Hansford House
19 Ac(7.69 Ha)
Guide price £1,195,000(€1,354,740)

UmberleighDevon, EX37 9ES

  • Under offer
  • Freehold

Key features

  • Four reception rooms
  • Four bedrooms
  • Two holiday cottages
  • Range of outbuildings
  • About 19 acres
  • About 1/2 mile of fishing rights

A beautifully presented property with 2 holiday cottages and range of outbuildings, set within wonderful gardens and grounds of about 19 acres.

About this property

  • Hansford House is understood to date principally from the early 19th Century and is a spacious house constructed mainly of stone with timber casement windows under a slate roof with rendered and colour- washed cream elevations enhanced by climbing wisteria.

    The property is beautifully presented providing well- proportioned and versatile accommodation, which allows the Gardeners Cottage to be easily incorporated into the main house if so required. In addition Mill Cottage is a charming detached holiday cottage. The house and cottages enjoy views over the glorious gardens and grounds.

    Hansford House is approached through double electrically operated gates, leading up the drive to a gravelled parking area and paved forecourt in front of the house, Mill Cottage and the south-facing vine house. From the entrance porch a front door opens into the reception all with marble flooring and a number of attractive stained glass windows. Doors lead into the dining room, an elegant room in which to entertain, and via the hall to the study/rod room, a family room and superb drawing room. There is also a conservatory with lovely views over the garden and Mully Brook.

    The kitchen breakfast room is well equipped with an oil-fired 4 oven Aga, a range of units under granite work surfaces with built-in appliances and an attractive central island unit. From here a door leads to a spacious utility room, where an inner door gives access to Gardener's Cottage. On the first floor there is a master bedroom suite with dressing area and bathroom together with three further bedrooms and shower room.

    Gardener's Cottage forms an annexe to Hansford House which could easily be incorporated into the main accommodation to provide further reception rooms and bedrooms. The holiday cottage has separate access to the north of the house directly into a garden room, which also doubles as a dining area. There is an attractive sitting room, well-fitted kitchen and cloakroom on the ground floor and two double bedrooms and a family bathroom on the first floor. Gardener's Cottage has the use of a private lawn and gravelled parking space.

    Mill Cottage is a charming detached cottage to the south west of the house. Originally housing the machinery for the water mill, the property has in previous years been refurbished and offers accommodation over three floors, with a spacious kitchen/dining room on the ground floor, a sitting room on the lower ground floor and an adjacent study, which enjoys uninterrupted views over the garden. On the first floor there are two double bedrooms, each with en suite shower rooms. Mill Cottage has an area of private garden with decking and stepping stones to the garden and the Brook.

    Hansford House has a comprehensive range of outbuildings which are situated principally to the north east of the house and form an extension of the structure of Garden Cottage. They comprise a large barn with double doors and a partitioned-off workshop area, giving access from the drive and into the garden, making an idea storage space for garden machinery. Extending from the barn is a range of outhouses with stable doors, providing more outdoor service areas, with electricity connected. These back on to a yard area which is reached from an extension of the drive with a ranges of three garages and an open pole barn ideal for log storage.

    The house stands centrally within the main area of the garden, protected from the north by a mature stand of conifers and ornamental trees. Beautiful lawns to the north are broken up by specimen trees, azaleas, magnolia and rhododendron and edged with an impressive flint stone wall. There is a small log cabin amongst the trees.

    To the south, sloping lawns, which contain fruit and other ornamental trees, run down to the Mully Brook. The brook meanders along the southern boundary via a series of small weirs, ensuring the constant sound of running water. Along the south and east sides of the house are further paved
    outdoor seating areas and terraces, all enjoying the rustic views across the meadows leading down to the Taw.
    The south-facing kitchen garden beyond Mill Cottage is partially walled with a south-facing wall with espalier fruit trees. The spinney has separate gated access onto the lane and opposite into the pasture running upstream beside the brook.

    The level pasture is divided into three enclosures, the one nearest the road being the smallest with a margin of young trees and a stile access to the wetland area with central lake surrounded by numerous trees. The remaining two fields are level, running alongside the Mully Brook, and are fenced for livestock with a natural water supply from the river. They also have an attractive margin of deciduous trees, mainly oak, ash and alder.

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Beautiful mid Devon location.

Chris CliffordProperty agent

Local information

  • Hansford House occupies an elevated yet sheltered position in the valley of the River Taw, surrounded by agricultural land and woodland. It is set in one of the most attractive, unspoilt, and yet readily accessible parts of Devon. The property is about 1 mile from the village of Burrington, which has a church and village school. The Saxon hilltop town of Chumleigh, reputedly the smartest town in England, about 2 miles away, has a Spar supermarket, butcher, baker, dentist, medical centre, secondary school and hairdressing salon.
  • The bustling market town of South Molton is about 8 miles away, standing on the foothills of the Exmoor National Park and offers a good range of local amenities including a variety of shops and supermarket, social and banking facilities, health centre as well as additional amenities including two primary schools and a senior schools. There are a number of independent schools in the area, including West Buckland at South Molton, Blundell's School at Tiverton and both Exeter School and the Maynard School at Exeter. The cathedral city of Exeter is about 24 miles away and provides a comprehensive range of educational, cultural, recreational and shopping facilities.
  • Communications in the area are good with the A377 providing access to both Barnstable and Exeter. The North Devon Link Road (A361) is accessible at South Molton and provides a link to Tiverton, the M5 motorway (J27) and Tiverton Parkway railway station, with regular rail links to London Paddington. Kings Nympton station is within 1 mile of Hansford House and provides rail links to Exeter and Barnstable. Exeter airport provides regular national and international destinations.
  • Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks are situated close by and together with the north Devon coastline and surrounding area, provide ample opportunity for recreational actives including riding and walking. The Highbullen Country House Hotel and Spa at Chittlehamholt (about 5 miles) has tennis, an 18 hole golf course, a muli-gym, an indoor swimming pool, spa facilities and fishing available on the River Mole and Taw. The property also has fishing rights to the Mully Brook with over half a mile frontage approximately.

Additional information

  • Chulmleigh 2 miles • South Molton 8 miles • Barnstable 14 miles • Exeter 24 miles (Distances approximate)
  • Directions: From Exeter take the A377 towards Barnstable. Continue through Crediton, Lapford and Eggesford and after about 5 miles, turn left signposted Burrington. Continue over the River Taw and the entrance to Hansford House will be seen in about half a mile on the right hand side.
  • EPC Rating = F