Ilex House is a wonderfully handsome Grade II listed period property in Somerset, on the edge of the village of Fitzhead. Built in 1840, the house was known as The Manor until the late 1900s. The architecture is classic Georgian, with imposing elevations to the north and south, and the well-placed windows are decorated with ornate mouldings, and give lots of light into the principal rooms.

A gradual restoration programme has ensured every care was taken in retaining the period detail, which includes beautifully preserved panelled doors and fireplaces with wooden surrounds.

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Outside, the grounds have extensive lawns studded with mature trees. The terrace is shaded by a wonderful plane tree, and the tennis court is positioned near the west boundary. A paddock and a loose box, as well as a kitchen garden area which enjoys a great deal of sunshine, give character to the outdoor space.

Located in a wonderful setting in Fitzhead, the house is just a mile from Milverton which has an ancient church, post office, general store and a primary school. Wellington is also within easy reach, with its good range of day-to-day shops.

The guide price is £1.55m. For further information please call Jackson-Stops & Staff on 01823 325 144 or visit www.jackson-stops.co.uk.

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