7 bedroom detached house for saleLyme Road, Axminster, Devon
A handsome mostly Edwardian country house with cottages and land
Furzeleigh House occupies an enviable and peaceful setting amongst the blissful rolling countryside of the Axe Valley, approximately 4 miles North of the Dorset / Devon Jurassic coastline, a designated world heritage site. The property is ring fenced by its own land and enjoys complete privacy as a result, making Furzeleigh an ideal retreat. This part of the Dorset / Devon border is glorious, with its quaint pretty villages and larger towns including the attractive bustling market towns of Honiton and the nearby Axminster both of which have excellent range of shopping facilities and rail connections to London.
Furzeleigh House is an elegant Edwardian property with later additions, which has undergone significant improvement in recent years under the present owners, now providing a traditional style property with modern day requirements. The front elevation of the house faces in a southerly direction over its own land and has striking, painted rendered elevations under a slate roof with a decorative clay toothed crest ridge and attractive ornate clay chimney stacks. In addition to the main house there are 3 cottages, one being attached to the house, the others just a short distance away with separate access and parking. There is also a self-contained apartment accessed
from the main house which also has its own private entrance. The three cottages have been successfully let out in recent years for holiday use, but would be equally well suited for housing, family or staff or for a range of other uses. Surrounding the house and cottages are landscaped grounds, paddocks and woodland and there is complete privacy with no nearby public rights of way.
The house has easy access to the A35 headed East to Poole and Bournemouth and West to Honiton and Exeter. To the North is the A303 to London and the south east. The M5 to the midlands and the North of England at Taunton is 25 miles. Axminster has a mainline railway station to London Waterloo (2 hours 40 minutes) and Exeter by train is 30 minutes. Exeter airport has international flights, and there are ferry ports at Plymouth and Southampton.
Axminster 1 mile
Lyme Regis 4 miles
Exeter 25 miles
Dorchester 28 miles
(Mileages / distances approximate)
From the carriage drive gravel gives way to steps which lead down to the main entrance lobby with glazed door to: -
Reception Hall with flagstone floor and staircase to first floor. Steps lead down to the rear hall and an archway opens to the
Dining Room This pretty room focuses around the inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove. The deep window sills frame newly fitted double glazed windows and the decoration throughout is excellent. A door leads through to the
Drawing Room A good sized room with large open fireplace, carved marble surround and painted wood panelling above; display cabinets either side. A light room with glazed doors opening to the front of the house.
To the other side of the reception hall is the
Library / Sitting Room Another large room, recently refurbished with new windows, wood panelling and door to
Office with fitted desk, shelving and door to garden room with glazed roof. Access to Work room with oil fired central heating boiler.
Also from the reception hall is access to the rear hall and
Kitchen Fully fitted with views out to gravelled courtyard garden.
Utility room with worktops, sink and separate wc.
First floor landing to
Master bedroom with ensuite shower room Three further ensuite bedrooms all with views.
Self-contained Apartment (accessed from first floor landing and also has its own private entrance) with kitchen, sitting room, bathroom and balcony.
Garden Cottage with main access from the walled garden, comprising sitting room, kitchen, wc, two bedrooms both ensuite.
Courtyard Cottages, a pair of semi-detached cottages with rendered elevations under a slate roof set to the North West of the main house. Both cottages have independent access, parking and private gardens set within a courtyard also comprising a range of outbuildings incorporating a log store, machine store and laundry room. The cottages have consent for holiday use and are a well-established income stream.
Cottage 1 has a sitting room / diner, kitchen, ground floor double bedroom, and shower room. Two bedrooms and bathroom at first floor.
Cottage 2 has a sitting room, kitchen / diner, ground floor double bedroom with shower room. Two double bedrooms and bathroom at first floor level.
Garden and Grounds
The property is accessed via a long sweeping carriage drive from the road which dissects paddocks enclosed by post and rail fencing. The drive splits close to the house with one spur leading to the cottages and barn and another to the main house culminating in a planted turning circle.
Furzeleigh sits right in the centre of its own grounds of about 37 acres with the formal gardens extending to approximately 5 acres. Immediately to the rear of the house is a gravelled, walled garden with ornamental fish pond overlooking the wooded hill as a back drop. The cottages with their small enclosed private gardens lie to the North West and to the South East is the main walled kitchen garden stocked with a wide array of soft fruits, vegetable, shrubs and plants, a small orchard and greenhouse.
The main formal gardens to the South East are splendid and set around a series of ponds with giant Gunnera plants and mature trees, through which is a most attractive woodland walk. Beyond this an opening leads to a neat lawn, probably once a grass tennis court and a pretty wooden summerhouse, beyond that is a paddock.
The Land and Buildings
The remainder of the woodland and paddocks surround the property and water is available where required for livestock.
In recent years a substantial portal framed barn with electric roller doors has been constructed to the North West of the cottages, and is an excellent machine store, workshop, storage barn or possible equine use.
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