The house is situated in an outstanding rural position nestled in a picturesque valley at the foot of the Quantock Hills, within an area of rural Somerset with some of the most attractive countryside in the UK. The property enjoys fine views over the surrounding farmland and gently undulating hills beyond. The North Eastern boundary backs onto an ancient wooden copse, which in turn backs onto the West Somerset Steam Railway. Despite its rural location, Leigh Mill Farm is by no means isolated. The favoured village of Crowcombe is one and a half miles to the North. This popular centre provides local amenities including a Church, Post Office, village shop and Public house whilst the villages of Stogumber, West Bagborough and Lydeard St Lawrence are also within easy reach. Six miles to the North lies the town of Williton, providing a useful range of everyday shopping, banking and scholastic services. The County town of Taunton affords extensive commercial, recreational and educational facilities including the notable public schools of Taunton, Kings and Queens College. From Taunton there are excellent communication links by both road and rail. Taunton itself has a growing retail centre and includes a wide range of leisure and sporting facilities including the Brewhouse Theatre and Somerset County Cricket Ground. The property is situated in an area of the South West with many sporting and recreational opportunities available. The nearby Quantock and Brendon Hills, are both designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, affording spectacular scenery and extensive foot and bridlepaths. The Brendon Hills form the Eastern most periphery of the Exmoor National Park. Fishing and sailing are available on the readily accessible North coast where pretty coastal towns of Dunster, Minehead and Porlock are found.DESCRIPTION
Leigh Mill Farm occupies a delightful rural position with a South Westerly aspect. The house has been completely renovated by Abbey Estates Development Company, a long-established family run business, and has been enhanced further by an impressive contemporary extension. The developers have put a lot of thought into the design ensuring a blend of character from the original features of the period house with the more contemporary style of the new atrium and extension.
Modern fixtures and systems have been incorporated into the build which include underfloor heating throughout via an air source heat pump. The house has been re-wired to modern building regulations and includes a full CAT 6 network system. The historical part of the development has been re-thatched and lime rendered internally and externally which contrasts beautifully with the modern glazed double storey atrium and extension. The extension is built with rendered elevations under a pitched slate roof. The original house, believed to date back to the mid 1700's, includes an abundance of features including original beams, large inglenook fireplace with bread oven, engineered oak flooring and wainscoting. Leigh Mill Farm offers a rare opportunity to enjoy a combination of new modern facilities within a historical dwelling - the best of both worlds.ACCOMMODATION
The front door is situated within a two-storey glass entrance atrium with enormous porcelain tiled flooring that extends through the downstairs hallway, cloakroom, boot room, utility and into the kitchen/dining room. The kitchen is a stunning room and includes a bespoke fitted Rotpunkt kitchen with a range of base units and integrated Siemens appliances including a dishwasher, induction hob with built in extractor, full height fridge and full height freezer. The induction hob is set within the kitchens island with a breakfast bar, wine fridge and pop up electrical sockets. The kitchen is finished with Caesarstone worktops and windowsills and enjoys a delightful outlook over surrounding fields through a number of aluminium windows, an electrical conservation rooflight and 3.6 meter bi-fold aluminium doors which open onto an extensive outdoor terrace. There is a well fitted utility room with units to match the kitchen, a stable door to the outside and a cupboard cleverly housing the stacked Siemens washing machine and tumble dryer. The study/family room has dual aspect windows, wainscoting and a bespoke shelving unit fabricated into a period doorframe. The sitting room includes a beamed ceiling, engineered oak floors, inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove and wainscot panelling. Within the panelling there is a door to a secondary staircase providing access to bedroom 2. Also on the ground floor there is a boot room with a stable door to the rear and access to the plant room which houses the hot water cylinder, networking hub and consumer units.
On the first floor, there is a galleried landing offering wonderful views over the surrounding countryside and providing access to three of the bedrooms. The master bedroom suite includes a vaulted ceiling with a storage area above. There is access to the en-suite bathroom and dressing room. The en-suite includes high end sanitaryware comprising a free-standing bath, his and hers wash hand basins with a fitted electric mirror over, WC and a walk-in shower. The dressing room beyond is fitted with floor to ceiling cupboards and draws. Bedrooms three and four enjoy wonderful outlooks and include built-in wardrobes and are carpeted. The family bathroom is beautifully appointed and is equipped with high quality sanitaryware to include a free-standing stone bath, walk-in shower, WC and wash hand basin. Bedroom 2 is accessed via the secondary staircase from the sitting room and benefits from dual aspect windows and the original wooden floor that has been refurbished sanded and sealed. There is an en-suite shower room, with WC and contemporary wash hand basin with a built-in cupboard and a mirror with surround light and demist functions.OUTSIDE
Electronically operated wooden gates open onto a gravelled entrance with surrounding paved sandstone hardstanding, which provides access to an oak framed double garage with attached log store. There is a paved pathway, which leads to a workshop built with the same oak and cladding as the garage. Both the garage and workshop have lighting and power and there is infrastructure in place for an electric car charging unit should it be required. High sandstone walls run between the garage and workshop and continue behind the house with an elegant stone stairway leading up to the main area of lawn, which is elevated to the rear and backs onto an ancient wood. The garden has been landscaped and enjoys wonderful views. At the front of the property, there is a paved pathway leading past the original front door to the new atrium. The path opens out into a large terrace which offers superb outdoor entertaining space and then wraps around the property to the rear. The front garden is laid to lawn with planted specimen trees and shrubs. In all, the grounds extend to approximately 0.65 of an acre.SERVICES
Mains Electricity, Mains Water, Private DrainageABOUT THE DEVELOPER
Abbey Estates Development Company is a long-established family run business specialising in small to mid scale bespoke conversions, renovations and new builds. They pride themselves on their individual quality of design and finish and where possible local tradesmen, materials and local expertise are used throughout the process. This ensures their developments are personal, unique and unrivalled by competitors.DIRECTIONS
From Taunton proceed North Westerly on the A358 towards Minehead. Continue for approximately 11 miles and turn left sign posted to Stogumber. Follow this lane towards Stogumber taking the second turning on the left. Follow this road, taking the second turning on the right, signposted Leigh Lane, and proceed along the narrow lane crossing the West Somerset Railway line where, just beyond, Leigh Mill can be identified on the left-hand side.