5 bedroom detached house for saleLangleigh, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34
Sold STC £499,950
- Superb, very private a tranquil location on the side of the National Trust owned Torrs
- Large gardens and grounds with an abundance of wildlife, colourful plants and woodland
- Outstanding views over tree-lined valleys and towards the Bristol Channel
- Approached via a driveway with plenty of parking and turning space
- 5 bedroom accommodation
- 2 large reception rooms with period features
- Series of very useful basement rooms ideal for hobbies or workshops
- Approximately 1/4 mile from the High Street and Sea Front
- The property could suit a variety of purposes subject to necessary consent
Langleigh Manor is a delightful mid Victorian gothic style family home built in approximately the 1870's from stone quarried from the hillside in the woodland that runs behind the house. The property is set in large very private tree lined gardens and grounds of over 1 acre nestling at the side of the picturesque National Trust owned Torrs.
The home has a wealth of period features and has particularly flexible accommodation, ideal for a variety of purposes with 4 storeys ranging from the very useful series of basement rooms up three flights of stairs through the house to the top floor which is currently utilised as a spacious home office with direct access onto a delightful rear sunny garden.
The manor is located just a short distance from the town centre, approximately a quarter of a mile, and a similar distance to the charming sea front and picturesque harbour which is the home to Damien Hirst's now famous "Verity" statue which stands 60ft tall at the end of the pier. Within the town there are schools for all ages, a variety of local shops and supermarkets including Tesco and Lidl, the "Landmark Theatre" and an abundance of fine restaurants and fine eateries. Other leisure facilities include the hand carved Tunnels beaches, art galleries and plenty of walking along miles of coastal footpaths enjoying breath-taking coastal scenery.
Access to the property is through double wrought iron gates onto a tree lined driveway up to the side of the house. There is an immediate feeling of space upon entering the property through the Gothic arched doorway into the 20ft hallway which has stripped floor boards, panelled doors into the two main reception rooms and stairs with an ornate spindle balustrade leading to the first floor. The 19' x 14' lounge features a large bay window overlooking the front garden and an open fire marble fireplace with tiled inset and hearth providing a focal point to the room. Across the hallway there is a characterful dining room again with the bay window overlooking the garden and a decorative tiled fireplace with fitted living flame gas fire and surround and stripped floor boards.
Moving through to the rear of the property there is a small lobby with a door to the rear yard and access to the kitchen, utility room and basement. The kitchen has a range of fitted base and wall units with space for a range cooker and canopy and a breakfast area with space for table and chairs. The large utility room has a deep glazed Butler sink, a feature fireplace with work top over fitted units with space for appliances, plumbing for a washing machine and vent for tumble dryer. There is a wall mounted gas fired combi boiler providing the hot water to the utility room and for the ground floor and basement heating.
The first floor landing has panelled doors to 4 bedrooms and a family bathroom and stairs wind their way up to the top floor. There are 3 double bedrooms, all with sinks, one with fitted mirrored wardrobe, and a single fourth bedroom with fitted cupboards which could potentially be converted to provide an en suite. The large bathroom has a bath, separate shower cubicle, low level w.c. and handbasin. The airing cupboard contains a gas fired combi boiler, this boiler provides hot water for the entire house (except the utility room) and the first and second floor heating. In addition, there are UV tube panels on the roof of the building which supplements the hot water heated by this boiler.
A large part of the top floor is currently utilised as a home office and provides plenty of space and has full height glass and a doorway leading out onto the rear garden. In addition there is a further double bedroom which also has direct access onto the garden via French doors and its own gabled ceilinged en suite bathroom.
Moving back down through the property stone steps lead from the rear lobby into the basement. The basement comprises a series of 4 main rooms with head height of approximately 6'4 between the beams, all with light, power and heating and being extremely useful for a variety of activities such as hobby rooms or workshops. At the far end of the basement there is a separate w.c. and a side lobby gives independent access from the garden.
Outside, Langleigh Manor is approached from a private road which is known as 'Langleigh'. Double gates lead onto the driveway which leads up to the house and provides plenty of parking and turning space for several cars. In addition there is a gabled roof garage which is accessed further up the lane.
The large sloping lawned gardens at the front of the property are interspersed with mature conifer trees, shrubs, bushes and plants and a mature tree lined front boundary. The garden extends out from the northern boundary where there is a further well screened natural garden bounded by mature trees.
The front garden resembles a miniature parkland and in Springtime is a meadow of wild flowers, bulbs and plum and mulberry blossoms, primroses, daffodils and even wild orchids. Evergreen planting allows the garden to remain secluded and un-overlooked even in winter with red and yellow hollies, yews, aucuba bushes and next to the house a myrtle which apparently was beloved of the Victorians since Queen Victoria used it in her wedding bouquet!
The rear garden, as mentioned earlier can be accessed from the top floor or from a gravelled pathway which leads up from below. There is a large patio with superb views in all directions over wooded valleys and over the town towards the Bristol Channel and distant Welsh Coast. The patio in turn leads onto a huge area of level lawn which has many varieties of conifers which provide shelter all the year around. There are fruit trees including peach, pear, apple, fig and quince. The garden is a haven for wild life and the gardens have been visited by squirrels, badgers and foxes and deer have been spotted in the woods behind. The gardens back onto footpaths and bridle-ways which also enjoy the spectacular scenery.
Working from home in the upstairs office at Langleigh Manor each work day is a wonderful experience. One step outside onto the south facing upper storey patio which joins the house to the back garden means you can truly relax, within seconds of work, in an environment which is totally designed with peace and harmony with nature. A few steps up into the secluded back lawn you can watch the passageway of ships on the Bristol Channel, view the Welsh coastline on a clear day or watch a whole different dimension of life at tree-walk height in a stunning backdrop of woodland trees.
The gardens enjoy a large area of woodland to the North West where there is a natural garden with colourful wild flowers throughout the different seasons. Restored pathways zigzag through the gardens passing many colourful flowering shrubs and bushes onto the lower patio. This part of the garden has an abundance of bird life.
Langleigh Manor represents a great opportunity for an active purchaser to personalise this spacious family property to their own taste and we fully recommend an early internal inspection to appreciate the facilities on offer.
Applicants are advised to proceed from our offices in a westerly direction along the High Street. Proceed through the traffic lights at Church Street and take the left hand exit off the mini roundabout. Turn immediately right into Church Hill and pass the Parish Church lych gates at the top of hill and proceed on into Langleigh Road. Follow along Langleigh Road and at the T junction turn right and then immediately left into Langleigh Park. Follow the road taking the first left hand turn into 'Langleigh' and continue along the lane and up the hill to the first right hand bend where the gates to Langleigh Manor will be on your left hand side.
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