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4 bedroom detached house for sale

Whitestaunton, Taunton, Somerset, TA20

Offers in Excess of £1,000,000

Property Description

Key features

  • High Specification Barn Conversion
  • Spacious Open Plan Kitchen/Dining Room
  • Utility Room & Larder
  • 3 Double Bedrooms (All En-Suite with potential 4th)
  • Boot Room & Laundry Room
  • 2 Further Reception Rooms
  • Beautiful, Predominately Walled Gardens of Approximately 2/3 of an Acre
  • 2 Storey Stone Barn/Workshop with Detailed Plans to Convert into Living Accommodation
  • Underfloor Heating Throughout

Full description

A stunning stone barn conversion, incorporating a magnificent green oak frame, situated in a tranquil setting in the centre of this beautiful historic hamlet. High Specification Barn Conversion, Spacious Open Plan Kitchen/Dining Room, Boot Room & Laundry Room, 2 Further Reception Rooms, Utility Room & Larder, 3 Double Bedrooms (All En-Suite), Potential for a 4th Bedroom, Beautiful, Predominately Walled Gardens of Approximately 2/3 of an Acre, 2 Storey Stone Barn/Workshop , Underfloor Heating Throughout, EPC Band E.

Situation - The Bowery is situated in the centre of Whitestaunton, which is a historic parish within The Blackdown Hills, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The property is nestled beside the ancient village church and manor house of this small hamlet, known for its beautiful historic buildings and was once the site of a Roman settlement. The small towns of Ilminster, Chard and Axminster are all easily accessible from the property and Taunton, the County Town of Somerset is approximately 12 miles to the north. Taunton has an extensive range of shopping facilities, which one would expect from a County Town, as well as well-renowned schools in both the state and private sectors. Taunton also provides access to the motorway network via junction 25 of the M5 and has a mainline railway station with frequent services to London and other parts of the country. The A303 and A30 are also superbly situated for The Bowery and provide good vehicular access to both London and Exeter. The wonderful Jurassic coastline is also only 15 miles to the south and both Bristol and Exeter airports are conveniently placed, for those looking to travel further afield. For those with walking and riding interests, The Bowery is ideally positioned to take full advantage of the extensive network of local footpaths and bridleways, which run throughout The Blackdown Hills.

Description - The Bowery has undergone an extensive and sympathetic conversion, originally by the previous owners but completed by our vendors. The property has been converted to a particularly high standard and has beautifully proportioned accommodation arranged over two floors, with a wealth of character created by an impressive green oak frame, which has been constructed inside the shell of the barn to create extensive open plan living accommodation. The barn is built primarily of flint elevations, set under a pitched slate roof and is set within beautiful gardens that are predominately enclosed by further flint stone walling. The property benefits from oil fired under floor heating throughout, wonderful floor to ceiling double glazed windows on both floors, two stone fireplaces and a heat recovery and ventilation system.

Accommodation - The oak front door opens into a spacious entrance hall, with boot room and laundry room to either side, and continues towards the first of two beautiful oak staircases, with galleried areas and vaulted ceilings. The entrance hall has a dual aspect to the front and rear, through floor to ceiling double glazed windows, a large under stairs storage cupboard and bath stone flagged floor tiles, extending throughout the whole of the ground floor. The entrance hall continues towards the kitchen/dining room, passing bedroom three, which enjoys a southerly outlook through two glazed doors, which open into the front garden and benefits from a modern en-suite comprising a low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin, heated towel rail, medicine cupboard and large walk in shower enclosure with a waterfall style shower. Next to bedroom three is a downstairs WC with a wall mounted wash hand basin and ceiling down lighters.

The kitchen/dining room is a wonderful feature of the property and provides wonderful space for entertaining given its open plan layout. The kitchen is fitted with a range of stunning hand painted, bespoke hardwood units and drawers, and includes a large island with an inset butchers block and a beautiful bespoke breakfast bar to one end. The kitchen is finished with Juperana granite and has a range of integrated appliances to include a four door electric Aga with Aga companion, set within a deep inglenook, as well as an integrated dishwasher, microwave and Belfast sink with granite drainer. There is easy access to both the utility room and larder from the kitchen, which between them have further matching wall and base units, a plumbed in whirlpool American style fridge freezer, external doors to outside and matching granite worktops. The dining area by the kitchen is centred upon a beautiful inglenook fireplace with an inset wood burning stove, on a slate hearth with flint surround and oak beam over. The room enjoys a triple aspect to the front, side and rear, with glazed double doors opening to the outside from all three external elevations.

The secondary staircase rises from the kitchen/dining room to the sitting room with vaulted ceilings and another fireplace, which is currently ornamental but could easily have a wood burning stove put in. Our vendors have added a lovely balcony, which can be accessed through double doors, and enjoys an outlook over the pond and towards the ancient village church. The master bedroom is also a wonderful space and has been altered during our vendors ownership to create a separate WC with wash hand basin, walk in shower enclosure and a bath area, which is fitted with a fine example of a free standing bath, which is made from partially volcanic rock, which is thought to reduce heat loss from the water. The main bedroom area is particularly light due to its floor to ceiling roof style windows, which is also enjoyed in bedroom two and again benefits from an en-suite. There is further reception space beyond bedroom two, which our vendors currently use as a study but could be made into additional bedroom accommodation if required, subject to necessary consents.

Outside - The gardens are a wonderful feature of The Bowery and are extremely private given the properties central location within Whitestaunton. There is access off the lane through an electric front gate, set between two stone walls with pillars on either side, which slide open onto a cobbled drive and towards a gravelled parking area. Beyond the front door and parking area is the rear garden, which is broken up by a number of raised beds behind low red brick walling, creating an extensive vegetable/kitchen garden, with a large greenhouse in the middle. There is also access from here to one of the outbuildings, known as the old bull pen, which offers excellent storage, with a concrete floor, power and lighting. The gardens continue to a lean-to wood store and a beautiful arch with brick quoins, with a path leading through towards the pond, sitting under the western elevation of the property. The pond is stocked with a number of fish with the main area of garden beyond, which is broken up into three sections. There is a private gravel terrace, which is perfect for entertaining, with two sets of steps leading up to the main area of lawn, surrounded by deep planted beds. To one end of the main expanse of lawn is the summer house, which enjoys an outlook over the enclosed gardens towards a Japanese dry stream and smaller secondary pond. At the far end, to the side, is a further parking area, which has its own vehicular access and is set under a retaining wall of railway sleepers. To one side is a currently undeveloped two storey stone barn/workshop, which has had planning permission to be converted into ancillary accommodation, some 3D images of which have been created.

Services - Mains water and electricity, oil fired under floor heating, spring water for the garden, villavent heat recovery system, mains drainage.

Directions - From the A303 travelling from Ilminster towards Honiton, turn left opposite The Eagle Tavern, signposted to Chard. Continue along this road for approximately 200 yards and take the first turning right signposted to Northay and Whitestaunton. Continue along this lane and carry onto a staggered crossroads, and proceed straight over, signposted to Northay. Proceed along this country lane through the hamlet of Northay and continue straight ahead to Whitestaunton. Upon entering Whitestaunton, proceed past the manor where The Bowery can be identified on the right hand side just around the corner.

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27 May 2016

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