A Grade II Listed detached property with over 5,500 sq. ft. of living space.
Westhay is a substantial period property that provides over 5,500sq. ft. of living space. The house benefits from large, well-proportioned rooms and naturally well-lit accommodation with original period features. The layout of the accommodation is flexible, and along with its beautiful walled gardens of approximately 5.57 acres, Westhay is an ideal family home.
There are five spacious reception rooms on the ground floor, three of which have attractive French doors, with shutters, that lead out to the gardens. The reception rooms include a sitting room with exposed beams, a double-aspect drawing room with an open fireplace, as well as a family room with bespoke cabinets and a fireplace. Adjacent to the kitchen/breakfast room is a well-proportioned dining room with a large inglenook fireplace and there is also a large double-aspect living room with a window seat and wood burner. The kitchen/breakfast room is at the heart of the home and features traditional-style bespoke cabinets with oak worktops, a 4 oven oil-fired AGA and an electric range cooker. A useful utility room is accessed from the kitchen. Completing the ground floor are two cloakrooms, a laundry room, a spacious entrance hall and a boot room.
Upstairs there are seven large double bedrooms, five with original fireplaces. The master bedroom has the benefit of an en suite bathroom with a slipper bath and a decorative fireplace. Three of the other bedrooms also have stylish en suite shower or bathrooms with claw foot baths, and there are two well-presented family bathrooms. Bedrooms six and seven, at one end of the house, could be used as an attached annexe with the living room and cloakroom below, as there is a separate entrance leading outside on the ground floor to this part of the house.
This property has 5.57 acres of land.
Westhay is approached via an entrance gate that leads to a large central courtyard that provides space for parking multiple vehicles. On one side of the courtyard is the house, which is attractively draped in wisteria and various other climbing plants. There are also a number of outbuildings that surround the courtyard including two stables, a store and log store, two garages and a workshop.
The walled gardens at Westhay are wonderful, with a spectacular variety of flowering plants, shrubs and exotic species that provide colour throughout the seasons. There are a number of pathways which wind through the gardens, as well as a pergola, that create pleasant walkways from which to enjoy the surroundings.
Adjacent to the house is a level area of lawn with a gravel pathway and seating area providing the ideal space for al fresco dining and entertaining, whilst a beautiful wisteria adorns the house and porch. There is a good-size swimming pool within the grounds with an adjacent covered barbeque area, boiler room, shower room and kitchenette. A gate within the wall leads to a wonderful secret garden area with a bridge that leads over a stream that runs through the gardens, providing the pleasant sound of gently trickling water. Also within the grounds is a large greenhouse and a pond that provides a haven for a variety of local wildlife and birds. In total, the gardens extend to approximately 5.57 acres.
Kingston St. Mary is a pretty village in the southern area of the Quantock Hills, approximately 4 miles from Taunton. The Quantock Hills were Englands first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and for those enjoying walking, cycling, riding and outdoor country and equestrian pursuits, the surrounding countryside and the north Somerset coastline provide superb recreational opportunities.
Taunton has an extensive range of shopping facilities and a thriving farmers market. There are also many excellent local producers and artisan farm shops. The Musgrove Park and Nuffield Hospitals serve the town and surrounding area. There are excellent schools for boys and girls of all ages including Taunton School, Kings College, Queens College and Kings Hall. Other well-known schools in the area include Millfield and Blundells, all within driving distance.
The cathedral city of Exeter, approximately 34 miles away, offers a wide choice of cultural activities with theatres, the RAMM museum, an arts centre and a wealth of good shopping and restaurants, including John Lewis and a Waitrose supermarket. There are several primary and secondary schools, both state and independent, and Exeter University is recognised as one of the leading universities in the country.
Communications are excellent with the M5 motorway at Taunton providing links to the A38 to Plymouth, the A30 to Cornwall, and Bristol and London to the north and east. There are regular rail services to Bristol and London from Taunton, taking as little as 1 ½ hours to London. Exeter International Airport, 34 miles away, provides an ever-increasing number of domestic and international flights, including two flights a day to London City Airport. Bristol Airport, approximately 39 miles away, provides an even greater number of international flights and connections.
From Exeter, take the M5 northbound in the direction of Bristol/Taunton. At junction 26, take the A38 exit to Wellington/Taunton and at the roundabout take the first exit. At the next roundabout, take the fourth exit to join the A38. Continue for approximately four miles and then take the first exit onto Silk Mills Road/A3065. After approximately 1.5 miles, take the second exit at the roundabout onto Staplegrove Road and then turn left onto Manor Road. Continue for half a mile and then turn left onto Taunton Road. After two miles, enter the village of Kingston St. Mary, following Kingston Road as the road bends right. Continue for a short distance and the entrance gate to Westhay is on the right hand side after a series of black and white bollards.Read all
- Approximately 5,505 sq. ft. of accommodation
- Grounds of approximately 5.57 acres
- Range of outbuildings
- Potential to create annexe (STP)
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