Oliver Custance Baker
Director, National Country House DepartmentCountry Department
Middle Halsway is a superb Grade II Listed farmhouse that offers over 3,100 sq. ft of beautifully presented and characterful accommodation configured over two floors. The property, dating from the 16th century, has been sensitively modernised to combine the amenities of modern living, whilst retaining a wealth of attractive characterful features; including exposed timber beams, exposed stone walls and impressive original fireplaces. The farmhouse is set in approximately 11 acres and enjoys a peaceful and secluded position on the Quantock Hills.
A bright and welcoming entrance hall with original oak panelling leads through to the ground floor reception rooms. The snug has a modern clear view wood burning stove, inglenook fire place, impressive beam and stone pillars and double chamfered exposed beams. There is also a Jacobean staircase that leads from this room to the first floor. The drawing room is a beautiful bright well-proportioned room, with a generous sized window seat, leaded light ornate windows and a wonderful oak surround original open fireplace. The dining room provides a light-filled and elegant space, with a set of French doors and oak bi-fold doors that both open out onto the beautiful gardens. The kitchen still retains its original beautiful red brick stone flooring and wooden floor boards, and features a bespoke handmade kitchen with a granite work surface and four oven electric AGA together with Bosch and Neff built in equipment. The adjoining utility room contains a washroom, WC, and a larder, and provides further space for storage and appliances. The ground floor benefits from a self-contained one-bedroom annexe, with an adjoining shower room and kitchen. The annexe has its own front door and can be used for flexible accommodation options or to generate income, with the annexe previously being tenanted. The ground floor accommodation is completed by a cloakroom and understairs drinks cabinet, while a farmhouse stable-door leads from the scullery (utility) out into the kitchen garden and to the rear of the house backing onto the Quantocks.
Upstairs there are a further four well-appointed double bedrooms, all possessing window seats with spectacular views over the unspoilt Exmoor landscape and the propertys grounds. The generous principal bedroom is dual aspect, allowing for plenty of natural light and views across Exmoor and the Quantock Hills, it also benefits from a large en suite bathroom. The first floor also has a family bathroom, with a Victorian bath and shower cubicle and hand and wash basin as well as a separate WC. All the first-floor accommodation enjoys exceptional views over the grounds and the neighbouring countryside.
The Cottage The Coach House is a quaint thatched cottage with beautifully presented accommodation, with lots of characterful features. The bright living space includes a sitting room, fully equipped kitchen, two bedrooms and a shower room, with French doors leading onto the ornate gardens. The Coach House is a beautiful asset to Middle Halsway, currently utilised as a successful holiday let all year round through Airbnb called Romantic getaway country cottage AONB. The cottage also provides opportunities for multigenerational living, or other commercial uses with income potential subject to the necessary consents. The cottage has its own electric metre and separate bill and will be sold fully furnished. The Coach House cottage adjoins a cow shed that with consent could offer the opportunity to enlarge the existing cottage for further development if needed.
Local Authority: Somerset West and Taunton District Council Services: Mains electricity. Private water and private drainage which we understand may not be compliant with current regulations. Further information is being sought. Council Tax: Band G Tenure: Freehold Guide Price: £1,750,000 Wayleaves and easements: The property is sold subject to any wayleaves or easements, whether mentioned in these particulars or not.
This property has 11 acres of land.
The property is nestled in a secluded position and is set in approximately 11 acres of far reaching grounds, which include open fields, paddocks, meadows, woodland and an ancient orchard with plums, apples, greengages, pears and quince and white mulberry trees. The delightful gardens surrounding the property include secluded ornate gardens, a leat, rolling lawns, colourful border flowerbeds and plenty of areas of paved terracing that provide ideal spaces for entertaining and al fresco dining. Also within the propertys grounds is a thatched summer house (re-thatched 2022), a heated swimming pool (15x30), with a pool house and changing room and an ancient stone store historically used as an ice house. The property also has an impressive medieval thatched barn within its grounds made of ancient Somerset stone and re-thatched in 2021, offering planning potential. At one end of the barn there is a Victorian pigsty and pig shed while the other end of the barn is the old cider press currently used for storage that features an impressive flooring. The property also benefits from excellent equestrian facilities that include a yard which is post and railed, with running water and access onto a turn out paddock with direct access onto the Quantock hills and the adjacent bridle path. There is also a Victorian stable block lined with Victorian scotch pine with a water supply, 3 stables and a tack room, with a loft above and a gardeners toilet offering planning potential subject to the necessary consents. In front of the stable block there are ancient Somerset stone pillars.
Middle Halsway occupies a magnificent rural setting, on the edge of the Quantock Hills, within the first designated area of outstanding Natural Beauty, with views to Exmoor and the Blackdown Hills. The AONB provides endless opportunities for outdoor recreational activities including walking, riding, shooting, and fishing. There are also several excellent golf courses nearby. The village of Crowcombe has a local shop, a pub, a village hall, and a primary school, while four miles to the north, Williton provides further amenities. Somersets county town of Taunton is 11 miles away, providing a wide range of facilities, including extensive shopping and supermarkets, a thriving farmers market, leisure facilities and a choice of cafés, restaurants, and bars. The Musgrove and Nuffield Hospitals serve the town and surrounding area. The property is positioned close to quaint cafes, country pubs, Cream Tea rooms and Michelin Star restaurants. There is no shortage of outstanding schools in the area, including Kings Hall Preparatory School and College, Taunton School, Queens College, and Wellington School. Also, within easy reach are Blundells in Tiverton, Sherborne College, and Millfield. School buses offer collection pick points within walking distance of the farmhouse, to all public and state schools . Commuting links are excellent: The M5 motorway is less than 15 miles away, and the mainline station at Taunton (roughly a 20 minute drive away and offers all day/week parking) has a direct service to London Paddington, with regular journeys taking around 1 hour and 40 minutes. Bristol International Airport and Exeter Airport are about a 50 minute drive away, offering a good range of flights to domestic and international destinations.
From Exeter, take the M5 towards Taunton and leave at Junction 26. Take the first exit at the roundabout and at the next roundabout, take the fourth exit onto the A38. Follow the A38 for four miles, and at the second roundabout, take the first exit onto Silk Mills Road. After a mile and a half, at the roundabout, take the first exit onto the A358 and at the next roundabout, take the second exit to stay on the A358. Once at the sign for Halsway Manor Traditional Music Centre turn right off the A358 and follow this country lane to the Manor, at the Manor track right and stay on this country lane for approximately 1/4 mile. The entrance to Middle Halsway Farm will be seen and sign posted on your right.Read all