5 bedroom detached house for saleRodhuish, Exmoor National Park, North Somerset, TA24
Offers in Excess of £1,500,000
- Stunning Exmoor setting
- Beautiful southerly views
- Up to 8 bedrooms
- 4 reception rooms
- Excellent equestrian facilities
- Stables and grooms flat
- Mature landscaped gardens
- Paddocks & lake
- About 13 acres
Grade II listed, Lutyens-style Arts & Crafts family home in a superb elevated position, providing a tranquil and secluded setting on the edge of Exmoor National Park. There is a detached stable block with manège and excellent riding out over Exmoor
Golsoncott House occupies an enviable country setting within the rolling foot hills of Exmoor National Park and enjoys glorious unspoiled views over the Brendon and Quantock Hills. The property is near to the tiny hamlet of Golsoncott, itself convenient to the village of Roadwater which has a range of amenities including a post office, shop, pub and petrol station.
The A39 is approximately 2 miles away to the north giving fast access to Taunton in the east with Minehead and the medieval village of Dunster, with its ancient castle, to the west. The nearest access to the North Somerset coastline is at Blue Anchor about 4 miles north of the property Golsoncott House is located on the edge of the Exmoor National Park and exceptionally well placed for both riding and walking and the wealth of country pursuits that such an area can offer, The county town of Somerset, Taunton, has an excellent range of private schools, shopping, recreational and business facilities and also access to the M5 motorway at Junction 25 or at Junction 24. There are excellent mainline rail links from Taunton, including London Paddington, with the fastest trains to Paddington taking approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. For those looking for schools in the area there is an exceptionally good range of state and private schools close by including Kings Hall, the renowned Taunton schools and further south is Blundells School at Tiverton.
The property was built in the very early 1900s by Count Hochburg for his land agent on the Croydon Hall estate. The architect was WJ Parker of South Molton Street, London. The unique butterfly shape of the house and materials are typical of the Lutyens influence on the domestic architecture of the times.
The house is approached by its own long attractive tree lined avenue leading down the main drive to the house with a large circular graveled parking area which leads directly to the front door. The house is Grade ll listed and is described as "a very picturesque composition in the Arts & Crafts style". The present owners have improved the house over the past few years to ensure that contemporary family comforts and services align with the wonderful Lutyens influence and architecture which remains in place. In particular they have remodeled and extended the kitchen, designed by Smallbone to a high specification with limestone floor and granite worktops. There is a larder, electric 4-oven Aga, electric oven and induction hob on the large island. French windows lead to a terrace, ideal for alfresco dining. They have also upgraded and improved the central heating with new boilers and a sophisticated zoned control system as well as installing some new double glazing in the primary bedrooms, to ensure maximum comfort and efficiency, together with installing discreet solar PV to reduce running costs.
The house has some fine dual-aspect reception rooms such as the paneled drawing room and sitting room, and the reception hall leads out to a south-facing loggia, ideal for relaxing in the sun. There are some very good bedroom suites upstairs and the second floor could be configured as an integral flat. Two of the bathrooms have engineered oak floorboards and two have Amtico. Most of the reception rooms and four bedrooms have fireplaces with hand-painted Delft tile surrounds. Golsoncott House is a superb and comfortable family home with an excellent range of accommodation.
To the north of the house is a covered parking bay whilst a detached garage block lies to the east, with workshop, stores, double garage and wood store. There are various summer houses around the gardens with a recently restored original timber-framed greenhouse.
Lying further to the east and set away from the house is the stable courtyard which comprises a good range of original stone buildings in the style of the main house. There are four loose boxes and a pony pen. In addition there is a tack room, hay barn, stores and traditional barns. Above the main block of stables is a one-bedroom groom's flat with kitchen, sitting room and bathroom.
The gardens are outstanding and were created by Beatrice Reckitt, a dedicated gardener and her daughter Rachael, a famous artist and contemporary metal sculptor. The rill garden is believed to have been inspired by Gertrude Jeykll who had corresponded with the original owners about its design. Mentioned in Julian Orbach's Pevsner Architectural Guide, the renowned author Penelope Lively also recalls her memories of Golsoncott, the country house owned by her grandparents Beatrice and Frank Reckitt, in her book "A House Unlocked".
Golsoncott House faces almost directly south with wonderful far-reaching views across its enchanting landscaped gardens and Exmoor National Park. Whilst walking around the land you can see the sea and the island of Steep Holm. The countryside surrounding the house is outstanding and this is further enhanced by the magical setting of the gardens.
A formal rose and lavender garden in front of the house looks over the lower lawn which slopes gently down to the ha-ha above the large lake. This lawn is framed on either side by a wonderful cedar tree and other mature trees. The rill garden lies to the west of the house near the Acer arboretum and is enclosed by high yew hedges. The tennis lawn has a charming summer house on one corner. Further west of the house is the original kitchen garden and orchard which have been improved by the current owners.
Adjacent to the stable block is a manège and there is easy access to all three main paddocks. One of the paddocks has a field shelter in the south west corner.
Square Footage: 5,983 sq ft
Acreage: 13 Acres
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