; it's so easy to imagine getting back from a wintry walk in the lanes, lighting the fire and putting your feet up with a mug of hot chocolate and a tray of buttery crumpets.
To the left of the hall, two pine doors lead into the bright and airy dining room; a bespoke rustic dining table makes for lavish feasts to remember, and it extends to comfortably seat 18 people. There's a well stocked bookcase to browse, and a cosy window seat overlooks the rear courtyard. To the front is a view of the walled garden and the field rising beyond.
The dining room leads through to the farmhouse kitchen, with original flagstone floor, oak beams and a double Butler sink. In a huge inglenook there's a 4 oven electric Aga, a separate electric oven and a halogen hob; in a recess is a big fridge/freezer with an inbuilt ice maker. This is a very sociable kitchen where you can cook and chat around the central island; the round table by the window makes a lovely spot for a quiet breakfast with the papers.
Off the kitchen is the games room; beams above the windows, original tiles on the floor; whip up some in-house competition with the challenge of a pool tournament. From here, a door takes you out to the courtyard and on to the sauna and pool house.
Stairs rise from the hallway to a spacious landing, where off to the left is Bedroom 5, a lovely double bedroom with an en suite bathroom; start each day with a cup of tea in bed, looking out over the front garden with the gentle slope of the field. Opposite this room is Bedroom 4, 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. The bedrooms are all finished in neutral tones with a splash of colour in the soft furnishings; the result is very calm spaces that make for a good nights' sleep.
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 commodious bedroom, with an original Victorian fireplace and a very quirky feature chimney breast behind the bed. 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 Bedroom 6, another big room that sleeps 4, with its own separate shower room and WC. This is a great room for a family or for older children as the beds are zip and link with the option of being a superking and two singles, 2 superkings or 4 singles. There are gorgeous views of open fields where livestock graze contentedly beneath the trees.
The back courtyard is quite a suntrap; a great spot for morning coffee or for quiet reflection after an early dip in the pool. To one side is a sympathetically converted barn with two further bedrooms, both with a superking bed and an optional single (charged extra) and en suite shower rooms; Bedroom 8 is on the ground floor, and original stone barn steps lead to Bedroom 7. Both of these rooms look out over fields to the Quantock Hills in the distance. Also accessed from the courtyard is a log store, and the sauna, easily big enough for 6 people to relax and chat whilst enjoying an invigorating cleanse. Even the pool house has 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, where you'll find a good sized patio with plenty of seating and a barbecue. An awesome sunken hot tub, big enough for 8 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, laid mostly to lawn. That's the thing with Pound Farm - there really is something for all ages!
4 oven electric AGA - halogen hob - electric double oven - fridge freezer - extra fridge - washer/dryer - Sky TV with Sports in sitting room - Freeview TV in all bedrooms - full size pool table - table football - rural wifi - open fire (logs provided) - 2 x toddler beds, cots and highchairs available - stairgates - BBQ (Easter to end Oct) - duvets/linen/towels provided (please bring your own towels for the pool/hot tub) - 2 dogs by prior arrangement - Fri to Fri bookings - short breaks year round - lovely owners live on the farm - no smoking - strictly no fireworks, sky lanterns or drones.