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Exford, Minehead, Somerset, TA24

Guide price £1,200,000

6 Beds 3 Baths 3 Receptions

REF: TAU180173

Exford, Somerset

PROPERTY FEATURES

  • Kitchen / Breakfast Room
  • Three Reception Rooms
  • Principal En-Suite Bedroom with Dressing Room
  • Five Further Bedrooms
  • Two Family Bathrooms
  • Delightful Well-Stocked Gardens
  • Cellar / Wine Store
  • Six Loose Boxes
  • Three Paddocks
  • Single and Double Bank Fishing

THE PROPERTY

A beautifully situated six bedroomed country house set in delightful gardens and a valuable parcel of land with river frontage. Riscombe House enjoys an enviable setting nestling, as it does within the tranquil and picturesque Exe Valley just over a mile from the sought after village of Exford - thought by some to be the heart of Exmoor. Facing due south and enjoying a glorious outlook over its own land and hillsides beyond. The property is by no means isolated, Exford offering good day-to-day amenities including post office store, two popular inns, a village hall, church and primary school. Winsford is also within easy reach with its pretty ford and village post office and inn ''The Royal Oak'. The sought after town of Dulverton is a little further away, having a number of boutique shops, good village store, several pubs and cafes and the well-known ''Woods Restaurant and Wine Bar'. South Molton and Minehead also provide day-today amenities. Tiverton is found a little further to the south with M5 Motorway Junction 27, Tiverton Parkway Station providing fast trains to London Paddington on the Great Western Service and well-known Blundells School. Taunton is to the east - also having a mainline station with fast trains to London Paddington arriving within an hour and forty five minutes. It is well-known for its good day-to-day amenities as well as its three independent schools. Exmoor National Park is renowned for its heather topped beacons providing wonderful riding and walking country. Riscombe House is believed to have been built in the late 1940s for Sir Noel Bowater, a former Lord Mayor of London and comes to the market for the second time since being built. Being traditionally designed the house retains typical character features of a house of its age, is south facing and enjoys a good degree of sunlight throughout the principal well-proportioned rooms. A generous entrance hall leads into the drawing room - a lovely room with traditional fireplace and bay window as well as doors leading into an elegant dining room. A French door leads out onto a terrace which can also be joined from the sitting / garden room. The kitchen / breakfast room has an Aga, utility room, boot room and pantry. To the centre of the house is an original Green Baize Door and a butlers cupboard for formal entertaining. The principal bedroom is a generous size and has a bay window, dressing room and en-suite bathroom. The bedrooms are all of good size with a further two family bathrooms. It is the setting of Riscombe House that is so special with beautifully designed and wellstocked gardens that extend to the south and include a terrace ideal for entertaining. There is a lawned area with beautifully stocked herbaceous borders and further steps lead down to a pergola being well shaded by a number of mature trees. A traditional five bar gate leads into the stable yard found to the east of the house and includes six loose boxes, hay barn, tack room and garden implement store. There is a well-designed kitchen garden with greenhouse, raised beds, a west facing sitting area and pillars that lead out into one of the paddocks. The western enclosure has river frontage and stretches to Silly Bridge. The remaining land includes two further paddocks, the eastern paddock having a wildlife pond. There is single and double bank fishing enjoyed on the Exe. A double garage and additional parking lies to the rear of the house and has a first floor storage above. In all about 12.300 acres (4.978 hectares).