4 bedroom detached house for sale

Abbotsham, Bideford, Devon

Guide Price £645,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Beautiful period cottage
  • Wealth of character features
  • Four bedrooms (one en-suite)
  • Parklike gardens of about 2.4 acres
  • Rare ice house
  • Highly sought after location

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A beautiful period cottage in park like grounds of 2.4 acres

Location

The property is situated amongst beautiful parklike gardens, on the outskirts of the highly sought after village of Abbotsham; positioned in a convenient location with easy access to the village and the facilities, the breath taking North Devon coastline and Exmoor National Park. The village of Abbotsham has an excellent range of amenities including church, public house, Post Office / shop, and a well renowned primary school. The breath taking North Devon coastline is within close proximity, with the spectacular Greencliff, which affords access to the South West Coastal Footpath, whilst there is a sandy beach at Westward Ho! as well as a Links Golf Course, which is believed to be the oldest links course in England. Exmoor National Park is around 45 minutes’ drive, and offers an excellent range of country pursuits including shooting, hunting, walking and fishing. More extensive facilities are found at the port and market town of Bideford, or the regional centre of Barnstaple, which offers all the area’s main business, shopping and commercial venues.

Mileages

Westward Ho! – 1.5 miles
Barnstaple – 10.5 miles
Exmoor – 23 miles

The Property

Wakewell is a stunning, detached period residence in this highly convenient and sought after location. The property has a fascinating history, (which is covered later) and retains a wealth of characters throughout the property, including fireplaces, slate flagstone floors, exposed timbers and a Victorian water pump. The accommodation on offer is well presented, with three reception rooms, four bedrooms with the master benefiting from en-suite facilities. The property stands in parklike grounds of 2.4 acres, with a stream that meanders through, and cascades over various waterfalls. The grounds are south facing, with a wildlife pond, a walled garden and an original ice house. Only with a full internal inspection can the quality and character of this period character residence be fully appreciated.

History

Wakewell is understood to have medieval origins, and was extended and remodelled in the Victorian era. The property was once known as Coombe Cottage, and thought to be connected with the former Coombe Manor at Abbotsham. Once belonging to Tavistock Abbey, during the 1800’s it became the winter retreat of the Rev. Hudson Grossett Heaven, heir to William Hudson Heaven who purchased Lundy Island in 1834. It is claimed that the Study was his prayer room.

The accommodation with approximate dimensions is more clearly identified on the accompanying floorplan, but comprises:

An oak front door leads to a

Reception Hall Slate flagstone floor, Velux window, Victorian water pump. French doors and floor to ceiling glazing overlook a walled patio garden with slate flooring. It is understood that there is an old medieval well that is connected to the pump.

Utility / Wet Room Comprising shower, wash hand basin and low level WC. The utility area has space and plumbing for an automatic washing machine and tumble dryer, roll top work surface with wall cupboards over. Space for fridge freezer. Oil fired central heating boiler.

Dining Hall Slate flagstone flooring. Ornate fireplace with exposed stonework and oak lintel. French doors lead to the side elevation. Exposed beams.

Kitchen Bespoke fitted kitchen with a range of wall and base units, with sink set into Caesarstone work surfaces. A range of integrated Bosch appliances including oven, plate warmer, microwave oven, four ring electric hob with extractor over and fridge freezer. Space for dishwasher. Window overlooking the walled garden.

The sitting room and snug are divided by the staircase, which rises to the first floor landing, meaning that these rooms are not currently separated, but offer two areas in their own right. The staircase is wide with oak supports and built in book shelfs and storage.

Snug Open fireplace with exposed stonework. Box bay window to front elevation overlooking garden. Window to side elevation with seating overlooking the waterfalls. Exposed uprights and beamed ceiling.

Sitting Room Boxed bay window to front elevation overlooking the garden. Multi fuel stove set into chimney breast with a slate hearth and exposed brickwork. Double doors lead to a

Study A glazed door leads to the front elevation and the garden. Ornate fireplace with built in shelving to the chimney recess, with arched decorative tops.

First Floor Landing Exposed beams, hatch access to two loft spaces. Built in storage cupboards. Antique stained glass panel providing borrowed light.

Bedroom 1 Window to front elevation overlooking the garden lawns towards the orchard. Built in wardrobes. Ornate fireplace. Exposed floorboards and sections of the A frames.

En-Suite Comprising of low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin and tongue and groove panelled bath. Window to front elevation.

Bedroom 2 Window to front elevation overlooking the garden. Exposed floorboards and A frames. Ornate fireplace. Built in wardrobes and vanity wash hand basin.

Bedroom 3 Window to rear elevation.

Cloakroom Comprising of decorative low level WC, wash hand basin and exposed floorboards.

Bathroom Comprising of decorated wash hand basin and a sunken bath with a shower over. Window to rear elevation with exposed uprights. Airing cupboard.

Bedroom 4 Window to side elevation overlooking the garden.

Outside The property is approached through a five bar gate, and a tarmac driveway to a parking area for several vehicles. To the right hand side of the driveway is a wildlife pond with a stream forming the boundary. To the left is an extensive lawned area with a range of mature trees. A stream meanders through the gardens of the property and alongside the house, cascading over various waterfalls. To the rear of the house is a vegetable bed with fruit cages and was an ornamental pond, which could be reinstated, if required. Attached to the house is what is thought to have been the old coach house, and now provides a useful workshop / storage area.

The south facing garden to the front is extensive. Adjacent to the front of the cottage is a gravelled area, with steps that lead to a level lawn section, with a stream to the left. Further steps lead to the orchard, and a stone archway to the right leads through to the walled garden, which is laid to lawn with flowerbeds and borders. An archway in the stone wall leads through to a further area, which is partially walled and has an original ice house, of which very few are thought to remain. There is also a productive vine and a collection of magnolias. From the main lawn in front of the property, steps lead through to the orchard, which is incredibly productive, with apple, pear, plum and cherry trees. On the whole, the grounds of the property are stunning and enjoy a very private aspect.

Property Information

Services

Mains electricity and water. Private drainage (treatment plant). Oil fired central heating.

Local Authority

Torridge District Council – 01237 428700.

Directions

From Barnstaple, proceed on the A39 towards Bideford. You will then pass over the River Torridge, and at the next roundabout, continue straight across, signposted towards Bude on the A39. Then take the first right hand turning signposted towards Westward Ho!, and then the first left hand turning. Proceed along this country lane, passing Kenwith Castle on your left hand side, and upon reaching the crest of the next hill (with a white Georgian house on your right), turn left and proceed down the country lane, where the property will be situated on the right hand side, with For Sale board clearly displayed.


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  • Barnstaple (8.3 mi)
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