Too Cool For School

A totally transformed Victorian School near Ilminster, is a now a perfect period home for entertaining (and wowing any guests!)

Too Cool For School

As you approach the wrought iron gates and the original railings you can almost hear the school bell ringing in the distance. The stone steps where many little feet must have scuttled up takes you to the impressive stone porch and through the heavy wooden doorway to the vaulted hallway.

The living room, once home to ink desks and chalk boards is now the hub of the home and is nothing short of remarkable. It’s large oak floor space and open vaulted ceiling are everything you might expect from this sort of conversion giving a sense of space and grandeur and the huge stone mullion windows flood the room with natural light. With more than enough room for a dining table (or two!), generous furniture and even a grand piano, it’s a versatile and stunning space perfect for modern living and entertaining.

The mezzanine level which overlooks the living room is another adaptable area and is accessed via a spiral staircase and creates a cosier feel to the area in front of the fireplace downstairs so you can snuggle up to the wood burning stove. It currently houses the only desk left in school and is used as a home office.

The beautiful modern kitchen is accessed from both the living room and the inner hall with a stable door that leads out to the rear courtyard. The Inner hall enjoys daylight through a pretty Victorian leaded glass panel with a skylight above, and a period door with more leaded glass panel opens to the kitchen whilst a gothic stone arch leads back into the entrance hall.

There are three good size bedrooms. The master bedroom is in the original part of the building and enjoys the same grand proportions and character as the living room and the ornate mullion windows enjoy views of Donyatt church. The bathroom is light and airy with a stunning freestanding bath and separate shower unit and an amazing Victorian style washstand and WC. 

The gardens wrap around the building and there are currently different areas for relaxing, gardening and storage and enjoys lawns, courtyards and a vegetable garden. The property also benefits from a driveway, double garage and plenty of storage space.

‘Serious attention to style and details has led to The Old School being one of the finest conversions I have seen’ comments Tim Bennett of Symonds & Sampson.  ‘The current owners have achieved the perfect blend of old and new creating a modern home filled with charm, character and history’.

 The Old School is in the heart of the popular village of Donyatt and is currently on the market at £375,000. For further information please contact Symonds & Sampson on 01460 200790.

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