Ham, Creech St. Michael, Taunton
A five bedroom detached Grade II* property, steeped in history located in a most private position with beautiful views of the River Tone and across neighbouring fields. Accessed by a unique private suspension bridge built for cars and vans (2.5 tons).
The architectural charms of this home extend past the quoin strips and raking buttresses and presents a remarkable collection of features that are so rarely found in modern day homes.
A truly charming property offering wonderful character features within a 1.73 acre plot at the edge of the village community.
As you cross the threshold into this property, you will note the Jacobean front door that will begin your journey through the early 1600 and 1700's character filling this home with contemporary additions along the way.
A uniformed Chinese slate tiled flooring runs throughout the ground floor.
Providing access to the first floor, kitchen and living room with radiator and Inglenook fireplace with original fireback and bread oven. The window seat offers views into the front garden.
This dining room creates a lovely sitting and dining area to entertain and drink in the views of the majestic willows in the front garden.
The front door and staircase are both of Jacobean origin. The stairs meander up to the first floor.
A bright, river - facing room warmed by a wall fixed radiator and a charming solid fuel burner set into an original inglenook fireplace with a slate tiled hearth and wooden beamed mantle. The ceiling offers the most beautiful ornate early 17 century lime plaster ceiling with centrepiece detailing the sacrifice of Isaac. Further plasterwork over the mantle details a coat of arms and the initials of the C17 owners of Coalharbour House.
Folding doors open out into the conservatory offering double glazed windows and French doors leading into the front garden.
Fitted with a hand-built Bur Oak kitchen suite, granite work surfaces, matching up-stands and a cream four door Aga. There is a double mid-height fitted oven and space for an American style fridge -freezer.
The dining space has been known to take a 6-8 seating table and offers truly wonderful garden facing views. From the kitchen you can access the…
Providing cupboard and countertop space with the main feature of an original and now internal leaded light window with brick lintel facing into the study.
Decorated with exposed wooden beams, a wooden window seat sits beneath the old leaded light window.
With WC, basin and sink unit.
Stairs from the dining room lead to:
Bedroom Five/ Sitting Room,
Overlooks the front garden, river and willow trees. An original door connects this room to the Master bedroom. Old panelling to one side with panelled door connects old stairs rising into the loft space.
Bedroom One /Master Bedroom,
With both Southern and Westerly facing windows, this room benefits from fantastic views across the fields at both Sunrise and Sunset. The bedroom offers the earlier of the two C17 lime plaster ceilings that brings the personality of this home to life. A C17 overmantlle depicts flower vases enclosed by arches and a panelled ceiling decorated with fleur-de-lys. The ceiling is set off by a frieze of C17 Dragons surrounding the room.
Fitted walk-in shower, WC and basin with leaded light window opening to countryside views along the River.
Set within the extension above the double garage, this bedroom offers opposing Velux windows, eaves storage and views from the leaded light window over the rear garden and Somerset Levels. There is direct access to the family bathroom.
Enjoys peaceful and un-disturbed views across the gardens towards the copse. Exposed beams complete the character of this room. A step up to a shower room offers en suite facilities.
With relaxing views along the River Tone and over the neighbouring fields, this room has a leaded light window and exposed old beams.
Re-fitted in the last year to offer a large walk-in shower, restored roll topped cast iron bath and original Carron cistern with WC and pedestal basin.
A studio annex with shower room has been used for an AirBNB. It incorporates a raised decking offering westerly views for al-fresco dining. The Annex could be used as an office.
As this barn and extending land was purchased separately, this barn sis not subject to the Grade II* listing that the main property falls under.
The plot is 1.73 acres and surrounds the property. The garden has attractive areas including a summer house that are used as entertaining spaces. The lawned garden extends towards a small copse with woodland log seating area.
A separate strip of land outside the curtilage of the listed area was purchased and has since been developed by the current owners over many years with a productive kitchen garden. There are two timber stores, atop which lie the photovoltaic panels that generate approximately £1,700PA. The original historic coal store for the house was in this area and was restored to create the current Annex.
The village of Ham is situated approximately 2.5 miles from Taunton and the M5 giving excellent convenience of access to the motorway and main line railway station as well as Hankridge Farm shopping and leisure complex including Sainsbury’s supermarket. Ham lies midway between the villages of North Curry approximately 1.5 miles distant and Creech St Michael with local facilities including village stores, public houses etc… Nearby there is also the Taunton/Bridgwater Canal providing an excellent amenity for walking and cycling along the towpath. The countryside surrounding the village has a network of footpaths providing many pleasant country walks.
This property is served by mains electricity, and water..... Drainage is by septic tank.
The property is supplied with ‘Fibre to the premises’.
This was rebuilt in 2019 under the design and supervision of a Civil Engineering Company with construction undertaken by a company familiar with this type of work.
“A note from the owners”
The house is a spacious historic family home that has a wonderfully private location in which we have lived for 24 years. It has the best of both worlds in being not too far from Taunton schools, shopping, and essential travel connections; yet set in beautiful countryside with the ownership of 200 meters of bank fishing.
The star features of Coalharbour House for us have been the 17th century plaster ceilings that decorate both the lounge and master bedroom. We never stop to marvel at the intricate details. The dining room leads out to a front garden with two majestic willow trees overlooking the river.
The house has very flexible accommodation according to a growing families’ needs at any one time. There are 3 bath/shower rooms serving the 5 bedrooms. We used to use the Barn as an office, but after adding a modern shower room and toilet in 2016/17, it is more often used as a 6th bedroom.
It would however make a lovely office with the convenience of the added facilities. The deck could easily be enclosed for extra space.
There is a well -developed ‘kitchen garden’ with fruit trees and bushes as well as raised beds for vegetables. The solar panels that provide an annual feed in tariff are in this area.
The river offers fabulous opportunities for the whole family. Activities such as, canoeing and fishing are on the doorstep. This part of the Tone is noted for coarse fishing but we recently watched a salmon jumping over the nearby weir. Wildlife is much in evidence notably otters that have used the willow tree as a place under which a female otter nursed her young. Interesting birds are also in the garden with kingfishers flashing past on the river but also flying across the garden and even sitting on our kitchen window sill! A little owl visits us regularly in the summer and we also regularly see Herons, Egrets, Woodpeckers, and Swallows.
We have developed places within the garden for relaxation and enjoyment. The little wood has a clearing and logs for outside forest BBQ’s. The summer -house offers a good focal point for relaxing surrounded as it is by three weeping Silver Birch. We play ‘Boule’ on a special area developed for the purpose and our hot tub sits in a private little space close to the summer -house. Nearer the house and conservatory is an area surrounded by a picket fence that offers a safe play area for small children.
In the past the Barn behind the house has been used as an ‘Air B&B’ with a deck close- by for evening meals/drinks, and to watch the sun setting.
Tenure - Freehold
Council Tax Band - F
EPC Rating - exempt
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Hall 8'9" x 12'5" (2.67m x 3.78m).
Hall 6'1" x 3' (1.85m x 0.91m).
Utility Room 10'7" x 11'10" (3.23m x 3.6m).
Kitchen & Breakfast/Dining Room 35'4" (10.77m) x 11'2" (3.40m) max (10'10" (3.29m)).
Dining Room 19'3" x 18' (5.87m x 5.49m).
Sitting Room 20' x 17'10" (6.1m x 5.44m).
Study 12'11" x 14'1" (3.94m x 4.3m).
Garden Room 14' x 10'6" (4.27m x 3.2m).
Porch 7'1" x 5'10" (2.16m x 1.78m).
Hall 10'10" x 3'6" (3.3m x 1.07m).
Hall 8'2" x 12'4" (2.5m x 3.76m).
Hall 7'2" x 2'7" (2.18m x 0.79m).
Master Bedroom 20'8" x 18'3" (6.3m x 5.56m).
Sitting Room/Bedroom 5 13'10" x 15'4" (4.22m x 4.67m).
Bedroom 2 16'3" x 18'1" (4.95m x 5.51m).
Family Bathroom 10'6" x 12'2" (3.2m x 3.7m).
Bedroom 3 18'8" x 11' (5.7m x 3.35m).
Bedroom 4 12' x 12' (3.66m x 3.66m).
From the M5 at Junction 25 take the A358 road towards Ilminster proceeding to the village of Henlade. At the far end of Henlade, turn left into Lipe Lane (before the dual carriageway starts). Follow Lipe Lane turning right just before the bridge into Creech St Michael into Ham Road. Follow Ham Road, turning left at the end into White Street and continue into Ham. Proceed through the village and the property can be found as the last house on the left hand side, accessed only by the suspension bridge that takes you over the River Tone.
For viewings; please park before the bridge and walk across on foot.
- A five bedroom detached Grade II* Listed home with private access across the suspension bridge.
- Added benefit of a separate annex to allow working from home space/additional accommodation.
- A plot size expanding to a total of 1.73 acres (a part of this is currently held on a separate (non-listed) title as it was purchased separately)
- Character offered throughout - a truly unique chance to own such a home.
- Separate annex with decking and views over fields & river.
- Viewing essential and strictly by appointment only.