4 bedroom house for saleHawkchurch, Axminster, Devon, EX13
Guide Price £715,000
A detached converted threshing barn in an idyllic rural position with excellent equestrian facilities and 5.5 acres. 2 Paddocks and amenity woodland. Outbuildings. Stable block. Sitting room and second reception room. Farmhouse kitchen breakfast room and utility. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a cloakroom.
Courtenay Farm is a substantial detached threshing barn set in an idyllic rural location in the rolling countryside of the East Devon/ Dorset borders. The barn is of stone elevations, dressed with brick quoins beneath a tiled roof. As mentioned the barn as been sympathetically converted, now providing all the conveniences of modern living. The property has an oil fired central heating system and hardwood double glazed windows whilst still retaining period charm. The sitting room has features that include a brick fireplace with wood burner, a farmhouse kitchen with slate stone floors, four oven Aga and French doors which open on to a raised decked area that has splendid views across its own land and the countryside beyond. The kitchen boasts a range of solid oak fronted cupboards, granite worktops and a large butler sink with mixer tap. The rest of the property has solid oak cottage style doors. The accommodation is laid out over three floors with the sitting room, second reception room, farmhouse kitchen and utility/ boot room on the ground floor. Two double bedrooms and a family bathroom with a double ended bath and a separate shower with power jets on the first floor. The second floor holds two further double bedrooms which are serviced by a second bathroom with double ended bath and shower above. The house is set within private gardens and enjoys terrific views across the surrounding countryside. A particular feature of this property is the useful outbuilding/ gatehouse which could lend itself to conversion to further accommodation (subject to the relevant consents). In addition the house has fantastic equestrian facilities including a stable block and yard with paddocks.
The property is approached via a shared farm track (mainly concrete) which in turn leads to a private driveway, which runs through the gatehouse carriage arch, sweeping along to the side and rear of the property. Here there is an open fronted garage/ store measuring 34ft x13ft with timber supports and a tiled roof. The gatehouse itself is traditionally built of block work and is partially faced by natural stone with a tiled roof. There are two workshops on either side of the arch, the larger of which measures 32ft x 20ft 3 and has three windows, light and power connected. The second room measures 20ft 6 x 13ft 9 and again has light connected (this would lend itself to conversion to further accommodation subject to the relevant consents). The land comprises two paddocks which are enclosed by post and rail fencing and are bisected by a public bridleway with interconnected gates. The lower field slopes down to a deciduous woodland bordered by a stream. Adjacent to the driveway in the lower field there is a timber stable block providing 3 loose boxes, a hay store and tack room, with light and power connected. The smaller of the two paddocks is immediately adjacent to the barn and is overlooked by a raised timber deck. The land and grounds total approximately 5.5 Acres.
Courtenay Farm is tucked away half a mile from the nearest road and is approached via a farm track in a peaceful country setting. The property is situated a mile and a half away from the desirable and picturesque village of Hawkchurch in the rolling Blackdown Hills in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village boasts a thriving and proactive local community with a well regarded primary school and a well utilised and modern village hall which hosts a variety of clubs and activities. There is a local pub that also provides guest rooms and from the village there is a regular bus service into Axminster. The village is five miles from the market town of Axminster which has good rail links to London and westwards to Exeter or further into Devon or onwards to Cornwall. This historic town is popular for its River Cottage Canteen and store and the world renowned Axminster carpets. To the south, there is access to the stunning Jurassic Coast at the pretty harbour town of Lyme Regis (7 miles away) which has featured in many films over the years. Here you will find a surprising array of convenience and bespoke shopping, as well as a number of renowned popular restaurants and historic hotels. The town has a good provision of day to day amenities including banks, a health centre, churches, a library, a museum, a cinema and a charming independent theatre. The area is extremely well provided for by excellent private and state schools at both primary and secondary levels including the famous Colyton Grammar and Woodroffe School. Lyme has a fantastic family beach with golden sands, shallow waters and charming rock pools at low tide. This pretty stretch of coast is designated as a World Heritage Site and has excellent opportunities for a number of pursuits, from a spot of mackerel fishing to a fossil hunt or ride out into the countryside. The larger centres of Exeter or Taunton are also accessible by road.
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