The village of Elworthy sits in a beautiful and unspoilt rural, yet accessible location on the edge of the Brendon Hills and Exmoor National Park. The area of the Brendon Hills forms part of the Exmoor National Park renowned for its unspoilt rural landscapes and opportunities for outdoor enjoyment and recreation including shooting on the world renowned local shoots, hunting with six packs of hounds, sailing and game fishing on the nearby Wimbleball and Clatworthy reservoirs in addition to the River Exe and its tributaries. For those who enjoy walking and riding there is a network of foot and bridle paths throughout the area.Whilst Elworthy has no local amenities, there is an excellent pub, The Notley Arms, at Monksilver about 2 miles to the north. Stogumber at about 2.5 miles has a village stores and pub, The White Horse. Wiveliscombe to the south and Williton to the north have a good selection of everyday amenities, whilst Taunton, about 12 miles away, has a further selection of shopping and leisure facilities.
Taunton, the county town of Somerset, has a highly regarded selection of state and private schools, including Taunton School, Kings and Queens College's and Kings Hall Prep School. Alternatively, there is Wellington School at Wellington or Blundell's at Tiverton.
Communication links are good with the M5 motorway (Junction 25) approximately 14 miles away giving easy access to Bristol and The North, Exeter and the South West and the A358/A303 to the east. London is also within easy reach by train with the quickest train from Taunton to London Paddington taking approximately 1 hour 40 minutes. In addition, there are regular national and international flights from Bristol and Exeter airports.Description
The Old Rectory is a charming Grade II listed Georgian rectory which dates from the mid-1800's. In recent years the property has been meticulously restored by the present owners to create a comfortable, spacious and adaptable family home. Set in gardens and grounds of about 4.4 acres, the property enjoys far-reaching views over its gardens to the surrounding countryside.
The building has been thoroughly modernised throughout, to include a centralised Linn audio system, a satellite television system, Cat 5 wiring and a modern security system. Many of the buildings original features have been retained, including ornate plasterwork, open fireplaces and sash windows with working shutters.
The accommodation is arranged over four floors, providing over 5,000 sq ft of spacious, bright and adaptable layout, with plenty of space for entertaining and growing a large family.Accommodation
At ground floor level, there is an elegant reception hall with original period staircase and doors leading to a morning room, drawing room, library and dining room. From the dining room, there is a study/office and butler's pantry. A staircase leads to the lower ground floor, which comprises a large country kitchen that opens onto a conservatory overlooking the walled garden.
There is also a family sitting room at this level, with substantial wood burning stove. There is a boot room, utility room and series of domestic offices on this floor, including a wine store and linen store.
On the first floor, there is a master bedroom suite with dressing area and en-suite bathroom. There is also a guest bedroom suite, three further bedrooms and a family shower room. On the second floor there is a further bedroom, bathroom and loft storage areas.Gardens & Grounds
The gardens surrounding The Old Rectory are a spectacular feature of the property and include the original walled garden, which is fully enclosed including a vegetable garden with raised beds, a swimming pool and a terrace, which can be accessed from the conservatory, providing a wonderful outdoor entertaining space.
There are formal gardens surrounding the house, which include large areas of lawn, mature borders, a croquet lawn and a fine selection of rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas and many mature trees, including a spectacular copper beech. There is a wildflower area to the south of the house and an all-weather tennis court to the west.
Below the house there is the original stable yard, with a good selection of outbuildings including stabling, storage, a workshop and gym. There is also a coach house, with studio above, which can be used as ancillary guest or staff accommodation.Outgoings
West Somerset Council 01643 703704. Council Tax Band G.Services
Mains electricity and PV Panels. Private water and drainage. LPG central heating which can run conjunction with solar thermal panels and a log burner.Fixtures & Fittings
Only those mentioned in these sales particulars are included in the sale. All others such as curtains, carpets, light fittings, garden ornaments etc are specifically excluded but may be available by separate negotiation.Directions
From the Taunton area proceed north on the A358 towards Minehead, then take the B3224 to Lydeard St. Lawrence and Raleigh's Cross. Follow this road for about 6 miles to a cross-roads, where you will turn right into the hamlet of Elworthy. The entrance to The Old Rectory will be found on the left hand side after a short distance, marked by a red post box built into the entrance wall.Viewing
Strictly by appointment with Savills and Stags. Prior to making an appointment to view we strongly recommend that you discuss any particular points which are likely to affect your interest in the property with a member of staff who has seen the property.