Wheddon Cross, Exmoor National Park, Somerset, TA24

Asking price £595,000, 3 bedrooms, Type unknown,
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Agent’s wording:A substantial detached property set in beautiful gardens with stunning views and equestrian facilities. Direct access to bridleways leading to open moorland. 3.41 acres. Further 1 acre adjoining available by separate negotiation.

Worzels is beautifully set in an elevated position in the heart of the Exmoor National Park a short distance from Dunkery Beacon. The property is situated at the end of a long drive and enjoys some of the finest views down the Avill Valley area of the National Park. It is ideally located to take advantage of the excellent opportunities to walk and ride on the open slopes of the moor towards Dunkery Beacon and the lovely river valley of the Avill, famous for its snowdrops. The nearby village of Wheddon Cross has a church, primary school, shop with post office, garage, inn, restaurants, hairdressers as well as a number of small businesses.

Wheddon Cross is a short distance from Dunster, a medieval market town, where further village amenities are at hand and, of course, the famous Dunster Castle and Yarn Market. Dunster provides the nearest beach. The well known Victorian coastal resort of Minehead is also within easy reach, and offers a wide range of attractions including the beach, promenade, a small picturesque harbour, beautiful public gardens and excellent shopping and schooling. There is also a hospital as well as the Church of St George.

The county town of Taunton, which is approximately 24 miles away, has extensive retail and commercial facilities, together with access to the M5 and a main line station with fast trains to London and there are three independent schools, a theatre and the Somerset County Cricket Ground.

The University and Cathedral city of Exeter lies approximately 40 miles from the property and boasts a wealth of shopping, recreational and leisure facilities. The city benefits from excellent communication links with access to the M5 motorway and mainline rail services to London and the rest of the country. Exeter Airport lies to the east of the city and offers national and international flights.

Exmoor National Park is one of the most beautiful areas of the country and provides some fantastic country for riding and walking. Traditional field sports are an integral part of the Exmoor community and salmon and trout fishing are enjoyed on the rivers. The coast to the north is within easy reach and provides a wealth of water sports such as sailing and surfing.
Approached along the driveway to Raleigh Manor (formerly a country house hotel, now a private residence) affording views along the way. At the end a five bar gate leads to a private drive to Worzels. This most appealing property was skilfully converted in 1975 from the stables of Raleigh Manor, creating a bright and comfortable family home in one of the finest settings. The property originally formed part of the Bouverie Estate, which included many farms and properties in the vicinity. The Bouveries have long been associated with Exmoor, the earliest Bouverie of note in the area was the first private owner of Exmoor Forest, although the land was subsequently relinquished back to the crown, and a much later Bouverie took up residence at what is now Raleigh Manor. The squire kept his coach and horses in this property. The entrance through which the horses would have come from the Manor House to the stables is still to be seen between stone walls on the south side of the property, and which led into the lovely cobbled courtyard to the back of the now converted stables. One of the most attractive features of this property are the magnificent views that can be seen from the house and gardens. The gardens, which surround all sides of the property, are also an outstanding feature.

Worzels now offers very spacious and flexible accommodation including central heating, an Aga and two bathrooms. Stunning views are enjoyed from the drawing room and the study as well as the garden. The paddock is to the west side of the property with access from the garden. Direct access from the property leads onto a bridleway to Drapers Way and Dunkery Beacon with wonderful walking and riding. There is also a short private right of way that leads to a footpath, which provides an alternative route to the moor and Dunkery Beacon. There is a further private right of way which leads to the B3224, Wheddon Cross to Exford road.

The arrangement and measurements of the accommodation as it has been used can be seen on the floorplan contained within the brochure; however the accommodation is briefly described as follows:
The property is approached through the front door, which leads first into a lobby and then to a spacious hallway which gives access to all the principal rooms of the house. The drawing room is a well proportioned bright room, with a fireplace to one end fitted with a log burner and with a French door leading out to the garden. The views from this room are spectacular over the garden to the Avill valley beyond. Another window looks out over the courtyard. The study is another very bright room being double aspect, again affording good views, and could be used as a separate dining room or a fourth bedroom if desired. The kitchen/dining room is a good size with high ceilings and exposed beams and fitted with an Aga ensuring a warm and cosy atmosphere. French doors lead out to the paved and cobbled courtyard. Other windows look out from the front of the house towards the stables area. From the kitchen a rear hallway leads to the utility room which is fitted with a sink and an oil fired boiler. This hallway also provides access to a small lobby with a further door to a gardener's toilet and a door to the outside.

The master bedroom is double aspect with high ceilings and exposed beams and with fitted wardrobes, dressing table and window seats. There is an en-suite bath, washbasin and separate toilet. The other two bedrooms are good sized double rooms and both are fitted with wardrobes, dressing table and window seats. The family bathroom is fitted with a matching suite comprising of a bath, hand washbasin, WC, bidet and separate shower unit.
The gardens are a most outstanding feature of this property and have been cleverly created and designed to provide a number of separate and distinct garden areas, all linked. There are an abundance of shrubs, mature trees and plants, which have been meticulously labelled. The boundary of the grounds and garden has been well fenced to protect the garden from the deer.

To the south side of the property is a sunny and sheltered Courtyard Garden, bounded on three sides by the house and to the south by an attractive stone wall. It is part paved and part cobbled - most likely the original cobblestones. It is an ideal area for seating and for container planting and this is the way that it is currently furnished. Water is available and two external power points. Access is gained directly from the kitchen and a path leads alongside the house to the east side.

To the east side of the property is a paved terrace, accessed directly from the drawing room and from the study - ideal for that morning cup of coffee. This in turn leads to the Terraced Garden. Broad grass terraces, divided by attractive dry stone walls, lead down between banks, well clothed with interesting shrubs and perennials. There is a summerhouse to one end and at the bottom there is a gate leading out to the bridleway. The paved terrace and the garden overlook the Avill valley.

To the front of the property there is a spacious gravelled area allowing turning, and the parking of cars where necessary. Further parking is available adjacent to the barn and under cover of the barn. Beyond the barn access is gained through a gate to the footpath. Off the gravelled area is an enclosed seating area overlooking the garden and again enjoying views.

From the gravelled area the drive is flanked with shrubs and leads to the Woodland Garden. Mature trees dominate although the sun is not excluded and this is a bright but sheltered garden. Younger and smaller trees, native and exotic, have been underplanted along with many interesting shrubs, perennials and grasses. Broad grass paths link the beds and provide easy access. There are two external power points in these gardens. The drive continues to the entrance gate.
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This is a very useful and versatile building, which is presently used as a workshop and games room. It is well fitted out with a substantial workbench extending along one of the end walls with shelves under. It has two windows and is well supplied with power points and lighting. The roof and walls are double skinned with insulation between. Off this workshop is a separate lean-to presently used as a garden store with a door at each end leading out to the garden.

Adjoining the garden and adjacent to the workshop are two stables, both with lighting, power points, windows and concrete flooring.
Accessed through a five bar wooden gate is a three bay open fronted barn, which can be used for parking or storage of hay etc. There is a power point. To the front of this barn is a further yard.
A paddock, amounting to approximately 1.729 Acres adjoins the garden and is well fenced. There is further land available by separation negotiation.
The property has been registered for Entitlements under the Single Payment Scheme. The Entitlements are available by negotiation. The vendor will retain the current year payment. It will be a condition of the sale that the purchaser takes over the cross compliance responsibilities until the end of the calendar year.
West Somerset District Council, West Somerset House, Killick Way, Williton, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 4QA. Tel: 01643 703407.
The property is freehold with vacant possession upon completion.
A plan, which is not to scale and is not to be relied upon is included with these particulars. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to its accuracy.
The property is sold subject to any wayleave agreements in respect of electricity or telephone poles, wires, stays, cables, etc; or any water or drainage pipes, etc either passing upon, over or under it. The property is also sold subject to and with the benefit of any public or private rights of way or bridleways, etc.
Mains electricity and water and private drainage. Broadband available.
Strictly by appointment with the agents please. Stags Dulverton Office 01398 323174 or
From Dulverton take the A396 northwards and after approximately 10 miles, shortly after passing through the centre of Wheddon Cross, turn left signposted Raleigh Manor and Worzels. Pass by Watercombe Farm and bear right, cross a cattle grid into long driveway, continue along the drive and where the drive splits into two, take the left hand driveway through a five bar wooden gate. Continue along the drive and you will come to the property.
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