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5 bedroom character property for sale


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Full of immense charm and character this historic 17th Century (not listed) Devon Farmhouse nestles in about 7 acres of outstanding grounds (adjoining National Trust parkland & forestry) with paddock, wooded valley, and ponds. Versatile LPG centrally heated and leaded double glazed accommodation comprises 3 reception rooms plus orangery, 4 bedrooms (en-suite master), and a 1 bedroom self-contained annexe. Impressive range of restored barns, and an adaptable 54ft x 48ft modern barn. This truly outstanding family home is available with no onward chain.

Lovingly restored with amazing attention to detail, this wonderful family home has that rare ambience only found in properties steeped in history. The accommodation which is LPG centrally heated and complimented by leaded hardwood double glazed windows briefly comprises:- Entrance Porch, 38ft open plan Sitting/Dining Room, Music Room, Inner Lobby with Cloakroom, Side Hall/Boot Room, Kitchen with AGA Companion electric oven, Breakfast Room, Stunning Orangery of Iroko hardwood construction, First Floor Landing, En-Suite Master Bedroom, 3 Further Bedrooms, and Bathroom. Exterior Granary Steps rise to the integral self-contained 1 bedroom annexe perfect for a dependant relative or family member. Good range of restored and traditional barns. Incredible useful 54ft x 48ft modern barn currently arranged to provide workshop facilities/storage. The land is a glorious mixture with a paddock, mature native woodland with many fine deciduous trees, and series of well-established naturally fed ponds running along the valley bottom. These may be approached by a stone drive of such exceptional quality that an ordinary car is fine. A pretty stream meanders through the valley, whilst at its southern boundary, the property adjoins the beautiful National Trust parkland of the Dunsland Estate and Forestry.

It is thought, Cookbury Court, was probably the Home Farm for the nearby Dunsland Manor which in years gone by was a large estate of some note. Unfortunately, the fine manor house was destroyed by fire some 40 years ago, but the beautiful grounds are now in the safe hands of the National Trust. The unspoilt hamlet of Cookbury comprises a handful of quality residential properties centred around its ancient church. The bustling market town of Holsworthy caters particularly well for the locality with a good range of national and local shops together with amenities including indoor heated swimming pool, sports hall, golf course, schools, library and park etc. Bude on the North Cornish Coast with its sandy surfing beaching and spectacular cliff side walks is some 16 miles whilst those wishing to travel further afield the cathedral city of Exeter with its intercity rail and motorway links is some 40 miles distant.

From Holsworthy, proceed on the A3072 Hatherleigh road for about 4 miles and upon reaching the Bickford Arms at Brandis Corner, turn left signed Shebbear. Proceed along this road for about 3/4 of a mile and take the left hand turning signed Cookbury, and at the next crossroads (Middlecott Cross) turn left and after about 1/2 a mile, the private entrance lane leading to Cookbury Court will be found on the left hand side with a nameplate clearly displayed.

THE ACCOMMODATION COMPRISES (all Measurements Are Approximate)

Latticed sides and door. Courtesy light. Large heavy studded oak door leading to:

OPEN PLAN SITTING/DINING ROOM 38' 0 x 14' 7 max (11.58m x 4.45m max)
Sitting Room Area: Stone fireplace housing a Woodwarm cast iron wood burning stove. Pine floor. Radiator. Wall lights. Window with seat enjoying a great aspect over the front garden to surrounding countryside. Beamed ceiling. TV point.
Dining Area: Pine floor. Window with seat overlooking the front garden. 2 radiators. Beamed ceiling. Wall lights.

MUSIC ROOM 14' 10 plus recess x 13' 9 (4.52m plus recess x 4.19m)
Fireplace housing a slate hearth. Beamed ceiling. Pine floor. Radiator. Window with seat overlooking rear garden. Pine display/ornament shelf running along one wall.

Beamed ceiling. Stairs rise to first floor landing. Pine floor. Interconnecting doors to Sitting Room & Cloakroom. Exposed lintel. Radiator.

Window to rear. Terracotta tiled floor. Cupboards. Low level WC. Radiator. Wash hand basin. Directional down lighters. Access to roof space.

SIDE HALL/BOOT ROOM 14' 0 x 6' 0 (4.27m x 1.83m)
Window with seat to rear. Stable door to front. Delabole flag stone slate floor. Match boarding to 3 walls. Work top with appliance space below and storage shelves over. Electric consumer unit. The Side Hall has 1 small gate, restricting access to the main accommodation and forms a great place for wet dogs to dry off etc.

KITCHEN 14' 6 x 11' 3 plus recess (4.42m x 3.43m plus recess)
Window with seat to rear. Delabole flag stone slate floor. Original large open fireplace housing a green, LPG Aga and a Smeg gas hob with fitted cupboards/shelving, and tiled splashbacking. Matching Companion electric Aga cooker. There are a range of pine wall cupboards and floor standing units with slate worktops. Built-in cupboard with 2 wall mounted central heating boilers. Window to side. Beamed ceiling. Telephone point. Open doorway with steps down to the:

BREAKFAST ROOM 16' 10 x 15' 3 (5.13m x 4.65m)
Delabole flag stone slate floor. Double aspect windows. Slate worktop with wood trim and drawers below. Deep glazed Belfast sink with brass taps. Wall lights. Open stone fireplace with a Woodwarm wood burning stove. Plenty of space for appliances. Beamed ceiling. Understairs cupboard. From this room, a second staircase rises to the First Floor Bedroom 4/Study. Stable door to side. Steps down to the:

ORANGERY 18' 0 x 10' 0 (5.49m x 3.05m)
This great addition to the property was overseen by the present vendors, and is purpose built with Iroko hard wood. It is double glazed throughout, with a high angled/vaulted double glazed roof complete with a motorised roof light with rain sensor. Wall lights. Ceramic tiled floor. Half glazed door to garden.

Pine floor. Window to rear. Access to loft space.

MASTER BEDROOM 16' 4 x 14' 2 (4.98m x 4.32m)
Window to front. Pine floor. 2 radiators. 2 wall and 2 ceiling lights. Telephone point. Vaulted ceiling with exposed timbers.

Large fully tiled walk-in shower cubicle. Multi-rung radiator/towel rail. White low level WC. Pedestal wash hand basin. Access to roof space. Airing cupboard housing a factory lagged hot water cylinder with electric immersion heater, and power shower pump.

BEDROOM 2 L-shaped. Maximum measurements 14' 7 x 14' 3 (4.45m x 4.34m)
Double aspect windows, one with seat. Beamed vaulted ceiling. Radiator. Pine floor. 2 ceiling lights.

BEDROOM 3 14' 2 max x 10' 3 (4.32m max x 3.12m)
Window to front. Pine floor. Beamed vaulted ceiling. Radiator. Attractive ornamental original cast iron fireplace and mantle. Central ceiling light.

Window to side. Free-standing cast iron Victorian style white roll top bath, on claw feet. Matching white wash hand basin with illuminated shaver point. Bidet. Pine floor. Multi-rung radiator/towel rail.

BEDROOM 4/STUDY 17' 0 x 15' 2 max (5.18m x 4.62m max)
This room is approached by its own staircase which rises from the Breakfast Room. Window to front with a great rural aspect to surrounding countryside. Beamed vaulted ceiling. Telephone point. Pine floor. Access to loft space.

This really useful addition to the property is perfect for a dependant relative or family member. It is approached from the outside by stone/slate Granary steps, and offers accommodation comprising (all Measurements Are Approximate):-

BED/SITTING ROOM 15' 0 x 14' 9 (4.57m x 4.50m)
Double aspect windows. Exposed beams. Radiator. Display/ornament shelf. Fitted carpet. TV and Telephone points. Access to roof space.

Fitted carpet.

KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM 9' 10 x 6' 0 (3.00m x 1.83m)
Vinyl floor. Window to rear. Roll edge work surfaces with pine drawers and cupboards below. Stainless steel sink. Electric cooker point. Fitted shelves. Tiled splash backing.

Free-standing Victorian roll top white bath. Wash hand basin. Low level WC. Radiator. Window with seat to front. Pine floor. Multi-rung radiator/towel rail.

The property is approached by a gravel drive which rises from the parish road, and leads to the large parking area adjacent to the modern barn.

GENERAL PURPOSE MODERN BARN 54' 0 x 48' 0 (16.46m x 14.63m)
Large twin doors form a useful access to this outbuilding, which has windows front and rear. Concrete floor. Light and power connected. Internally, it has been sub-divided to provide useful working areas, as well as storage areas and secure spaces. A staircase rises to a Mezzanine Floor, with 2 further large rooms.

In front of the main house is a:

DETACHED STONE BARN 35' 0 x 11' 7 (10.67m x 3.53m)
Again, re-roofed in Delabole slate with concrete floors. Storage space at one end. 4 doors. Light and power connected.

At the side of the house, is a further DETACHED STONE BARN. Divided into 2 to form a:

WORK SHOP 24' 0 x 19' 0 (7.32m x 5.79m)
Light and power connected. Delabole slate roof and concrete floor.

GENERAL PURPOSE STORE/AMENITY ROOM 10' 0 x 10' 0 (3.05m x 3.05m)
Light and power connected, plus plumbing for washing machine.

Large expanses of lawn run around the main residence, with well established trees, shrubs, and paddock. From the main entrance, a further quality stone lane has been laid which drops down through the woodland and terminates in a large parking area. At the valley bottom, are a series of naturally fed ponds. There are 6 in total, with 2 of the smaller ones currently not in use. A pretty un-named stream meanders through the valley, and in combination with the ponds creates not only a picturesque back drop, but a haven for wildlife. The streams wanders through the countryside and joins the River Waldon which itself is one of the main tributaries of the River Torridge. This renowned river system offers tremendous and readily accessible game fishing for the discerning angler. The woodland has many magnificent native trees including some particularly fine oak, ash and beech with daffodils and bluebells in abundance. To take full advantage of this great spot, paths/steps intertwine through the valley, and it is a real pleasure just to walk through them. At the southern proximity is an area of perfect nature habitat, created from willow bog land, and this adjoins the wonderful National Trust parkland of the Dunsland Estate as well as forestry. The whole property extends to about 7 acres.

Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. LPG bulk tank.

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