9 bedroom detached house for saleWhimple, Exeter, Devon
- Large kitchen/breakfast room
- Six reception rooms
- Nine bedrooms, all ensuite
- 5436 sq ft
- Approximately 5 acres of grounds
- Three bedroom cottage
Woodhayes is a spacious and elegant six bedroom Georgian villa with a wealth of period features including the decorative internal doors, open fireplaces, sash windows, cornicing and moulding. The house has been extensively refurbished and beautifully decorated by the current owners, to the highest of standards, creating a boutique B&B and holiday let business.
The ground floor accommodation comprises of a striking entrance hall with a fireplace and wood burning stove, wooden floor and an archway leading to the main staircase for the first floor and a cloakroom under the stairs. To the right of the hall is the dual aspect drawing room, another impressive room featuring another wood burning stove. To the left of the hall is the current breakfast room for the B&B, a bright room with double doors out to the garden and another fireplace and a second sitting room, with a bay window and a wood burning stove. A door from this room leads into the dining room with the original flagstone floor and double doors out to the paved terrace and gardens with another fireplace with a wood burning stove. A boiler/store room for the main house sits off the dining room. Another door leads to the walk in fridge and kitchen/breakfast room beyond. The kitchen has fitted wooden units, a Mercury range, integrated appliances and a breakfast island. There is a rear hall through to a study with a wood burning stove.
Upstairs are six bedrooms, each beautifully decorated and with views over the gardens and surrounding countryside. Each bedroom has an ensuite with underfloor heating. There is a handy utility/housekeeping room on this floor. A rear set of stairs leads back down to the rear hall.
A further rear hall from the kitchen leads to the part of the house that could be used as an attached annexe. There are three further bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, and a small kitchen at this end of the house and rooms that are flexible for extra living space, currently used as an office and for storage. There is rear door access to a walled and paved terrace ideal for 'alfresco' dining and a gardeners WC. Steps lead into the garden with a path through the rose beds and onto the lawn.
The Coach House
The Coach House is the charming former Coach House at Woodhayes with the outline of the driving arch that the carriage used to pass through. Converted around 1970 it was formally the principle part of a series of buildings built to house the family carriage, horses and groomsmen that were part of the Woodhayes household during much of the 19th Century.
Today it is a charming cottage that has been completely refurbished by the current owners, with a recently created separate driveway to provide access. The Coach House has been used as a holiday let in recent years.The accommodation comprises of a bright sitting room with double doors to the courtyard, a spacious kitchen and dining room with fitted wooden units and appliances. Upstairs and with vaulted ceilings and exposed beams are three bedrooms and a family bathroom.
Outside is a private gravelled courtyard ideal for 'alfresco' dining and barbeques. A double garage is attached to the coach house and there are two garden stores off the courtyard.
Woodhayes is located in a sought after area in the beautiful East Devon countryside, on the edge of the village of Whimple. The village has a church, primary school, village store and post office, doctor's surgery, garage, two inns and a mainline railway station with links to Exeter and London Waterloo.
The coastal town of Sidmouth, approximately 11 miles away has a vibrant centre, with numerous independent shops, churches, schools, a Post Office, health centre, cottage hospital, library, theatre and an Art Deco cinema. Sidmouth has four supermarkets, including a large Waitrose. The town has also won several coveted 'Britain in Bloom' nominations.
The Cathedral city of Exeter is approximately 11 miles away and has a number of excellent schools for boys and girls of all ages, a fine university, a broad range of supermarkets and excellent cultural and recreational facilities with many new restaurants, the Princesshay shopping development and a John Lewis and Waitrose. Intercity high speed trains operate from Whimple and Exeter St David's to London (Paddington and Waterloo), the Midlands and the north of England. There are also a growing number of flights to UK and international destinations from Exeter airport, including a route to London City airport with three flights a day taking less than an hour.
Woodhayes sits neatly in its own gardens and land, at the end of a long private drive with a spacious parking area to the front of the property.
The gardens are beautiful and have been landscaped to match the standard of the house. The garden is mainly laid to lawn with well-established trees and shrubs including yew, oak, wisteria, honeysuckle and camellia. Adjoining the garden, with a gravelled drive and five bar gate access, is the paddock of approximately two acres. An attractive Grade II Listed Gatehouse sits at the end of the drive. There are further garden stores and a greenhouse.
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