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10 bedroom manor house for sale

Ashwater, Beaworthy, Devon, EX21


Property Description

Key features

  • Informally arranged as 3 seperate units
  • Outstanding situation
  • Development opportunity subject to planning
  • Home and income opportunity
  • Stunning period features in abundance
  • Extensive grounds
  • Possible no onward chain
  • Needs to be inspected in person

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

The Old Rectory Ashwater is a beautiful old building with parts dating back to at least the 17<sup>th</sup> century – possibly before.  From its (fully working) bell-tower, barrelled ceilings, panelled rooms and ancient fireplaces to the airy spaciousness of the rooms in the Georgian west wing, this is a house to fall in love with.

The house would be ideal for those seeking multi-generational occupancy or perhaps as a dwelling with income.

For those seeking a new life in the country, the position of The Old Rectory on the edge of the village of Ashwater is exceptionally favourable.  There is a stunning ancient church, and a traditional pub on the attractive but not twee village green only a quarter of a mile up the Rector's Walk.  The village shop/post office and the millennium village hall (the best for miles around) are next to the church.  The tiny village primary school is about 600 metres walk, offering a safe and highly personal experience,  a truly idyllic start to the education of the youngsters here.  Unlike many fine old rural residences and farmhouses where you have to use the car whenever you leave home, even just to buy a pint of milk –  all the day to day essential services are a short walk away.

The village hall is so good that there are lots of sporting and leisure activities here including badminton, table tennis (very active clubs) skittles, short tennis etc;  there is an art club, a photography club, yoga and Pilates classes as well as the usual quizzes, birthday parties, craft fairs and so on.  The hall is so nice that many local folk now have there wedding receptions here (it has a proper kitchen) when they used to hire much pricier venues.

Ashwater is located in an unusually auspicious position.  It is in an area of exceptional calm and freedom from light pollution (the stars are still bright here!) and amidst beautiful scenery yet it is not too remote.  The cracking beaches of Bude and Widemouth are about 20 minutes drive away and Dartmoor is scarcely any further.  At the same time, the A30 dual carriageway giving access to Exeter (45 mins to the east) and Cornwall to the west, is 11 minutes drive from the house.  On the way to the A30 you cross the dam of Roadford Lake – the biggest lake in southern England where a vast array of water sports are on offer at very reasonable prices.


A private drive, the first 60 yards shared with neighbours who occupy what used to be the barns and coach house appended to the rectory leads through the stone pillars to the grounds of the house.   There are 4 neighbouring properties about 50 yards away, close enough for added security and to be helpful if needed and far enough away never greatly to impinge on one another's lives.

The house has 5 external doors and 4 staircases. Because the house is so big, it is probably best to describe it in 3 sections.

First section:  West wing:

Main front elevation has bell tower above.  Front door leading to large entrance hall with cloakroom off and main stairs to first floor.  Off entrance hall is large main reception, L shaped double aspect with bay window and window seat to south and very tall window to east. Fireplace with woodburner. Second door leading to a secondary staircase.

From secondary staircase to large landing with bedroom 4 off  – double with ensuite bath.  Up again to first floor proper with 3 large bedrooms – all ensuite.

Back to entrance hall down the main staircase, and again down 5 more steps to “Butler's Pantry” with fine wood panelling, wonderful slate floor, huge inglenook fireplace and beautiful exposed beams.  Old door off this room to wine cellar.

Huge attic accessed by narrow staircase, partially floored.

Second section :  East wing: (Cottage wing)

Approached by a separate drive to the north,  outside door is at the back of the house.  Entrance to small entrance hall with storage under staircase.  Forward into very large living space (most of the original Devon “Long House”) split approximately two thirds sitting area and one third kitchen diner.  Room has three tall ecclesiastical windows. Old fireplace with wood burner and remains of bread oven, exposed stonework and beams.

Up stairs to one bathroom and three bedrooms (2 x double, 1 x single).  This area has barrel ceilings in very good condition. Easily made “self-contained” - The vendors have in the past sold this as a holiday let.  In this area, in the summer it is possible that £1000 per week would not be excessive.

Third section:  North Wing:

This section has 3 outside doors.

Through ancient door to kitchen/diner.  Very large (approx 340 sq ft.)  Slate floors and part bespoke wood fitted kitchen with solid granite work surface and large farmhouse Belfast type sink.  Through old back door to boiler room/scullery  (approx 110 sq ft) with ancient elm door to outside and almost full length mezzanine above.  From dining area through internal door to very long room – needs finishing (potentially 2 rooms + shower room).  Up modern staircase to large room to finish – formally the games room (housed both a snooker table and a table tennis table) and 2 more bedrooms to finish.


The grounds extend to approx 2.8 acres with lots of trees.  There is a large but very decrepit tin barn in the far corner (needs rebuilding) and one area has a stockproof fence where the owners used to keep pigs.  There is lots of parking and a couple of useful stone sheds as well as a large wooden garden shed and a greenhouse.  Might be just about enough space to keep a pony (or two without hay).

This lovely house offers in our opinion value for money – potentially 3 generous sized dwellings in a beautiful part of the country, only 20 minutes or so from gorgeous beaches.

The current owners have been very happy here (indeed they rescued it from the very edge of dereliction) but now their children have all grown up and they must downsize.

Schedule of accommodation:

First Section (West Wing)


Grand reception Hall


Living Room incorporating snug living room measures 4.73 x 4.51 snug measures 4.85 (measured into bay) x 2.50

Dining Room (Would have been the butler’s pantry 5.06 x 5.03

Kitchen/Breakfast Room 6.67 x 5.21

Boiler Room 4.55 x 2.39

Master Bedroom with large ensuite bathroom 5.26 x 4.65

Stairs to extensive loft

Bedroom Two with ensuite shower room 4.35 x 3.85

Bedroom Three with ensuite shower room 4.29 x 3.52

Bedroom Four with ensuite bathroom 3.67 x 3.51


Second Section (East Wing) Cottage Wing



Entrance Lobby

Kitchen/Diner 10.33 x 4.05

Landing extends to 11.04 with barreled ceiling

Family Bathroom

Bedroom One 3.79 x 3.22

Bedroom Two 2.35 x 2.91

Bedroom Three 4.40 x 3.03


Third Section (North Wing) incorporating what was believed to be the old dairy and requiring finishing


Ground floor room (unfinished) 8.08 x 2.64

Upstairs arranged on two levels

Room One (unfinished) 3.95 x 2.65 delineated by stud walling

Room Two (unfinished) 5.23 x 2.45 delineated by stud walling

Room Three (unfinished) Formerly the games room generously proportioned at 6.67 x 5.40


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Added on Rightmove:
25 August 2016

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