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Withypool, Minehead Exmoor Somerset TA24

Guide Price
£4,500,000
Mortgage calculator Ref: SWF180006
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 4 receptions

A sportsman’s paradise

Exeter

24 Southernhay West
Exeter
EX1 1PR

+44 1392 215 631
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Great Bradley Farmhouse

Great Bradley sits in an enviable position hidden from public roads. The main entrance drive is of tarmacadam and leads down through the estate to the house. The house comprises a kitchen/ breakfast room, large dining room, drawing room, all with stunning views out over the Barle valley. Also on the ground floor is the utility room and indoor swimming pool with a small yoga studio. On the first floor there are five en suite bedrooms all of a good size. The master bedrooms also has a dressing room and balcony to enjoy the scenic beauty. The drawing room has large French doors leading out onto the terraced garden.

This property has 364 acres of land.

Outside

The Gardens The formal garden has a main lawn and series of terraces and garden compartments. The garden has spectacular views over the valley and the best drives that forms the core of the shoot. The terrace also leads round to a kitchen garden with fruit cage and slate bordered vegetable patches.

The Shepherds Cottage The property has flagstone floor kitchen with two oven Rayburn and built in floor units. The kitchen leads to the sitting room with open fireplace and French doors to the south facing patio. On the first floor there are two bedrooms and a shower room.

Workshop The workshop has concrete floor and currently houses an abundance of shooting materials with a small workshop area. There is also a large game chiller used extensively throughout the season. The workshop also has a mezzanine floor that currently provides additional storage. Nine kennels are located to the rear with hardstanding from the farms quarry.

Home Stables The Stables located in the court yard comprise of two large stables and one foaling box with additional storage in the northern half of the barn. This provides easy and accessible riding from the house and could enable you to ride into the National park from your door step.

The Shoot Lodge & Keepers Cottage The Shoot Lodge has been developed and created with the shoot purely at mind. It has a large dining room with in built bar for entertaining the guns after a day’s shooting. It also has a separate beaters’ dining room and small commercial kitchen. There is also a substantial Gun room which can hold a number of guns and bulk cartridge orders.

Upstairs there are two bedrooms and a large sitting room kitchen with AGA and two separate entrances. A two further bedrooms and shower room are located on the ground floor. This is currently used by the Head Gamekeeper, however it could be split more effective to provide two independent properties.

To the rear of the Shoot Lodge is a green house and a tennis court which is in need of repair.

The Great Bradley Estate Shoot The topography and nature of the land at Great Bradley provides the most wonderful setting for a shoot of the highest calibre. Great Bradley has been named as one of the top ten secret shoots on Exmoor. Drives such as Ham Wood and The River Drive provide birds of the highest quality. The shoot currently rents in three other blocks of land to provide additional drives. The highest point of the shoot 1,200ft above sea level which generates some high birds over the steep valleys.

Great Bradley has an excellent reputation for hospitality however, remains relatively unknown which is particularly important to the current owners. The Great Bradley shoot covers a total area of 454 acres and includes seven drives of partridge and pheasant. A plan of the drives and the additional land is available on request.

There is an opportunity for the buyer to either continue to run Great Bradley as one of the best private shoots on Exmoor or potentially to run the shoot commercially by renting in additional land if this is of interest. The 2018 / 2019 season are predominantly let although there are some, which can be made available

Fishing The fishing rights on the River are owned by the River Barle Fishing Club Ltd. The current owners has two shares in the company this enables the current owner to fish on every day of the season. These shares could be made available by separate negotiation. The estate also has two fishing lakes, which currently have a selection of brown and rainbow trout.

Equestrian Great Bradley has extensive equestrian facilities with horse walker and six furlong all weather gallop which is linked to a further two furlong training ring. These provide outstanding training facilities in addition there is a 37m x 31m steel portal frame barn with 24 boxes and rubberised walkways. The facilities also include a wash-down area and office. Consent for the current use is personal to the current owner. There is also an Olympic sized sand and rubber menage (40 m x 20 m) which is used as part of training facilities.

The Land Great Bradley is a mixture of game cover, pasture and mature woodland. The majority of this land is permanent pasture and mature woodland due largely to the topography. The current owners take two cuts of hay for racehorses off the level pasture. The rest of the land is currently grazed by livestock.

There is also a Drone video available at: http://ehouse.co.uk/video/8339794/

Situation

Great Bradley occupies a fantastic south facing position with wonderful views over the expansive Exmoor countryside and the Barle valley. It is surrounded by it’s own land, which provides useful paddocks and attractive mature woodland including three Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs). Much of the land is steep, running down into the Barle valley, so it is ideal for the private but renowned pheasant shoot. Great Bradley sits in a very private position, near the centre of the estate. It has easy access to the small village of Withypool, about 2 miles away which offers everyday facilities and an excellent pub. Dulverton is about 7 miles to the south east and has more amenities and specialist shopping. Slightly further afield Tiverton and Taunton have supermarkets and more comprehensive facilities including leisure and recreation. Although Great Bradley is in the heart of Exmoor National Park, the M5 motorway can be accessed at Taunton (28 miles) or Tiverton (Junction 27). From Taunton the fastest mainline trains take about 1 hour 45 minutes to London Paddington.

Exmoor National Park The National Park, which was designated in 1954, provides access for riding and walking over many thousands of acres of open moorland and its historic coastline, all directly accessible from the property. The whole area has an abundant selection of wildlife and the present owners have carried out careful conservation work to nurture the wild flora and fauna.

Directions

From Taunton (Exit 25 of M5) take the A358 sign-posted Minehead. After Bishops Lydeard turn left on the B3224, sign-posted Exford. Follow the B3224 past Raleghs Cross and fork right towards Exford. At Wheddon Cross turn left onto the A396 towards Dulverton. Take first right signed Winsford. In the village turn left, pass through the ford. Proceed straight towards Withypool for about 3 miles. At the crossroads at the top of the hill, turn left and after 50 yards right, by the cattle grid on Winsford Hill. The drive is approximately 1 mile long down to the house.

This plan is for layout guidance only. Not drawn to scale unless stated. Windows and door openings are approximate. Whilst every care is taken in the preparation of the plan, please check all dimensions, shapes and compass bearings before making any decisions reliant upon them.

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