A roomy detached residence commanding fabulous country views, with a separate two bedroom apartment and gardens and grounds of over half an acre.
Shortmoor House is a substantial detached residence which, due to its intriguing history, has an almost industrial look with large windows, rendered elevations and graduated slated roof.
It has exceptionally roomy and light accommodation which is grouped around the magnificent vaulted and galleried reception area which offers open plan living with superb far reaching country views. It has well presented accommodation which has been the subject of a programme of improvement in more recent years which has included contemporising the galleried reception/landing with the use of steel and glass, which adds a great deal of impact to this stunning space. Also worthy of note is the well-fitted kitchen with a large central island and this has been beautifully fitted with an extensive range of units under granite work tops.
The accommodation is very flexible in its layout and offers 2/3 ground floor bedrooms, so it would suit those with mobility difficulties or those seeking single storey living. To the first floor, and accessed via a spiral staircase from the reception area, there are a further two bedrooms and a shower room.
Gardens and Grounds
Shortmoor House is approached from the lane to a parking area which gives access to a timber double garage with adjoining log store. This sweeps to a further area where there is a large storage shed/workshop. The gardens surround the property, have been well planted and are now established with a great profusion of plants, shrubs and mature trees. To the front and side of the property is a large paved terrace which gains spectacular views and also an area of lawn.
Shortmoor View has its own separate driveway and parking from the lane which is accessed through double timber gates. Adjacent to this is an area of lawn and a raised, paved terrace which takes advantage of the views.
A brief history...
Shortmoor House begun its life as a Ministry of Defence building, purpose built at the onset of World War II in 1939. It was used as an important communication centre linking lines across the Atlantic between Winston Churchill and President Eisenhower.
British Telecom inherited the building in 1980 from the former General Post Office before obtaining planning consent for residential use and the property was finally converted into the substantial home we find today in the late 1990's.
Shortmoor House is located in an elevated position on the rural fringes of Stockland and gains wonderful easterly views over the adjoining countryside to the hills beyond. Although the property has the countryside on it's doorstep, it is readily accessible, being less than a mile from the 'Stockland 7 mile straight' which links the A35 with the A303. Therefore there are great road links to the towns of Axminster and Honiton, as well as the county towns of Taunton and Exeter.
The village of Stockland lies about a mile away and has a thriving community with a well respected primary school, village hall and ancient Church of St Michael and All Angels. About 3 miles to the South of Stockland is the village of Dalwood and this also has a community run shop and popular public house, The Tuckers Arms.
Approximately 5 miles to the South West is the busy market town of Honiton which has a variety of shops including many antique and book shops, sports centre/swimming pool, schools and mainline rail link to London (Waterloo). The market town of Axminster also has a great range of shops and facilities and a mainline rail link and is located about 8 miles away.
The Cathedral City of Exeter lies some 27 miles to the west with an excellent shopping centre, sport and leisure facilities, mainline rail link to London (Paddington), M5 access and international airport. The picturesque World Heritage Coastline at Lyme Bay, known as the Jurassic Coast is about 10 miles to the south and is a popular destination with its dramatic cliffs and stunning coastal walks.