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3 bedroom detached house for sale

Lee, Ilfracombe, Devon

Guide Price £585,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 reception rooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • chocolate box style cottage
  • walking distance of Lee BAy beach

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Dating back to 1653, the property has been extended, rewired, re-plumbed and re-thatched under the supervision of a leading Devon based, heritage Architect, with new coatings internally and externally, all to a high specification. Old Maids Cottage provides very comfortable living with character features such as an inglenook fireplace and exposed beams, combined with the modern day comforts of today’s living providing a lovely ambience. Since this massive programme of works, the property has been in the rental market for several years and has established itself as a highly successful holiday rental property for 6 people, with a current gross income of circa £35,000.00.

Old Maids Cottage has a strong historical background as it was named after a local poem which tells of three young women who were so picky about would-be husbands that they ended up as ‘the three old maids of Lee“. The poem became famous when it started to be sung during the First World War, with the troops saying that they were going to return home and go and marry one of the 3 old maids of Lee. The house was even reproduced as a china model by the ceramics firm W.H.Goss of Stoke on-Trent, one of a range of models of famous cottages released by Adolphus Goss in 1893.

Over the years many postcards have featured Old Maids Cottage and it is still to this day, one of the most striking period properties within the village and the subject of much admiration.

There are 3 generous bedrooms, open plan accommodation, providing a great mix of character and 21st Century living. It has its own driveway parking for 3 cars, and a large garden with lawns and terraces, and a smaller enclosed garden area with outside seating. Some two hundred yards away is The Grampus, a traditional old Devon pub with low beams great food and a wonderful atmosphere.

This eye-catching cottage is situated in the centre of the village and just a short walk from the sea, where the Atlantic meets the spectacular North Devon coastline. The cottage is ideally situated to make the most of the spectacular surrounding countryside and with the South West Coast Path just moments away, exploring the hidden treasures of this area couldn’t be easier. Lee Bay is renowned locally for its kayaking, fishing and spear-fishing, and can even offer a hidden gem of a beach which can only be accessed when the tide is right and which is a firm favourite with the locals in the summer!

Those seeking surfing beaches have only a short drive to reach the 3 mile golden sands of Woolacombe & Putsborough and a little further those of Croyde and Saunton. Spending the day surfing the waves on these very popular beaches and being able to retreat from the hubble bubble, through fuchsia lined lanes, to this scenic village is considered the icing on the cake for many.


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12 September 2016

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