Higher Shute Farm has a lovely rural setting in the Brendon Hills, about a mile from Huish Champflower with its Village Hall, King George V Memorial Playing Field (home to Huish Champflower Cricket Club) and St Peter's Parish Church. The north Somerset coastal port of Watchet is less than 10 miles distant, as is the picturesque Exmoor village of Dulverton. Outdoor activities abound, with fishing and sailing at Wimbleball Lake (6 miles), tennis, swimming and rugby at Wiveliscombe (4.3 miles), cricket and racing at Taunton (15.2 miles) and the vast open spaces of Exmoor opening up from Haddon Hill (6 miles). Shopping: Wiveliscombe has a good selection of shops meeting most day-to-day needs. For wider requirements, Wellington (11.3 miles) has its supermarkets, including a Waitrose, and the property sits almost equidistant between the larger shopping centres of Taunton, Tiverton (16 miles) and Minehead (18 miles).
For transport links, Taunton has regular rail services to Bristol Temple Meads in 52 minutes and to London Paddington in as little as 1 hour 39 minutes. Exeter (34.5 miles) and Bristol Airports (53.6 miles) are both easily accessible, offering connections to both UK and international destinations. There is an excellent range of schooling nearby in both state and independent sectors. Good private schools within reasonable driving distance include Wellington School, Blundell's in Tiverton and Taunton School, King's and Queen's Colleges and King's Hall Preparatory School in Taunton.DESCRIPTION
Constructed around the beginning of the nineteenth century on the site of an earlier building, the house is of attractive local stone under a slate roof, offering spacious and airy accommodation with unusually high ceilings for this type of property. It was substantially re-built by the current owners in 2001, who have subsequently added the large oak-framed drawing room and garden room in a design consistent with the original, offering modern standards of comfort in a traditional style. The property has oak double-glazed windows throughout, with underfloor heating serving all stone or tile-floor surfaces and acoustic insulation in internal walls. Both house and annexe have fibre broadband access. The core of the main accommodation is the large kitchen and the fantastic principal drawing room with its spectacular southerly views across the gardens to the valley beyond. The drawing room/garden room is a particular feature of Higher Shute Farm and unexpected in a property of this age and style. It is light and airy and adaptable to both everyday use and wonderful entertaining space.
The entrance hall takes you past the main reception through to the large, open plan kitchen and dining area at the very heart of the house. With an open fire and aga, French doors to the verandah and stable door to the rear garden, the kitchen will adapt to any season and is undoubtedly the focal point of daily life. Off the inner hall, there is a walk-in larder, utility room and a further, smaller sitting room. From this inner hall the original front door opens onto the
verandah and gardens. At the top of the oak staircase you will find the spacious master bedroom, with dressing room and ensuite bathroom. There are two additional bedrooms on this floor, one of which is currently used as a study, and a further guest bathroom.
On the second floor there are two further substantial bedrooms with good head height and plenty of under-eaves storage, plus a third bathroom. The annexe, which is separately rated, is a converted barn, developed by the current owners with the same attention to style and detail as the main farmhouse. This spacious accommodation has one bedroom, a bathroom and open plan living/dining/kitchen area, with room for additional seating outside. The studio is currently used as a ceramics studio but could be adapted to other uses.OUTSIDE
Higher Shute Farm is approached down a long drive, accessed off a quiet country lane just over one mile from the centre of Huish Champflower. The drive arrives into a yard bordered on one side by a row of traditional outbuildings and a former milking parlour, a rose garden and a soft-fruit garden on the other. Situated above the traditional outbuildings, that are now used as a log store, a potting shed and for garden equipment storage, is a productive vegetable plot with several raised beds, shed and a polytunnel. The drive continues past the annexe and studio to reach the two substantial agricultural buildings below. The gardens surround the main house on three sides, and there is an orchard beyond. The orchard features two ancient cider apple trees, a selection of specialist shrubs and other trees. A spring-fed wildlife pond sits below the house while a further purpose-built duck pond, also spring fed, can be found in the orchard.DIRECTIONS
From Taunton take the B3227 in a westerly direction passing Milverton and onto Wiveliscombe. At the traffic lights in the centre of the town turn right and continue up the hill bearing around to the left and taking the first turning right signposted Langley Marsh. Follow this road for approximately 2.5 miles passing through the village of Langley Marsh and proceed into Huish Champflower. Take the 1st left after the church (in the direction of Brendon Hill/Upton) and the track towards Higher Shute Farm (some satnavs show it as Shute lane) is 1.25 miles up the hill on the left hand side.SERVICES
Mains electricity, Private water and drainage with mains water supply available if required. Oil fired Aga and central heating.