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6 bedroom detached house for sale
Staplegrove Lodge rests alongside a lane just off Staplegrove Road, on the fringe of the village and very conveniently located for access to both sides of the town, from either Staplegrove Road and Silk Mills Road leading to Wellington Road, also the A358 Minehead Road. In Staplegrove Village is a post office/general store together with a fine old church and sports field. Also close by is Staplegrove primary school and a variety of shops and retail outlets off Bindon Road. The highly respected Taunton School is about a half mile away and the Somerset College a mile and a half away in Wellington Road. Just a couple of hundred yards away is where the A358 Minehead road commences its route, leading off into the wonderful countryside of West Somerset, alongside the magnificent Quantock Hills and on to the Exmoor National Park. Five miles along this road, in Bishops Lydeard, is the headquarters of the famous privately owned West Somerset Railway Company, providing steam-operated train rides past twenty miles of hidden countryside and the north coast beaches, to the terminal at Minehead. The centre of Taunton, with its many excellent shops and facilities is only one and a half miles away and, for those travelling, the town has an intercity railway station (one mile) and access to M5 motorway at Junction 25 (two and a half miles).
Staplegrove Lodge dates back to the 15th century, although the imposing facade was added around 1860. Grade II listed for its special architectural features, it is a particularly handsome property with tall, lime washed walls under a roof of slates. One of the most important houses in Taunton, the property has been the home to a number of well placed local business owners over the years, providing gracious reception rooms, a large breakfast room and kitchen, excellent bedrooms and servants’ quarters above. The accommodation includes an impressive reception area and, taking pride of place, are spacious and elegant drawing and dining rooms, both featuring floor to ceiling sash windows overlooking the south facing gardens. Also on the ground floor is the breakfast room, kitchen, laundry room, games room/gym, a shower room, workshop and below is a wine cellar. On the first floor are 6 bedrooms, one with a large dressing room and en suite shower room, another with an en-suite shower room and the bathroom. On the second floor, formerly the servants’ quarters, are two further large rooms, also a store room and these may be suitable for a teenage suite or perhaps a studio. A long driveway runs alongside the house to a courtyard with ample parking facilities and double garage. A verandah is attached to the southern facade and the large gardens extend to the south and west of the property with sweeping lawns flanked by herbaceous beds, also ornamental shrubs and small trees. Behind the house to the west is a paved terrace and barbeque area with lawns sloping gently down to the original walled kitchen garden with a useful store shed. All in all, this is a splendid and exceptionally spacious house, with tremendous character and considerable potential. It represents a superior family residence and, having gained an excellent reputation for the provision of bed & breakfast, may well interest those seeking a property capable of attracting a good income. The relatively secluded, yet highly accessible location is ideal for both.
GROSS INTERIOR FLOOR SPACE
5,479 sq ft/ 509 sq m
Front door with a stone mullioned frame to the
ENTRANCE HALL (19' 8'' (5.99m)
With a tessellated tiled floor and stairs off.
DINING ROOM (16' 9'' x 14' 9'' (5.11m x 4.5m))
Floor to ceiling sash window overlooking the gardens and fireplace housing an oil fired stove.
DRAWING ROOM (21' 4'' x 20' 5'' (6.5m x 6.22m))
Another most impressive room with an open fireplace, original ceiling coving and two separate floor to ceiling sash windows.
LOUNGE (23' 11'' x 17' 5'' (7.29m x 5.31m))
Original fireplace with an ornate tiled hearth and woodburning stove providing supplementary heating to the main system. Shuttered bay window with a westerly outlook to countryside beyond and built-in shelved cupboard.
A door from the entrance hallway opens to the
INNER HALLWAY (18' 1'' x 9' 7'' (5.51m x 2.92m) maximum measurements)
With door to the
CELLAR (21' 9'' x 9' 2'' (6.63m x 2.79m))
With 12 brick wine chambers
UTILITY ROOM (15' x 10' 2'' (4.57m x 3.1m))
Belfast sink unit, plumbing for automatic washing machine and door returning to the entrance hall.
SHOWER ROOM (15' x 7' 11'' (4.57m x 2.41m))
Including a tiled shower cubicle, pedestal wash-hand basin, high level WC, half-panelled walls and a flagstone floor.
GYM/GAMES ROOM (16' 9'' x 13' 10'' (5.11m x 4.22m))
Including a cloakroom with a low level flush WC and wash-hand basin.
BREAKFAST ROOM (18' 1'' x 17' 5'' (5.51m x 5.31m))
Large fireplace with a Stanley oil fired boiler, fitted cabinets and shelving, double opening doors to the garden and stained glass double doors to the
KITCHEN (13' 10'' x 13' 1'' (4.22m x 3.99m))
Fitted worktops with cupboards under, stainless steel sink unit with separate rinsing bowl and mixer tap, fitted shelving and space for upright fridge/freezer.
WORKSHOP (22' 1'' x 11' 10'' (6.73m x 3.61m))
Built-in cupboards and door opening to the yard. Door to
with door to CLOAKROOM and door to WOOD STORE
On the first floor
Spacious L-shaped LANDING with built-in shelved store cupboard and airing cupboard.
BEDROOM 1 (15' 3'' x 12' 2'' (4.65m x 3.71m))
With an original fireplace and views to the Blackdown Hills in the distance.
BEDROOM 2 (12' 2'' x 9' 11'' (3.71m x 3.02m))
Also suitable for use as a nursery or dressing room.
BEDROOM 3 (17' 3'' x 15' 3'' (5.26m x 4.65m))
Original fireplace, recessed storage cupboard and enjoying a westerly outlook.
BEDROOM 4 (17' 1'' x 15' 6'' (5.21m x 4.72m))
Original fireplace and recessed storage cupboard.
BEDROOM 5 (17' 1'' x 16' 8'' (5.21m x 5.08m))
With original fireplace and window shutters.
EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM (11' 11'' x 8' (3.63m x 2.44m)maximum measurements)
Large shower cubicle with power shower, pedestal wash-hand basin and low level flush WC.
BEDROOM 6 (arranged as a suite) (19' x 11' 5'' (5.79m x 3.48m))
A door from the landing leads to a dressing area with fitted wardrobes, door to shower room and door to bedroom with built-in wardrobe
EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM
With a tiled cubicle with a Mira electric unit, pedestal wash-hand basin and low level flush WC.
Door from the landing leads to the stairs to
The second floorThis suite was originally living quarters for the servants and includes
LOUNGE/OFFICE (18' 6'' x 11' 4'' (5.64m x 3.45m))
Enjoying a splendid view towards the Quantock Hills in the distance.
BEDROOM (18' 6'' x 17' 6'' (5.64m x 5.33m))
Also enjoying the fine views and with an original fireplace.
STORE ROOM (11' 6'' x 7' 1'' (3.51m x 2.16m))
Mains electricity and water. Private drainage. Oil central heating.
Follow Staplegrove Road from the town centre for just over a mile, through the traffic lights beside Staplegrove post office and turn right into a lane, just a few yards before the Silk Mills roundabout. Staplegrove Lodge is the first property on the left hand side, bear left into the driveway and into the car park and courtyard to the rear.