This substantial detached period property occupies grounds measuring almost 10 acres and it is situated in the small hamlet of Barr, on the outskirts of the village of Bishops Hull, just three miles away from the centre of Taunton.

The setting of the house, named Oldbury Lodge, is unique by being so close to the town centre yet benefitting from 9.8 acres of land which adjoins the River Tone. It also has a coach house, barns and a swimming pool.

Somerset County Gazette: Pictures: Stags, Taunton

The origins of the house date back to the late Georgian/Regency period but it is not a listed building. Over the past few years, it has undergone significant renovation work, including all necessary plumbing, electrical, and roofing tasks. However, there is still some work left to be done, specifically the kitchen, which can be chosen by the new buyer.

Inside, the house has a sense of grandeur with well-proportioned rooms with high ceilings, centred around a substantial entrance hall with a turning staircase. On the ground floor, there are five reception rooms including an old kitchen which is in situ. The foundations for a new kitchen have been placed at the front of the house, allowing for the installation of new units, work surfaces and appliances at a later date. There are also twin double-glazed openings which open out onto a large terrace with views over the land. A squared arch with doors leads through to a formal dining room while the rest of this level is taken up with a sitting room, a study, a library, a utility and a newly fitted downstairs shower room.

On the first floor, there are nine bedrooms and a newly fitted bathroom suite. The principal bedroom has an ensuite bathroom, which needs improvement, while from bedroom eight there is balcony access which overlooks the gardens and grounds.

The property also includes a cabin which currently functions as a separate annexe with an open plan kitchen/dining/living space, a shower room and a double bedroom.

Somerset County Gazette: Pictures: Stags, Taunton

Outside, a gravel driveway leads to a turning area beside the former coach house which provides garaging/workshop and stores. This could be converted into further accommodation if required, subject to necessary planning consents.

The main area of the garden is on the western side being partly walled and includes a greenhouse and soft fruit trees. There is a further garden area with an outdoor swimming pool measuring 45’x20’ with surrounding paved terraces and a timber shed.

The gardens at the front of the house provide immediate access to a single enclosure of pasture which could be divided up into various paddocks. The field is largely bounded by the River Tone which has its own weir and a salmon fish pass. Intriguingly it has a small private island which is a haven for wildlife. The island is approached from a footbridge, making a delightful amenity feature.

Barr, Bishops Hull, Taunton

Guide Price: £1,100,000

Agent: Stags

Agent’s Tel: 01823 256625