8 bedroom detached house for saleFord, Wiveliscombe, Taunton, Somerset, TA4
- Gracious and well presented accommodation
- 4 reception rooms, 8 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
- About 13 acres
- Walled garden, arboretum and parkland
- Swimming pool and tennis court
A Grade II listed Georgian country house in delightful grounds and parkland. Ford House is situated on rising ground above the banks of a small stream amidst the rich red farmland running north and west from Taunton before the countryside rises up to the Brendon Hills and Exmoor to the north.
Ford House is the principal house in the small hamlet of Ford about a mile from the bustling town of Wiveliscombe. The town still retains a good selection of shops and amenities including school, sports clubs and hall, small theatre, two small breweries. a hotel/ restuarant and pub.
From Ford House it is possible to reach the open spaces and out door recreational opportunities offered by the Exmoor National Park, just 4½ miles to the north, whilst a 10 mile journey in the other direction takes you to Taunton, the county town of Somerset, home to the Somerset Cricket Club, host to a nu mber of private and state schools and on both the motorway and mainline railway networks to London and the rest of the country.
Ford House is a distinctive Grade II listed Georgian residence built in 1799 and extended in 1840 sitting in just over 13 acres of its own grounds, which were laid out by The Veitches of Exeter, nurserymen of the day (Killerton House) contemporaneously with the house. They now provide a fitting and mature setting for the house including many fine specimen trees and shrubs beside the banks of the Hillfrance Brook and watercourses bisecting the grounds. The property is served by two driveways; the formal front drive, headed by stone gateposts and cattlegrid mark the entrance to the gravelled driveway, banked by mature grounds, which sweeps up to the front of the property; the rear drive serves the back door and parking area and is shared with the adjoining former coach house, which now accommodates just one neighbouring residence.
Upon entering the hall through the light porch, it is evident that the upmost effort has been made to retain many of the original period features. Though Ford House is equipped for modern living, the recent updating has tastefully been incorporated within the original style. A number of large well proportioned reception rooms are served off the traditionally decorated and welcoming entrance and stair hall. Beyond the hallway a family room leads to the farmhouse style kitchen complete with AGA. From the back hall access can be gained to the extensive cellars where a range of rooms span almost the entire ground floor area.
The first and second floors offer extensive and flexibly arranged bedroom accommodation, with a generous master bedroom suite with a dressing room and bathroom with both a steam room and sauna. The top floor has been configured as an integral flat with its own kitchen and plenty of space.
Outside, the extensive lawns surrounding the house are flanked by stands of specimen trees including a fine tulip tree, lime, sequoia, yew, walnut and other native broadleaves with under storey of rhododendrons. To the east of the house there is a larger copse in which there is a custom designed tree house, more mature trees including beech, oak, cherry, ash, with an under storey of ornamental shrubs. There is a network of paths and water courses giving access to the listed wall garden, enclosed within a brick and stone wall incorporating a thatched potting shed in one corner. The walled garden is divided into two with a kitchen garden at the western end and the eastern end is dedicated to recreation and leisure with a hard tennis court, irregularly shaped heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi in a wide paved terrace and a summer house with adjoining fixed barbeque facility.
Beyond the walled garden there is the arboretum which is an attractive area of parkland containing more ornamental trees including an Acer avenue. The gardens are separated from the field by a stream with three bridges across it. The park field, which is well fenced has its own independent road access and has been grazed by neighbouring farmer on an informal basis. It includes the attractive stand of lime trees flanked by mature hedgerows with hedgerow trees.
Square Footage: 7,371 sq ft
Acreage: 13 Acres
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