7 bedroom detached house for saleAvishays, Chaffcombe, South Somerset, Somerset, TA20
Sold STC £4,700,000
- Beautiful parkland estate
- Principal house with 7 bedroom suites
- Guest cottage
- 5 other dwellings
- Parkland and woodland
- Contents also available
- About 90 acres
- Available with less land if required
Beautiful parkland estate with a magnificent Grade II* listed principal house, a converted coach house, 3 lodge houses, 2 cottages, outbuildings and about 90 acres of gardens, parkland and paddocks
Avishays is located in open countryside in the parish of Chaffcombe, about 1 mile from Cricket St Thomas and 2 miles from the old market town of Chard. Set in the centre of its own land with lodges protecting the drives, the setting is exceptional. Everyday shopping and amenities can be found in Chard and a bit further afield are Taunton, Honiton, Sherborne, Yeovil and Exeter.
The very attractive house looks out mainly to the south and west out over its own parkland. To the east the land rises steeply, to a wooded escarpment with the beautiful listed Monmouth Clock Tower with chiming clock. The main drive approaches the house up a fine avenue of horse chestnut trees and leads through parkland to the back of the house and then beyond, to the garages and the North Lodge.
Communications to/from Avishays are excellent with the A30 (access to London, via the M3), to the south and a little further to the north the A303 linking to the M5 to the west and M3 to the East. There is a regular train service from Taunton (15 miles) to London Paddington taking under 2 hours. Alternatively, from Crewkerne a 2 hour journey takes you to London Waterloo. Two airports, Exeter & Bristol, are just 29 miles and 52 miles away with flights to a large variety of international destinations.
The area has an excellent choice of first class private schooling including King's Taunton, Perrott Hill, and Sherborne Boys and Girls Schools. There are also some excellent local public sector schools including Holyrood Academy and Colyton Grammar.
Sporting pursuits in the area include hunting with The Taunton Vale, Cotley and Seavington Foxhounds. There is golf at Windwhistle and Taunton amongst others. There is racing at Haldon, Taunton and Wincanton. Somerset County Cricket Club (Div 1) play their home games at the County Ground in Taunton. Somerset and nearby Devon are renowned for having some of the best shoots in Southern England.
Avishayes is Listed Grade II * and is a magnificent period family home of good proportions, with excellent accommodation on 2 floors, ideal for entertaining and family living.
The main facade is Georgian and faces west, looking out over sweeping lawns and the ha-ha to parkland beyond. But the house is approached from the east elevation, which is 17th century in style, with stone mullions, lead light windows and a heavily timbered front door.
The interiors are well laid out and flow well, and all the rooms are light and airy with much panelling, a magnificent imperial principal staircase, large open fireplaces and comfortable rooms. Upstairs the bedrooms are of good sizes and well appointed with their own bathrooms.
Attached to the house a modern leisure wing accommodates an indoor swimming pool and sauna. The service wing, to the north, backs on to a courtyard, with the back door opening into a side hall.
The Coach House provides overflow bedrooms to the house and the billiards room, in a delightful Listed former stables, doubles as an office.
A further Coach House has been converted to provide a large wine cellar and a secure garage for classic cars. Two modern barns provide further garaging, workshop, storage and fuel storage and the drive continues to North Lodge.
The house stands centrally within the mature parkland in which the other dwellings are situated. The attractive period North and West Lodges protect the two main drives, whilst 1 & 2 Hayes Cottages are more modern bungalows, originally built for farm staff with their own entrance off the lane to the North. The East Lodge is situated over the rising ground behind the house and likewise has independent access off a lane. It is surrounded by two paddocks running down to the stream forming part of the southern boundary.
In all Avishays provides the opportunity to acquire a small manageable private Estate, with a magnificent period house at its heart.
Square Footage: 6,706 sq ft
Acreage: 90.77 Acres
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