A stunning Grade II Listed country house on the edge of the Quantock Hills.
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Triscombe House is Grade II listed and was built between 1902 and 1905 to a design by the architect Sir Ernest Newton. The house is mentioned by Pesvner and has been completely re-consctructed after an extensive fire in April 2002. A four year reconstruction and restoration project was carried out in 2003 with the help of Conservation and Listed building officers and in partnership with the original builders and craftsmen of Henry W Pollard & Sons. This restoration was also carried out using the original plans and designs. The property has a feeling of total originality and retains all the character that of course has allowed for the inclusion of modern plumbing and electrical systems, as well as a temperaturecontrolled wine cellar, a dedicated home cinema, computer controlled heating and lighting and a lift.
Important recent additions include a biomass boiler and an extensive solar panel array, both of which contribute to make the house cost neutral for utilities.
The attention to detail and quality of the restoration work is noticeable throughout the interior. First impressions are excellent, and all the principal rooms are of superb proportions with high ceilings and large windows ensuring an abundance of natural light. The layout of the house flows extremely well with two wide hallways leading from the reception hall to the principal reception rooms, kitchen and practical elements of the house.
As any four-year project using outstanding craftsmen, the detail and quality of the restoration work is prevalent throughout.
The Lodge Situated at the entrance to the drive, the lodge comprises a kitchen, sitting room, utility room, three bedrooms and a bathroom. The garden is mainly laid to lawn with a mixture of plants and a magnolia tree. There is ample space for parking and opposite the lodge is a small orchard. The Lodge is currently let on a short-term tenancy.
This property has 19.86 acres of land.
A long, sweeping drive leads up to the front of the house with a separate spur leading to a large separate car parking area to the east of the property and adjacent to a large outbuilding attached to the main house. This building offers excellent storage space on the ground floor and a large room on the first floor which has previously been used as a small brewery and could certainly be a large home office. This building has had planning consent for construction of an outdoor swimming pool and garages with a staff flat above (please ask for further details).
Beyond the parking area and accessed via a spur off the main drive is a works courtyard comprising a gardeners office and kitchen, WC and a secure store as well as a compost area and backup generator. There is also a large modern barn which contains the Biomass boiler and two large bays with space for a vehicle or garden machinery storage. In addition to this is a stable block with four boxes, a tack room, hay barn and a further store.
The gardens and grounds have been landscaped with great thought and imagination, and complement the house perfectly. These grounds extend to around 19 acres. Immediately off the main house is an extensive York stone terrace to the west, beyond which is a large lawned area with gravel paths either side leading to a circular path bordered by park railings. There is a stunning walled garden which has been completely rebuilt by the owners and includes soft fruits, a large green house and cold frames together with mature fruit trees. The views from the garden are stunning in every direction.
Triscombe House is situated in a stunning position with far reaching views over the surrounding countryside and yet within easy access of Taunton, providing excellent transport links and amenities. The Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) provides an inspiring backdrop, and the house sits in the centre of its own land. The hamlet of Triscombe comprises a small number of houses and a very well regarded and dog friendly pub called The Blue Ball, which re opened in 2019.
The Quantock Hills AONB provides a number of outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreational activities including walking, riding, shooting and fishing. There are also a number of excellent golf courses nearby. In addition to this, for any train lovers there is the north Somerset steam railway. Bishops Lydeard is the nearest village, approximately 4.4 miles away and has a shop, post office and butcher. Taunton, the county town of Somerset, is less than 10 miles away with a county cricket ground and a number of further recreational facilities as well as a mainline train station. There is no shortage of outstanding schools in the area, including Kings Hall Preparatory School, Kings College Taunton, Taunton School, Queens Taunton and Wellington School. and also within easy reach are Blundells in Tiverton, Sherborne College and Millfield.
The M5 motorway (junction 25) is about 10 miles to the east. The mainline station at Taunton has a direct service to London Paddington, taking from 1 hour 40 minutes. Bristol International Airport is about 40 miles away.
From the M5 junction 25, the A303 and Taunton, proceed westbound on the A358 towards Minehead. Proceed directly along this road, keeping the Quantock Hills on your right hand side. About 7 miles from Taunton, turn right clearly signed Triscombe. Proceed along this lane for about ¼ mile where you will see the white gate and lodge for Triscombe House on your right hand side.
General Information Local authority: Taunton Deane Borough Council, Dene House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1HE. 01823 356356
Council tax: Band H
Services: Biomass boiler, Solar PV, back-up oil boiler, back-up generator, mains and private water supplies, private drainage.
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