11:00am Saturday 17th August 2013
LOOK familiar? This luxurious house in Sampford Arundel, has just gone on the market, and buyers are likely to be tempted by its garden pond, which looks uncannily like Monet’s famous ‘Water Lilies’ landscape.
But if you fancy waking up to the view every morning you’ll need to dig deep to meet the £3.1million asking price for eight-bedroom Easterlands.
The stunning home has a reception hall, study, drawing room, dining room, garden room and billiards room.
There is also a coach house with stables and barns, a tennis court, a covered swimming pool, a two-bedroom cottage and a three-bedroom lodge.
Richard Addington, of agent Savills, said: “Set in about 44 acres of its own parkland, the property sits in the rolling countryside on the Devon/Somerset border at the foot of the Blackdown Hills.
“Though built in the 19th Century, the style of the property harks back to the Georgian era.
“The gardens and grounds are nothing short of glorious.
“The bridge over the pond bears a striking resemblance to that featured in Claude Monet’s paintings of Giverny and offers quite a bonus for purchasers.”
In the mid-1920s the house was lived in by the Fox family, who were behind Fox Brothers & Co, the textiles business now run by Dragons’ Den star and Somerset businesswoman Deborah Meaden.
The current owners have lived in the property for around 35 years, and while they have carried out a lot of work it could do with some updating.
Monet completed his famous series of paintings in the late 19th Century in the French village of Giverny, north-west of Paris, where he lived.
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