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4 bedroom semi-detached house for sale

Heywood Road, Bideford


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The imposing 'West Wing' of a substantial late Georgian Period Gentlemans Country Residence set in almost 1 acre of garden and woodland.

Vestibule entrance, 24'6" x 18' conservatory/garden room, 20' x 15' dining room, 22' x 16' drawing room, study, main inner hall with elegant staircase to upper floor, 15' x 14' fitted and equipped kitchen/breakfast, rear lobby with walk in cloaks and ground floor bathroom with shower cubicle.

Delightful 15'6" x 10' landing, 4 double bedrooms, bathroom, 2 WC's and walk in airing cupboard.  Six lower ground floor cellar rooms/stores.

Fordlands was originally subdivided just after the Second World War into three very fine and individual family sized homes plus a detached coach house. 

All being set at the end of a private 200m lane with further sweeping stone chipped driveway serving West Fordlands.  

Upon a level plateau that commands a dramatic southerly aspect across and beyond the nearby Port and Market town of Bideford.

West Fordlands has striking rendered and whitened external elevations with feature conical two storey front bay structure, multi pane sliding sash windows (plus casement designs and uPVC double glazed units), deep overhanging eaves, architecturally styled chimneys all beneath a slated and underfelted main roof covering.

Additionally and a magnificent compliment to the building and accommodation arrangement is the 25' x 18' (approx) conservatory a superb entertainment area that has the effect of bringing the garden indoors.

Period features abound internally including plaster ceiling cornices and roses, picture and dado rails, mix of white paneled and glazed doors with styled architraves, feature fireplaces, some window shuttering and window seating and an elegant painted spindled dog leg staircase with Mahogany balustrade and tall arched half landing window leading to the superb upper landing.  

Principal room proportions are quite stately with ceiling heights between 10' and 10'6".

There are also some original arched wine bins within the cellar rooms. 

Situated equidistant Bideford town and Northam village (less than 1 mile) where wide ranging facilities and amenities are to hand.

Approx. 2 miles from the seaside resort of Westward Ho! with its long sandy surfing and bathing beach, adjoining Championship Golf course and miles of Cliffside walks.

Access to the North Devon Link Road is just off the entrance to Fordlands with ease of communication to Barnstaple (9 miles) and the M5 motorway connection north of Tiverton (approx, 45).

SERVICES: Mains electricity and water. Private drainage system.  Open fireplaces and electric heating.  Security alarm system.


DIRECTIONS: From Bideford Quay proceed north along the Kingsley Road passing Morrisons Supermarket on the right and after less than 1 mile continue through the large Torridge Bridge roundabout as if proceeding to Northam, Appledore  nd Westward Ho! whereupon take the first left into the lane serving the Fordlands properties.  At the end of the lane take the left hand fork as signposted to West Fordlands along its stone chipped driveway to its large car parking area.

ACCOMMODATION (all measurements are approximate)


VESTIBULE ENTRANCE: 2.56m x 1.83m (8' 5" x 6' 0").  uPVC, part leaded coloured double glazed entrance door with side screen.  Electric panel heater.  Sloping double glazed roof section.  Tile effect floor covering.  

CONSERVATORY/GARDEN ROOM: 7.46m x 5.45m (24' 6" x 17' 11").  Being uPVC framed and double glazed on three sides set upon a cavity block plinth with double glazed pitched roof with opening skylights and double doors to the vehicular driveway entrance. Ceiling fan and two chandeliers.  Two electric panel radiators and one night storage heater.  Glazed door to:

DINING ROOM: 6.13m x 4.57m (20' 1" x 14' 12") plus arched recess and shelved storage cupboard.  Open fireplace with marble surround and hearth and carved mantelpiece   Plaster ceiling cornice, rose, picture rails and dado rails.  Electric panel radiator.  Serving hatch from kitchen.  Fitted carpet.  South facing sash window with shutters and far reaching views across the valley to Bideford town.

MAIN INNER HALL: 4.77m x 2.38m (15' 8" x 7' 10").  Fitted carpet, picture rails, ceiling rose and electric panel radiator.

DRAWING ROOM: 6.67m into rounded bay end including two pairs of glazed French doors to the garden and small garden conservatory and central oak open shelved display recess x 4.92m (21' 11" x 16' 2").  Fireplace with marble mantelpiece surround housing a woodburner stove.  Plaster cornice ceiling and picture rails.  Fitted carpet.  Electric panel radiator. 

STUDY: 4.72m x 2.74m (15' 6" x 8' 12") narrowing to 2.4m (7' 10").  With mirrored internal window.  Fitted carpet.

REAR LOBBY: Tile effect floor covering.  Door to cellar rooms and part glazed door to rear cobbled courtyard.

WALK IN CLOAKS/STORE CUPBOARD: 2.65m x 1.01m (8' 8" x 3' 4"). With wall mounted electric consumer units.

BATHROOM: 2.38m x 2.29m (7' 10" x 7' 6") (average).  Coloured suite with fibreglass corner bath, china pedestal wash basin and china low level WC.  Shower cubicle with plumbed in Mira shower.  Part tiled walls tile effect floor covering.  Dimplex thermostatically controlled wall heater, Dimplex fan heater and Xpelair extractor fan.

KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM: 4.6m x 4.24m (15' 1" x 13' 11").  Inset one and a half bowl single drainer stainless steel sink unit.  Range of working surfaces and island station/breakfast bar.   Shaker style storage fitments including base cupboards and drawers, matching wall cabinets and dresser style unit.  Built in microwave.  Two built in Neff ovens and grill.  Four ring Neff ceramic hob with Candy extractor hood over.  Tiled former fireplace recess with high display mantle and adjoining cupboard housing the foam lagged hot water storage tank and dual immersion heaters.  Tile effect floor covering.  Part tiled walls.  Plumbing for automatic dishwasher.  Electric panel radiator.  Extractor fan.  Sash window overlooking the rear cobbled courtyard.


With slate steps down from the rear lobby and flagstone flooring.  Power and lighting connecting.

2.4m x 1.16m (7' 10" x 3' 10") VENTED WINE STORE.

3.68m x 1.86m (12' 1" x 6' 1") WINE STORE: With original arched bins.

4.68m plus rounded bay x 2.35m (15' 4" x 7' 9"). With range of storage fitments.

4.68m x 2.36m (15' 4" x 7' 9") with slate shelving.

6.13m plus recess x 4.29m (20' 1" x 14' 1").


Elegant painted spindled and carpeted dog leg staircase with mahogany balustrading, tall arched half landing with obscure glazed window leading to the:

SPACIOUS LANDING: 4.73m x 3.05m (15' 6" x 10' 0").  Plaster ceiling cornice, rose and picture rails.  Electric panel radiator.  Fitted carpet.

WALK IN HEATED LINEN CUPBOARD: 2.72m x 1.76m (8' 11" x 5' 9").  With slatted shelving, hanging rails and lighting.   

FRONT MASTER BEDROOM 1: 6.82m x 4.93m (22' 5" x 16' 2"). Two south facing sash windows with rounded bay section affording views across the valley and Bideford town.  Window seats with storage.  Paneled fireplace with electric panel radiator to front, marble mantelpiece and painted fluted surround.  Plaster ceiling cornice and picture rail.  Fitted carpet.  Five pairs of fitted double wardrobes and shelved cupboard.

FRONT BEDROOM 2: 4.82m x 4.58m (15' 10" x 15' 0"). South facing sash window with window storage seat plus west facing casement and fan light.  Cast iron fire grate with painted mantelpiece surround.  Book shelf recess.  Picture rails.  Electric panel radiator.  Fitted carpet.  Two pairs of fitted wardrobes and shelved storage cupboards.  

REAR BEDROOM 3: 'L'Shaped 3.91m x 3.83m (12' 10" x 12' 7") narrowing to 2.63m (8' 8").  Panelled fireplace with painted mantelpiece surround.  Feature Period corner wash basin.  West facing sash window.  Electric panel radiator.  Fitted carpet.  Picture rails.  Hatch to roof space.  Fitted Louvre front double wardrobe.  

EN SUITE LOW LEVEL WC: With fitted carpet.

REAR BEDROOM 4: 3.93m x 3.86m (12' 11" x 12' 8").  North facing sash window.  Electric panel radiator.  Fitted carpet.  Corner cast iron fire grate with painted mantelpiece surround.

BATHROOM: 2.74m x 1.83m (8' 12" x 6' 0").  White enamel coated bath, china pedestal wash basin, extensive wall tiling and tile effect floor covering.  West facing sash window with Venetian blind.  Picture rails.  Electric heated towel rail.

SEPARATE LOW LEVEL WC: 2.4m x 1.08m (7' 10" x 3' 7").  Vinyl tile effect floor covering.


After reaching the end of the private access lane serving Fordlands and turning left a further 80m (262' 6") stone chipped drive leads to West Fordlands, its large parking area and paved entrance terrace.

To the front of the house is a level south facing lawn with magnificent and well matured Copper Beech with to the west a lightly wooded copse.

Immediately to the rear of the house adjacent to the kitchen is an 11m x 7.1m (36' 1" x 23' 4") cobbled courtyard that gives access to part of the former STABLE or COACH HOUSE now arranged in two connecting sections 5.27m x 2.61m (17' 3" x 8' 7") and 4.6m x 2.19m (15' 1" x 7' 2") used for storage with power and light connected and having a concealed staircase to an equivalent upper floor.  (Flooring defective and requires repair/replacement).


Adjoining the front south side is a sloping 2.59 acre pasture paddock (presently the vendors sell the grass each year but this could make an ideal enclosure for those wishing to keep horses).

Further partly high natural stone wall enclosed lawned garden which in part is also used for growing vegetables with a GREENHOUSE, SUMMERHOUSE and FRUIT CAGE.  This area also has vehicular access by taking the right hand fork at the top of the lane and proves useful for over spill car parking when the occasion demands.

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