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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Strand Lane, Ashford, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31

Sold STC £950,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Beautifully restored Grade II Listed house
  • Elegant period features throughout
  • Extensive and very well laid out gardens and grounds
  • 3 fine reception rooms
  • Custom made kitchen
  • 5 bedrooms and 4 bath/shower rooms
  • Beautiful conservatory
  • Well situated between Barnstaple and the coast
  • Sheltered private location
  • Coach house suitable for conversion and additional garden, suject to any necessary planning permissions

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

The parish of Ashford, west of Barnstaple, was a minor manor of the Bampfylde family, one of the largest land owning families in Devon. In the early 1800's Ashford was sold to the Langdon family, builders of Ashford House as it is seen today. The old farmhouse was reconstructed in the Regency style with its fine veranda typical of the period and noted by Pevsner as such in 'The Buildings of England'.

This significant North Devon home has pleasing rendered and colour washed elevations under a slate roof. The fine entrance hall, accessed via the flagstone porch, gives onto the elegant ground floor accommodation. There are 3 generous reception rooms including a drawing room and dining room to the front of the house and a music room with oak parquet flooring to the rear. Windows are mostly shuttered and there are attractive period features including moulded coving and fireplaces. The music room incorporates a study area.

To the west side of the house is the beautiful conservatory, constructed in recent years but faithfully following the design typical of the period. There is a most attractive kitchen, very well equipped with a custom made range of cabinets by a reputable local craftsman. The kitchen includes polished granite work surfaces, integrated appliances and a 4 oven Aga (gas fired). The high quality features of the kitchen are complemented by a central island unit and the old pine dresser still in place. The floors to the kitchen and breakfast room are in solid chestnut planking.

Next to the kitchen is the generous breakfast room and in addition there is a utility room, ground floor cloakroom with w.c. and wash hand basin, large walk-in pantry and a rear hall providing access to the courtyard and the garden. The sizable cellar provides ample storage as well as a games room and a wine cellar with the original bins still in place.

An attractive staircase gives access via a half landing to the first floor where there are 5 bedrooms including the master suite which includes bedroom together with dressing room and bathroom ensuite. The sanitary ware is very much in keeping with such a fine period house. Grouped around the main landing are 3 further bedrooms and 2 more bathrooms. A passage to the east side gives onto the 5th bedroom which benefits from an ensuite shower room/dressing room.

Ashford House enjoys a private situation between Barnstaple and the North Devon coast at Saunton. It is set well back from the road and sits amidst its beautifully tended gardens and grounds. The drive from Strand
Lane terminates to the front of the house in a turning circle with central flowerbed. Flanking the drive is the Croquet Lawn, well screened and affording much privacy. The upper lawn with its pergola and adjacent terrace provide a sheltered outdoor eating area. The gardens are very well planted with a rich variety of ornamental trees and shrubs and are maintained in excellent order throughout. The herbaceous garden to the front of the conservatory features a central ornamental pond. To the west, a wooded area provides shelter between the property and the open farmland beyond.

There is a walled garden with lawn and extensive flower beds and borders. The gardens and grounds of Ashford House extend to approximately 1.8 acres.

To the rear of the house is the fine old cobbled courtyard with wood store to one side and useful additional store to the other side. Beyond is the original coach house where Listed Building Consent had previously been granted for conversion to form one holiday unit of accommodation and which is also now considered suitable for conversion to a separate unit of accommodation, subject to any planning consents required, however, all interested parties should satisfy themselves fully. All details can be found on the North Devon Council planning website under application numbers 56001 and 56002.

The parish of Ashford lies about 2 miles to the west of Barnstaple and is highly regarded, lying between North Devon's principal town and the coast. Braunton is within easy reach as are the glorious sandy surfing beaches beyond which include Saunton Sands, Croyde Bay, Putsborough and Woolacombe.

Barnstaple, within easy reach offers an excellent range of facilities catering for retail, leisure/recreation and education. The town centre is noted for its restored Pannier Market and adjacent 'Butchers Row' and is also home to a thriving theatre. For golfers there are a number of clubs but most noted are the 2 Championship Links Courses at Saunton. Sailing is available on the coastal waters and Instow a few miles away on the banks of the River Torridge is home to the North Devon Yacht Club.

Ashford House enjoys a pleasant sunny aspect over the River Taw Estuary and the Tarka Trail part of the National Cycle Network, is very close at hand. At Barnstaple the North Devon link road (A361) 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 40 miles way.
From Barnstaple take the A361 westwards towards Braunton. At the end of the dual carriageway turn right into Strand Lane immediately before the Trelawney Garden Centre. Travel past the side entrance to the garden centre and take the next left into the private drive marked Ashford House, which is situated at the end of the drive.

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Mains water, electricity and gas are supplied. Drainage is to a private (septic tank) system. Central heating and domestic hot water is from a gas fired system with radiators. Solar thermal panels assist with the provision of hot water.



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16 June 2016


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