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8 bedroom detached house for sale

Cloakham House, Axminster, Devon EX13 5RP

Under Offer £1,375,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 8 bedrooms, 5 en suite
  • 4 reception rooms
  • 2 bed Coach House
  • Landscaped gardens
  • About 11.2 acres

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


Cloakham House is located on the east side of the attractive market town of Axminster on the Devon/Dorset border. The farmland around the town is undulating and unspoilt. Cloakham House itself looks down over the Axe Valley towards Axminster where the River Axe meanders through water meadows and a pretty painted bridge carries the private road over the river to Axminster. The town itself has a good variety of shops including Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's River Cottage Canteen and Deli, a supermarket and mainline railway station proving regular services to London Waterloo. Road access is also good with the A30/A303 and M5 within easy reach.
Lyme Regis and Axmouth are both close by providing beaches and access to watersports as well as each having a golf course.


Cloakham House was originally built in 1732 in a classical Georgian style, and has magnificent views over the Axe Valley and its water meadows, to the town. Over the years it has been improved and altered to offer comfortable and practical accommodation for both entertaining and family life.
Built of stone under a slate roof, all the wiring, plumbing and central heating has been upgraded in recent years.
It is approached from Axminster along a 'no through' road which crosses the water meadows and the River Axe before climbing the gentle south facing slope to the house. Three houses share this private road and the farmer. The house is Listed Grade II, being of architectural and historic interest. The house was formerly occupied by the owners of the famous Axminster carpets who introduced the Drysdale breed of sheep to the valley for their carpet quality wool.
Internally the rooms are well proportioned with bay windows in the drawing room and dining room. The main bedrooms have balconies and the second floor has been carefully adapted to provide multi-purpose accommodation with three bedrooms, one en suite, a second bathroom, a sitting area and small kitchen. The house is set in the centre of its land and surrounded by well landscaped gardens on a gentle south facing slope with a number of mature shrubs and trees providing colour throughout much of the year. The house itself has magnificent wisteria growing up the front and sides with a vine and honeysuckle intermixed with roses climbing over the pergola by the terrace.

In all Cloakham House provides the opportunity to acquire a fine Listed period house in a convenient location with a good holding of land.


The front door is protected by an impressive pillared porch with half glazed front door.
Hall with a magnificent staircase leading up to the first floor, lit by a north facing window. Wiring for wall bracket lights, decorative cornice and access to the drawing room and dining room as well as to a rear passage leading down to the kitchen.
Drawing Room (S) with a deep bay, open fireplace with marble mantelpiece, wiring for wall bracket lights, decorative cornice and ceiling rose.
Dining Room (S) a well proportioned room with a bay window, open fireplace with wooden mantelpiece, wiring for wall bracket lights, picture rail and decorative plasterwork to the ceiling.
A wide archway leads through into the Sitting Room (S&W) a comfortable and sunny room with a glazed door leading out onto the terrace. A passageway from the hall leads through to the back hall with a door to the rear courtyard.
Cloakroom with low level WC, pedestal basin.
Walk-in Larder with fitted shelving.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room (W) with a glazed door opening out onto the terrace. Fully fitted wall and base units with granite worktops incorporating a double porcelain sink with mixer tap, oil fired four oven aga style cooker with fitted four hob electric cooker, tiled floor, recessed spotlights in the wall units, fitted fridge and dishwasher.
Laundry Room fully fitted with wall and base units with plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer, fitted stainless steel sink and drainer with mixer tap, plumbing for an American style fridge, ample storage, Camray central heating boiler and Eco water softening system. Boot Room with a glazed roof, fitted shelving and a door leading to the rear courtyard.

First Floor
The staircase from the hall leads up onto a galleried landing.
Accessed off a half landing is a Playroom/Bedroom 5 (N&E) with a picture rail and En Suite Shower Room with tiled shower cubicle, pedestal basin and low level WC, extractor fan.
The staircase leads on up onto a landing with a Cloakroom with a low level WC and basin.
Master Bedroom 1 (E&S) with a glazed door opening out onto the balcony. Superb views over the Axe Valley to Axminster and extensive built in wardrobes, hanging rails and drawers, matching
dressing table. En Suite Shower Room with large fully tiled shower with glazed screen, pedestal basin, low level WC, heated towel rail and tiling to Dado height.
Walk-in Linen Cupboard with slatted shelving.
Bedroom 2 (N&E) with En Suite Bathroom with panelled bath with mixer tap and shower attachment and separate shower head with sliding screen, pedestal basin, low level WC, electric heater point.
Library (S) with French windows opening out onto the balcony and fabulous views. Fully fitted bookcases to two walls.
Bedroom 3 (S&W) a lovely sunny room with French window opening out onto a balcony. Extensive fitted wardrobes incorporating a dressing table, wiring for wall bracket lights, En Suite Bathroom with large porcelain bath with mixer tap and shower attachment and fitted mirrors, low level WC, pedestal basin, fitted cupboards with display shelves, heated towel rail.
Bedroom 4 (E&W) with a glazed door leading out onto a wisteria strewn balcony with steps leading directly down to the terrace. Fitted wardrobes, En Suite Bathroom with panelled bath with mixer tap and shower attachment, separate shower with shower curtain, heated towel rail, low level WC, pedestal basin and tiling to Dado height. Extractor fan.

Second Floor
The staircase arrives on a landing where the original timber framing has been exposed to provide a comfortable open plan Sitting Room with a fully fitted Kitchen area with a base unit incorporating a sink and drainer with mixer tap and space for a fridge. There are also 3 Bedrooms, all of which have fitted wardrobes while Bedroom 6 has an En Suite Bathroom with panelled bath with mixer tap and shower attachment, low level WC, pedestal basin and heated towel rail. The Family Bathroom is off the sitting area and has a panelled bath with mixer tap and shower attachment, low level WC, pedestal basin and heated towel rail.


From the town centre of Axminster, Trinity Square, follow the road round keeping Boots & HSBC Bank on your left hand side. Turn left in front of the George Hotel and continue left into Victoria
Place. Turn right into North Street and onto Willhaye Lane. From Willhaye Lane turn sharp left over the railway bridge and then over the River Axe. Follow the drive up to Cloakham House which is visible through the trees.

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17 January 2012


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