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3 bedroom detached house for sale

Martinhoe, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31

Guide Price £595,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Sitting Room, Galleried Study
  • Dining Room/Kitchen
  • 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
  • Excellent Studio 19'4 x 16'9
  • Extensive use of oak joinery
  • High eco friendly specification
  • Courtyard, Decks & Ponds
  • No chain. Ideal second home

Full description

A unique detached period style stone cottage of quality with stylish, contemporary interior in a secluded & tranquil location within Exmoor National Park and close to the sea.

Situation And Amenities

In a timeless sylvan setting off a quiet, little used country lane, enjoying complete seclusion and privacy. Much of the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust, and there is a maze of other footpaths allowing one to roam for hours and to take in the beautiful scenery, which the rugged North Devon coastline has to offer. The sea itself is close by, and there is a walk to Woody Bay within about 15 minutes, where the views are simply breathtaking. Exceptional sandy beaches are within a short drive including Croyde and Woolacombe, both popular for surfing. The nearest amenities available are at the twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth, about 5 miles, offering a good range of local shops, primary school, town hall, as well as cafes, inns and restaurants. The regional centre of Barnstaple is about 18 miles and houses the area's main business, commercial, leisure and shopping venues. There are live theatres also available at Barnstaple and Ilfracombe. From Barnstaple, the A361 provides access to the M5 at Junction 27, about an hour by car, and the mainline train station at Tiverton Parkway provides regular connections to London and the Midlands. There are active private schools at West Buckland, Tiverton and Taunton.


Woodybrooke Cottage offers a rare opportunity to acquire a totally individual character residence which was actually constructed as new during 2009 to a very high specification. The property presents elevations of stone beneath a slate roof, and boasts extensive use of oak joinery both internally and externally. The property has been designed with ease of maintenance in mind, and is very eco friendly and economical to run. Accordingly, Woodybrooke Cottage was featured in Home Build and Renovation Magazine in May 2011. The property offers versatile accommodation which includes an excellent detached studio, which could possibly be adapted for use as office, occasional bedroom accommodation or linked to the main house, subject to any necessary planning permission. The property is currently operated as a quality holiday home, and is considered ideal as a 2nd home or UK base, if not a principal residence. We understand from the vendor that the property was let over 30 weeks during the course of 2011 and produced a gross income of approximately 25,000 gross. This is certainly one of those properties that needs to be viewed internally to be fully appreciated. The layout of the accommodation with approximate dimensions is more clearly identified on the accompanying floorplan, but comprises;

Ground Floor

Covered Veranda

Oak framed Canopy Porch all slate paved below, leading to

Entrance Hall

Oak flooring which continues into

Dining Room / Kitchen

Featuring walnut fronted units with contrasting black African granite work surfaces and integrated appliances, as well as carousels and pan drawers. To the rear, there are folding double glazed doors giving access to an extensive private courtyard, ideal for al fresco dining.

Also located on the ground floor are bedrooms 2 and 3, and


Featuring Jacuzzi bath with World of Water integrated shower / steamer, a sliding glass closure, plus vanity unit and WC.

An oak staircase gives access to

First Floor Galleried Library / Study

With range of fitted shelves and surround sound system.

The Sitting Room

Has a vaulted ceiling with Velux roof lights and a recessed wood burner by Saey. There are also double doors opening onto an upper terrace overlooking a series of interconnecting Mediterranean style ponds linked by waterfalls. Also at first floor level is the

Master Bedroom

Which benefits from a well equipped En-Suite Shower Room.

Adjacent to the main house is the

Detached Studio

Of matching construction with an open plan

Ground Floor Area

With useful storage space, cupboards and a recess housing the Danfoss ground source heater unit together with pressure tank etc for the borehole private water supply. The studio also includes a Cloakroom / Utility Room. It may be possible to create additional accommodation at mezzanine level, subject to any necessary planning permission. As previously intimated, it may also be possible to link the studio with the main house, with consent.


The Gardens And Grounds

Surround the property and studio, the approach is over a gravelled drive, which provides ample parking and turning space. There is an extensive timber deck to the front providing an extended level area. Beneath the deck is a rainwater harvesting tank which collects water for WC flushing etc. To the rear, the gardens are terraced for ease of maintenance and include the linked ponds as previously described, with a high-decked area, again, providing wonderful outside eating space. There is also a built in oven with chimney for summer dining. From the upper terraces there are glimpses of the sea between the trees.

Local Authority

North Devon District Council, Civic Centre, North Walk, Barnstaple, Devon. 01271 327711.


From Barnstaple, proceed out on the A39 past the North Devon District Hospital, towards Lynton. upon reaching the crossroads at Blackmoor Gate, turn right, and then immediately left, continuing on the A39, past the Parracombe turning and on towards Lynton. Shortly after passing the Woody Bay Steam Railway Station, turn left signposted to Martinhoe and Woody Bay. Continue along this lane, across the common and upon reaching the end of the lane, with the sea in front of you, bear right, signposted to Woody Bay. Descend the hill and take the next right signposted Slattenslade. Woodbrooke Cottage will be found within a short distance on the right hand side.


Mains electricity is connected. Private water supply from borehole. Private drainage system. Central heating and domestic hot water is supplied from a ground source heat pump, with under floor heating throughout. Solar panels are also installed. The property has high levels of insulation, a smart Vac system is installed with connection points throughout the accommodation, which are ducted to a smart Vac cylinder in the studio. A surround sound music system is installed with connections for most sources. Lighting throughout includes LED, halogen and low energy fittings.

Special Note

The majority of the contents are available by separate negotiation if required.

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Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
31 January 2012


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