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Skilgate, Taunton, Somerset, TA4

Guide price £725,000

Under offer

4 Beds 4 Baths 3 Receptions

REF: TAU190058

Skilgate, Taunton, Somerset


  • Kitchen / Dining / Living Room
  • Three Reception Rooms
  • Atrium
  • Principal En-Suite Bedroom
  • Three Further Bedrooms (One En-Suite)
  • Family Bathroom
  • Beautifully Stocked and Designed Gardens with Pond
  • Double Garage
  • Greenhouse
  • Stables


A beautifully presented character property enjoying a private and tranquil setting on the edge of an unspoilt village. Red Croft origins probably date back several hundred years, a former country cottage, which has in recent times been cleverly extended and now provides a most comfortable characterful country home. A well fitted kitchen with an island with granite work surface opens out to a dining / living room with fireplace with a wood burning stove, off which there is an Atrium leading up to an en suite guest bedroom. A separate sitting room with windows looking over the gardens, also with wood burning stove, original herringbone brick floor and ceiling beams. A dining room lies beyond the central hall which has a pretty Victorian fireplace which can also provide a good study area. A garden room is accessed from the hall enjoying glorious views over the gardens and fields beyond. The principal bedroom has a well fitted shower room and two further first floor bedrooms use a well fitted bathroom. The rooms are well decorated and are heated with a LPG gas fired central heating system and have double glazed windows all enjoying lovely outlooks. Red Croft occupies an enviable country setting along a bridleway track and enjoys delightful views over surrounding picturesque countryside. The village itself is set in the heart of the Brendon Hills where little has changed over the years. The village is found close to Exmoor National Park and local amenities are found in the small nearby towns of Wiveliscombe and Bampton. Dulverton, considered by many to be the heart of Exmoor, is also within a short drive with a good range of facilities, day to day shopping and is a lively hub of life. Whilst enjoying all the benefits of the countryside, the property is within close proximity of Tiverton and the M5 motorway Junction 27. Tiverton has a main line station (Tiverton Parkway) with fast trains to London Paddington taking about two hours and the well-known Blundell's School. Taunton is about nineteen miles to the south east (Junction 25 of the M5 motorway) and also has a mainline station (fast trains to Paddington arriving within one hour and forty five minutes) and excellent independent schools, namely Taunton School, King's and Queen's Colleges, along with the Richard Huish Sixth Form College. Exmoor National Park provides excellent walking and riding countryside and nearby Wimbleball Lake offers fishing, windsurfing and dinghy sailing. It is the gardens at Red Croft that provide such a perfect setting, have been beautifully designed and stocked to provide all round interest and include a stream fed Pond, partly shaded by a weeping willow, two mature gunneras, irises, and water lilies. A neatly tended lawned area surrounded by well stocked herbaceous borders, which provides lovely outlooks from the octagonal Summer house with decking. The house is adorned with clematis montana, roses and wisteria. A working / growing area has a Log Store with lockable freezer room, aluminum framed Greenhouse and a Cold Frame. A five bar gate leads into the property and opens out to bricked paved Parking area and joins a stepped bank with an array of mature rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias and hellebores. A stepped gravel path leads up to an Orchard area on its way passing two magnolia stellatas, the orchard including pears, plums, damsons and a variety of apples. A staggered beech hedge offsets a further lawned area and a productive kitchen garden including raised vegetable beds, fruits including gooseberries, autumn raspberries, loganberries and blackcurrants. A Single Garage is set at the far northern end of the orchard area and measures internally 6.12 m x 3.30 m (20' x 10' 10"). A further double Garage is found along the bridleway track and measures internally 6.10 m x 6 m (20' x 19' 8") and provides good parking, but also provides excellent storage and workshop space. A lower enclosure has a pedestrian gate and further field gate and has a three loose box stable building each measuring 6.8 m2 (22' 3"2).