Savills | Shepton Montague, Wincanton, Somerset, BA9 8JD | Property for sale
355 Ac(143.66 Ha)
Guide price £8,000,000

Shepton MontagueWincanton, Somerset, BA9 8JD

  • Freehold

Key features

  • Attractive Grade II listed Georgian Lodge
  • Full Planning Permission for an exceptional contemporary house
  • Grade II* listed Georgian Towers (entrance archway).
  • Gently undulating attractive Somerset landscape with far reaching views
  • An extensive range of modern farm buildings, formerly a dairy unit
  • Circa 354 acres of arable land, pasture and mature woodland.
  • A renowned organic farm with almost 30 years under organic status (begun in 1989).
  • No public rights of way.
  • In all about 355 acres (144 hectares)

An exquisite private estate in a truly unspoilt rural location, with planning permission for a unique contemporary house with outstanding views designed by Mary Duggan.

About this property

    The Aviaries is situated in a wonderful rural and quiet position, about a mile to the north-east of Shepton Montague and close to the ever popular town of Bruton. The position is exceptional with extraordinary views and absolutely privacy. The principal house is a unique Georgian lodge, fully renovated in 2009, with an unusual yet convenient configuration facing south across a beautiful valley. The grounds include an extensive walled enclosure with an unrestored stone pavilion, a pair of staff cottages in need of restoration, and a range of modern agricultural buildings.

    The land extends to circa 355 acres of predominantly arable land interspersed with permanent pasture and some woodland. The land is certified organic and has been in an organic system approaching 30 years (begun in 1989). It is currently farmed by local cheese producer, Godminster Farms. This rolling countryside encloses The Aviaries and, without a single public right of way on the estate, it ensures the house has the benefit of absolute privacy.

    There is planning permission for an imaginative and innovative modern house with a pavilion and swimming pool positioned to maximise the exceptional views. The architectural and landscape designs offer a purchaser a unique opportunity to combine “new” with “old” within the context of an historic park, and with the benefit of a mature rural setting. Please ask for more details.

    The Aviaries is approached from the north via a dedicated drive which begins at the Grade II* listed towers before running down a tree-lined avenue and bisecting the walled enclosure before arriving at a graveled driveway in front of the lodge. The estate is mostly bounded by dry stone walls which radiate out from the towers.

    The main house is a Grade II listed lodge of Georgian origins designed in a classical Palladian style. The construction is principally of Doulting Stone with dressed stone coins under a pitched slate roof, with a central brick chimney stack. The south elevation has unusual and attractive lattice sash windows with a central arched window in a handsome bay. A full and comprehensive refurbishment was carried out in 2009 replacing all windows and doors with bespoke hardwood units, repointing, reroofing, wiring and plumbing, decorative restorations and more. Further details are available on request.

    The configuration is somewhat unconventional yet very convenient, with accommodation over three floors and a superb principal reception room with a vaulted ceiling on the middle floor. Entrances at lower and middle levels add flexibility, enabling owners to vary their use of the rooms accordingly. The present layout has two bedrooms and two bathrooms on the lower ground floor; kitchen, sitting room and drawing room with dining area on the upper ground floor; and two further bedrooms with en-suite bath/shower rooms on the first floor. Attributes of particular note include the ornate plasterwork and Bath stone fireplace in the drawing room, an oak staircase, solid oak and elm floors, blue lias flagstone floors, and some exposed beams and stone in places. The rooms are of a light and bright nature, particularly the drawing room and the principal bedroom. Access to the grounds from both lower and upper ground floors connects the reception rooms and hall with both the lawns and terrace to the south and the driveway and walled enclosure to the west.

    Both ‘outer' and ‘inner' walled enclosures are bounded by a nine foot high wall of period brick in Flemish bond with brick copings. These walls are extensive and have been renovated in recent years. A maturing oak tree and several fruit trees lie on the eastern edge of the inner enclosure, leaving ample space for a new owner to think about a swimming pool, tennis court or formal gardens (subject to the necessary consents). A pretty stone pavilion, currently out of commission, is set within the inner wall on the northern edge, which could further enhance the options for this lovely garden. The outer wall encloses an area of circa 3 acres which includes the house, cottages, driveway inner walled enclosure and pavilion.


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Local information

  • Shepton Montague is a much sought after village in South Somerset with a traditional pub and a pretty church, and is predominantly made up of period cottages and small farms. The wider area is well known for its beautiful undulating landscape and unspoilt villages, in addition to its
  • easy access to London via road and rail.
  • The market town of Bruton, 2 miles away, offers everyday shopping and exceptional educational facilities with its three well known schools, the renowned Hauser & Wirth gallery and a number of excellent restaurants. The charming country town of Castle Cary, 4 miles to the south, includes many privately owned and run shops. The Georgian city of Bath, 27 miles away also provides extensive shopping, business, cultural and recreational facilities.

Additional information

  • METHOD OF SALE & TENURE: The freehold of the Aviaries is offered for sale by private treaty, with vacant possession on completion, subject to the existing tenancies.
  • TENANCIES: Aviaries House: Assured Shorthold Tenancy, rolling with 2 month notice period. Building: Commercial Lease, break available with 6 months' notice. Farmland: Contract farming agreement with neighboring farm, running until Sept 2022.
  • SERVICES: Electricity: All residential properties and farm buildings have the benefit of mains electricity. There is 3 phase supply to the lodge and farm buildings. Water: The residential properties are served by mains metered water. There is also a private supply from a borehole on the farm which has historically served all the water troughs and some of the farm buildings (this requires some repairs). Drainage: Private drainage for The Aviaries and also 1 and 2 Aviaries Farm Cottages Heating: The Aviaries has LPG fired central heating. 1 and 2 Aviaries Farm Cottages have redundant oil-fired heating systems
  • EPCS: The Aviaries House - F, 1 Aviaries Cottages - F, 2 Aviaries Cottages - G
  • BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME: The land is registered with the Rural Payments Agency and it is the intention that all Basic Payment Entitlements will be transferred after the sale. The vendor will retain the current years claim and an indemnity will be required. Any VAT attracted by the sale/transfer of entitlements will be paid by the purchaser.
  • GRANT SCHEMES: The Estate has been managed to enhance the flora and fauna with the support of a Mid-Tier Organic Stewardship Scheme. This will come to an end in 2022 and the purchaser will be obliged to continue until the end of the term, indemnifying the vendor against any breaches beyond the date of completion.
  • DESIGNATIONS: The land is within a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone. The estate does not lie within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or a Conservation Area. Part of the farm lies with an historic park.
  • TENANT RIGHT, HOLDOVER & EARLY ENTRY: If applicable, in addition to the purchase price the purchaser(s) will take over and pay for all growing crops, cultivations, seeds, fuel, feedstuffs including silage, hay and straw and any stocks and stores at valuation or cost. Payment is to be made upon completion at the figure assessed by the Vendor's value based upon CAAV rates or contractors rates where applicable and invoiced costs of seed applied and agronomy plus enhancement charged monthly from the drilling date. Depending upon the date of completion, the vendor may require holdover, i.e. for operating and storage for harvesting or storage of crops.
  • FIXTUES AND FITTINGS: All fixtures and fittings, including garden statuary, light fittings, curtains, carpets and other removable fittings are excluded from the sale of the freehold property, although some may be available by separate negotiation.
  • MINERAL, TIMBER AND SPORTING RIGHTS: As far as they are owned, these rights are included in the sale. Felled timber at the time of exchange of contracts is not included in the sale and will be sold by the Vendor.
  • VAT: The property is not currently Opted to Tax for the purposes of VAT. Should any sale or any other part of the farm or any right attached to it become a chargeable supply for the purposes of VAT, such tax will be payable by the purchase(s) in addition to the contract price.
  • EASEMENTS, WAYLEAVES AND RIGHTS OF WAY: We believe there to be no public rights of way over The Aviaries. However, the property is sold subject to and with benefit of all existing rights of way whether public or private, including rights of way, supply, drainage, water, electricity supplies and other rights, covenants, restrictions and obligations and all wayleaves whether referred to or not.
  • EMPLOYEES: The purchasers will be responsible for complying with the statutory provisions of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations. As far as the Vendor is aware there are no employees to be transferred.
  • LOCAL AUTHORITY AND COUNCIL TAX: The Aviaries: Band F, 1 Aviaries Cottage: B and C, 2 Aviaries Cottage: B and C. South Somerset District Council, Council Offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT Tel: 01935 462 462
  • Directions: What3Words ///observer.smoothly.wired (to the main house). Postcode: BA9 8JD
  • EPC Rating = F