5 bedroom detached house for sale

Ugbrooke, Chudleigh, Newton Abbot, Devon

Guide Price £925,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Historic property
  • 3 reception rooms
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • Self contained apartment
  • Beautiful gardens
  • Peaceful setting

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

VERSATILE HOME & INCOME OPPORTUNITY

Biddlecombe House is a very attractive and unlisted period property originating from the 14th Century, with later 17th and 19th Century additions. Formally used as a school until 1960, the house has in recent years been sympathetically renovated by the current owners, with meticulous attention to detail, to create a flexible and spacious family home which accentuates the many period features within. The accommodation over three floors can be used as a large home or a combination of house, cottage and separate annexe, or indeed to provide additional income.

The main entrance opens into a splendid drawing room with heavy oak beams, an oak pillar, a carved granite pillar and a Jotul wood burning stove set on a deep slate hearth in a large granite inglenook fireplace and double doors into a spacious orangery. The orangery takes full advantage of the sublime views over the garden and surrounding valley, with architecturally designed sliding doors featuring solar glass, a cantilevered lantern roof and remarkably, no corner pillar obstructing the view. A family room lies off the drawing room through double doors and features newly fitted fully opening windows, designed again to take advantage of the views and in keeping with the style throughout the house, and double doors leading out to the breath-taking garden. In this wing of the house, the former schoolhouse, are two double bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, a family bathroom, boot room with access to the garden and a useful utility room. Another characterful feature is a pretty etched glass etched window, depicting the harvest festival, found in the hall.

Down a few steps is the country style kitchen/breakfast room with an Aga, bespoke handmade kitchen units, African slate worktops and an eye level panoramic window.

The bright and spacious master bedroom is accessed by stairs from the drawing room and has a private dressing room with fitted wardrobes and ensuite bathroom. The views from here are spectacular.

Accessed via a handmade arched door in the drawing room is the former 14th Century cottage, currently used as guest accommodation. This could be a further sitting room and bedroom for the main house or an annexe for family members. The sitting room has a vaulted double height ceiling and has been wonderfully renovated in keeping with the period of the house. A large open granite fireplace and wood burning stove are found in the sitting room with separate access to the terrace and south facing windows over the gardens. A kitchen and dining area are found to the rear. A wooden staircase leads up to a gallery bedroom and a family bathroom with a roll top cast iron bath.

The apartment
Biddlecombe House has a self-contained apartment accessed via a staircase at the rear of the property. Currently used as an office the space has a studio bedroom, kitchen area and shower room and exposed roof beams.

Biddlecombe House enjoys beautiful uninterrupted views over the valley of the surrounding Ugbrooke Estate farmland, reputed to have been designed by Capability Brown in the 17th Century. Thought to be the only freehold property within the grounds of the estate, the location is tranquil with no other houses in sight.

Just 2 miles away is the historic town of Chudleigh, which has a good range of local shops, a delicatessen, a primary school and other everyday facilities. The town centre of Newton Abbot is approximately 6 ½ miles away with schools, shops, restaurants, cafes, a weekly market and mainline train station. The well-regarded Stover School is approximately 5 ½ miles away.
Exeter, approximately 11 ½ miles away, is the most thriving city in the county and offers a wide choice of cultural activities with theatres, the RAMM museum, an arts centre and a wealth of good shopping and restaurants, including John Lewis and a Waitrose supermarket. Many primary and secondary schools can be found in Exeter whilst Exeter University is recognised as one of the best in the country. Dartmoor National Park and the coastal towns of Teignmouth and Shaldon are within easy reach.

Access to the A38 and A380 dual carriageways is within a ½ mile which links direct to the M5 motorway to the north. At Newton Abbot and Exeter there are railway stations on the London Waterloo and Paddington lines. Exeter International Airport offers an ever increasing number of domestic and international flights, including 2 flights a day to London City Airport.

Biddlecombe House is approached over a private and well-maintained drive to a gravelled parking area for several cars, and a garage with an electric door. A large granite terrace with seven substantial granite slabs, reputed to be from London Bridge, line the path to the main entrance. A decorative terrace lies to the side with Delabole slate with agapanthus and roses.

The gardens are south facing and laid to lawn with a huge variety of flowering shrubs and trees. The current owners are keen gardeners and have planted the garden to flower throughout the year and are surrounded by stone walls, with many thoughtfully-placed seating areas to enjoy the serenity and valley views. A spring flows into two ponds running through the garden, the larger of the two housing decorative fish, including Koi. Many varieties of plants surround the ponds including a magnificent gunnera manicata, fushia, hosta, hydrangea and hibiscus. A further lawned garden is found to the east of the house, entirely enclosed with an additional slate raised terrace and quiet seating area, from where the spectacular views can be appreciated.

Running alongside the left hand side of the drive and around to the rear of the house is a gently sloping paddock with six apple trees, a double shed, compost area and a small area currently utilized as a dog run. There are several pedestrian access gates from the gardens and a five bar gate for vehicular access off the drive. The paddock is approximately 2 acres.


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29 September 2016

Nearest stations

  • Newton Abbot (4.4 mi)
  • Teignmouth (5.1 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Newton Abbot (4.4 mi)
  • Teignmouth (5.1 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Strutt & Parker, Exeter

24 Southernhay West, Exeter, EX1 1PR

01392 799092 Local call rate

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