4 bedroom detached house for saleLower Ashton, Exeter, Devon
Under Offer £750,000
- 3 Reception rooms
- Four bedrooms
- Two shower rooms
- Family bathroom
- Eaves storage
- Large gardens with a level lawned area and orchard
- Ample parking
- Countryside views
- In all approximately 0.50 acres
Manor Cottage is a fine example of a Grade II Listed thatched house which dates back to the 15th Century with medieval origins. The property has been sympathetically extended and renovated, entirely in keeping with the period, to create a beautifully presented family home providing comfortable contemporary country living. A wealth of characterful period features remain, including two large granite inglenook fireplaces one of which includes a bread oven, original 15th Century mullion windows and the 'A' frames and cruck timbers in the master bedroom.
An entrance lobby leads to the light and spacious living areas briefly comprising of; a garden room with two pairs of French doors opening onto the decked seating area and gardens, a charming country style kitchen/breakfast room with handmade wooden units, solid granite work surfaces, a butler sink and wide pine flooring, a dining room full of character with an original mullion window and an open granite inglenook fireplace. A traditional cross passage leads to a cosy, family sitting room with another inglenook fireplace housing a wood burning stove. A utility/boot room providing ample storage and a cloakroom are also on the ground floor.
Upstairs are four bedrooms, one ensuite, a family bathroom and shower room. The beautifully proportioned triple aspect master bedroom is extremely spacious with a vaulted ceiling featuring the original beams. Another vaulted double bedroom has stunning views over the gardens and beyond, an adjoining shower room and ample under eaves storage. A further light and pretty double bedroom has a dual aspect, original mullion window, historic plaster shield and en-suite shower room. A fourth bedroom, and a family bathroom complete the spacious upstairs accommodation.
Manor Cottage is located in a beautiful and unspoilt area of Devon to the West of Exeter. Nestling between the Haldon Forest and Dartmoor, the charming house is set in a secluded position in the heart of Lower Ashton, a few hundred yards from the lovely River Teign. The house enjoys wonderful and far-reaching views of the surrounding countryside, including the Haldon Hills, the beautiful rolling countryside of the Teign Valley and beyond to Dartmoor National Park.
Lower Ashton is a particularly picturesque historic hamlet approached over an ancient stone bridge across the Teign and is home to the fabulous Manor Inn restaurant and pub. The village and environs benefit from Conservation Area status and adjoin the National Park which is also protected. As such, this idyllic spot has a rural and tranquil atmosphere and yet is highly accessible being only approximately 10 minutes drive from the M5 and 30 minutes from both the city of Exeter and Exeter Airport.
The highly sought after villages of Lower and Higher Ashton enjoy thriving community activities and offer everyday amenities including the parish church, Post Office and village stores and the Manor Inn. Christow, approximately 1 ½ miles away, provides further amenities, including an outstanding GP surgery, tennis club, and an excellent primary school. A further primary school can be found in Doddiscombsleigh, 2 miles away, along with the award-winning Nobody Inn restaurant. A good mix of excellent private and state secondary schooling can be found in Exeter and at Teign School in Kingsteignton, which is served by a local school bus.
There is an abundance of wonderful walking, cycling and riding opportunities in the surrounding countryside including the Teign Valley, Dartmoor, Haldon Forest and the coast. The River Teign and the nearby Kennick Reservoirs provide excellent fishing, there is golf at the local Teign valley course, several local cricket clubs and sailing and kayaking along the South Devon coast and rivers.
Manor Cottage thus enjoys the best of both worlds as it is ideally located for those who wish to live in a glorious rural position whilst having good communication links with Exeter and the rest of the country.
The cathedral city of Exeter, 9 miles away is the most thriving city in the South West. The city offers a wealth of cultural activities with the theatre, the museum, arts centre and a variety of good shopping, including John Lewis, Waitrose and restaurants. Many primary and secondary schools can be found in Exeter including Exeter School and The Maynard School, whilst Exeter University is recognised as one of the best in the country.
Communications are excellent with the M5 motorway at Exeter providing links to the A38 to Plymouth, the A30 to Cornwall and Bristol and London to the North and East. There are regular rail services to London from Exeter St David's, taking as little as 2 hours. Exeter International Airport provides an ever increasing number of domestic and international flights, including two flights a day to London City Airport.
Manor Cottage is approached through a five bar gate and down a gravelled private drive to a parking area for several cars. Adjacent to the parking area is a garden shed, log store and outbuilding with electricity connected. Paths lead down to the main entrance, orchard and gardens . To the front of the house is another covered log store and a pedestrian gate providing access to the lane.
The south east facing gardens are a particular feature of the property. They are mainly laid to lawn and wrap around the rear of the house thus providing lovely views from most rooms and easy access from the garden room onto the large gently sloping lawned area.. The gardens are surrounded by hedging at the rear, and back onto the Ashton Manor estate, thus providing complete seclusion and privacy and attracting an abundance of bird life. The decked seating area provides a wonderful sunny spot to dine al fresco whilst enjoying far reaching views over the peaceful surrounding countryside. Another pretty terrace provides sunny seclusion under the well-established Old roses and wisteria which climb the walls. A rose-covered pergola leads to another large lawned area with a small orchard and a gardeners shed. Flowering borders complete this delightful country cottage style garden.
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