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4 bedroom house for sale

Farway, East Devon

Guide Price £1,500,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 5 Reception Rooms
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms

Full description

The principal part of an historic Jacobean country house, restored and modernised to a high standard, with stunning gardens and grounds in a beautifully peaceful setting in the Farway Valley.
Reception hall, cloakroom, entrance hall, great hall/drawing room billiard room, sitting room, kitchen/dining room, utility room, principal bedroom/dressing room/bathroom suite, guest bedroom/ dressing room/shower room suite, 2 further bedrooms and bathroom, first floor sitting room/further bedroom, study. Double garage, extensive formal and informal gardens and grounds, hard tennis court and heated swimming pool with pavilion. About 4.35 acres.

The Location
Netherton Hall is situated in the beautiful, peaceful and unspoilt Farway Valley, which is one of the loveliest areas of East Devon, on the edge of the village of Farway, and designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village, surrounded by classic rolling, partly wooded Devon countryside, is roughly mid way between the market town of Honiton to the north, and the coast to the south and consists of a small scattered village of mostly period houses and cottages and includes a parish church and primary school. In Honiton there is a good range of local amenities including shops, banks, library, schools, hospital and golf club. There are excellent educational opportunities in the area, including the renowned Colyton Grammar school within very easy access. To the west is the university and cathedral city of Exeter and to the south within easy reach is the spectacular East Devon coast, designated a World Heritage Site and including the popular seaside town of Sidmouth and delightful coastal villages of Beer and Branscombe.

At Honiton there is access onto the A30, leading east to the A303 and London and west to Exeter, where there is access onto the M5 motorway and an international airport. There are railway stations at both Honiton and Exeter with mainline connections to London (Waterloo and Paddington respectively).
• Honiton 3½ miles
• Sidmouth and the coast 6 miles
• M5 (Junction 28) 14 miles
• Exeter 16 miles
(distances approximate)

Early mentions of the land at Netherton indicate that they belonged to the Prior of Canonsleigh and at the dissolution of the monasteries they came into the hands of Sir Bernard Drake of Ash, whose son sold the property to Edmund Prideaux. It was Sir Edmund who remodelled the house, the work being completed in 1607. His son, Edmund, who was born in the house, became Oliver Cromwell’s Attorney General and the house remained in the family for many generations until being extensively restored and rebuilt between 1836 and 1844, the architect being J Goldsworthy. Subsequently the house was again modernised in 1902 and owners have included Samuel Tuke and the well known American playwright Mr. H. Glanville-Barker, who bought it in 1919. During his time, there were many illustrious, literary visitors, including Sir George Bernard Shaw, T.E. Lawrence and Thomas Hardy, whom it is believed planted a catalpa tree within the gardens. More recently the house was the property of Lord and Lady Colyton and latterly, having been used as a school, was divided up, restored and renovated. The current owners bought the house in 2003 and have since continued the improvements, with particular attention to the gardens and grounds.

Netherton Hall comprises the principal front section of the original house, including most of the main reception rooms and has been immaculately and carefully restored and modernised to the highest standard. The house is listed as being of architectural or historical interest Grade II and is also mentioned in Pesvner’s “Buildings of England”. It is essentially rendered with Beer stone ashlar dressings and with Beer stone ovolo moulded mullioned and transomed leaded light windows with continuous hoodmolds. There is a two storey porch with Tudor arch with moulded surround and coat of arms above. The parapet continues around the porch and the gable consists of a round arch carved as a shell and inscribed with the date 1607. Inside there are many 19th century details in Tudor and Jacobean style and features include panelling and ornamental plaster friezes in Elizabethan style. The main rooms are extremely spacious and have been cleverly modernised to retain their period character. The old library has been converted into the kitchen/dining room, with the fitted former bookcases and cupboards all around and the massive Great Hall serves as the drawing room, including a minstrel’s gallery and an ornate ecclesiastical Gothic screen. On the first floor is the principal bedroom/dressing room/bathroom suite overlooking the gardens, and in addition a guest suite, two further bedrooms, first floor sitting room and study, also overlooking the gardens. The gardens and grounds have been meticulously restored and planned and include a formal garden encompassed within the L-shape of the house, with carved stone balustrading, a symmetrical formal garden area to the north, level lawned and partly walled gardens to the west, a terrace/walk, further gardens including the hard tennis court, swimming pool and pavilion and more recently created extensive sweeping lawned gardens beyond, bordering the adjoining parkland. From both the house and gardens there are delightful views out across the beautiful Farway Valley.

A gravel path leads from the gardens to the open porch with ornate stone arched doorways to the heavy arched oak entrance door to

Ground Floor

Reception hall
flagstone floor, stained glass window with fitted bench seat, decorative cornicing, staircase rising to galleried landing, doors to

Cloakroom wash basin, WC.

Great Hall/drawing room (W&N) a spectacular high ceilinged room with oak strip floor, vaulted ceiling with decorative cornicing and ornate ceiling moulds, fireplace with carved stone surround, ornate carved ecclesiastical Gothic wooden screen shielding through-passageway, stone transomed and mullioned leaded light windows with stained glass designs, fitted bench seats, wooden spiral staircase rising to minstrels gallery supported by ornate columns, door through ornate carved oak panelled screen to

Entrance hall wood strip floor, panelled walls to either side, ornate panelled ceiling, glazed double doors with shutters and oak double doors opening to entrance porch with built in bench seats and carved stone arched doorway to formal garden, door to

Billiard room (S&W) oak strip floor, oak panelled walls, fireplace with carved stone surround, built in window seats, stone mullioned and transomed leaded light windows, coved ceiling, hatchway to stairs down to cellars.

A through passageway shielded by the screen in the Great Hall leads to a door to

Sitting room (N) oak strip floor, panelling to dado height, fireplace with carved stone surround and wood burner, stone mullioned leaded light window.

From the reception hall further panelled doors lead to

Kitchen/dining room (S&W) another most impressive high ceilinged room converted from the former library, with parquet floor, kitchen area with extensive range of fitted bespoke base and wall cupboards with granite worktops, double butler’s sink, built in dresser, double oven with 6 ring gas hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, dining area, extensive range of fitted bookcases with cupboards below, fireplace with carved stone surround and wood burner, stone mullioned and transomed windows with stained glass designs and built in window seats, ornate ceiling cornicing.

Utility room (S) parquet floor, double butler’s sink and drainer with fitted cupboards, plumbing for washing machine, oil fired boiler, stone mullioned and transomed leaded light window, built in cupboard.

From the reception hall the broad turning staircase with carved newel posts, spindles and handrail, overlooked by a stone mullioned and transomed leaded light window, rises to

First Floor

Galleried landing
door to

Principal Suite

Hall doors to

Bedroom 1 (S&W) stone mullioned and transomed leaded light windows with beautiful views over the gardens and grounds, fireplace with carved stone surround, built in window seat, ornate cornicing. Dressing room oak boarded floor with trapdoor to store cellar with water tanks, fitted wardrobe cupboards, stone mullioned and transomed leaded light window, ornate cornicing.

Wash room twin wash basins set into marble surround with cupboards below, fireplace with carved stone surround, stone mullioned leaded light window, panelling to dado height, ornate cornicing.

Bathroom free standing bath, shower cubicle, wash basin, WC, bidet, panelling to dado height, stone mullioned and transomed window, ornate cornicing, door to landing.

From the gallery an arched doorway leads to

Landing stone mullioned and transomed leaded light windows overlooking gardens and grounds, decorative cornicing, doors to

Guest Suite

Hall doors to

Bedroom 2 (S&W) stone mullioned and transomed leaded light windows with delightful outlook over gardens and countryside beyond, fireplace with carved stone surround, ornate cornicing.

Dressing room fitted wardrobes

Shower room shower cubicle, wash basin, WC.

Bedroom 3 (E) stone mullioned leaded light window, decorative cornicing, fireplace with carved stone surround.

Bathroom free standing bath, wash basin, WC, bidet, airing cupboard including hot water tank.

Bedroom 4 (N) stone mullioned and transomed leaded light window with built in window seat and delightful outlook over gardens and grounds, fireplace with stone surround, decorative cornicing.

First floor sitting room/Bedroom 5 (N) stone mullioned and transomed leaded light window with built in window seat, fireplace, stairs down to

Study (N) stone mullioned and transomed leaded light window with beautiful outlook over gardens.

Gardens and Grounds

Beautifully maintained, these are a particular feature of Netherton Hall. From the road, the gate between stone pillars opens to the gravel entrance drive leading up to a parking and turning area beside the house and adjacent to which is the double garage (19’ x 19’) with pitched slate roof and power and lighting. A gravel path leads around the house to the entrance door and double gates open through a low stone wall and balustrade with climbing wisteria into the formal front garden with central pond and fountain and symmetrical paved paths and lawns fringed by colourful well stocked plant borders and enclosed partly by the house and partly by the wall and balustrade. From here is approached the main front door and porch with coat of arms above.

On the opposite side of the gravel path, to the west of the house, is an extensive level lawn enclosed by a laurel hedge at one end and high stone wall along one side with plant beds and supporting vines and fig trees, as well as a pergola covered by wisteria. Steps rise to the gravel terrace/walk backed by a further high stone wall and on the other side of the lawn is a sloping bank with mature trees and shrubs, including magnolia, rhododendron and copper beech. From the terrace walk, stone steps descend to the large formal garden to the north side of the house with a pattern of symmetrical lawns enclosed by box hedges with central bay trees and divided by gravel paths. Stone steps rise to further extensive level gardens edged by trees and shrubs, including rhododendron and including the heated swimming pool with paved surrounds and seating areas, the hard tennis court and the timber pavilion/summer house. From this area there are beautiful views out over the peaceful, partly wooded, Farway Valley.

Beyond this area is a grass bank with a stand of mature coniferous and deciduous trees and timber store leading to further extensive and more recently created gardens with sweeping level lawns, interspersed and fringed by ornamental trees and well stocked plant and shrub borders. Beyond, again, is a recently planted orchard with damson, plum, pear, apple and greengage trees. The whole area has a lovely outlook up to the parkland and woodland beyond.

Property information


Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Oil fired heating.

Local Authority
Devon County Council, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter. EX2 4QD. Tel. 01392 382000.
East Devon District Council, Knowle, Station Road, Sidmouth EX10 8HL. Tel. 01395 516551.

Fixtures & Fittings
All items usually known as tenants’ fixtures and fittings whether mentioned or not in these particulars together are excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation.

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