4 Bedroom Equestrian property in Ilminster Somerset

In a pleasant hamlet surrounded by attractive countryside, and not far from the thriving market town of Ilminster you'll find this homely but substantial property set in approximately 5.

5 acres.

With ample parking, stables and outbuildings it could be the perfect home for an animal-loving family and there's even annexe potential too.

The PropertyOriginally built by a local businessman in the 1950's, Oaklea has been improved and extended to create a spacious family home that is well looked after and yet still has scope to extend further and make it your own should you wish.

Across the front of the property is a long storm porch in the form of an enclosed verandah leading to the front door which retains its original decorative leaded panels.

There's further original character in the entrance hall by way of original parquet flooring which continues into the formal dining room to one side.

To the other side of the hall is a well-proportioned sitting room with bay window to the front and second window enjoying views across the fields and making the most of the afternoon and evening sunshine.

An open fireplace with ornate stone surround makes a pleasant focal point.

Beyond the hall is a good size kitchen / breakfast room with a range of units and gas fired aga with integrated optional electric oven and hob incorporated to the side.

There's a handy larder cupboard to one side of the kitchen whilst there's room too for a dishwasher and under surface fridge.

The separate utility room with WC provides further storage space and room for the washing machine and tumble dryer.

A side lobby provides handy access to the yard for unloading shopping and day to day chores.

The kitchen also opens into another good size reception room, large enough to be used as another sitting room and dining area, extending across the rear of the house and opening onto the rear garden enjoying the views across the fields.

On the first floor there are four bedrooms.

The largest bedroom enjoys a light and airy dual aspect with bay window to the front.

The second bedroom (currently used as the master bedroom) is at the rear and again enjoys the pleasant views.

It has fitted wardrobes and good size en-suite shower-room.

A guest bedroom at the front has its own en-suite WC and a nice size single bedroom at the rear adjoins the family bathroom which also houses the airing cupboard.

OutsideThe property has a great frontage, setting it back from the road by its lawned garden.

Electric gates open from the tarmac driveway onto a large parking area that can accommodate plenty of vehicles.

It also provides access to the adjacent stone stable block with two loose-boxes, brick pavier flooring, integral drain and power connected.

The adjacent former double garage has been converted by way of stud partitioning into a home office and adjacent store with power and electric heater.

At the rear of this building is an adjacent hay-store with lock-up / store to the front.

There is a traditional lawned garden at the rear of the house, and a substantial vegetable / fruit garden with fruit cage, greenhouse and timber garden shed.

Alongside the neighbouring wall are fruit trees, whilst a small orchard is well stocked with both culinary and dessert apples and opens into the main field beyond.

There is also a World War 2 Pillbox / Former guard post which is an ideal spot for garden storage, its ambient temperature ideal for apples! Beyond this is a gate and fence along the river bank, making it safer for children.

The gardens, orchard and parking area extend to approximately 0.

8 acres.

The 4.

7 acres of level pasture land extends to the west side of the property, with an old oak tree casting pleasant shade in the centre.

The river passes through the land (a tributary of the River Isle) and is shallow enough in places to allow a crossing on foot or with a 4 x 4 to the land the other side.

It also provides a constant supply of drinking water for animals.

The hamlet of Sea is located just 1.

5 miles to the south of Ilminster and is ideally placed for easy access back into town with all it's pretty amenities.

It has a great range of independent stores and some High Street names too.

These are mostly centred around the market square and 15th century Minster church and have everything you need from an award-winning butchers, delicatessen, cheese and dairy shop, super hardware store, homewares, antiques stores, wine shop, clothes boutiques and gift shops.

Ilminster is well served by a town-centre Tesco store with ample free parking.

Alongside is a bowls club and tennis club and close-by a town library.

Ilminster Arts Centre is a vibrant arts venue with a licensed café and there are plenty of other places to eat, including pubs, cafes and restaurants.

The town has several hairdressers / beauty salons, a dental surgery, Primary School and a modern health centre with two doctors' surgeries.

It is a charming market town and benefits from superb road-links via the A303 and A358.

Sea itself also offers immediate access via Watery Lane to the pretty Chard – Ilminster cycle path part of Sustrans Route 33 and forming a traffic free predominantly level pathway running along the length of the former railway line between the two towns and popular with cyclists, horseriders and dogwalkers alike.

There are plenty of quiet lanes, footpaths and bridleways for those on horseback or on foot to enjoy.

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