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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Simonsbath, Minehead, Somerset, TA24

Guide Price £800,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 5 Bedroom Substantial Grade II Listed Farmhouse
  • 4 Bedroom Barn Conversion
  • Former Nursery School
  • Sizeable Agricultural Buildings
  • Close to Moorland Outriding
  • In all 22.2 acres

Full description

5 bedroom Grade II Listed farmhouse with an outstanding heart of Exmoor location, plus 4 bedroom cottage, former nursery school, stables and paddocks.

Situation - Gallon House is situated in the very heart of Exmoor surrounded by some of the finest countryside. The village of Simonsbath, 2 miles away, is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the many rural activities for which the area is so well renowned. Set in the splendour of the Barle Valley, Simonsbath lies in the heart of the Exmoor National Park and has a hotel, a Public House, and the parish church of St Lukes, which presides over the largest Parish in Somerset. Exford, 3 miles away, is a thriving village with two hotels, general store with post office, church, village hall and primary school. The market town of South Molton, 11 miles away offers an excellent range of day to day amenities including schooling up to secondary level, a wide variety of shops, banking facilities, churches, livestock markets and pannier markets on Thursdays and Saturdays. The property is accessible from M5 at J25 and also the North Devon Link road which joins the M5 at J27. Also adjacent to J27 is Tiverton Parkway mainline station.

Description - Gallon House is an impressive Grade II Listed period family home comprising the main farmhouse, a separate 4 bedroom barn conversion, a former nursery school building, substantial agricultural buildings, stables, gardens and land. The farmstead originally known as Red Deer Farm formed part of the Knight Estate and is thought to date back to 1840. The farmhouse has an attractive facade under a pitched slate roof and offers spacious family accommodation with income potential in the form of the converted barn and the former school rooms. The property includes agricultural buildings and sits within 22 acres.

Gallon House - Steps lead up to the porch and front door which leads into the reception hall with staircase to the upper floor. There are three generously proportioned reception rooms as well as a large farmhouse kitchen/breakfast room and a study and library. There is a light and airy sitting room and a dining room which includes a feature inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove, exposed beam and we believe the original flagstone flooring is beneath the current floor covering. The central study is a good size and the dual aspect library has a range of bespoke fitted book shelves. The large drawing room has a feature inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove, glazed double doors to the garden and a secondary staircase leading to the first floor, giving the potential for a self-contained annexe. The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with a range of units, 4 oven Aga with space for a generous farmhouse kitchen table. Adjoining is a walk-in pantry and a useful rear lobby with period feature bread oven and round chimney. The utility is fitted with a butlers sink, worktop and plumbing for white goods and has a convenient drying room. Beneath the house is a three room cellar with the oil-fired boiler.
On the first floor the good sized master bedroom has views to the front and a spacious en suite bathroom. Adjacent is bedroom 5 with en suite shower room, inner landing and a store room with staircase, which gives the potential for an independent annexe. Bedrooms 3 and 4 also have far reaching rural views to the front, whilst Bedroom 2 is a good size and shares the spacious family bathroom with corner bath.

School House - The School House barn conversion is located to the rear of the main house and is accessed through the reception hall. The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with a range of units, space for a large kitchen table and French Doors leading to the outside. The sitting room is a real feature with exposed beams and vaulted ceiling, tiled flooring and inset wood burner. To the rear is a large store room, cloakroom and access to the outside. On the first floor the master bedroom has built in cupboards and an en suite shower room. There are a further three bedrooms and a family bathroom.

The Nursery School - The present owners have successfully run a nursery school for the last 20 years from the property. This has now closed. There is a formal classroom, reading room and reception/cloaks room. It has underfloor heating. This space provides scope for various uses subject to any necessary planning approvals.

Outside - From the road a drive leads up to the main house with a parking area to the front and to the open fronted garage/barn 5.5m x 5m. The drive leads on to further parking and continues around to a central yard. Behind the house is a substantial detached timber stable block, which could either be removed or improved. There are two useful agricultural buildings. A very large one measuring 32m x 18m encompassing a round pen used for training horses and a tack room. The other agricultural building is divided into two, measuring 12m x 14m overall.
The gardens surround the properties with a lawn to the front, a productive vegetable garden with raised beds, polytunnel, a chicken enclosure and a small copse. The nursery has an enclosed area of lawn which leads to the fields. The fields are mainly situated to the west, north and eastern boundaries, enclosed by stock proof fencing.

Viewing - Strictly by appointment with the agents please, Stags Dulverton Office Tel: 01398 323174 or email

Directions - From Dulverton take the B3223 across Winsford Hill, passing the junctions for Withypool, Winsford and Exford. At the crossroads turn left onto the B3224. Follow this road for 2 miles and Gallon House will be found on the right hand side.

Services - Mains electricity, private water (Bore Hole and separate shared RAM water system) and private drainage, oil fired central heating in the main house and nursery school rooms, radiators from the wood burner in the School House, broadband available.

Council Tax - Farmhouse: Band E (2016/2017)
School House: Band C (2016/2017)

These particulars are a guide only and should not be relied upon for any purpose.

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16 September 2016


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