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8 bedroom equestrian facility for sale

Brushford, Dulverton, Somerset

Offers in Region of £1,695,000

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Tenure: Freehold

Hall | Sitting room | Dining room | Kitchen | Utility Room | Cloakroom | Office | 4 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | Cellar with flagstone floor | Annexe with room for kitchen/sitting room | 2 bedrooms | bathroom

Recently renovated barn conversion completed to high standard, providing a large open plan sitting, dining and kitchen area | 2 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | Planning permission for a holiday let, or for use as an annexe to the main house

Large courtyard with original stables and tack room | Gardens | Paddocks | Broadleaved woodland | Private lake with fly-fishing and jetty | Professionally laid outdoor manege | Car-port and gravel parking

Upcott Farm, built around 1890, is a Victorian farmhouse boasting glorious views across its gardens and grounds. This property is not Listed and is built with dressed local stone with a slate roof. The farmhouse has recently been improved by the addition of a new bathroom upstairs and Black Mountain sheep's wool installed in the loft for insulation. There is also a brand new boiler, oil tank and log burner.

The reception rooms benefit from good proportions, coupled with a well flowing layout. The original features of the house, such as the deep skirting boards and working shutters, provide much sought after character. The unusual fact that the property remains Unlisted will allow buyers to remodel the house should they so wish.

After entering the property through the main front door there is a spacious and light dining room, and a sitting room with a large inglenook fireplace. The property is approached via a private driveway, which serves both the house and the barn conversion.

The main hall, with stone flagged floors leads through to a large kitchen providing hardwood work surfaces and an oil-fired Aga within the original open fireplace.

At the opposite end of the main hall there is a good sized utility room with the original cold settle and shelves above on both sides, Belfast sink and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer, along with a smaller sitting room with plenty of storage, which is currently being used as an office. There is also a cloakroom providing a basin and WC and a cellar that is accessible underneath the staircase.

The staircase leads up to the main landing and provides four large double bedroom, two with fitted storage. There are also three bedrooms, one with potential to be created as the master ensuite to bedroom three.

The annex attached to the property is known at The Cider House, which contains potential for a kitchen/sitting room, plus two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. This building is currently empty, but has previously been let out on a 6-month Assured Shorthold Tenancy for 600 per calendar month.

The Hayloft began its sympathetic and tasteful conversion two years ago and was finally completed in February 2010. The barn has been converted to a very high standard by the vendor, who has gone to painstaking efforts to create a stunning property. Every detail has been given much thought, through the use of Aston Matthews for the designer bathrooms, the London Lighting Company for the low energy lighting and the local craftsmen who have ensured that every original detail of the property has been retained.

The Hayloft has not only been converted to all the latest building regulations, but also includes solar panelling on the roof, hidden cabeling, surround sound and an insulated underfloor heating system. The building still maintains its original structure, with many wooden beams left exposed throughout the conversion. The inclusion of a 19th Century French oak floor certainly adds to the character of the conversion. There are also two floor-to-ceiling windows, making the most of the stunning views, whilst the steel skylights allow more natural light to pour in.

Both double bedrooms have ensuite facilities, one with a shower room and the other with a bathroom. There is also a seperate utility room with a wet room and cloakroom attached.



Upcott Farm is situated in a very private and rural area of Somerset and offers far reaching countryside views. Despite it's position, this property is within easy reach of a number of villages and towns.

Dulverton, about 3 miles away, offers a great range of facilities including butchers, bakers, general stores, pubs and hotels. Tiverton, 13 miles away, provides a more extensive range of supermarkets, businesses and recreational activities.

A number of schools are also within easy reach, with both state and private schools on offer. There are primary schools in both Dulverton and Bampton, and Blundell's School and Blundell's Prep School in Tiverton.

Exmoor National Park is just 2 miles away from the property and offers an extensive range of activities, such as walking, horse riding and cycling.


To the south of the farmhouse is a gravelled path, flanked by lavender beds on both sides, which leads to the paddock at the front of the house. The well-kept extensive lawned areas are interspersed with a mixture of herbaceous beds and a number of specimin trees.

Accessed from the dining room, or from the gravelled pathway below the house, is a raised terraced area which is perfect for al fresco dining and admiring the far-reaching views.

A gateway to the western end of the main lawned area leads through to the orchard, where a well-tended and productive vegatable garden and fruit cage is situated. A further gate leads through to a small paddock, which is home to a small flock of the vendor's sheep.

Below the Hayloft and to the side of the farmhouse is a most attractive courtyard of traditional barns, which are currently utilised for equestrian use. There are five stables, a large storage area, a feed room, tack room and hay barn. The stables and tack room were re-roofed at the beginning of 2010.

A recently laid path provides access to the new outdoor school, which measures 40m x 20m and is finished with reclaimed rubber and sand.

Upcott Farm includes a total of 47 acres, which is mainly situated to the south of the house, protecting the property's views. The land is divided into a number of well-fenced paddocks, most of which are cut for hay and others left as isolation paddocks for the horses. Some of the fields have automatic water troughs, with the remainder fed by streams.

Within the centre of the land is a block of mature broadleaved woodland, which is surrounded by pasture fields. A second block of woodland borders the stream at the bottom of the private valley, where two spring fed ponds can be found.

There are no public rights of way over the property, and with only a short hack to the Exe Valley Way, the property will certainly appeal to the equestrian buyer.

There is also a private lake at the property with a jetty from which to fly fish.


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