Back in 2005, a multi-millionaire built this house as his perfect rural get-away. In 2009, he had to return to the city. Melanie, a local farmer, bought Wayside House and has luxuriously converted it into a fabulous holiday house.
The Virginia creeper-covered traditional red-brick and slate roof exterior hides a stunningly contemporary interior of glass doors, underfloor heating throughout, maple hardwood furniture, double-glazed oak framed windows, halogen downlighters, light wells and all the trimmings in brushed stainless steel. From it, there are views across the beautiful Culm Valley into the heart of the Blackdown Hills. Worried about security? There are electric gates and an Aiphone entryphone.
There is so much to do locally. Visiting the Blackdown Hills is like stepping back in time. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this peaceful group of hills which lies on the border of Devon and Somerset has survived almost unscathed by post-war development. To the north the land rises steeply in a dramatic wooded scarp, while to the south it forms a plateau, deeply dissected by valleys. On top of the plateau lie open windswept spaces, while in the valleys picturesque chertstone, cob, and thatched buildings cluster in villages and hamlets, surrounded by a patchwork of small enclosed fields, and accessed down narrow winding lanes with tall hedgerows.