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Harberton, Totnes

Added on 26/03/2021
Fine & Country, South Devon

Key features

  • Attractive Character Cottage
  • Central location in Harberton
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Reception rooms
  • Modern kitchen
  • Bathroom & Outside wc
  • Separate stone Linney
  • Beautiful landscaped garden
  • Outside utility / wc
  • Just 3 miles from Totnes & station

Property description

Tenure: Freehold

INTRODUCTION Fern Cottage is a delightful Grade II listed Victorian cottage situated within the very heart of this pretty village. The cottage was built in 1850 with stone walls and brick detail surrounding the windows. All windows were identically remade in Douglas Fir and fitted in January 2001 in agreement with the Listed Building Department at Follaton House, with the original glass also replaced with thicker glass.

This pretty cottage offers well presented accommodation set over two levels with an additional Linney providing more useful space to suit a variety of uses. The house offers three bedrooms and three reception rooms with a bespoke kitchen to the ground floor level and shower room upstairs. There is also an outside utility and cupboard housing the oil fired central heating boiler. The cottage was totally rewired and circuit breakers fitted in the cottage and Linney between September 2000 and March 2001.

There is a good size garden to the rear of the house comprising a pretty patio area, ideal for outside entertaining and a level lawned section to the rear of the outbuilding. This area also offers a vegetable plot with fruit cage and colourful borders to the perimeters. The Linney is an attractive single storey building with stone exterior set under a part pitched glass roof.  

SELLERS INSIGHT Fern Cottage is truly a unique property. Prior to its building, there was a shed between the 18th Century cottages on either side. The cottage was built in 1850 and has remained in my family since then. This is a home I have grown up in and there are many happy memories that remain close to me. Over the years, the house has been carefully modernised and updated bringing it in line with current standards. Changes that have been made have been sympathetically done and in line with the Grade II listing status it has and with permissions in place from the listed building department. Many of these works are highlighted in the details below.

It has been a difficult decision to sell Fern Cottage but now is the right time. We know that it will be difficult to find a similar home and better the village of Harberton but this is a challenge we are ready to undertake. We sincerely hope that the new owners of the cottage enjoy their time here as much as we have.  

STEP INSIDE The front of the house presents an attractive stone façade. The front door opens into a characterful dining room area with features a plenty. There are floor to ceiling wall cupboards, original box shutters to sash windows, a Morso wood burner with back boiler and large ceramic tiles which extend throughout the ground floor rooms with the exception of the sitting room (wood floor boards and carpet). The sitting room offers a pleasant light feel to the front aspect and has original box shutters. There is an original fitted floor cupboard in the right hand alcove with a built-in china cabinet above and an original floor level cupboard to the other alcove which has been adapted in shape to accommodate a TV on top.

From the dining room there is a folding door (made and fitted in October 2001) leading to a galley kitchen. There is a good range of base level and wall mounted units with AEG double oven, Smeg stainless steel hob and stainless steel splashback with Bosch fan above. There is a small dishwasher fitted under the sink, under counter fridge, Formica worktops and under cupboard lighting. The window overlooks the private and secluded courtyard. A door from the kitchen leads to the staircase (which has pantry store shelving and light under the stairs). Passing this area there is a useful study room with a variety of fitted units, power points and internet socket.

Return stairs lead up to the first floor landing with access to loft space and window to rear aspect overlooking the Linney and top garden. The master bedroom faces to the front aspect and is a double bedroom. It has an original floor to ceiling cupboard, the right hand alcove cupboard with space saving folding door and corner double wardrobe with internal light has matching doors. The original fireplace and surround is boarded up. Bedroom two is also a double bedroom facing to the front aspect. It has the original floor to ceiling cupboards in the right alcove and matching fitted wardrobe with integral shelving unit and light with rocker switch, space saving folding doors in the left alcove. The original fireplace and surround is boarded up as this chimney has been blocked. Bedroom three is a single bedroom with a built in single wardrobe with integral shelving, light with rocker switch and space saving folding door. The shower room is a three piece suite with tiled shower, Victorian style wall mounted sink and toilet with Saniflo system fitted in 2000. This is a Sanipro system which takes the water from the shower, sink and toilet. There is an immersion heater in the cupboard with separate storage cupboard over. (NB: A radiator is under the window seat, this radiator must never be turned off if the central heating is to work correctly).  

STEP OUTSIDE Fern Cottage has a beautifully maintained, level garden situated to the rear of the cottage. To the side of the courtyard, there is a utility room which has plumbing for a washing machine, sink with tiled splash-back and toilet. There is a ceramic tiled floor and large cupboard for keeping utility/garden essentials. This is a warm room as the pipes from the boiler run into the cottage from the boiler cupboard next door. Directly to the back of the house, there is a pretty paved courtyard area measuring 15'7" x 7'0" (4.57m x 2.13m) which is ideal for al fresco dining and with a PIR activated with the opening/closing of the cottage and utility doors during darkness. There are ceramic tiles on the floor which match the utility room and a raised stone wall bed, wall troughs and water hoppers all planted to give maximum interest throughout the year. There is a small passage to the outside gate used for storing bins which leads to the right of way behind the properties and in due course the lane.

The Linney is a single storey stone building in the courtyard with a ceramic tiled floor and part glass and slate roof. It is currently two thirds sun room/greenhouse, with wall lights to match the courtyard light and one third workshop. There are power points and lighting in this building.

A tiled passage to the side of the Linney leads to an 'L' shaped west facing garden. There is an outside power point fitted to the Linney wall near the water butt, log store, compost bin, Bunded oil tank (which holds 1,200 litres), fruit cage and vegetable plot edged with Victorian edging tiles. The patio has original Millstone flags and is edged with Victorian edging tiles and there are well established bushes and climbers in the raised and half moon beds which give colour all year round. The original Victorian railings (from the front of the cottage) edge one side of the garden, all the fencing has climbers growing over and the stone boundary wall is planted up with alpine plants.

LOCATION Harberton is a pretty village situated just 2.5 miles from Totnes. The village has remained largely unchanged in recent years providing a charm which makes it so popular whether living or visiting. Within the village, there is a Grade I listed Church, modern Parish Hall (which was built in 1996), popular 13th century public house in the form of The Church House Inn and Cricket Club. The Parish Hall is used by both villagers and outside hirers alike. Events that take place from there include Badminton, table tennis, short mat bowls, pilates and there is a sewing group that meets there weekly. There is also a child's play area, large playing field, area for overnight camping and fire pit all supervised by the Playing Field Committee. Within the parish, Harbertonford offers a post office and store and there is a shop at the petrol station in that same village. A more comprehensive range of facilities, schools and amenities can be found just 2.5 miles away in Totnes.  

DIRECTIONS TQ9 7SE. From Totnes proceed out on the Western By Pass, heading up the hill and onto the A381 Totnes to Kingsbridge Road. After approximately a mile turn right, continue down the lane and turn left heading into Harberton. Take the third right hand turning into Tristford Road signposted Pub and Parish Hall. Heading up the hill take the second lane on the right and Fern Cottage can be found on the right hand side.  

Grade II listed
Council Tax Band: B
Local Authority: South Hams District Council - /
Services: Oil fired central heating, mains drainage, Saniflow system & mains water
Important Locations: Totnes & Railway line 2.5 miles, Kingsbridge 11 miles, Dartmouth 13 miles, Salcombe 18 miles, Plymouth 22 miles, Exeter 31 miles, Exeter Airport 35 miles 


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Harberton, Totnes


Distances are straight line measurements from the centre of the postcode
  • Totnes Station2.3 miles
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