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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Lower Washfield, Tiverton, Devon

Guide Price £2,000,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Unlisted country house
  • 6 bedrooms
  • 6 reception rooms
  • Private setting
  • Two one bedroom flats
  • Set in 14.9 acres
  • Fishing on the River Exe
  • In all about 9,170 SqFt.

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Originally built for the Worth family, it is believed there has been a house on the site for around 1000 years. The property was in the ownership of the Worth family until about 130 years ago and the original medieval hall house was knocked down and rebuilt in the 1930's. Worth House is a pretty, extremely well proportioned and manageable family home. The layout of the house is typical of its era, with large symmetrical square rooms, high ceilings and lots of useable space.

Worth House is a very private country house, steeped in history yet unlisted. The house sits centrally within its land, surrounded by mature trees and magical gardens, with the River Exe running through the grounds.

The layout of the house is typical of its era, with large symmetrical square rooms, high ceilings and lots of useable space. The large kitchen/breakfast room forms the focal point of the ground floor, from which is accessed the secondary kitchen, utility room and orangery. There are a further 5 reception rooms, including a billiards room and large study, which all flow well and offer fantastic space for entertaining. The impressive proportions continue to the first floor. At the top of stairs, one is greeted by a large landing area, off which there are 6 large bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, as well as substantial storage space. The amount of space combined with the simple layout, makes Worth House an ideal family home.

Worth House is situated less than 2 miles north of Tiverton, tucked away in a very private position in the middle of its own land with no public rights of way. The house is approached via a long private drive, which crosses the River Exe and leads up to the main house.

Local attractions include the house and gardens at Knightshayes Court, which is open to the public and described as one of the finest gardens in Devon, according to the National Trust. Tiverton provides a number of services for everyday needs. There is a large supermarket and a range of other independent shops. Exeter is approximately 17 miles to the south and provides a more extensive range of shopping facilities, as well as restaurants, theatre and other attractions such as Exeter Cathedral.

The mainline railway station at Tiverton Parkway provides regular services to London Paddington taking about 2 hours. Junction 27 of the M5 motorway is about 8 miles to the east and gives access to the M4 and London, as well as Exeter and the West Country. Schools in the area include Blundell's in Tiverton (Worth House lies within the reduced fee boundary for Blundell's), Wellington School, Kings College, Queens College, Taunton School and Exeter School. Slightly further afield are Millfield and Wells Cathedral School.

Sporting activities in the area include golf at Tiverton Golf Club and National Hunt racing at Taunton, Exeter and Newton Abbot. The area is well known for its country sports, with a large number of local hunts and shoots.

A large outbuilding behind the house offers ample storage space, a double garage and 2 stables on the ground floor. On the first floor are 2 flats. Both flats contain 1 bedroom, a sitting room, kitchen and bathroom. They are currently let out on assured shorthold tenancies. Next to the walled garden are an impressive greenhouse and a garden store.

Worth House is accessed via a long private drive, through electric gates and crossing a bridge over the River Exe. The primary drive sweeps around the rear of the house passing in between the main house and the outbuildings, and then to the front of the house where there is a substantial gravelled parking area with a fountain in the middle. There is secondary access from Washfield Lane.

The grounds form a mixture of areas of lawn and woodland. In front of the house is a large area of lawn and a tennis court sits just to the east of the house. A path runs north away from the outbuildings, and leads to the substantial walled garden. This area offers the potential to create additional accommodation, subject to obtaining the relevant planning consent. A large area of lawn leads down to the river, which runs down the easternmost boundary. Approximately a mile of the River Exe is owned by Worth House, and provides extensive fishing for an incoming buyer.

Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
13 May 2016

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