Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34
- Unlisted country home is superb elevated position
- Panoramic coastal views
- About 49 acres of gardens and woodland
- Over 8,000 Sg ft of charming accommodation
- Prime location, close to Lee Bay
- EPC Rating = F
Lee Manor is an impressive country house which is not listed. The house is situated in a wonderful elevated position with far reaching views out to sea over Lee Bay and is approached through a pair of electronically operated wrought iron gates and over a wide tree-lined drive, flanked by rhododendrons. Lee Manor house offers superb accommodation and a wealth of important period features. The property is accessed from a Gothic style timber door into an impressive entrance porch with original tiled floor, stained glass windows and exposed stone walls, one of which bears the Drake-Cutliffe coat of arms. From the entrance porch an inner lobby leads into the magnificent reception hall, part panelled, with a spectacular transom mullion window with stained glass detail, a large open fireplace, timber flooring and overlooked by a splendid galleried landing. There is an L-shaped drawing room with fireplace housing wood burning stove and a French window to outside, with wonderful views over the tranquil garden and out to sea.
The dining room also has a fireplace with an ornate carved timber screen above and there is a study, which could be used as a further reception room. The kitchen is well fitted with a range of units under granite work surfaces with a 2-oven oil-fired Aga with companion electric cooker, also with two ovens and a hob over. Adjoining the kitchen is a breakfast room. Also on the ground floor are a range of utility rooms, including a cloakroom, and access to the cellar, which is dry, spacious and divided into rooms. A wide easy-rising staircase leads to the double minstrels gallery which overlooks the reception hall. From here a door leads to the master bedroom suite, which has a spacious bedroom with a balcony and a window seat to take advantage of the sea views. There is a luxurious bathroom, also with sea views, and a large dressing room with wall-to-wall wardrobes and a central dressing table. Also on this floor are six further bedrooms, each with its own en suite facilities. A secondary staircase leads down to the ground floor.
The property has been exceptionally well maintained by the current owners and is extremely well presented. Although Lee Manor is a manor house, it is not in any way imposing and offers comfortable and welcoming accommodation.
The gardens which surround Lee Manor adjoin the woodland and offer a tranquil haven in which to enjoy the sea views and the wide variety of wildlife. There are areas of lawn with flower and shrub beds, planted with a variety of flowering shrubs and spring bulbs, as well as a selection of rhododendrons and camellias, giving year round colour.
To the front of the house some steps lead down to a terraced area known as The Crow’s Nest, an ideal spot to sit and enjoy the stunning westerly views.
Within the grounds of the property is a detached double garage of stone construction under a tiled roof.
Lee Manor is situated at the head of the Fuchsia Valley in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and an Area of Tranquillity. The village of Lee offers little to disturb the peace of the area, apart from the Church of St Matthew and the Grampus Inn.
The delightful coastal town of Woolacombe is approximately 3½ miles away, offering a range of everyday facilities and a wonderful four mile beach, providing excellent walking, swimming and surfing. More extensive shopping facilities can be found at Ilfracombe, which also has a theatre, the Landmark Theatre.
The market town of Barnstaple, about 13 miles away, is a thriving town with a weekly pannier market and a good range of local shopping facilities including two supermarkets.
Acreage: 49 Acres
From the western side of Barnstaple take the A361 towards Ilfracombe and Braunton. Follow signs to Ilfracombe and at Mullacott Cross turn left onto the B3231, signed to Lee. Take the first right, signed to Lincombe and Lee and at the junction turn left and proceed through Lincombe, signed to Lee. Once in Lee, proceed past the church and follow the road to the sea wall and alongside the sea wall which then bears right climbing up the hill where the entrance to Lee Manor can be found on the left hand side. Note – Please follow the directions above rather than using SatNav.
Water sports – Traditional seaside activities such as rock pooling and paddling at Lee Beach, and surfing at Woolacombe, Puttsborough, Croyde and Saunton, which are some of the best surfing beaches in the UK.
Golf – At nearby Saunton there are two 18 hole golf courses.
Walking – The National Trust South West Coastal Footpath follows along the north coast and provides superb walking.
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Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34
NEAREST STATIONSDistances are straight line measurements from the centre of the postcode
- Barnstaple Station10.1 miles
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