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8 bedroom detached house for sale

Welcombe, Bideford, Devon, EX39

Sold STC £795,000

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Tenure: Freehold

Suitable for a variety of lifestyles, including a substantial family home, a dual occupancy residence, boutique B&B, a splendid second home with excellent holiday letting potential or a combination thereof, this renovated 17th century farmhouse is ideally located close to the dramatic Atlantic coastline and Welcombe Mouth beach, a truly breath-taking and unspoilt area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the North Devon coast.

The main part of the house has recently undergone a major back to stone eco-renovation with the vision to ultimately create a comfortable fully breathable building using traditional materials and new natural technologies where appropriate. There is a small amount of cosmetic decorating required in part of the property which can be included in the sale, subject to contract.

The main spaces have been opened up and ceiling heights increased to create a much brighter environment more consistent with modern living. Many of the original wooden beams have been retained and those requiring replacement have been traditionally installed using Normandy oak. Floors are a mix of solid and engineered oak, large format natural slate and carpets.

The design has incorporated natural breathable materials creating effectively a hypoallergenic home. The stone walls are lime or lime/cork render, finished with breathable paints and have the advantage of improved insulation, lower maintenance and better protection from the elements.

The property is very energy efficient for a 17C building due to the insulating cork render, warm roof and mostly triple glazed windows. Roof-mounted Solar Voltaic Panels lower the energy bills further and come with the remaining 21 year feed in tariff returning approximately £1600.00 per year.

The accommodation is very flexible and was designed to accommodate 2 large families in 8 bedrooms with other family/guests in the 2 bedroom Granary. There is scope for dual occupancy as there are doors on either floor that can be closed to create one 3 bedroom and one 4 bedroom home both with separate kitchens and entrances.

At the front is an entrance hall leading to the main living/dining room, an impressive space with underfloor heating and fireplaces at either end, one with a bread oven and one with a wood burning stove.

From the living room are a wheelchair accessible bedroom/study (with ensuite wet room) and a modern super-insulated snug/garden and utility room. An open stone pillared entrance leads to a bright split level 31' x 12' kitchen space with vaulted ceiling and large format slate flooring. This has been left as a blank canvas for the purchaser to finish as they wish, or for a fee, the current owner would project manage the fitting of the chosen kitchen, subject to contract. There are decked terraces to both sides accessing the lower garden.

The kitchen links to the Shippon, (family/reception/ play room) via a custom-made traditional sliding door. This room features solid oak flooring, wobbly polished-plaster and exposed stone walls, oak beams and built in toy/storage AV cabinets, providing a delightful space with access out onto the limestone patio and upper garden. A bookcase leads to a secret passageway and further ground floor bedroom (currently used as a temporary kitchen) which leads back to the main entrance.

In the living/dining room, a bespoke curved solid oak and glass staircase leads upstairs to the master bedroom, (with far reaching sea views, a vaulted ceiling and ensuite shower room), a further 2 bedrooms and a family bathroom. A secret door leads from one of the bedrooms up to a landing connecting the two halves of the house. Here there are a three more bedrooms, one with an ensuite and another family bathroom. A traditional staircase leads back down to the entrance hall.

The property sits within about 1.75 acre of gardens and grounds including delightful landscaping with multiple secluded patios, lawn areas and decked terraces.

At the front is a gravelled parking area for numerous vehicles. There is a 27' x 15' stone barn currently used as a garage/workshop. Design drawings are available for application for a 1 or 2 bedroom single storey barn conversion (STP).

Behind the main house is a separate stone built two storey 2 bedroom self-contained Granary with consent for holiday use. The granary does require some attention but is essentially a finishing off project.

To the north of the house is a further 39' x 18' stone barn with metal roof, with scope for conversion, (STPP). Design drawings available. A covenant exists on this barn if sold on with planning permission.

The gently sloping 1 acre paddock has its own road access, a natural hedge boundary, stock proof fencing and some splendid far reaching sea views.

The house has many beautiful design features which can only be appreciated on viewing. There is evidence of very high building standards and creative features throughout. A thoughtfully redesigned and unique natural-restoration in a special location.

Design Ethos:
A considered natural materials renovation, remodel and extended to create sustainable, comfortable, fun, family living.
" 8 bedrooms to accommodate two families in the main farmhouse
" Hypoallergenic living environment
" Preserve, reuse, reveal, enhance the original features of the house
" Back to stone rebuild and redesign to reduce need for major maintenance over foreseeable future
" "Lock and leave" potential without fear of damp or high energy bills
" Low maintenance grounds by use of creative hard landscaping

Design Features:
All aspects of sight, sound and touch were thought about to provide interest and comfort according to the different use of each room.
" Increased ceiling heights for comfortable living
" Optimised for natural light
" Open plan living areas and secret passageways
" 2 ensuite master bedrooms
" Large format slate flooring in kitchen and snug
" Unique bathrooms with Italian mosaic and porcelain tiling
" Traditional Solid oak doors with wrought iron latches
" Wobbly lime plastered walls
" Zoned lighting

Natural & Eco Features:
Extensive use of natural and or eco materials/technologies throughout.
" Insulated floor slabs and roof
" Breathable cork render insulated walls
" Wood frame triple glazed windows
" Traditional joinery solid oak beams
" Reuse of original materials from beams, doors and latches to screws and nails
" Solar PV panels and FIT income
" Zoned, efficient, low-volume heating system
" Easy to heat and use different parts of the house.
" Potential for off grid living including its own well (not in use) for water
From Bideford Quay, proceed to the A39 Heywood Road roundabout and turn left towards Bude. Drive for approximately 14 miles to Welcombe Cross and turn right. Follow this road for about a mile and take the right hand fork in the road, signposted "Church ¾, Elmscott 3". About ¼ mile down this road turn right at the lane signed "Linton". Proceed up this lane and the property can be found on the left, just after a left hand bend.

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