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8 bedroom detached house for sale
Bridwell Park, Cullompton, Devon EX15 3BU
- 4 Reception Rooms & 8 Bedrooms
- Coach House, 2 Flats & Lodge
- Swimming Pool & Tennis Court
- Pasture & Listed Deer Park
- About 118 acres
Bridwell Park sits in the centre of its own parkland with views over the lake and parkland trees to the surrounding countryside. Uffculme village, with useful village amenities, is close by while the market town of Tiverton with its supermarkets and Blundells School is about 8 miles to the west and can be reached in less than ΒΌ of an hour. The County towns of Taunton and Exeter are both equi-distant with wider facilities and a greater choice for schools.
Ideally located for rail and road communications, Bridwell Park is a well balanced estate, with a meticulously restored Grade I listed main house centrally located within the mature classical English Listed Grade II Deer Park, well stocked with mature trees, a large lake and 2 formal drives from separate gated entrances. The attractive herd of fallow deer roam freely throughout the park which surrounds three sides of the house.
To the rear of the house, with separate drive access is the stable courtyard with the old Coach House now providing stables, garaging and 2 first floor, 3 bed flats. The indoor heated pool complex is to one side, with Jacuzzi, sauna and changing facilities. The helicopter hangar and tennis court are well screened but easily reached from the house. The modernised 4 bedroom lodge is located by the eastern gate. The Museum was, it is understood, originally constructed to house much of Captain Cook's collection of artefacts from around the world collected on his travels. Its Gothic building in the style of a Chapel, has now been restored and makes a wonderful space for entertaining.
The main house was fully restored in the early 1990s. The renovation was carried out under the supervision of English Heritage and all the original fireplaces were retained and restored within the original rooms with their fine plaster work, oak floors and mahogany panel doors. All the bathrooms are fitted to a very high quality, as is the kitchen. The basement was originally restored for offices but this has now be recreated into family rooms including the cinema and teenagers chill room, whilst retaining the convenience of a butler's pantry for formal entertaining on the ground floor.
Bridwell Park provides the opportunity to acquire one of Devon's most magnificent period homes, listed Grade I, set in an outstanding Listed Deer Park in a truly convenient location for communications either via the railway, motorway or airport. Within the house and parkland are all the accommodation that could possibly be needed for either a private family house or formal entertaining for a more commercial venture.
Bridwell Park is listed Grade I and is approached through two separate pairs of wrought iron gates, over tarmac drives that lead to a turning area at the front of the house. The house itself has a classical front elevation with a hipped roof of slate and an advanced central bay and a modillion corniced pediment. The majority of the reception rooms and bedrooms are well proportioned with good ceiling heights and lovely views over the grounds. The walls are of painted stucco and the front door is via a pillared entrance portico with oak panelled door and glazed fanlight which opens into a charming oval hall. The whole house had central heating installed after the fire in 1991 and the radiators are encased in the majority of rooms. The main reception rooms and bedrooms have shuttered windows and there is magnificent plasterwork and cornicing to the main rooms.
Front door opens into beautiful elliptical hall with fine decorative ceiling and plasterwork, cornicing and plaster panelling above the dado rail to the walls. The floor is oak and matching mahogany doors lead to the front reception rooms and the staircase hall. The drawing room, dining room, morning room and library are all beautiful and comfortable rooms with magnificent fireplaces and plasterwork. From the staircase hall, a door leads through into the back hall off which is the comfortable fully fitted kitchen with an Aga. The conservatory leads off the kitchen and is the family room with ample space for a dining table, sofas, chairs and a television, with a woodburing stove and French windows into the garden. The boot room and pantry lead off the kitchen.
The staircase leads up to a galleried landingwith an oval ceiling and separate side lobbies. To the left is the master bedroom suite comprising the main bedroom, door to en suite bathroom and dressing room with fully fitted range of wardrobes Bedroom suite 2 with en suite bathroom 3/dressing room. Bedroom suite 3 with en suite bathroom. Bedroom 4 (with internal door to the master bedroom). Bathroom 4 with rolled top cast iron bath, matching basin, wc.
The back stairs arrive on a landing lit by a north facing window. Internal door gives access to a passageway off which is the staff flat with a sitting room, fully fitted kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Three further bedroom suites with en suite bathrooms and a 4th bedroom with a separate bathroom.
A staircase by the backdoor leads down to a central lobby. Cloakroom with wc and basin. Store room with fitted base and wall units, separate freezer room and boiler room housing two Ideal Buccaneer gas fired boilers, all the pumps and heating controls. Office with fitted storage cupboards, butler's pantry with fitted storage cupboards, double sink and drainer, work tops and access to the food lift. Teenagers 'chill room', cinema with curtain screen, projector and surround sound (which could be acquired by separate
negotiation). Large wine cellar.
Behind the house is an enclosed brick courtyard and the original Grade II* listed Stable Block with a central archway topped by a clock tower. The overall block includes twin double garages on either side of the courtyard and, on one side, three traditional stables, two traditional stalls with original hay managers and water troughs and wash room with wc, sink and shower. To the other side is a laundry room with sink, plumbing for washing machines, fitted cupboards, tack room and workshop.
Situated above the stables and accessed from the rear of the stable block are Stable Flats 1 & 2. Accommodation for each includes a sitting room, kitchen, 1 en suite bedroom, 2 further bedrooms and 1 further bathroom.
To the north of the main house is the pool house with an indoor heated swimming pool (approx 36ft x 21ft). There are male & female changing rooms with wc, basins & showers and gym with a shower. A plant room has separate access from outside and there is a sauna room with sauna and shower and a kitchen with fitted units and sink and a Jacuzzi spa pool.
This Grade II* listed building is understood to have been built in 1792 for Richard Hall Clarke as a museum. The castellated elevations have mullioned windows with leaded lights and the building has been restored and now provides an excellent space with high vaulted timber ceiling, large fireplace and staircase to galleried balcony with a room off. There is also a small kitchen with sink, hob and fridge and a cloakroom and it offers variety of possible uses from a shoot room, games room or music room.
The Lodge is situated at the south east entrance to Bridwell Park. Accommodation includes, on the ground floor; entrance hall, sitting room, dining room, fully fitted kitchen, utility room and cloakroom. On the first floor there are 4 bedrooms, one with en suite shower and basin, a box room and a family bathroom. There is an attractive area of garden surrounding the house, with a paved terrace seating area.
GARDENS, GROUNDS AND PARKLAND
The historic parkland setting which is interspersed with old English Oak trees, forms a particular feature of Bridwell and is clearly detailed in the original park plan of 1779. The house itself is set on a shoulder of higher ground in the centre of the park where it enjoys views over the ornamental lake and the Culm Valley beyond. The gardens to Bridwell are principally laid to lawns to the front and sides of the house and sheltered to the rear and on one side by magnificent mature trees. From the stables a path leads through woodland past the chapel to the garages and is flanked by further mature trees.
THE FARM BUILDINGS
Located to the north of the property with a separate access drive, these comprise a modern butchery building to include a large walk in fridge/freezer and preparation rooms and a modern open fronted steel portal frame building, large concrete yard and a portable office building.
While the parkland extends to about 88 acres and surrounds the house, there are 2 excellent level and fertile fields of about 29 acres to the north of the farm buildings, but still within the deer fencing.