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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Clyst Honiton, Exeter, Devon, EX5

Offers in Region of £850,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Early C17th house
  • 2 Fine reception rooms
  • Farmhouse kitchen & 2nd kitchen
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bath/shower rooms
  • Delightful gardens
  • 1 Bed self-contained annexe
  • 2 Bed holiday cottage
  • Triple garage
  • Tennis court

Full description

A beautiful Grade II Listed farmhouse in a rural location along with a cottage and an annexe, set in grounds of over an acre. Early C17th house, 2 fine receptions, farmhouse kitchen & 2nd kitchen, 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Delightful gardens. 1-bed self-contained annexe. 2-bed holiday cottage. Triple garage. Tennis court.

Situation - Higher Holbrook Farm is situated in a rural location only 6 miles to the east of the cathedral and university city of Exeter, which has an extensive range of facilities befitting a centre of its importance. Though in a very rural location and accessed off quiet country lanes, junction 29 of the M5 motorway is only 4 miles providing excellent access to the rest of the country.

The Exe Estuary village of Topsham is around 5 miles. The village of Clyst St Mary (2.5 miles) has a church, post office and pubs.

Introduction - Higher Holbrook Farm is perfect for rural living and yet only minutes drive from the M5 motorway and the city of Exeter. The principal house has been adapted to enable dual family occupation though equally could easily be used as one substantial house. Attached at the rear is a self-contained annexe being ideal for dependent relatives whilst also attached to the house at the rear is a well-appointed 2 bedroom cottage used for holiday letting. Overall a property ideal for home and income.

Historical Note - The property is Listed Grade II. The Listed Buildings notes state it dates from the early C17 with late C17 refurbishment and late C19 modernisation. There are fine historic features within the house and there are numerous C17 features remaining. The detailed Listed Buildings notes summarise it as a well-preserved C17 house with an unusual layout and good late C17 added detail.

The House - The house faces south west with a delightful outlook over its secluded grounds and has accommodation of over 3,200 sq.ft. In more recent years it has been subdivided for dual family occupation.

Entrance thatched canopy over door leads to the rear hall with tiled floor and door into the courtyard adjoining The Stables. Access into the kitchen and also the utility room with tiled floor, cupboards and sink as well as space for appliances. Arched door leads to a cloakroom. The farmhouse kitchen has a 4-oven, oil-fired Aga set into a large fireplace with bread oven and beam over. Extensive ceiling beams and windows overlooking the gardens and beyond to farmland. Extensive range of floor and wall oak fronted cupboards and drawers. Peninsula unit, space for dishwasher and fridge freezer. 4-ring electric hob with
double electric oven.

The fabulous, dual aspect drawing room was originally two reception rooms and is over 36 in length. There are two massive inglenook fireplaces, exposed stonework and heavy beams over and both with large wood burners. Three sets of windows overlook the delightful gardens. Off this, the porch on the south side of the house has been adapted to an attractive garden room with French doors out into the grounds. The sitting room has an open fireplace with log burner and French doors to the garden, this room being the one used by the annexe part of the house if used separately and off this to the rear is its own galley kitchen with modern fitted units and built-in oven and hob, cupboards etc., and its own entrance.

The first floor is accessed via two staircases, enabling the house to be subdivided.

The master bedroom has a beamed ceiling and windows overlooking the gardens. There is an extensive range of built-in bedroom furniture. Large en suite shower room with shower cubicle, bidet, wash basin, vanity unit and wc.
Wonderful rural views. Bedroom 2 also enjoys the attractive rural views whilst bedrooms 3 and 4 are also double size, face south west and overlook the principal gardens at the front. There is a second bathroom at this end of the landing with bath, wc and wash basin.

Bedrooms 5 and 6 have been used by the annexe end, both are double size and there is a third bathroom at this end of the house.

The Bungalow - This is attached at the rear of the house and this additional space has a range of possible uses including home office, studio or ideal for a dependent relative as it is on one level. Doorway leads into entrance hall off which is a shower room. There is a double bedroom at one end of the property whilst at the other is an excellent open plan living space with vaulted ceiling and exposed beams and trusses. Patio doors out to the grounds and kitchen area set at one end of the room. Overall the accommodation amounts to about 595 sq.ft.

The Stables - This is a very well-presented converted brick barn used as a successful holiday letting cottage. The open living room/kitchen is at the heart with French doors out to the attractive courtyard with feature well. Off either side are double bedrooms, each with their own en suites, one a bathroom and one a shower room.

The Grounds - Access from the road to an extensive tarmac parking area providing parking for numerous vehicles and giving access to the detached triple garage with electric doors, power and light connected.

The secluded gardens are laid to the south, east and north of the house being mainly level areas of lawns surrounded by numerous inset specimen shrubs, trees including a particularly good Hornbeam, Tulip Tree and contorted Hazel along with fruit trees. There are various sitting areas with rustic timber arches and a further paved area with inset ornamental pond with bridge and outside lighting. There is a paved undercover area and summerhouse. Additionally, to the north side is a greenhouse and garden store along with raised vegetable beds, mature apple trees along with a hard tennis court.

Overall the property amounts to about 1.24 acres.

Services - Mains electricity. Private drainage. Metered mains water. Broadband enabled. Main house - oil-fired heating. West Wing - LPG heating. The Bungalow - oil-fired heating. The Stables - electric heating.

Directions - From junction 29 of the M5 motorway on the outskirts of Exeter proceed on the A30 eastwards and continue for about 1 mile exiting at Exeter Airport. Continue around the roundabout and at the top of the slip road take the exit crossing over the A30 to the 2nd roundabout, taking the exit to Marlborough Cross. After a 1/4 mile, at Marlborough Cross turn left signposted Holbrook and continue on this lane for 0.8 of a mile with the property being on the left after passing Holbrook Farm.

These particulars are a guide only and should not be relied upon for any purpose.


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