5 bedroom detached house for saleAwliscombe, Honiton, Devon
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- New bespoke green oak 3 bay garage and logstore with room above
- Formal gardens, Stream, Copse
- Gravel drive with electric gates
This beautiful spacious house has origins dating back to the 17th century and was owned by the grandson of William Wordsworth in the mid 1900's,
indeed the Rev. Wordsworth used to conduct services in the chapel room which is bedroom four in the main house.
Over the years the property has been extended with Georgian and Victorian additions and more recently by the current owner who has added a two storey extension with an atrium to connect it to the main house. The house has been vastly improved and being set in beautiful gardens where the River Tit meets the River Wolf, this property offers a tranquil home in beautiful surroundings. The name of the property is derived from its location adjacent to the River Tit which used to cross the lane nearby via a ford and the "Hold" comes from the livestock being held in its fields before going to Honiton market.
Double electric gates open to a gravel entrance drive with parking in front of the new bespoke green oak garage. The drive leads down to a turning circle with a fountain in front of the house. A large porch with exposed oak beams leads into the property hallway. Steps lead down to an inner hall off which is a lovely light morning room with French doors to the garden.
The kitchen has an attractive stone floor and is fitted by Tobys Reclamation with a mixture of hand painted units with granite and wooden work surfaces. There is a double ceramic Belfast sink and integrated appliances include a fitted steam oven, a microwave and warming drawer together with a halogen hob, integrated dishwasher and an electric Aga. This room extends around the corner to a family room with a woodburner and the same exposed beamed ceiling. Beyond here is a very attractive 17th century drawing room with a parquet floor and French doors to the gardens. A large inglenook fireplace with Beer stone coins is a feature of this room.
Across the main hall an atrium with a water feature connects to the newest part of the house. Here there is a large sitting room with attractive gothic style windows, a large fireplace with a reclaimed granite insert and oak floors throughout. Wooden stairs lead up to a large bedroom with an en suite bathroom with a travertine floor and roll top bath. This suite has attractive views out over the gardens and over the Blackdown hills from the balcony.
Turning oak stairs from the main hallway lead to the first floor where there are four bedrooms and a family bathroom. All of the bedrooms have fitted cupboards and two are en suite. Bedroom four is the "chapel room". This dual aspect room has a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and is where Rev Wordsworth is said to have conducted services. There are wonderful views out over the surrounding gardens from this floor.
Titford Hold is situated in the Blackdown hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in an elevated position near the village of Awliscombe just 2.5 miles from the market town of Honiton which was known for its lace making; in fact, in the 19th century, Queen Victoria had her wedding dress
made of Honiton lace. The town has a good range of shops to meet most everyday requirements, as well as interesting antique shops, inns and a number of good restaurants. Honiton also has a mainline station with a train service to London Waterloo. The market town of Taunton, the County town of Somerset, is 19 miles to the north and offers everyday shopping facilities as well as excellent private schools including Kings, Queens and Taunton School. The cathedral city and county town of Exeter lies 18 miles to the west of Honiton and offers a comprehensive range of recreational, cultural and educational facilities, including a fine university. The A30 dual carriageway is just 2.5 miles from the property enabling easy access to Exeter, the airport or the A303 to London. The M5 can be picked up at Cullompton from the A373 and gives access to Bristol, the M4 and London.
The large gardens to the house are laid predominantly to sweeping lawns and are more formal near the house extending out across the south lawn to a wilder area with a copse. This is a wonderful area for children to play.
The gardens have seasonal flowers such as snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells. The east lawn has a large decked area, a summerhouse and a fishpond where one can sit and enjoy the sound of the weirs and the views to the Blackdown Hills.
The mature grounds contain a variety of established trees including oak, ash, mulberry, walnut and willow. The paddock is on level ground, has separate gated access from the road and is bordered by the River Wolf. At the head of the drive is the two storey green oak garage which has a double carport, a garage and a logstore area. Steps lead up the outside to the first floor where there is a large room suitable for many uses having double glazed dorma windows (subject to the necessary permissions).
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