Otterford, Chard, Somerset, TA20


Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 4
A beautifully situated period farmhouse with extensive outbuildings and approximately 16.5 acres of land.


Lower Whatley occupies an outstanding rural position nestled in the sought after Blackdown Hills, known as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area is widely regarded as some of the most attractive countryside in the county and offers miles of footpaths and bridleways ideal for people with walking and riding interests. Bishopswood is a popular village with amenities to include the well-known Candlelight Inn, Village Hall and a Chapel. The nearby villages of Churchinford and Buckland St Mary have amenities to include a shop, Public House, Primary School and Parish Church. The property offers convenient links to the A303 providing excellent communication to London and further into the west county including Exeter. The south coast is also readily accessible at Lyme Regis and Seaton. Taunton, the county town of Somerset provides a comprehensive range of recreational, scholastic and shopping facilities, as well as a mainline railway station and the M5 interchange.


Lower Whatley comprises a traditional detached period farmhouse occupying a prominent and elevated south facing position and is of considerable age exhibiting many period features. The property is Grade II listed being of an architectural and historic interest. Lower Whatley Farmhouse is believed to date from the early 15th Century and is constructed of stone under a thatched roof with large inglenook fireplaces, exposed ceiling timbers, plank and mutin screen and overall offers an excellent opportunity to buy a classic manor farmhouse with modern fittings.


The accommodation comprises an entrance porch and continues into the inner hallway with an area for coat hooks, a matwell and a glazed door leads into the main entrance hall. The main hall has a cross passage design with exposed ceiling beams with oak plank and muntin panelling to one side. A door provides access to the kitchen/dining room which is centered on a large open fireplace with inset bread oven. There is a window seat with views to the front. The Dining Room links to the kitchen area. The kitchen is well fitted with a range of eye and low level units and includes a Belfast sink, granite and wooden work tops and an inset Oil Fired Aga. In the dining area there is a larder, and a door leading to a staircase. The living room is full of period charm with a window seat and again centres on a wonderful open fireplace with a beam over, stone surround and hearth. The living room has glorious views over the garden to the front and open countryside beyond. An opening leads into the sitting room which again has a window seat overlooking the front garden. From the hall a door gives access to the rear porch and continues to a utility room and downstairs cloakroom.

On the first floor the property has a master bedroom with en-suite shower room complete with a shower cubicle, low level WC and wash hand basin. There are three further bedrooms accessed via a separate staircase. The property has a stunning fully equipped family bathroom comprising of panelled bath with shower over, wash hand basin and low level WC.


Lower Whatley is approached from the council road via an entrance drive that leads to the side of the property and to the extensive outbuildings. The outbuildings form an L shaped complex of traditional buildings constructed of stone under tiled roofs and comprise a boiler room and a workshop which provide access to the tractor shed.

There is a wonderful studio area which has potential for a variety of uses but is currently an artist's studio. There is an inner hall and cloakroom, a water storage room and then there are four further outbuildings comprising the old stables, a cider barn, apple store and a potato store.

All these buildings are highly adaptable and offer potential to be converted to further accommodation, subject to the necessary planning consents. There is great flexibility for the use of these buildings and they are conveniently located close to the farmhouse. To the rear of these buildings there is a tractor shed comprising a modern box profile steel framed building with an electric roller door and a concrete floor. This building is highly adaptable and is capable of storing a large amount of machinery.


The property has delightful gardens which are predominantly laid to lawn with shaped flower and shrub borders. There is also a vegetable garden with an area of raised beds and a timber garden store. To the rear of the property there is a patio area, pond area and the gardens lead onto the paddock which comprises areas of amenity land, pasture and a newly planted cider orchard. The land is ideal for livestock purposes and is accessed easily via the farmstead and main driveway and surrounds the holding and enhances it greatly.

There is a further area of land immediately opposite the property which again is a mixture of pasture and amenity land and is available to purchase with the property if required. This area of land extends to approximately 7 acres.

Agents Notes

The property has Basic Payment Scheme Entitlements and is in the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. For further information please contact the selling agent.

Part of the Land is registered as a local wildlife site and includes the land immediately surrounding the house which is designated an Intimate mosaic of rush pasture and unimproved grassland.


Leave Taunton in a southerly direction on the A3170 towards Honiton. Proceed through the village of Corfe and up onto the Blackdown Hills. After about 5 miles turn left signposted to Bishopswood and proceed down the hill. After approximately 200 yards take the first left and continue down the hill to a T-Junction. Turn right and Lower Whatley will be found after a short distance on the left hand side.

These particulars are a guide only and should not be relied upon for any purpose.

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