Bickenhall, Taunton


Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 7
An outstanding contemporary barn conversion with an additional three-bedroom barn, American stables and approximately 4.2 acres. EPC Band D.


The Orchard is situated in a wonderful private setting off of a no through road and provides easy access to the vast footpaths and bridleway networks for those with walking and riding interests. Opposite there is also access to the hare path, which again provides 12 miles of uninterrupted bridal ways and cycling tracks, which are also ideal for walking. Bickenhall sits along the road connecting Hatch Beauchamp with Staple Fitzpaine, set in beautiful countryside bordering the Blackdown Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Its location is just a few miles from the A303 and the M5 motorway, meaning the property is well placed for those needing to travel to London and the rest of the country. The nearby villages of Hatch Beauchamp and Staple Fitzpaine between them offer a great range of local amenities to include, a Primary school, public houses and churches. The charming town of Ilminster is also just six miles away with shops and amenities providing access to day to day facilities. Taunton the country town of Somerset lies approximately eight miles to the north west and is renowned for its excellent schooling in both the state and private sectors as well as offering an extensive range of facilities. Taunton is also the home of the Country Cricket Club and Taunton racecourse. There is also a railway station with a mainline railway link to London Paddington.


The Orchard has been professionally converted by the current owners who purchased the group of barns in 2018. The two barns have both been totally refurbished, one having four bedrooms the other having three bedrooms, provide great flexibility, offering versatile accommodation and combine a mixture of traditional and contemporary styles. It is the setting of the barns, which is so special, located in a private position backing on to open fields. A pillared entrance with electric gates open onto a private driveway that leads down to the property. There is approximately 4.2 acres of ground, divided into separate paddocks, a newly built American three bay stable and workshop with a concrete yard. There is a separate open fronted barn, which could be converted subject to planning if additional accommodation was required or garaging.


The accommodation in the main barn is currently arranged over two floors and includes an entrance hallway with tiled floor that extends through to the kitchen. The kitchen/dining room is a wonderful room with vaulted exposed timber ceilings with exposed A-frames and picture windows providing a wonderful aspect over the gardens and surrounding countryside. Double doors open out to a paved terrace. The kitchen is fitted with a range of high gloss wall and base units with integrated appliances including a sink, electric hob with extractor over, a built-in double oven, wine cooler and a central island unit. There is a separate utility room off of the kitchen, which is fitted with a range of units. The sitting room again has a vaulted ceiling with exposed timber beams and A-frames, a wood burning stove, exposed stone wall and double doors and windows along the length of one wall, which open out to the garden. There are four bedrooms, the master bedroom has an en-suite shower and the bathroom includes a double shower cubicle, free standing roll top bath, WC, wash basin, tiled wall and floor and a beamed ceiling. One of the bedrooms is situated on the second floor, where there are exposed beams and a door to the built-in wardrobe.

The second detached barn, which could be used as a self-contained annexe for a dependant relation or used to provide a useful income. The barn has been beautifully renovated to an exceptionally high standard and is a good size. It includes an entrance hallway, which opens into a good-sized kitchen/breakfast room, where there are exposed stone walls and exposed timber A-frames with vaulted ceiling. The kitchen is fitted with a range of wall and base units with work surfaces including a sink, hob with extractor hood over, built-in oven and a door leading to the rear garden. The main sitting room has duel aspect windows and a door opening out to the front. There are three bedrooms and a stylish fitted bathroom suite again with a roll top bath, double shower cubicle, WC and wash basin with built-in cupboards under.


From the road there is a brick paved driveway leading to a pillared entrance with tall wooden security gates with a telephone intercom system and pedestrian door to one side. This opens out onto a private concrete driveway, which leads down to the property with post and rail fencing on either side and to a brick paved parking and turning area. There is separate access to the American stable barn, which has its own electric, light and power. This includes a three-bay stable with a concrete turn out yard to the rear and each stable has access to its own paddock. There is also a concrete yard and turning area with doors leading to a useful workshop/store. Next to the barn there is an open fronted single-story stone barn with a newly tiled roof, which could be converted to create further accommodation or garaging if required. The gardens are on either side of the property and are predominately laid to lawn as well as deep paved patio areas enjoy a good degree of privacy.


From Taunton proceed on the A358 and go past the turning to Hatch Beauchamp on the left-hand side. Ignore the first turning right to Bickenhall and Staple Fitzpaine and instead take the next right hand turning and proceed along this road, where The Orchard can be found on the right-hand side opposite a couple cottages.

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