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4 bedroom detached house for sale

Bishops Tawton, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32

Sold STC £630,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Elegant Grade II Listed thatched cottage with views over the River Taw valley
  • Beautifully refurbished throughout with stunning kitchen/breakfast room
  • Sunny south west facing aspect with mature gardens and paddock of c.1.6 acres
  • 3 reception rooms, 4 double bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Stone former stable/garage with PP to convert to a 2-bedroom holiday unit

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Situated in the highly sought after and desirable village of Bishops Tawton, and enjoying fine views over the Taw Valley, this is a most elegant Grade II Listed thatched house which has been the subject of extensive refurbishment both internally and externally and now offers superb and tastefully decorated accommodation throughout. The property retains many of the original period features, including shutters, multi-pane casement windows and Inglenook fireplace, but enjoys the convenience of modern day living with gas fired central heating and luxury fitted kitchen and bathrooms - all set within mature gardens and grounds extending to approximately 1.6 acres with gently sloping lawns and a large productive vegetable plot.

Being well situated at Newbridge, south of Bishops Tawton, and just a short drive to Barnstaple town centre, the property was formerly part of the Chichester Estate and is approached over its own private driveway, passing the original stable and garage which is now available with Planning Permission to convert to a 2-bedroom holiday letting unit.
Planning Application nos. 61030, 61031.

With colour washed elevations under a thatched roof, to the front of the property is a fine verandah surmounted by a full width canopy all enjoying a south westerly aspect with fine views over the gardens and Taw Valley beyond.

Internally the property, with its wealth of character, has been beautifully restored to its former glory and in brief comprises: canopied verandah leading to the entrance hall with stairs to first floor and access to the cellar via electric controls with stairs leading down. The dining room has French doors with shutters leading to outside, feature Inglenook fireplace housing the gas fired room heater, sitting room with fireplace housing gas fired room heater, glass fronted display cabinet and French doors with shutters to outside and a door leading through to the fine drawing room with dual aspect windows enjoying views over the gardens, Minster fireplace with open grate and a door leading to the front of the property. There is an extremely well appointed kitchen/breakfast room with a comprehensive range of Shaker-style wall and base units, 2 sink units one with Quooker hot tap, 3-oven mains gas Aga with 2-oven electric module and gas hob, integrated appliances including washer/dryer and dishwasher, full height larder fridge and freezer, pull-out larder cupboard, pan drawers and an island unit with solid oak worktop and a breakfast bar. A door leads to the side porch which gives access to outside and a further door leads to the rear courtyard. Off the kitchen is a cloakroom with 2-piece white suite with vanitory sink and w.c.

On the first floor there are 4 generous double bedrooms, all enjoying a lovely outlook with those rooms to the front having the advantage of views over the gardens and the Taw Valley beyond. There are 2 modern bathrooms with fitted white suites. Also on this floor is a large walk-in store cupboard.

Outside, the property is approached over a sweeping driveway with an original stone stable/garage with planning permission to create a 2-bedroom holiday unit. A 5-bar gate leads on to the property with ample parking and turning area. The vendors have spent considerable time and effort in landscaping the gardens which now offer sweeping lawns with mature trees, a raised terrace to the rear with a variety of flowering shrubs and plants. The garden is divided into 2 sections, firstly with the lawned area at the front of the property and there is further access via a 5-bar gate and pedestrian gate to a further lawned area/paddock with chicken house which incorporates space for a ride-on lawn mower. There is an extensive productive vegetable plot with raised beds and polytunnel. A series of chipping pathways gives access to the raised beds. Also at the rear of the property are many of the original outside stores which the vendor currently uses to house tools, logs and various garden furniture etc. In addition, steps give access to the cellar with light and power connected.

Kings Cottage is well located at Newbridge, approximately 3 miles south of Barnstaple, just on the outskirts of the village of Bishops Tawton with its popular primary school and popular local pub. The property enjoys a sunny south west facing aspect over the valley with the meandering River Taw. Chapelton Station on the Tarka Line links Barnstaple with Exeter, approximately 1.5 miles to the south and local beauty spot Codden Hill surmounted by its monument lies to the north and is well known for its spectacular view over much of North Devon. Barnstaple town centre is within easy driving distance and offers a range of local and national high street shops, banks and leisure facilities, cinema, theatre and thriving market. The area offers a wide range of outdoor pursuits including walking, cycling, riding and fishing and golf at Barnstaple, High Bickington, Chulmleigh and High Bullen. 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 easy reach and the Exmoor National Park is also readily accessible.
From Barnstaple take the A377 (Exeter Road) south passing through the village of Bishops Tawton. On exiting the village pass 2 lay-bys on the left hand side and take the next drive on the left, which is the private drive to Kings Cottage.

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Mains water, electricity and gas. Septic tank drainage

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