5 bedroom detached house for saleLee, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34
Sold STC £699,500
- Delightful thatched characterful cottage set in 2 1/2 acres of gardens and grounds
- Central village location close to the amenities
- Paddock ideal for horses or other small animals
- 2 stables, tack room, double garage and various sheds/stores
- Outdoor heated swimming pool
- Potential annexe for dependant relative or home and income purposes
- Short distance from the rock cove bay and picturesque walks over National Trust land
- Plenty of off road parking for numerous vehicles
Rose Cottage is a delightful detached thatched family home with characterful and flexible accommodation situated in the heart of the popular picture post card village of Lee which sits on the North Devon coast. The property sits in its own large landscaped gardens and grounds which amount to approximately 2 1/2 acres and includes formal, colourful gardens, an outdoor heated swimming pool and a paddock suitable for horses and small animals together with two stables, tack room and field shelter.
The property occupies a central and convenient location in a sunny south facing position in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The village amenities are all close by and the rocky cove bay is just a short stroll.
The house has particularly flexible accommodation and is ideal for the larger family or has an area which could easily be utilised as an annexe for a dependant or elderly relative or alternatively as a bed & breakfast style holiday letting unit producing a useful supplementary income in the busy summer months. The gardens and grounds are ideal for those wanting to keep horses or other small animals such as chickens, goats etc. with stabling and outbuildings providing the necessary facilities for that. The formal gardens are well stocked and there is a private court yard area ideal for outdoor entertaining. The swimming pool is a great 'life style' addition and perfect for a summertime dip!
Lee is a charming, small coastal village which lies immediately west of the town of Ilfracombe. There is local public house serving food, village hall and church as well as the rocky cove bay and beach and Lee has a very active community with various clubs and associations. Ilfracombe is located just 2 miles away and has a variety of shops and supermarkets including Tesco, Co-Op and Lidl as well as schools for all ages, a theatre, swimming pool, a variety of good quality restaurants, small hospital and health centre as well as the picturesque harbour and quay which is home to Damien Hirst's 'Verity' statue. Barnstaple, which is North Devon's main trading centre, is approximately 14 miles away and has many of the big name shops, a rail link and direct access onto the A361 North Devon link road which joins the M5 at junction 27.
Rose Cottage is ideally placed with easy access to some fabulous walks along the countryside and rugged coastal footpaths. The golden sand award winning surfing beaches at Woolacombe and Croyde are just a short car journey away and are very popular with visitors from all around the UK in the busy summer.
The property is well-presented throughout with neutral decor and a wealth of character features. There is oil fired central heating and the rear section of the thatched roof has been recently re-covered with the remainder of the roof being overhauled and upgraded.
The entrance to the property is through the cosy and characterful dining room which has the stairs to the first floor. There is a feature recess with a wood burner set on a slate hearth, a beamed ceiling and a terracotta tiled floor. At the rear of the property there is an impressive 23' x 10' kitchen/family room which has a range of fitted base and wall units and a large 4 oven oil fired Aga. There is space for a family sized table and chairs and tiled floor, and double doors lead directly out onto a paved terrace within the rear garden which is ideal for entertaining and 'Al Fresco' dining. There is a separate good sized utility room which provides a very practical area ideal for coats, boots and shoes. There are a range of fitted base and wall units, a sink with hot and cold water and plumbing for an automatic washing machine. In addition there is a good sized under stairs store cupboard and an airing cupboard. Again there is a tiled floor and a door which leads directly out onto the front garden.
Moving through the property there is a delightful and cosy lounge which has bags of character with a beamed ceiling and a wood burner set on a slate hearth which provides a focal point to the room. Leading from the lounge is a small semi-circular inner lobby which gives access through into a an area of the property which could be utilised as an annexe for a dependent relative or alternatively as a small letting unit providing useful income from holiday letter through the summer months. There is a 15' x 13' L shaped sitting room which has an impressive vaulted beamed ceiling rising to a height of just over 12' at its highest point. Double doors at the rear lead directly out onto a paved terrace within the garden. There is a separate shower room/w.c. and stone steps lead down to a large double bedroom which has an exposed stone feature to the length of one wall, open views towards the countryside and a stone floor.
Moving to the first floor a long 36' corridor across the rear of the property gives access to the 4 good sized bedrooms and the 2 bathrooms. The 3 front facing bedrooms all enjoy pleasant open views across the wooded valley and countryside. Bedroom 4, at the rear, has large built-in wardrobes and enjoys a pleasant open outlook over the rear garden. There is a family bathroom/w.c. which comprises a corner bath with shower and shower curtain over, low level w.c. and a handbasin with vanity light and shaver socket over. At the opposite end of the corridor there is a further shower room/w.c. which comprises a walk-in shower cubicle, low level w.c. and handbasin.
Outside, Steps lead up from the road onto a level lawn front garden with a stone built patio with attractive and well stocked flower bed borders. There is a variety of shrubs and bushes including climbing Wisteria, Clematis and Japonica. Immediately to the left of the house, steps lead up onto a raised tier which is laid to lawn and has an attractive paved patio. There is an ornamental garden pond with a patio/sitting area surrounding and with various outdoor lighting and a paved pathway around to the rear of the house. Within this area there is the oil tank and the oil fired boiler for the central heating and hot water to the house.
There is a gravelled driveway which leads up from the road which has a "lay by" parking area for 2 cars. One of these car spaces provides parking for the neighbouring property Elmsgarth. Running alongside the driveway there are various trees, shrubs and bushes. At the top of the drive there is a large gable roof double garage which has light and power, a loft area ideal for storage and a personnel door to the side. Adjacent to the garage a five barred gate opens onto a yard area which gives access into the stables. There are 2 stables and a tack room both with light and power and ideal for large or small horses. The stables give direct access into a paddock area which is accessed via a slope and a further five barred gate and comprises sloping land currently used for horses but would also be ideal for a variety of other smaller animals. Within the paddock there is a field shelter. There is a further fenced paddock area with a chicken coop and a productive vegetable plot.
There is a further gravelled area which leads off of the main driveway and which provides additional parking for numerous vehicles. There are 2 large sheds (one with light) a log store (with light) and a children's Wendy house.
Steps lead up from the double doors from the kitchen/family room onto a large paved patio courtyard area which has a covered "Naya" and bar-be-cue area. This courtyard enjoys plenty of privacy and is ideal for outdoor entertaining or 'Al Fresco' dining. There are formal gardens which extend away from the rear of the house which comprises a large colourful and well stocked flower bed with a variety of heathers, shrubs, bushes, conifers and pine trees. There is a large sloping lawn garden and an area of terraced garden with further flower beds, plants, hydrangeas, shrubs and bushes. The gardens open into the swimming pool area which comprises a heated swimming pool approximately 30' in length and 14' wide with a depth ranging from 4' to 5'. Surrounding the pool is a large paved terrace with outdoor lighting. Below the swimming pool is the "pool house" which has light and power and houses the boiler which heats the pool as well as the filter and pump.
The gardens and grounds at Rose Cottage are a particularly attractive feature and are great for those who love outdoor living.
AGENT'S NOTE: As mentioned earlier the neighbouring property Elmsgarth has access along the lower part of the driveway to a parking space for 1 car. There is a septic tank which is shared between Rose Cottage and Elmsgarth with both properties sharing the cost of maintenance and emptying. Furthermore, Elmsgarth contributes 30% towards the maintenance and upkeep of the driveway.
Applicants are advised to proceed from our offices in a westerly direction along the high street passing through the traffic lights at Church Street. At the mini roundabout take the left hand exit and then bear immediately right into Station Road. Continue up the hill and around the sharp right hand bend and at the T junction turn left onto Slade Road. Follow along this road for approximately 2 miles though Slade and up the hill towards Lee. Proceed around the sharp hairpin bend into Lincombe and continue down the hill and into the village of Lee. Rose Cottage will be found on the right hand side a few hundred yard past 'The Grange'.
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