5 bedroom detached house for saleWhitehall, Hemyock, Cullompton, Devon
Guide Price £950,000
- 5/6 bedrooms
- 4 reception rooms
- Beautiful gardens
- 4274 sq ft
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Whitehall Manor is believed to date from circa 1450. It has had a colourful past with the then Lord of the Manor, Nicholas Bowerman, apparently being assassinated in May 1559. Given the upheaval that was likely when Catholic Mary was succeeded by Protestant Elizabeth, it would seem to be reasonable inference that Nicholas was too closely identified with the outgoing regime and got on the wrong side of the turbulent politics of the day. Unusually, despite its great antiquity, Whitehall Manor has only been owned, for a significant time, by a handful of families, namely the Bowermans, the Lutleys, the Courtenay's and the current owners, since it was first built.
Whitehall Manor is a beautiful detached Grade II Listed residence that stems from the 15th Century, with later additions and alterations. The property is built primarily of mellow local flintstone, under a slate roof and stone coping. The house has generous and well-proportioned accommodation that retains a wealth of period features, including exposed beams, inglenook fireplaces, plank and muntin screen, stone walls and two circular staircases.
The accommodation on the ground floor comprises an entrance hall with exposed wooden timbers, a drawing room with a wood burning stove set in an inglenook fireplace and a window seat, a dining room, again with a wood burning stove, snug, a country style kitchen/breakfast room with fitted wooden units, an Aga and French doors leading out onto the sun terrace, a pretty conservatory with access to the terrace and gardens beyond, laundry room, cloakroom and a utility room and shower room servicing bedroom six.
Upstairs are six bedrooms, one of which is currently used as a library, and two bathrooms. The two principal staircases offer the property a great deal of flexibility.
Whitehall Manor is set in the Culm Valley in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The property enjoys a southerly and westerly aspect overlooking the surrounding rural countryside. For those enjoying walking, cycling, riding and outdoor country and equestrian pursuits the surrounding countryside and coastline provide superb recreational opportunities.
Hemyock, approximately one mile away, is a pretty village with a church, primary school, castle ruins, a popular public house The Catherine Wheel, health centre, shops, post office and parish hall.
Wellington, 4 miles away, has a Waitrose and an assortment of both independently run shops and larger national stores. There is also a good range of educational, leisure and recreational facilities such as the cinema and sports centre with indoor swimming pool.
Taunton, approximately 11 miles away, has a good range of shopping facilities and a thriving farmers' market. There are also many excellent local producers and artisan farm shops. The Musgrove and Nuffield Hospitals serve the town and surrounding area. There are excellent schools for boys and girls of all ages, including Taunton School, Kings College, Queen's College and King's Hall. Other well-known schools in the area include Millfield, Wellington and Blundell's, all within easy driving distance.
Communications are excellent with the A303 and the A30 within easy reach. The M5 motorway provides links to Exeter and Plymouth, and Bristol and London to the North and East. There are frequent rail services from Tiverton Parkway to London Paddington, and from Honiton to London Waterloo. Both Exeter and Bristol airports offer an ever increasing number of domestic and international flights, including 2 flights a day to London City Airport.
Whitehall Manor is approached from the rear into a large cobbled courtyard with parking for several cars. On the opposite side of the house is a range of traditional outbuildings and barns which are currently used for garaging, storage and play rooms. They have the potential for conversion, subject to the necessary planning consents.
The gardens are principally to the south and west and are partly walled, creating a colourful and mature setting for the property. There is a large south facing paved terrace which opens onto a level partly walled garden, which then leads to a lower area of lawn with extensive shrubbery and young trees. To the rear is the traditional cobbled courtyard and a smaller area of garden with pillared pedestrian entrance gates. In total the grounds and gardens extend to 0.89 acres.
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