6 bedroom detached house for saleWeek, Chulmleigh, Devon, EX18
Guide Price £1,840,000
- Peaceful Location
- 173.50 Acres
- 6 Bedroom House
- Attached Cider Barn
- Colourful Gardens
- Double Garage with Storage
- Pasture, Meadows, Woodland
- Stream & Small Lake
Full descriptionA characterful country house with a south-facing aspect and private gardens, surrounded by an attractive mix of meadows, bluebell woodland, streams and a small lake. Substantial 6 bedroom stone house with potential to extend further into the attached Cider Barn. A mix of pasture, culm grassland and mature woodland. In all about 173.5 acres. EPC Band F.
Situation - South Week lies in a quiet and peaceful location, set amongst a small hamlet of houses and stone barns with an unspoilt southerly outlook.
The house is hidden away yet accessible to the market towns of South Molton and Tiverton as well as the M5 at Junction 27.
The nearby small town of Chulmleigh is 4 miles away, and is positioned above the Taw Valley offering a range of shops, a bank, a health centre and schooling up to GCSE level.
The market town of South Molton is found within 6.5 miles and has a more comprehensive range of shops, banks and schooling, a supermarket as well as weekly livestock and farmers markets. The nearby independent West Buckland School, has a school bus pick up point 1.75 miles away, at Gidley Cross.
The town of Tiverton, about 16 miles away, is an old market town with an historic castle. There are several supermarkets and a wide range of shops in the town, together with schools for all ages, including the independent Blundell's School. There is also a hospital, sports centre and an 18-hole golf course.
The A361 (North Devon Link Road) can be accessed within 7 miles and provides a link to the M5 motorway at Junction 27, nearby to which is Tiverton Parkway rail station with mainline services to London Paddington. Exeter and Bristol Airports have flights to many UK and European cities.
From the farm there is easy access to the Exmoor National Park, known for its hundreds of square miles of superb unspoilt scenery, and the North Devon beaches of Putsborough, Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe are all within reach.
Introduction - South Week house has been thoughtfully improved by the present owners but retains much of its character and original features.
It is a light and spacious house, of stone construction underneath a slate roof, with brick arches above the openings for the timber windows and doors. As well as improving the accommodation, the owners have also installed a log fired boiler under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme and solar PV panels on the roof of the double garage under the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme.
South Week also includes an attractive mix of land uses including meadows, pasture fields, woodland with a small lake and a stream. The land has been farmed organically for many years and so the amenity value is significantly enhanced by the species-rich nature of the meadows.
In total, the property extends to 173.50 Acres (70.21 Hectares) and is available in two lots.
Lot 1 - South Week - The accommodation is presently arranged over three floors and including the attached Cider Barn extends to 4,740 square feet.
There are five bedrooms although the second floor room could form the 6th bedroom if required.
The front door opens into an entrance hall which stretches the width of the house, with terracotta floor tiles, a patio door out to the rear garden and a turning stair case made of Oak leading to the first floor. A door leads off to a cloakroom with flagstone floor.
The living room is a welcoming space, with a triple aspect, solid wood floor, exposed beams and an open fire with a slate hearth. A large window overlooks the gardens, meadows and lake.
The farmhouse kitchen / dining room is the heart of the house, with a flagstone floor with under-floor heating, an extensive range of fitted cupboards with granite worktops including an island unit and integrated fridge / freezer, microwave, dishwasher and electric oven. The former brick fireplace is now home to an electric Aga with four-ovens and a separate hob and the original meat hooks hang from the ceiling. Patio doors open to the western section of the garden.
The sitting room has a hard wood floor, ceiling coving and a fireplace with a wood-burner and a slate hearth. A second staircase leads to the first floor and there is a door out to the garden. The bookcase is a hidden door opening into the Cider Barn.
The ground floor accommodation is completed by a boot room with a flagstone floor and a door to the parking area, and there is also a utility/laundry room with a Belfast sink.
The first floor galleried landing is a wide and light space and includes a study / office area with a window overlooking the gardens and meadows. The solid wood floors extend throughout the whole floor.
The master bedroom has a triple aspect with a large window to the south with views over the small lake and a feature window above. Doors open on to a Juliet Balcony facing east.
There is a wood-burner with a raised slate hearth, exposed roof timbers and an integrated wardrobe.
The adjoining bathroom has a dual aspect, exposed timbers and beams, deep window sills and panelling. There is a free-standing roll-top bath, a bidet, wash basin, W.C. And separate shower cubicle with glass screen.
The second bedroom is south-facing and the third bedroom faces south and west, both double rooms.
Bedrooms two and three are served by the second bathroom which includes exposed beams, a panelled bath, wash basin, W.C. And a separate shower cubicle with a free standing shower.
Turning a corner, the wide landing continues where the fourth and fifth bedrooms are found, both double rooms facing west, one with a Victorian style fireplace hiding a cupboard behind and the other with an integrated wardrobe.
There are steps down to the third bathroom which includes exposed beams, a panelled bath, wash basin, W.C. And a separate shower cubicle.
Stairs lead up to the second floor which is presently used as a gym / recreation space but could form a sixth bedroom with its own bathroom.
A laundry storage room is located at the end of the hallway which could, if required, form a first floor entrance into the adjoining Cider Barn.
The Cider Barn - Attached to the northern elevation of South Week house, and with a connecting door already in place, the Cider Barn provides a large double-storey space which could be converted to extend the present accommodation or for use as an annexe, subject to planning consent being obtained.
The original cider press remains in situ and the space is heated by the log-fired boiler system whilst the roof has also been insulated.
Outside - The house is approached from the entrance lane over a stone parking and turning area which lies to the front (north) of the house and is flanked by a dry stone wall with flower beds to one side.
The Double Garage and wood store has a concrete floor and also houses the log-fired boiler on the ground floor, with a storage space above that could be converted to office or staff accommodation as electricity and heating supplies are already in place.
On the eastern, southern and western elevations are the gardens, enclosed by a low level stone wall with a terrace and lawn to the south and interspersed with flower and shrub beds, including a dining area and low level walled garden with flagstone tiles on the western side.
In addition, to the east of the garage, accessed from the entrance lane, there is an open-fronted Pole Barn to be used for parking and machinery storage.
The Land - The land within South Week comprises an attractive and varied mix of land uses, including just under 13.5 Acres of pasture with a stream flowing near the southern boundary, about 1.5 acres of attractive woodland with an abundance of bluebells during the spring months and a small lake.
The land enhances the setting of South Week in addition to providing wildlife and conservation appeal.
Lot 2 - Additional Land - The land at South Week forms an attractive and mixed block of land, totalling 157 acres (63 hectares) and including productive pasture fields, culm grassland and mature woodland with streams flowing through. This diversity of land uses provides great conservation or sporting appeal.
The land is partly bisected by a hard track, providing access to the productive fields which mainly lie to the west of the holding. There are some useful south-facing fields along the southern boundary, including a small stone quarry, and about 66 acres of good quality land in total, used for mowing for hay and grazing.
The culm grass land totals about 35 acres and is presently used for grazing cattle, although it could be improved through better land drainage, but in the summer months there are a large variety of wild orchids and flowers on show.
Streams flow along the northern and southern boundaries and whilst there are pockets of mainly deciduous woodland throughout the holding, the main section of woodland lies within the north-eastern section and includes some very impressive mature oak and beech trees, with paths, tracks and streams. During the summer months, the canopy of leaves makes this a very tranquil setting.
If purchased with South Week, alternative, more flexible access arrangements can be arranged to link the two lots.
General Remarks -
Services - Mains water. Mains electricity. Private drainage (septic tank shared with North Week). Log-fired central heating and hot water.
The log-fired boiler is a Froling S4 Turbo, and was installed in June 2015. It heats water in two tanks and provides the hot water and central heating for South Week. It could be converted to wood pellets if desired.
Under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, a quarterly payment of £1,922.56 is made to the owners of South Week (£7,690.24 per year) and increases each year by the Retail Price Index. The last payment will be the June 2022 payment.
The solar PV panels receive payment under the Feed in Tariff (FiT) depending on how much energy the system generates. The system was installed in February 2012 and on average gives a subsidy at the current rates of about £1,565.80 per year. The subsidy will be paid until 2037 and the payment rates increase by the Retail Price Index each year.
Access - The entrance lane to South Week is part council owned, part private.
The purchaser of South Week will be granted unrestricted access for residential and agricultural purposes over the private section of the entrance lane.
Tenure - South Week is owned freehold and is available with vacant possession upon completion.
Basic Payment Scheme (Bps) - The farm land is registered for entitlements under the BPS.
The entitlements will be made available to the purchaser.
Local Authority - North Devon District Council, Civic Centre, North Walk, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1EA. Tel: 01271 327711 (www.northdevon.gov.uk).
Council Tax Band F.
Restrictions - The use of the pole barn is limited to a garage / store with no animals. Ground mounted solar PV arrays and wind turbines are not permitted on the land.
Plans And Boundary Fences - A plan, which is not to scale and is not to be relied upon, is attached to these particulars. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to its accuracy.
Fixtures And Fittings - All fixtures and fittings, unless specifically referred to within these particulars, are expressly excluded from the sale.
Wayleaves & Rights Of Way - The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of any wayleave agreements and any public or private rights of way or bridleways etc.
There are no public rights of way through the property.
Viewing - Strictly by prior appointment with Stags. Please call: 01769 572263 or 01392 680059.
Directions - From South Molton: take the B3137 south towards Witheridge. Continue on this road passing through the villages of Alswear and Meshaw and then at Gidley Cross take the right turning signed to Chulmleigh.
At the next crossroads (Burrow Cross) go straight on, continue for about 1.75 miles and at Molland Cross, turn right signposted to Week. Follow this lane for 900 yards and turn right at Week Cross. Follow the entrance road for a short distance and South Week will be found on the right.
From the M5 and Tiverton Parkway Railway Station: Exit the M5 at junction 27 and take the North Devon Link Road (A361) west towards Tiverton. Continue for about 16 miles and turn left at Moortown Cross signposted to Rose Ash, Ash Mill and Bishops Nympton. After about 0.5 miles turn left towards Chulmleigh.
Continue for about 5 miles, crossing straight over three crossroads (Batsworthy Cross, Gidley Cross and the third of which is Burrow Cross) and follow the directions as above.
Disclaimer - These particulars are a guide only and should not be relied upon for any purpose.
These particulars are a guide only and should not be relied upon for any purpose.
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