Exford, Exmoor, Somerset
Formerly a small Sporting Estate and occupying one of the most stunning locations within the heart of this popular Exmoor community, Melcombe commands striking and commanding views across parts of the village and the surrounding countryside.
Originally a sporting estate, Melcombe has been recognised as being one of the finest country homes within the district. Offering the perfect blend of wonderful private family accommodation, numerous outbuildings, ancillary accommodation, superb gardens and grounds and pasture (the whole comprising some 29 acres). The property has a wonderful homely feel and all the principal reception rooms and the majority of the bedrooms make the most of the commanding views over the gardens and grounds with views over "Court" and the surrounding rolling countryside. A particular feature is the conservatory on the southern elevation with its multiple bi fold doors allowing the house and gardens to become one. In our view, Melcombe is one of the finest country homes to have come to the market in recent years for those seeking a country home and lifestyle.
Exford stands near the centre of the Exmoor National Park which covers some 265 square miles of open hill and moorland. The village itself is a thriving local community with a range of services including several Hotels, Livery Yard, Primary School and Village Church. The moorland town of Dulverton is approximately 11 miles away, Minehead is 14 miles North and Barnstaple is approximately 24 miles West, while the County Town of Taunton is 28 miles to the East and offers a wide range of facilities, access to the M5 and the National Rail network.
Main House Accommodation
Entrance Porch Canopy with access into Entrance Lobby. Adjoining Reception Hall linking the principal rooms, principal staircase giving access to first floor) and with windows overlooking the sweeping drive.
Sitting Room This south facing room features a large open fireplace with woodburner, marble surround and mantelpiece. Recessed book cases at either side. Book casing and Media unit.
Drawing Room A wonderful family room with window and door leading through to the impressive Conservatory. Open fireplace with feature carved marble surround and mantel over.
Conservatory A real feature of this fine home is the large conservatory that runs along the southern elevation of the property adjoining the dining room and the drawing room. The room has multiple bi fold doors along its south elevation, allowing the room to become part of the gardens and to maximise the wonderful outlook across the gardens and grounds. Used both for entertaining, dining and with a corner wood burner for relaxing and socialising with family and friends.
Dining Room An excellent room for entertaining with feature open inglenook fireplace, beam over, fire and canopy hood. Walk in china cupboard and doors off to the reception hall and inner hallway.
Butlers Pantry Connecting the reception hall and the inner hall a useful area particularly for those times entertaining. Storage units, sink, drainer.
Inner Hallway With access through into the Farmhouse Kitchen/Breakfast room/family room (and access into storage rooms)
Open-plan Kitchen/Breakfast/Family Room A highly popular room whether with family or entertaining. Extensive fitted wall and base units, central island, Bosch dishwasher, 5 ring LPG gas cooker with large electric oven and grill, electric four oven AGA. Breakfast area and seating area. Acess to gardens, secondary staircase and to:-
Rear Lobby With stable door to rear covered area, access through into large walk in larder with double aspect fly screen windows. Cloakroom/Shower Room With shower cubicle, WC, wash hand basin and storage.
At the other end of the Main Reception Hall (by the Sitting Room), there is interconnecting access through to the "Shoot Room". From this area there is also access to an Under Stairs Storage Area and a Separate Cloakroom.
"The Shoot Rooms" This part of the property has we understand had consent to be used as a "Shoot Lodge" or ancillary accommodation to the main house. It presently comprises a large main room where the shoot lunches have been held and is a double aspect room with windows both front and rear and doors to both elevations. Vinyl flooring and wood burning stove. Adjoining is a Kitchen Area and a Bathroom (bathroom not in working repair)
(Main House First Floor)
The main staircase with its carved oak handrail and banister is a real feature. Turning as it does 180 degrees with half landing (adjoining which is a small Office area with views over the drive). The main landing runs the majority of the north elevation allowing connection with all of the principal bedrooms and for the majority of the principal bedrooms to make the most of the southern elevation and views. Extensive range of fitted storage at varying points of the landing.
Main Bedroom Suite Comprising a large double bedroom with stunning country views. Feature fireplace with carved mantel and polished stone surround. 2 built in mirror fronted wardrobes with further walk in wardrobe/cupboard. Adjoining en-suite bathroom with rolled edged claw footed bath, WC, Basin, tiled floor, part tiled walls.
Bedroom 2 Similar striking views, fitted wardrobes.
Bedroom 3 Similar garden and rural views with fitted wardrobes
Family Bathroom With bath and shower fitment, basin, WC
Bedroom 4 (presently used as an impressive office) With views over the sweeping drive entrance. Extensive storage units and wardrobes. Work area and seating. Doors giving access to secret En-suite shower room with shower, WC and Basin.
Bedroom 5 Again with striking southerly views and Victorian cinder grate.
At either end of the Landing are stairs giving access to 2 Separate Second Floor Attic Rooms One room presently used as a laundry and ironing room, the other as basic storage. Historically both of these rooms would have been used as additional bedroom/staff accommodation
Gardens and Immediate Grounds
Melcombe is approached by a drive (located almost opposite the Church) about half way down a spur on the right leads to Barn Cottage, Melcombe Bungalow and some of the modern farm buildings. The drive continues on and sweeps down to the property, passing as it does mature lawned gardens with an extensive variety of mature trees (Oak, Beech and Copper Beech) as well as hydrangeas and rhododendrons in a parkland style setting.
The drive widens in front of the house into a large turning and parking area for multiple vehicles, from which there is pedestrian access into the main front entrance, "Shoot Lodge" and both a path leading to the Utility and Kitchen areas as well as access into the stable yard and buildings. Gardeners WC.
To the southern side of the property there are grander and more formal terraced gardens and grounds, a lawn runs immediately in front of the property with a stone chipped path intersecting this from the main lawned terrace (which steps down) and a central ornamental pond. The gardens here offer stunning views across towards "Court" and the rolling surrounding countryside, the view framed by the trees on either side of the main garden. To the side of this area is a further pond area (presently dry) as well access to a kitchen garden and path back to the house with original pointed stone garden wall and Tudor style arch inset to front gardens.
Adjoining the main drive, there is an enclosed yard area. Within which are a mixture of stables and storage buildings as well as a building housing the wood chip Eco Central Heating Boiler system (Froling P4 BioMass Pellet system). To one side of which is a silo wood pellet store. To the rear of these buildings is Barn Cottage and adjoining this is a concrete apron with adjoining timber stables (2 stables and a tack room)
A range of agricultural buildings are located above Barn Cottage and Melcombe Bungalow (and accessed off the spur from the main drive) comprising a two bay open fronted implement bay, Lockable storeroom, small office, the other end two secure garages. Further grain silo.
There are two home paddocks (one off the drive to the north of the property and adjoining the village road), the other to the west of Melcombe Bungalow and Barn Cottage. The main pasture/grazing is located to the south and south east of the property and comprises two large fields between Melcombe and "Court". In all the property stands within some 29 acres. There is water available to the land, this comes from a private source rising north of the property as well as seasonal streams.
This 2 bedroomed barn conversion is ancillary accommodation to the main house. The accommodation comprises a boot room/utility, reception hall, kitchen, sitting room, 2 bedroms and bathroom with garden at front.
In need of considerable repair this 3 bedroomed detached bungalow is presently rented to a Farm Worker. It comprises entrance hall, living room, kitchen/diner, 3 bedrooms, bathroom and WC. "L" shaped garden to front and side.
Right of Way
A Public right of way crosses part of the property. This is from the road by the church and down the initial part of the drive. This then spurs away from the gardens and grounds along the edge of the freehold being sold and then through the pasture to the south/south east. The access does not impinge on the enjoyment of the property in our view. A second right of way leads alongside the River Exe from Court Bridge back towards the village.
We await clarification from our clients agricultural agents as to whether any Rural Entitlements are eligible or to be transferred with this property. The main bulk of the original agricultural land is presentl being sold separately and we await clarification on this point
To be confirmed
From Dulverton: Follow the B3223 and signs towards Exford from the centre of Dulverton, after crossing the open moor of Winsford Hill you will reach a grass triangle (Chibbet Post), follow signs and take the right hand turn to Exford. On entering the village, turn right over the bridge and follow the road through Exford and up Church Hill, after c.0.5 mile the main property entrance will then be found on the right hand side.
- Principal Residence with 5/7 Bedrooms
- 3 Reception Rooms with Farmhouse Kitchen
- Conservatory with Panoramic Views
- 5 Bathrooms/Shower Rooms
- "Shoot Room" with Adjoining Kitchen
- Cellar and Ancillary Rooms
- 2 Bed Barn Conversion
- 3 Bedroomed Bungalow
- Traditional and Modern Outbuildings/Stables
- Mature Formal Gardens and Grounds