Savills | Spaxton, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA5 1AU | Properties for sale
33.26 Ac
Excess of £4,750,000

SpaxtonBridgwater, Somerset, TA5 1AU


    Key features

    • Immaculate Country House
    • Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
    • 7 bedrooms
    • Outbuildings
    • Tennis Court
    • Swimming Pool

    An immaculately presented country house of the highest quality set in magical gardens and grounds in the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

    About this property

    • Timbercombe House sits in a commanding position within the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in a location that combines optimum privacy with accessibility thanks to the magnificent mature grounds and the excellent transport links nearby. The views from the property are magnificent, reaching far over the surrounding rolling hills of the Quantocks and on a clear day, the Bristol Channel and Wales can be seen in the distance. The County Town of Taunton is about 6 miles away and offers an excellent selection of shops, including several supermarkets and a number of well-known retail brand outlets as well as cafes', restaurants, leisure facilities and a cinema. Cricket can be enjoyed at The County Ground, home to Somerset County Cricket Club and Taunton Racecourse sits about 2.5 miles outside the town centre. The mainline station provides a fast service to London Paddington taking from 1 hour 45 minutes. The area is well known for the quality of its schooling and there are some excellent schools in Taunton including Taunton School, King's College and Queen's College. Nearby are Wellington School and Blundell's in Tiverton. The highly regarded and popular Millfield School is within easy reach as are Perrott Hill and Sherborne. The Quantock Hills AONB is famous for its beautiful rolling countryside and varied wildlife and there are numerous opportunities for walking, riding and cycling. The Blackdown Hills and Exmoor National Park are also within easy reach.

      Timbercombe House has undergone a complex and extensive improvement project, sympathetic with the original house and its beautiful surroundings. The first impressions are excellent, approached via a newly laid private drive accessed from attractive electric gates. The drive sweeps through the parkland gardens, affording glimpses of the symettrical front facade of Timbercombe House and enhanced by a cleverly designed southern addition. The elevated position of the house gives an impressive sense of arrival, and the drive leads to the north side of the house where there is a large parking and turning area, triple garage and access to the integral single garage. A newly constructed pillared porch creates a grand welcome to this immaculately presented home. This grand yet manageable family home has been sympathetically improved, striking the ideal balance between visual appeal and practicality for modern day family life. The house is not listed and yet there are some wonderful original features throughout, including the cornicing in the library and Adam fireplaces. The attention to detail and quality of the work is noticeable immediately with a large open entrance hall with newly constructed cantilevered staircase. From the central hall, the principal reception rooms are accessed all of which have magnificent proportions with impressive ceiling heights and vast windows. The family / living room is the most striking of all with an oak floor, a large bay window giving views over the gardens to the front of the house and ensuring an abundance of natural light. Glass doors give access to the south facing patio garden and pergola. This is a superb entertaining room, and thanks to the beautifully constructed new fireplace, is also ideal for more intimate family occasions.

      The Smallbone kitchen forms the heart of the house, and has been designed with family in mind with a large breakfast room at one end, a central island the latest high quality appliances fitted throughout. A secondary corridor, which can also be accessed via the courtyard that sits behind the house, leads to the practical elements and the leisure facilities. A boot room, laundry and gun room can be found here all of which continue the theme of grand proportions. The leisure facilities are outstanding, with a heated indoor pool measuring 12m x 6m complete with showers and changing areas. There is a gym, plant room and pump house.

      The exceptional quality of the improvement work continues to the first floor, where an extensive and open landing area at the top of the cantilevered staircase leads to the bedroom accommodation. On the north facing side is a study with distant views over the Bristol Channel towards Wales. There are a total of seven bedrooms, all of excellent proportions. The principal guest bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and there are two family bathrooms all immaculately finished. The principal bedroom forms the major part of the new extension and features a large bay window with stunning views, a dressing room and luxurious en-suite bathroom with separate shower.

    Additional information

    • The Courtyard
    • An attractive internal courtyard to the rear of the house gives access to the one bedroom annexe, ideal for guest or staff accommodation. Next to this is an extensive wine store, garden store and single garage, above which is a home office.
    • The Lodge
    • The Lodge sits at the northern end of the grounds with independent access and ample parking, providing excellent ancillary accommodation to the main house and an opportunity for rental income. There are two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, living room and dining room all on one level.
    • Gardens, grounds and outbuildings
    • The gardens immediately surrounding the house have been extensively landscaped to provide large swathes of lawn, as well as Mediterranean style patio and outdoor entertaining area on the south side of the house, with a delightful pergola inspired by nearby Hestercombe Gardens. The elevated position of the house and formal gardens allows for wonderful far-reaching views and the abundance of mature planting and established trees ensure maximum privacy. Behind the house and patio is a newly built tennis court, neatly tucked away in a sheltered spot. Beyond this is a productive vegetable garden with raised beds interspersed by gravelled paths and with glasshouse and potting shed. The grounds complement the house perfectly, providing privacy and seclusion as well as potential lifestyle benefits such as the ability to keep horses or livestock. Beyond the walled vegetable garden, a track leads past a holding paddock towards the stable block, which previously had planning permission for a residential dwelling. This permission has now lapsed. Beyond the stables are a further two paddocks and the grounds extend to about 33 acres in total.
    • Directions: From Junction 25 of the M5, take the A358 towards Taunton town centre. At Hankridge Farm roundabout, continue on the A358 and at the next roundabout take the third exit over the Obridge Viaduct. At the roundabout, take the first exit onto Priorswood Road. After three quarters of a mile, continue straight onto Kingston Road and continue for about 5 miles after which there is a junction. Bear left and cross straight over the main road signed to Aisholt, Nether Stowey and Ramscombe, passing The Pines Café on your right. After about a quarter of a mile the entrance gates to Timbercombe will be found on the left hand side.
    • EPC Rating = E