4 bedroom barn conversion for saleKennford, Exeter, Devon
Sold STC £500,000
- Attractive period conversion in rural setting
- Lovely sweeping gardens and grounds
- Much character and charm throughout
- Sitting room with log-burner
- 4 bedrooms & study / bedroom 5
- Bathroom & downstairs shower room
- Garage & extensive driveway parking
- LPG central heating
- Easy access to major roads
This wonderful detached property is a period conversion, which we understand was formerly the stables of the Trehill Estate. The conversion has been carried out in a way that is sympathetic to the building, with good quality timberwork providing excellent rustic charm. Most of the windows are on the southerly elevation and enjoy good views across the beautiful sweeping landscaped lawns and grounds, understood to have once been the kitchen gardens for the estate. The family-sized accommodation comprises welcoming reception hall, spacious sitting room with log burner that opens to a large versatile room that could serve as an occasional bedroom or a home office. There is an attractive kitchen/dining room with a useful utility/boot room leading off. Also to the ground floor is the fourth bedroom and modern shower room. To the first floor there are three double bedrooms and the modern family bathroom. In addition to the sweeping grounds, there is a lovely paved area, perfect for al-fresco dining, as well as a garage and a courtyard.
Manor Croft is situated in a pleasant semi-rural location on Old Haldon Hill, which lies around 6-miles from the cathedral city and county town of Exeter. The location is "tucked away" and yet offers immediate accessibility to all major roads and the M5 motorway beyond. The property is set around one mile from the villages of Kenn and Kennford, which have a range of local amenities to include a well-regarded primary school. Manor Croft and its neighbouring properties are nestled in a delightful rural bowl below Haldon Forest. Nearby Haldon Forest Park is an expansive area of forestry commission owned woodland offering excellent walking, horse riding and cycling trails.
From Exeter proceed South onto the A38 towards Plymouth and climb Telegraph Hill. As the road levels out, exit left signposted Exeter Racecourse and Dunchideock and at the mini-roundabout within 100 yards or so turn right signposted Dunchideock. Cross under the A38 and then immediately take the left exit signposted A38 and Exeter and then partially re-join the A38 in a northerly direction but immediately take the slip road left signposted Kennford and Kenn. Continue down this road through the trees for 0.9 of a mile and shortly after a white gate lodge on the right, turn sharp left down a drive where the entrance to Manor Croft will be found.
The Gardens and Grounds:
Manor Croft is approached by a shared private driveway that gives gated access to the private driveway for Manor Croft, which sweeps around the front of the property giving access to the parking area at the side. The gardens are a true delight, having a south westerly aspect and comprise of sweeping, gently sloping lawns, being enclosed on two sides by high level feature stone walling. The landscaped gardens are stocked with a variety of small trees and specimen plants and sit beautifully within the surrounding wooded hillsides. Immediately in front of the property there is a paved area with surrounding lawns, a mature wisteria and various climbing plants on the front elevation, making this a wonderful spot to sit and contemplate the surroundings.
the kitchen there is a useful Utility/Boot Room with a part glazed door to the rear courtyard, fitted cupboards and under surface space for a dishwasher, washing machine and further appliance, along with space for a fridge/freezer. From the kitchen, another feature arch leads to a Lobby Area with fitted shelves and a recessed airing cupboards housing the LPG central heating boiler.
Bedroom 4 is accessed with a deep-sill window overlooking the gardens, along with built-in wardrobes with a dressing table and mirror in between. The Ground Floor Shower Room has a modern suite and also has views across the grounds.
To the first floor
there is a long, part-galleried landing with timber flooring and feature timber panel latch doors to the first floor rooms. Bedroom 1 is a pleasant dual aspect room with good views across the grounds, feature beams and timber flooring. Bedroom 2 is another very appealing room, also with timber flooring and a low-level deep sill window overlooking the grounds, along with built in cupboards. Bedroom 3 is another lovely double bedroom, also enjoying views across the grounds and with a built-in cupboard/wardrobe. The modern Family Bathroom is well proportioned with a 3-piece white suite and a shower over the bath.
the parking area at the side of the property there is an attached Timber Garage with a metal up and over door, power, light and access to the rear courtyard area.
The accommodation comprises:
A beautiful paved entrance area leads to the hardwood, part glazed stable door to the welcoming Reception Hall with exposed timber flooring and a feature turning timber staircase to the first floor. A wide archway leads to the spacious Sitting Room; a charming room with much character having a beamed ceiling, a leaded light arched window with deep display sill and shelves beneath, along with timber framed French doors to the outside, affording lovely views across the sweeping lawns and gardens. There is a feature fireplace with brick work surround and a raised hearth with recessed log-burning stove.
the sitting room there is a useful additional Reception Room, currently in use as a bedroom but which could easily serve as a study or snug etc. This room also has views across the grounds and recessed cupboards/wardrobes. The Kitchen/Dining Room is another lovely space with timber flooring and the dining area enjoys views across the grounds and provides ample space for a farmhouse-style table and chairs. The kitchen area is well fitted with a modern range of units with high gloss cupboards doors and drawer fronts. There are ample areas of timber effect work surface with attractive coloured tiling above. There is a built in 4-ring gas hob with Bosch oven beneath and filter over.
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