7 bedroom detached house for saleKenton, Exeter, Devon
- Beautiful Georgian residence
- Landscaped gardens
- Detached studio/home office
- Outdoor heated swimming pool
- Set in 20 acres
- 5,612 to 9,516 SqFt.
Helwell Barton is a beautiful Grade II listed residence with Georgian additions and approached over a long tree lined drive to the east or a shorter drive from the west. The current owners have completely refurbished and modernised the house over the last ten years after purchasing the property in a poor state of repair. The property now offers light and spacious family accommodation whilst retaining much of the houses original features.
The accommodation comprises an entrance hall with the main Georgian staircase flowing to
the upper floors, with the main reception rooms on either side. To the right of the hall is the drawing room with easterly views over the garden and a Georgian marble fireplace, double doors lead through to the library. The library has a further set of double doors, these lead through to the architect designed garden room featuring oak doors that open out onto the private courtyard. To the left of the entrance hall is a sitting room with a wood burning stove and a dining room, again with
a wood burning stove, and the original stone flooring which was re-laid during the refurbishment works. The kitchen has been completely re-modelled with travertine tiles, a hand built fitted kitchen, breakfast island with a
chestnut surface and a Lacanche range. There are exposed beams and double doors leading out to
the south facing terrace. A utility room, housing twin boilers and a boot room lie off the kitchen,
with the boot room providing access to the courtyard through a stable door. The cellars have a large store room, a former dairy with slate surfaces and a wine cellar.
Upstairs on the first floor is the master bedroom suite with a dressing area and an ensuite bathroom with a claw foot bathtub, separate shower and 'his and hers' sinks, a guest bedroom
suite with an ensuite bathroom and three further bedrooms. A family bathroom with a laundry area is also found on this floor. On the first floor are two further bedrooms and a bathroom, again featuring 'his and hers' sinks.
Helwell Barton is situated in a rural and very peaceful position on the west side of Devon's beautiful Exe Estuary. The estate was once part of the Powderham Castle Estate and is surrounded by sweeping countryside.
Helwell Barton is secluded and remarkably tranquil, whilst enjoying the closeness of the city of Exeter and all its amenities. The nearby village of Kenton has a parish church, a well-regarded
restaurant, the 'Rodean', inn, primary school, post office and village store. Further inns at Cockwood Harbour and Kenn are very well renowned. The Powderham Castle Estate has a fantastic farm shop and butcher and restaurant/café. There are
moorings and sailing clubs at nearby Starcross and Dawlish and many opportunities for riding, walking
and fishing on Dartmoor and the nearby Haldon Forest.
Exeter, 8 miles away, is the most thriving city in the South West and offers a wide choice of cultural activities with the cathedral, theatre, a museum,
arts centre and a wealth of good shopping, including John Lewis, and restaurants. There is also a Waitrose supermarket in the city. Many primary and secondary schools can be found in Exeter including Exeter School and The
Maynard School, whilst Exeter University is recognised as one of the best in the country.
The M5 motorway at Exeter provides links to the A38 and A30 to Cornwall to the South and Bristol
and London to the North and East. There are regular rail services to London Paddington from Exeter, taking just over 2 hours; or for ease, the train can be boarded at Dawlish too. Exeter International Airport provides an ever increasing number of domestic and international flights including two flights a day to London City Airport.
Helwell Barton sits neatly in the middle of its own land and is approached over two driveways.
The westerly rear drive leads past the former winery and into the courtyard and parking area which the main buildings surround. The long easterly drive approaches the Georgian front of property and a gravelled parking area to the side.
The property is surrounded by private well maintained gardens with lawns to the east and south of the house. A south-facing terraced area with a pizza oven overlooks the pond. A pretty courtyard with many flowering shrubs lies off the
garden room and to the western side of the house. The large pond, with cobbled entry point and
island, and water garden is to the rear of the studio, where walks alongside the pond lead up to the 'Zen garden'. Here, there is a berry garden and well-stocked herb garden surrounded by hedging with a greenhouse, compost bins and gardeners shed. A peaceful clearing and wooded area lies to the south of the westerly drive.
An orchard with traditional West Country apple trees lies off the gardens to the rear of the 18 metre outdoor heated swimming pool, alongside a Robinson Crusoe garden. Views from the gardens and orchard are spectacular and take in the surrounding countryside and Haldon Forest.
Courtyard of buildings
Situated across the courtyard from the main house is a stunning range of traditional outbuildings which have partially been converted. The original Georgian complete stable block with four stalls, hay mangers, doors and cupboards. Above the stables is a lovely large studio/multipurpose room, which has been beautifully converted with attractive beams, large glass windows in the ceiling, facing southwest and heating. There is
a kitchenette area, separate WC and washbasin adjacent to the studio and potential to extend the
accommodation into the first floor of the adjoining building.
There is a converted barn on the opposite side of the courtyard, which serves as an annexe to the
property, and this is currently let by the vendors to a professional. The annexe comprises a spacious
kitchen/dining room, bedroom and bathroom.
Above but separated from the annexe, accessed via glass doors, is an entertainment barn/leisure
complex. This is a fantastic space, with a high vaulted ceiling and fitted kitchenette, and is currently used as a gym and entertainment room with table tennis and table football. The space could be used for meetings and has panoramic
views of the Haldon Hills. There is also a changing room with a separate shower, WC, and an electric sauna. A door leads outside to the pool area. Outside is the 18m x 5m heated swimming pool, an attractive patio area and an artificial grass verge which is perfect for sun loungers next to the pool.
Accessed from the West drive is the former winery building, a 7 bay concrete framed general purpose building measuring 32.5m x 12m. The building was
once the main hub for the well renowned Kenton Vineyard winery. The infrastructure of the building is very good and presents substantial opportunities for the next purchaser. The building is well insulated, timber clad and has light, 3 phase power and water all connected; the building is divided
into three distinct sections: A 2 bay open plan gallery with a sealed terracotta floor and an oak
and granite kitchenette. Access to the raised decking area outside and additional parking. There is a wc and a disabled w.c.
3 bay former winery with two large storage rooms, a central drainage passage, a laboratory sink and a
roller shutter door.
2 bay storage area with 2 large doors and the 3 phase electric circuit board.
The 3 bay steel framed machinery shed is located at the opposite side of the drive and measures
14.2m x 9.2m with two electrically operated roller shutter doors. Water is capped off just outside
The land extends to approximately 20 acres (8.15 Ha), some of which has been used in recent years
as a vineyard producing some award winning wine. The vines have now been removed as the
vendors have decided to pursue other opportunities. These fields are fenced and interspersed with Italian Alder windbreaks, formerly to protect the vines, which are still in situ. The land is now ready for equestrian or other uses or, of course, could be re-used for vines.
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