Wonderful historic property with an abundance of character and charm in the heart of this popular village.
Occupying a wonderful position in the heart of the village, this stunning historic family home originally a Devon longhouse dates back to the mid 1400s and has been gradually extended to include what is believed to be an 1800s late Georgian/early Victorian front to the other side of the cross passage. The current owners have sympathetically restored the property over the last 17 years, however there is still much scope for any prospective purchaser. The property is steeped in history retaining many of the original features and offering an abundance of character and charm. Approached over a stone courtyard, the family kitchen offers a range of free-standing base units, Aga and large window overlooking the rear garden. The fabulous walk-in pantry/utility is an incredibly useful feature, North-facing so remaining cool with ceiling to floor shelving and original slate slab, likely used at one time for dairy storage. From the kitchen, there is a cosy snug/study with woodburner, stone fireplace with bread oven and beamed ceiling. The stunning dining room is bursting with character and would make a charming entertaining space with large restored stone fireplace with woodburner, 17th century cider bench stretching along two walls and lovely in-wall cupboards providing practical but stylish storage. The 17th century plastered ceiling has much potential with the square cut oak floor joists underneath offering the potential, with any necessary consents to open this up to expose these.
The cross passage marks the transition to the Georgian extension, offering access to both front and rear and potential, subject to any necessary consents, to create internal access to the cellar with staircase already in place beyond the wall. The Georgian sitting room offers wonderful proportions with high ceilings, lovely bay sash windows, Victorian pine floorboards and woodburner. Across the main front hall, the double aspect morning/music room offers similar proportions with sash windows and wood burner.
Upstairs there are 5 bedrooms, each with such character and really reflecting the time in which they were built. The front staircase provides access to two matching bedrooms with bathroom between. Both are lovely light rooms with sash windows overlooking the church and village, wooden floors and matching Regency fireplaces. There are a further three bedrooms on this floor, two doubles and one single, with lovely beamed ceilings, wooden floors and cottage windows. The family bathroom is a delightful room with free standing bath, wonderful solid oak door, original oak floor and beamed ceiling.
The gardens with The Barton surround the property on 3 sides and can be accessed from various points in the property. The front courtyard offers a charming private entertaining area which leads around to the rear of the property to a lawned area. From here there are steps down to a well-stocked pond and external cellar access. The front south-facing garden is a delight, with access to the village via a metal gate, but still offering much seclusion and privacy. There are views to the church spire and the beds and borders are well-stocked with an abundance of plants and trees including a wonderful mature magnolia. There is also a lovely little timber lean-to potting shed. On the other side of the village lane, there is parking for 3 cars and a stone barn which was originally a small cottage and could offer much potential subject to any necessary consents. There are also steps leading up to a very large established vegetable garden and orchard with raised beds, a greenhouse and polytunnel.
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This house is full of character and charm. I just love it's village setting with a wonderful view of the church.Tom Bedford