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4 bedroom detached house for sale

Harracott, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31

Guide Price £750,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Important and historic Grade II* Listed former farmhouse
  • Pleasant Taw Valley situation
  • Separate annexe ideal as holiday let/grannjy annexe
  • Gardens and grounds including paddock and copse of about 2.5 acres
  • Range of useful outbuildings
  • Regional centre of Barnstaple 5 miles away
  • Secluded private gardens
  • Beautiful accommodation with many fine period features

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

This beautiful, important and historic former farmhouse is pleasantly situated in the parish of Tawstock on the western side of the Taw Valley, some 5 miles south of Barnstaple. The property is Listed Grade II* as being of architectural and/or historical importance and the present owners have been in occupation for some 30 years. This fine home is believed to have 15th Century origins, but was most likely remodelled and extended towards the middle of the 17th Century.

The house has mostly rendered elevations of stone and cob construction under a thatched roof which was re-thatched in 2005 and re-ridged in February 2015.

Throughout the accommodation there is a wealth of fine period features including flagstone floors, ancient timbers and traditional fireplaces. The house was undoubtedly originally a Hall House where the upper floor accommodation was added later. More recent additions include two projecting wings to the rear under slate roofs.

The comfortable and spacious accommodation is well presented and has a high degree of flexibility. The integral annexe has provided a successful holiday letting opportunity for the present owners, but the accommodation within it can integrate with the main house, if desired. By the same token, it can remain separate and has a variety of uses including granny annexe or similar. This important home was formerly part of the Wrey Estate which still holds lands at nearby Tawstock, but was sold away from the estate many years ago.

A gravelled path leads to the front of the house where double doors access the porch and entrance hall beyond with the wonderful old oak screen to one side.

A comfortable sitting room, with its flag stone floor, has a large traditional fireplace with old bread oven. The dining room is perfect for entertaining, also has a fireplace with wood burning stove and a bar area to one side. The cosy snug is a great room for winter evenings, again with a fireplace and wood burner, old timbers and a window seat.

The study, to the rear, has a terracotta tiled floor which continues through to the utility room which provides access to the ground floor shower room with w.c. There is a useful scullery and a farmhouse-style kitchen/breakfast room with oil fired Essé Range housed in the old fireplace, again with a bread oven and modern conveniences of integrated fridge, dishwasher and dual fuel stove (LPG).

At first floor off the main landing are 4 good bedrooms with fine old timber floors and a family bathroom. From one bedroom a door gives access to the back stairs down to the kitchen.

The holiday cottage, known as Little Wick, can, as previously suggested, remain separate but also integrates well with the main accommodation. On the ground floor there is an open plan living space with kitchen area and ample room for dining. A door gives access to the garden and terrace. At first floor there are 2 bedrooms and a bathroom.

From the lane a 5-bar gate gives access to a sizeable parking area beyond which is the modern double garage. The attractive front garden is traditionally laid out with lawns to either side of the gravelled path and in addition there is a variety of well stocked beds and borders. The front elevation is complemented by an established Wisteria. Behind the garage is a stone outbuilding which provides a very useful garden/wood store. A brick paved courtyard enjoys privacy and seclusion and is ideal for outside dining. There is a potting shed and a side gate giving access to the Little Wick garden. Beyond are areas of lawn with a soft fruit bed to one side and for those requiring new laid eggs there is a chicken run and hen house.

The outbuildings include tractor shed, 2 loose boxes, additional garaging and workshop, a further store and an area used by the current owners as a pottery. An additional outbuilding has been partly restored and planning permission is in place for further development. The side garden offers more privacy and seclusion and includes a gravelled terrace, equally suitable for outside dining and a further outbuilding which has been used in conjunction with family parties. Beyond the garden is the fenced paddock which extends to approximately 1 acre. A small copse is planted with broadleaf trees and there is an attractive topiary garden with pond and water feature. A separate field gate provides an additional access from the lane, ideal for facilitating a horse box or similar for moving animals to and from the paddock. In all the gardens and grounds, including the paddock, extend to about 2.5 acres or thereabouts.

If viewing this brochure electronically please click the link below for details of the annexe Little Wick

Wick House enjoys a pleasant situation within the small hamlet of Week in the parish of Tawstock which lies on the western side of the Taw Valley about 5 miles south of Barnstaple, the regional centre for North Devon. Nearby is the A377 which is the old Exeter Road linking the region with the County Town and Cathedral City to the south. Chapelton Station, about 1 mile away, is on the Tarka Line, a branch railway which, again, links Barnstaple with Exeter and follows the route of the meandering River Taw.

Barnstaple is a bustling market town and the centre offers an excellent range of facilities with the usual high street multiples and a number of local traders. The restored Pannier Market is in regular use and is adjacent to the town's famous Butchers Row. There are excellent leisure and tennis facilities as well as a thriving theatre and cinema.

For golfers there are a number of clubs, but most notable is Saunton with its 2 Championship Links Courses. Sailing is available on the coastal waters and Instow, a few miles to the west, on the banks of the River Torridge, is home to the North Devon Yacht Club. The glorious sandy surfing beaches at Saunton, Croyde Bay and Woolacombe are all within reach and The Exmoor National Park, with its high uplands, is also readily accessible.

On the outskirts of Barnstaple access can be gained to the North Devon Link Road (A361) which provides a fast route to the M5 Motorway at Junction 27 (Tiverton), about 34 miles away. There, also is Tiverton Parkway mainline railway station (London, Paddington 2 hours approx.). Exeter, the County Town and Cathedral City, with its international airport, is about 36 miles.
From Barnstaple head south on the A377 (Exeter Road). Pass through the village of Bishops Tawton and cross the River Taw at New Bridge. Immediately after the bridge ignore the two turns, signposted Tawstock and Lake and Harepie and Newton Tracey and continue on the A377. Take the next turning right at Week Cross and at the minor cross roads turn left. Wick House is located on the right hand side after about 100 yards.

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02 March 2016


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