A Historic English Estate With Solar Panels and Smart-Home Features

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place: Somerset, UK

price: £ 3.5m ($ 4.9m)

Triscombe House, built between 1902 and 1905, is of historical character and structure and has an official historical designation of Class II. But it also offers all modern comforts, having been four in the early 2000s after a fire in April 2002 It has been extensively rebuilt and restored over the years.

Originally designed by renowned architect Sir Ernest Newton, the listing indicates that the house is mentioned by 20th century art historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner. The restoration was carried out according to Pevsner’s original plans and designs with the help of nature conservation officers and in collaboration with the original builders and craftsmen by Henry W. Pollard & Sons, according to listing agent Oliver Custance Baker.

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The house retains its original charm and now has modern plumbing and electrical systems as well as a temperature-controlled wine cellar, its own home cinema, an elevator and computer-controlled heating and lighting.

Mr. Custance Baker notes that “It is so rare to find an old house that doesn’t need a good job – there’s no moisture, no rot, the roof is in good shape, let alone that there are quite a few bathrooms, which is a rarity in a house of this age and size. “

The relaxing orangery is stylishly designed with terracotta floors and a chandelier light.

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statistics

The impressive property has 11 bedrooms, six bathrooms and eight reception rooms and comprises a 16,636 square meter main house, a three bedroom lodge house and outbuildings. The property is on 19.86 acres of land.

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Furnishing

The amenities of this well-appointed property include some very unique offerings. In addition to several offices, an elevator to all floors of the main house, a cinema and a wine cellar, the house has a light-flooded orangery, a flower room, a playroom and a soundproofed recording studio. Recent additions include a biomass boiler and extensive solar panel array, both of which help make the house cost neutral for utilities, Custance Baker said.

The additional structures of the property offer several additional amenities. An adjoining outbuilding houses a warehouse and a cloakroom on the ground floor, above which there is a home office. There is also a sturdy block with four loose boxes and a tack room, as well as a modern barn and gardeners complex with an office, kitchen and bathroom. According to Custance Baker, this building has received planning permission to build an outdoor pool and garages with a staff apartment above.

The living room of the lodge house is cozy and comfortable and offers a view of the green grounds.

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There is also a large modern barn that contains the biomass boiler and two large bays with space for a vehicle or garden machine storage. The lodge is located at the entrance of the driveway and is currently rented out at short notice. It consists of a kitchen, a living room, a utility room, three bedrooms and a bathroom.

The extensive grounds have a beautiful walled garden as well as parkland gardens that span nearly 20 acres of land.

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Neighborhood notes

Triscombe House is in a stunning location easily accessible from nearby Taunton yet tucked away on the edge of the Quantock Hills Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with sweeping views over the surrounding Exmoor countryside and the South Brendon Hills. The Quantock Hills AONB offers a range of outdoor recreation options including hiking, horse riding, shooting and fishing, as well as a number of excellent golf courses nearby.

The small village of Triscombe is home to a well-respected (and dog-friendly) pub called The Blue Ball, which reopened in 2019, according to Custance Baker. About four miles away is the nearest village, Bishops Lydeards, which has a shop, post office and butcher, while Taunton, the rural town of Somerset, is less than 10 miles away and has excellent transport links and amenities, including a county cricket ground and a Central Station. There is no shortage of outstanding schools in the area, including King’s Hall Preparatory School, King’s College Taunton, Taunton School, Queen’s Taunton, and Wellington School, while Blundells in Tiverton, Sherborne College, and Millfield are also within easy reach .

agent:: Oliver Custance Baker, Strutt & Parker

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