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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Lincombe, Lee, Devon, EX34

Sold STC £540,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Lincombe Manor is first mentioned in Doomsday Book 1086
  • Spacious character accommodation throughout with many period features
  • In need of modernisation and updating
  • 5 bedrooms (1 en suite)
  • Separate barn with live consent to convert to a 4 bedroom residential dwelling
  • Various further outbuildings with recently lapsed planning consent for ancillary/additional accommodation although listed building consent is already in place
  • Plenty of parking (live consents to form new, improved formal car parking area)
  • Large mainly level garden with southerly aspect
  • Short drive from the award winning surfing beaches at Woolacombe
  • Ideal family home

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Lincombe sits above the picture post card seaside village of Lee Bay on North Devon's rugged coastline and is located just three miles from the nearby town of Ilfracombe which has a range of shops, large supermarket, restaurants, theatre & cinema as well as a picturesque harbour and beaches. Woolacombe, famous for its two and a half miles of golden sand Blue Flag award winning beaches is approximately five miles away with neighbouring Croyde and Saunton with its championship links golf course being a short drive. Barnstaple, North Devon's main trading centre is approximately thirteen miles away and has many big named shops, hospital, theatre, cinema and leisure centre. There is a rail link to Tiverton Parkway which has a direct service into London there is also direct access onto the main A361 North Devon Link Road which joins the M5 at Junction 27.

Lincombe Manor is a substantial Grade 2 listed detached farmhouse set in its own large mainly level grounds in the small hamlet of Lincombe. The property has significant historical importance and the house is believed to date back to the mid 1500's but has later Georgian and Victorian additions. However, the Manor and its land dates back to 1086 and is mentioned in the Doomsday Book. William Brewer who is one of the Barons that signed the Magna Carta in 1215 and who became the sheriff of Nottingham around the time of the fabled Robin Hood was reputed to have purchased the Manor in 1198 for about £60.

In the past the property has had various improvement works undertaken however, there is now considerable amount modernisation and updating works required to finish the presentation. Past improvements include re-wiring/plumbing including drain work, wood and damp treatments and re-plastering, new heating system and bathrooms along with redecoration works. The property does have plenty of character and charm and there are a number of large imposing stone fireplaces, heavy timber beams and Elizabethan mullion windows with working shutters. Some of the old windows have been replaced with new bespoke oak mullion windows which blend well with the old house. The vendor has kept a record of the works undertaken which would be available upon request.

Within the grounds are four stone built barns which have great deal of potential to form additional/ancillary accommodation. There is a separate large stone barn which has planning and listed building consent for conversion to form an additional residential dwelling and a new car parking area for the main house. The new residential dwelling would be ideal as a letting unit or for a dependant relative/two family accommodation. Alternatively the barn could be converted and sold off separately. The proposed accommodation would amount to approximately 1380ft2 and will include a dining hall, lounge, kitchen and cloakroom/wc on the ground floor with four bedrooms, two with en suite facilities and a family bathroom on the first floor.

There is a car port area providing parking for two cars.

The three remaining barns already have live listed building consent in place ready for conversion. Plans have been drawn up for all three barns and planning permission had previously been granted. A simple re-submission of the original drawings (available as part of the sale) should re-activate the planning consent. The plans for the three barns were as follows: The barn to the left hand side of the house which immediately abuts the kitchen has plans to convert to a one/two bedroom annex/holiday letting unit. The two further stone barns are centred around an attractive courtyard area and again could be utilised in a variety of ways. Barn 1 previously had planning consent for a games room, or could be further converted to a two double bedroom rental unit. Barn 2 which is attached to the rear of the main house has also previously had consent to open up an entrance between the barn and main house and to re-site the kitchen in this area which would make a wonderful spacious family orientated room with vaulted ceiling.

There is access into the farmhouse from the front of the property but the more likely entrance is from the rear into a long characterful hallway which has a slate floor and an oak mullion window. The hallway could be utilised as a study/office area or as a small library. The lounge is a spacious 16' x 15' room with door out onto the front. There is an imposing stone fireplace with wood burner and a heavily beamed ceiling. A door leads through into a third reception room at the far side of the property which again has an imposing stone fireplace with wooden mantle and double doors leading out onto a side lawned garden.

A small lobby gives access to the stairs to the first floor and opens into a snug/sitting room which is a cosy room with an Elizabethan mullion window with working shutters. There is a large inglenook fireplace with slate hearth and granite mantle (believed to be a standing stone) and an old bread oven. There is a heavy beamed ceiling and an oak framed mullion window allowing light from the rear. The kitchen has been largely untouched and has a low ceiling height of 6'1 at its lowest point this ceiling under a large heavy beam drops to 5'3. There are a range of fitted base and wall units.

At the rear of the property there is a practical "service area" comprising a utility room with fitted cupboards, sink, plumbing for automatic washing machine and space for a tumble dryer in addition there is a separate cloakroom/w.c.

On the first floor there is a 37' long landing which gives access to all the remaining principal rooms. On part of the landing there are original exposed wooden floor boards. The master bedroom is an attractive double aspect room 15' x 15' with original wooden floor boards. Steps lead down into the luxury en suite bathroom/w.c. which benefits from under floor heating and comprises a large built-in rectangular bath, walk in shower cubicle with rain effect shower head, low level w.c. and a contemporary moulded glass effect basin set on a solid wood stand. There is a designer chrome towel rail and recess down lighters. The four further bedrooms are all of good size with bedrooms three & four having original ornate coving thought to date back to around 1660's. The accommodation is completed by a family bathroom which comprises a roll top bath with shower attachment and a contemporary hand basin sat on a wooden plinth and a low level w.c.

Outside at the front of the property there is a small grassed area with paved/cobbled access to the front door, and a low border wall with attractive hedge. At the right hand side there is an enclosed level lawned garden which can also be accessed from the third reception room. A five barred gate opens onto a courtyard leading down to a parking and turning area for several cars. The main large stone barn with consent for conversion to a residential dwelling is located on the left hand boundary with an attached car port and area in front for two cars. There is a small stone shed and coal bunker and the attached stone barn which could covert (subject to re-submission of previously granted consent) into a one or two bedroom annex/holiday let. Immediately behind the house is a courtyard sitting area with outside tap and lighting. The courtyard is surrounded by two large stone built barns as mentioned earlier.

BARN 1: 34' x 13' with double doors to front and mezzanine floor.

BARN 2: 25'8 x 15'9 attached to the main property and having 2 pairs of double doors leading out onto the courtyard area.

The main part of the garden extends away from the property, being level with a southerly aspect and laid mainly to lawn with considerable privacy from mature hedge and tree lined borders.

The property offers a great deal of flexibility within the accommodation and has attractive period features. The property is considered an ideal family home or a spacious country retreat from busy city life.

Band E

Mains electricity & Water. Oil Fired Central Heating. Septic Tank Drainage.
Applicants are advised to proceed from our offices in a westerly direction along the High Street heading out of town on the main A361 sign post Barnstaple. At Mullacott Cross roundabout take the right hand exit sign post Woolacombe & Mortehoe and continue along this road for approximately 2 miles turning right shortly after the golf driving range sign post Lee. Follow this road for a further 2 miles and at the junction on the sharp hairpin bend turn left. Lincombe Manor will found on the left shortly after the 'Lincombe' sign.

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