16th Century Grade II Listed 6 bedroom manor house in fabulous landscaped gardens on the edge of Exmoor National Park. Heated outdoor swimming pool. Four self catering holiday cottages, excellent outbuildings and three garages with potential (stp). In all about 4.5 acres.
The property occupies a delightful setting within Exmoor National Park and is accessed via a quiet country lane on the outskirts of the village of Dunster. At the foot of Grabbist Hill, with easy access onto the moor, the house and gardens enjoy lovely views over the Bristol Channel and the West Somerset Steam Railway in the distance.
The medieval town of Dunster (1 mile) is set around the National Trust Castle and is famous for it's octagonal yarn market and range of independent shops. The Victorian seaside town of Minehead (1 mile) offers a range of shopping, banks, a hospital, a farmers market every Friday and leisure facilities. Taunton (22 miles) is the county town of Somerset and has a good range of shopping facilities including a farmers market, and is home to Somerset County Cricket Club and Taunton Racecourse. There are excellent state and private schools, including Queens College, Taunton School, Kings College and Kings Hall. Other well-known schools in the area include Millfield, Wellington and Blundells.
The M5 motorway can be joined at Tiverton (J27), Taunton (J25) and Bridgwater (Junctions 24 & 23) providing easy access to Exeter, Bristol, The Midlands and London (via the M4). Taunton has a mainline rail station with trains to London Paddington. Exeter airport (44 miles) and Bristol airport (50 miles) offer international flights.Manor House
The Manor House is believed to date in parts from the 16th Century and briefly comprises: Reception hall with oak turning staircase and wood panelling. A beautifully proportioned sitting room with large inglenook fireplace. Light and bright drawing room with fireplace and bay window overlooking the gardens. The cosy study/library has an intriguing renewed wooden mullion window & fireplace with wood burning stove. Garden hall with cloakroom off. Dining room overlooking the garden with interesting carved wooden mantelpiece. Kitchen fitted with painted cupboards and Brazilian granite and solid oak work surfaces. Four oven gas AGA, door to courtyard and door to secondary staircase. Bar with shuttered window.
On the first floor is a galleried landing with linen and storage cupboards. Master bedroom with lovely views, door to airing cupboard and spacious ensuite bathroom. Principal guest bedroom with large fireplace and ensuite bathroom. Four further bedrooms, two of which have ensuite shower rooms. The second staircase leads down to the kitchen.The Cottages
Three of the cottages are grouped around the gravelled and cobbled courtyard whilst the fourth (Old Chapel Cottage) is to the west side of the property. In brief the cottages comprise:Groom's Cottage (sleeps 4)
Newly fitted kitchen with cream Shaker style cupboards with oak surfaces. Sitting room with stable door to the outside and staircase to the first floor. Two bedrooms and a well-fitted, refurbished shower room.Stables Cottage (sleeps 4)
Newly fitted kitchen with cream coloured Shaker style units. Sitting room with galleried mezzanine area. Two bedrooms and a newly refitted bathroom.Old Coach House (sleeps 2)
In a secluded location this cottage has a refitted kitchen with cream coloured Shaker style units. Sitting room with galleried mezzanine area and French doors to a terrace. Bedroom and bathroom.Old Chapel Cottage (sleeps 2)
This cottage has its own entrance and parking. Refitted kitchen with Shaker style units and oak surfaces. Sitting room with south facing picture window overlooking private garden. Double bedroom and a bathroom.Outbuildings
Between Groom's Cottage and Stables Cottage is a range of open fronted stores and stables with potential for further development subject to obtaining the relevant consents.Outgoings
Council Tax: Main house - Band G, Groom's Cottage - Band C, Stables Cottage - Band B, Old Coach House - Band B, Old Chapel Cottage - Band B.Outside
A stone pillared entrance with intricate wrought iron double gates lead into the property across gravelled and cobbled courtyards. To the front of the Manor House are the formal gardens, reputed to have been designed and laid in the 1940's and include a large expanse of level lawn surrounded by Listed balustrades and central steps leading down to a lower lawned area with 6 half-moon shaped Carp ponds and palm trees. A pretty summerhouse with arch topped openings provides a lovely summer entertaining space.
An entrance in the high topiary yew hedge leads to an enclosed lower garden with beautifully stocked herbaceous borders. Stone pillars with an exquisite wrought iron gate leads through to a further area of garden where there is a 5 bar gate into the paddock which gently slopes down to the north and the western boundary where there is separate vehicular access from the lane. A hornbeam arch with cobbled path leads to a circular secret garden with a giant chess set and opening on the opposite side through a laburnum arch and into mimosa garden. Roman style heated swimming pool with a deep terrace.
There is an enclosed garden area to the south of the property with a variety of camellias and wisteria and this in turn leads to Old Chapel Cottage. Across a courtyard on the east side of the manor house is a useful store and laundry room. In all the gardens and grounds amount to about 4.5 acres.Fixtures and Fittings
Unless specifically mentioned in these particulars, all contents, fixtures and fittings, garden ornaments and statues are specifically excluded from the sale. Carpets and curtains in the main house are included. Certain items may be available by separate negotiation. However, all furniture, contents, fixtures, fittings and equipment in the four letting cottages will be included.Local Authority
West Somerset District Council www.westsomersetonline.gov.uk Telephone 01643 703704Directions
From Taunton proceed on the main A358 towards Minehead passing through Williton and Washford. Just after the turning for Dunster and at a large roundabout take the first exit signposted "Ellicombe" and proceed up the country road. Ellicombe Manor is on the left.Services
Mains water, electricity and gas are connected to the property. Gas fired central heating to the main house and four cottages. New private drainage system.Viewing
Strictly by appointment through Stags Holiday Complexes department on 01392 680058. These particulars are a guide only and should not be relied upon for any purpose.