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4 bedroom detached house for sale

Birchill, Axminster, Devon

Guide Price £1,550,000

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Tenure: Freehold


A truly stunning Grade II listed period property surrounded by its own land extending to thirty acres; including manicured formal gardens, an orchard, lake and pasture land. Gosleford is an immaculately maintained stone built thatched property with an abundance of character, effortlessly blending aesthetic charm with tasteful modern functionality. Throughout the entire property attention to detail and quality has ensured the continuity of style and comfort. Adding to the charm and character, arches are a consistent theme throughout the property in the form of doorways and built in display shelving; as are the solid wood doors with brace and latch fittings. Beamed ceilings, exposed stone walling, wood burners and window shutters all go towards creating an enchanting ambiance making this an extremely desirable family home.

The tree lined private drive reveals sweeping lawns down to the main house along with dry stone walled paths, bridges over a babbling brook leading to the tennis court and the River Kit beyond, culminating with extensive views of the rolling countryside. Having been sympathetically extended over the years, the origins of the property are believed to date back to around the 16th century. Within the grounds further outbuildings include an ornate orangery, guest cottage, double garage, tractor shed, magnificent barn incorporating a mezzanine level and little thatched boat house on an island in the lake.

The rose adorned stone built porch leads through the front door directly into the Boot Room with Belfast sink, tiled flooring and downstairs cloakroom. The large hallway found through the wide archway to the left, also with tile flooring, gives access to the impressive hand crafted main staircase, styled from curved oak. Through the doorway to the right of the Boot Room is the cosy Study/Library, which in turn leads through a wooden door to the large Billiards Room with beamed ceiling and wooden flooring, having been converted from a former barn. At the far end a doorway gives access to a ground floor double Bedroom with en-suite bathroom. The beamed Sitting Room with wooden window shutters and parquet flooring, has an inglenook fireplace with wood burner and the second staircase giving rise to the first floor. Continuing on through you enter the Dining Room with exposed stone walls and built in glazed display cupboards, fireplace with ornate wood burner, beamed ceiling, under stairs cupboard, wooden window shutters and two doors off to the Kitchen and Morning Room. The Kitchen with an electric Aga has tiled work surfaces, larder and cold room off with ample cupboards and shelving, wooden window shutters and tiled flooring. The arched stone doorway from the Dining Room leads into the Morning Room with a large bay window complemented by a window seat, external door out to a patio area with views across the river, further windows on the adjacent wall, vaulted ceiling and dormer window all make this a wonderfully light and airy room.
Taking the second staircase, there is a large family Bathroom to the right including walk shower, bidet, linen cupboard, storage cupboards and loft access. The large Master Bedroom features a bespoke built in drawer unit and an arched wardrobe area to one corner with matching arch to the other corner. This arch leads through to a “secret” passageway giving access to a further single Bedroom and another double Bedroom. Beyond the double Bedroom there is a landing with a second family Bathroom and the main staircase descending to the Hallway.

Converted from a former pig sty, a beautiful stone built detached one bedroomed guest cottage set within the garden, provides flexible accommodation. Renovated to the same standards of the main house and approached through a porch leading into lobby area for coats and boots, the sitting room has double doors to the double bedroom and a pretty bathroom and kitchen complete the cottage.

Set back off the gravelled path sits the stunning Orangery which commands an almost 360 degree view of the garden. The building was raised in 2009 and built on stone to prevent any wood from rotting. There is also the advantage of a kitchenette adjoining the back of the orangery making whiling away the hours in this beautiful building even easier.
The expansive Barn is a most impressive building with high vaulted ceilings, wood burner, wooden flooring, staircase and mezzanine level. There are front and back arched porch entrances and when the vine growing over the exterior front wall drops its leaves a mask of Handel is revealed.
The double Garage is approached by a gravelled drive providing ample parking. Around the back of the garage there is a further covered storage area.
The small thatched Boat House sits on a little island within the lake which is reached by the picturesque arched bridge extending from the bank.
The Tractor Shed has large arched wooden double doors and matching windows and provides ample room to house the ride ons and gardening equipment.

The property benefits from a private tree lined drive with the main formal gardens and tennis court to the front of the property facing South West. The outbuildings are set within the garden connected via a mix of stone paths and walkways with many areas to sit, relax and take in the views with post and rail fencing to the south separating the garden from two paddocks that run down to the river. Across the bridge behind the house access is gained to three further fields and a delightful clearing in the woodland where the lake can be found.

Gosleford is set in an idyllic and tranquil location. Off the beaten track yet within minutes of the amenities of the market town of Axminster which has an excellent range of day to day amenities including independent shops, banking, cafes and restaurants and has become better known in recent years due to Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall’s ‘River Cottage Canteen & Deli’. A short distance from the wonderful Jurassic Coast at Lyme Regis, with its popular sandy beach and good marine facilities.

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