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Kingswood House, Highampton Beaworthy

Withdrawn from Market £999,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Extensive Contemporary Country House
  • Secluded & Tranquil Rural Location
  • Grounds of about 5.4 Acres (More land available if required)
  • Over 5,800sq.ft. of Accommodation
  • Self-contained Apartment & Residential Chalet
  • Leisure Suite, Inside Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Gym and Sauna
  • Tower Room with Wonderful Views
  • Potential For Lakeside Holiday Lodges (STP)
  • Spectacular Gardens Occasionally Opened to the Public
  • Woodland, Paddocks and Stables, Garaging and Workshop

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Kingswood House is being sold with multiple options as listed below.
A substantial architect designed individual contemporary country house set in a secluded location within its own grounds and with over 5,800sq.ft. of accommodation including guest apartment and leisure suite with swimming pool, hot tub, gym and sauna, tower room with spectacular views as well as a detached residential lodge, stables with potential for conversion to a holiday let or annexe and scope for lakeside lodges, subject to planning consent, paddocks, woodland and a superb lake of just under 2 acres.


SITUATION This impressive modern country house is set in a peaceful and secluded rural location within the area known as Ruby County (named after the Ruby or North Devon cattle of the area) It is surrounded by the attractive woods and farmland of West Devon, yet within easy access of local villages, towns, the coast and moors.
The House nestles within its extensive grounds which provides great privacy, the property is reached by a long drive leading from a minor country road.
The market towns of Holsworthy and Hatherleigh can both be reached within about 10 minutes by car. Holsworthy provides primary and secondary schooling, traditional shopping and supermarkets including Waitrose. It boasts possibly the largest and most modern cattle and produce market as well as auction rooms in the southwest.
The historic small market town of Hatherleigh has a primary school, doctors surgery, banks, shops and pubs as well as auction rooms. Shebbear College which is an excellent local private school which takes boy and girl pupils from primary school age to sixth form.
The well served former market town of Okehampton lies about 15 miles to the south-east, again offering primary and secondary education, high street shopping, supermarkets, leisure centre and golf course. Just south of the town lies the A30 dual carriageway providing good access west into Cornwall or east to the Cathedral City of Exeter with its airport, mainline railway station and the M5 motorway. The wild expanse of the Dartmoor National Park lies just south of the town and Exmoor National Park is also within easy distance. Bude on the North Cornwall coast can be reached in under 30 minutes by car with its delightful coastal scenery providing cliff top walks and surfing beaches. The Bude canal home of the Bude angling club meanders through the wetland nature reserve with its footpaths and cycling tracks and terminates with a sea lock at the very large Summerlease sandy beach - A perfect
place to keep a boat with safe winter moorings either on the canal or on hard standing beside the water. Crooklets the other beach at Bude is a magnet for children exploring the numerous rock pools. The area is also well known for its fishing; a number of properties with coarse fishing lakes are nearby and there is also trout and salmon fishing on a number of rivers including the Rivers Tamar, Taw and Torridge.

DESCRIPTION Set amidst pasture and woodland, this house is set in the peaceful surrounds of Ruby County in West Devonshire. It provides complete privacy in a secure location. The house was completed in 2002, designed by architect Daniel Lloyd, and built to the owner's specification to a very high standard. The house is built on four levels. All windows and doors are double glazed and oil-fired central heating is installed. The Mediterranean influenced design of the house incorporates many individual features including a leisure suite on the ground floor with indoor heated swimming pool, Steam room, Jacuzzi, gym, sauna and WC Shower room as well as a self-contained integral guest apartment. Approached by an impressive flight of steps to the front door with a large portico, a central staircase leads up to the principle accommodation on the first floor which has level access to the rear southerly aspect straight out to the gardens with a large sun terrace and overlooking the jewel of the grounds; the two acre lake with its four islands.

The delightful open plan bright interior has a welcoming feel and is heated by oil-fired central heating and for that extra comfort on a cold winters day midway in the lounge an inset glass fronted twin fanned wood burner sending heat into the lounge and ducting hot air to the office and tower. Double glazed windows and doors throughout. In the centre of the main hall a spiral staircase leads up to the tower room with 360 degree views over the grounds and countryside beyond.

VENDOR'S COMMENTS "Living at Kingswood House means waking up to glorious views from every window each morning. It means enjoying every season's changes and so much more .... Kingswood is like a sheltered island. It is surrounded by its own land so can be a perfect sanctuary. We have loved living here, entertaining our local friends and being entertained by them. The house is full of light and the Tower has proved a wonderful design feature, especially for the grandchildren."

The property is reached by its own private drive leading through the grounds down to the stables, an area with a polytunnel and extensive gravelled parking on two sides of the house give access to two integral garages and workshop. A further fork in the drive leads off to a separate detached wooden Lodge set in approximately one acre of lawns, orchard, fish pond with a waterfall and mature trees bounded by streams on three sides and a low wall on the other. It should be born in mind that the Lodge although built in timber is not a holiday home or an annexe to the main house. The Lodge and its grounds have planning consent as a residential dwelling. A new owner could apply for planning to demolish and rebuild with extensions in traditional materials. A free set of plans already drawn up would be available to a new owner. In addition to this no planning consent is required to site a mobile home in the grounds of both the main house and the Lodge. Both could easily be concealed from the dwellings.

Around the house the delightful wooded grounds bordered by two small streams opens out to an impressive lake with the main island reached by a bridge with a summerhouse and barbecue area. The delightful informal gardens are frequently opened to the public. Beyond the gardens and lake are woodlands comprising a mixture of natural broadleaf woods and younger conifer plantation leading to open areas as well as three paddocks.

ACCOMMODATION Reference made to any fixture, fittings, appliances or any of the building services does not imply that they are in working order or have been tested by us. Purchasers should establish the suitability and working condition of these items and services themselves.

The accommodation, together with approximate room sizes, is as follows: 

From the gravelled drive a flight of stone steps lead up to the Porch and front door to: 

ENTRANCE HALL 27' 3" x 11' 3" (8.31m x 3.43m) With solid panelled front door with stained glass to either side; tiled floor with inset compass motif; central staircase with turning banisters leading up to the main floor and with wall light points. Four steps lead down to the rear to a door with access to the Leisure Suite, Utility, Guest Apartment and Garages. 2 radiators. Proceed up the main stairs to: 

MAIN HALL 34' 5" x 14' 7" (10.49m x 4.44m)(max including stairwell) An impressive open plan living space with central cast iron spiral staircase leading to the Tower Room above; 13' ceiling height; galleried landing area to front; further hall gallery with door out beyond the stairwell to the balcony over the front door. Central heating thermostat. All first floor rooms are accessed from this central hall. Wide arch leading through to the rear to: 

LIVING ROOM 46' 11" x 15' 11" (14.3m x 4.85m)(max) Three sets of double glazed french windows open to a large Terrace of 21m x 5m with views over the Lake. The central sitting room wall houses a picture frame Wood Burner. This is double fan assisted and sends hot air into the sitting room and also via ducting to the Tower and Office. Hatch to kitchen; radiator; coved ceiling. To the end is a further area with two radiators window to side overlooking the gardens with two deep walk in (mind your head) cupboards set under the roof. One currently used as a wine store the other a storeroom. 

LIFT ROOM 13' 8" x 7' 6" (4.17m x 2.29m) The lift is very useful for the disabled or able-bodied people. It is also accessed from the hall. The lift is suitable for a wheelchair. Because the lift is next to the Garage it is also convenient for taking the groceries to the kitchen and logs to the sitting room. The lift room is also used for cloaks. 

OFFICE/POTENTIAL BEDROOM 24' 0" x 11' 4" (7.32m x 3.45m) This room could convert to large extra bedroom ensuite with adjoining smaller office.
French windows to side opening to a Juliette balcony with outlook over the gardens; radiator.

GUEST WC Accessed from the Landing with tiled floor; WC; hand basin; radiator; extractor fan. 

DINING ROOM 15' 11" x 14' 2" (4.85m x 4.32m) Accessed from the Hallway by a wide open archway with arch French window to side opening to a Juliette balcony with views to the woodland; 10ft ceiling height; 2 radiators; coved ceiling. 

KITCHEN 16' 0" x 13' 8" (4.88m x 4.17m) The fully fitted kitchen, with an attractively tiled central island, has open access from the dining room and serving hatch to breakfast room. It has double aspect windows and a Juliette balcony with woodland view; further French windows and glazed back door to rear with southerly aspect leading out to the patio, lake and grounds. Coved ceiling; radiator; part tiled walls; fitted with an extensive range of wall and floor mounted kitchen units with built-in electric oven/grill; 2 fridges; dishwasher; extractor fan as well as a matching dresser unit and breakfast bar.  

MASTER BEDROOM 16' 0" x 13' 3" (4.88m x 4.04m) Large arched window to front opening out to Juliette balcony with lovely views over the wooded grounds and further windows to either side. Radiator; coved ceiling; doors to Hall Gallery; Dressing Room and to;  

EN SUITE BATHROOM 18' 4" x 14' 9" (5.6m x 4.5m) Marble tiled floor with underfloor heating; window to side; coved ceiling; extensive range of fitted cupboards, shelves and dressing table. Bath with mixer shower top; WC; hand basin in vanity unit; tiled shower cubicle with mains shower; part tiled walls.  

DRESSING ROOM 14' 5" x 5' 8" (max) (4.39m x 1.73m) Walk in wardrobe; radiator. 

GUEST BEDROOM 13' 9" x 13' 0" (+ lobby) (4.19m x 3.96m) Dual aspect arched windows with Juliette balcony to front and window to side overlooking the grounds. Radiator. 

EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM Marble tiled floor; part tiled walls; WC; hand basin; tiled shower cubicle with mains shower; radiator.  

TOWER ROOM 20' 0" x 20' 0" (6.1m x 6.1m) (approx) This room has three quarter length sliding double glazed windows the entire length of all four walls affording superb views over the Lake, shrubbery, lawns and tree top views of the woodland. Above the Tower is a much smaller room previously used by the owner's son for his hobby of astronomy.  


LEISURE SUITE On the ground floor is a Swimming Pool and a Six Person Jacuzzi with French doors opening on to the sheltered pool terrace and attractive walled garden with steps leading up to the Lake.

GYM 23' 11" x 15' 11" (7.29m x 4.85m) Adjoins the Pool Room with doors off to a Wet Room/Steam Room and a Sauna. A lift from the gym takes you to the first floor. Another door leads to the garage and finally another leading to the utility room.  

SAUNA 7' 5" x 5' 4" (2.26m x 1.63m) Electrically operated; pine clad with benches. 

SHOWER/STEAM ROOM 5' 11" x 5' 5" (1.8m x 1.65m) Wet room style with fully tiled walls and floor; pedestal hand basin; WC; shower; radiator. 

SWIMMING POOL ROOM 45' 11" x 24' 7" (14.0m x 7.5m) An impressive triple aspect room with high ceiling and wide window to front; two porthole windows to side and with French windows to the rear southerly side leading out to a sheltered patio with steps leading up to the main gardens and grounds. Two air conditioning units. 6-PERSON ELECTRICALLY OPERATED JACUZZI.  

SWIMMING POOL 30' 0" x 15' 0" (9.14m x 4.57m)(approx) Heated by the main oil-fired heating system.  

INTEGRAL GARAGE 20' 0" x 16' 0" (6.1m x 4.9m) Automatic up-and-over garage door. 

UTILITY ROOM 20' 8" x 5' 4" (6.3m x 1.63m) Tiled floor; radiator; Airing Cupboard with hot water cylinder, immersion heater and slatted shelves. Fitted cupboards with worktops; space and plumbing for washing machine and inset sink.

Fire door lead off to the second

GARAGE With up-and-over door giving access to the drive to the side of the house.  


STORE ROOM 68' 10" x 16' 4" (21.0m x 5.0m) A very large store room (would make a great games room or home cinema). 

BOILER ROOM With the oil-fired boiler for the central heating and hot water as well as heating the Pool and Apartment. 


NOTE If a new owner would prefer the apartment to be converted into Three Bedrooms En Suite, the conversion would be a simple matter as all services, although concealed, are in-situ. A free set of plans already drawn up would be available to a new owner. 

KITCHEN/DINING ROOM/POTENTIAL BEDROOM 15' 11" x 15' 8" (4.85m x 4.78m) French windows to side leading directly out onto a small terrace and the drive providing level access with windows to either side. Fitted kitchen with a range of cupboards and worktops with electric oven and grill; electric hob; one and a half bowl sink and extractor hood. Radiator.


LIVING ROOM/POTENTIAL BEDROOM 15' 11" x 13' 8" (4.85m x 4.17m) A dual aspect room with 2 windows to side and window to front; radiator. 

BEDROOM 13' 8" x 11' 1" (4.17m x 3.38m) Two windows to side; radiator; walk-in wardrobe with light, two rails and shelf.  

EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM With WC; pedestal hand basin; mains shower cubicle; extractor fan and electric fan heater. 

RESIDENTIAL LODGE 38' 4" x 23' 3" (11.7m x 7.1m)(overall) A one bedroom Timber Lodge with the added benefit of planning consent as a permanent independent dwelling. Set in a secluded part of the garden surrounded by woodland. Subject to planning this could be demolished and rebuilt as a three bedroom bungalow with standard materials, i.e. stone, brick or block, etc. 


DRIVE ACCESS AND PARKING The property is reached by a long private drive passing through the grounds and leading to extensive gravelled parking by the house. A fork leads off the drive to the residential Lodge and a second drive used for commercial vehicles branches off the main drive leading back to the road. 

GARDENS The gardens and grounds provide a delightful setting with various terraces, lawn areas, a bog garden, shrubberies, formal garden, lawn garden with wildlife pond to the front adjoining an area of woodland running down to a stream. 

LAKE The Lake, approximately two acres, has four islands, the barbecue island has a bridge leading to a summer house with mains water and electricity connected. On a second island with a bridge, daffodils, primroses and violets abound in the spring. The remaining islands are accessible only by boat and are a haven for wild life. 

PADDOCKS The property includes three paddocks with traditional bank hedgerows lying adjacent to the stables. 

POLYTUNNEL 60' 0" x 18' 0" (18.29m x 5.49m)(approx) With adjoining vegetable garden. 

LARGE STORE SHED 16' 4" x 13' 5" (5.0m x 4.1m) For House. 

SMALL STORE SHED 16' 4" x 7' 2" (5.0m x 2.2m) With the Lodge. 


STABLES Two Stables with hay and food store/third stable and Tack Room built in similar stone as the house. Set below three paddocks of approximately SIX ACRES of pasture. 

UNDERCOVER STORE 15' 7" x 15' 3" (4.75m x 4.65m)  

FEED STORE 15' 1" x 11' 3" (4.6m x 3.43m)  

BOX ONE 12' 2" x 10' 9" (3.71m x 3.28m)  

BOX TWO 12' 2" x 11' 5" (3.71m x 3.48m)  


IN THE AREA There are many miles of bridle ways nearby and also footpaths and bicycle tracks through Ruby County. The surfing beaches of Widemouth Bay and Bude are a short drive away as are Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and Exmoor. Bude with its beautiful canal which has a sea lock is an ideal place to keep a boat. There are drying out moorings and for the winter the canal or hard standing beside the canal. The coastal paths of Devon and Cornwall are possibly the most dramatic and beautiful in England.  

AGENTS NOTE The owners of Kingswood House spend a lot of time in France and wish to buy a house in France to be nearer their son and his family. They would accept a coastal property in Brittany or a small villa in the winter sun. The Canary Islands preferred or both as part exchange. 

SERVICES Mains electricity; private drainage; mains water supply; oil-fired central heating to house and apartment. Telephone and Broadband available subject to BT regulations. 

OUTGOINGS We understand the house is in Band H for Council Tax purposes, as assessed by Torridge District Council. The Lodge and Apartment is assessed as Band A also. 

VIEWINGS Strictly by appointment with MANSBRIDGE BALMENT, Okehampton Office on 01837 52371. 

PURCHASING OPTIONS Total land 62 acres Approximately

House & Garden 5.4 acres £999,000.00

Lodge & 1 acre £48,000.00

Stable paddocks and veg garden 7.259 acres £50,813.00

Woodland & paddocks 10.687 acres £64,122.00

Woodland approximately 38 acres £290,304.00

House & Garden 5.4 acres + Lodge & 1 acre £1,047,000.00

House & Garden 5.4 acres + Lodge & 1 acre
Plus Stable paddocks and veg garden 7.259 acres £1,097,813.00

House & Garden 5.4 acres + Lodge & 1 acre
Plus Stable paddocks and veg garden 7.259 acres
Plus Woodland & paddocks £1,161,936.00

House & Garden 5.4 acres + Lodge & 1 Acre
Plus Stable paddocks and veg garden 7.259 acres
Plus Woodland & paddocks 10.687 acres
Plus approximately 38 acres of woodland £1,452,240.00

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