A beautiful thatched property set within wonderful gardens and grounds, with panoramic views over the East Devon countryside and beyond.
Hartgrove Retreat is a particularly unique and beautifully appointed detached family home. Built 27 years ago and bespoke in its design of a characterful thatched cottage.
It has all the charm of a traditional 300 year old property yet the benefits of contemporary construction, making the interior feel light and spacious throughout. This charming house enjoys a magical setting within magnificent grounds. High on the hill, the house is located in a wonderfully private spot with fabulous south westerly views across the valley and beyond. As far as Dartmoor on a clear day, which provides stunning sunsets over the valley all year round.
Built from a fine selection of reclaimed materials locally sourced from the grounds of the property and the surrounding area, including the exposed timber beams and the stone for the two inglenooks, the properly is built on the footprint of an original house that dated from 1920's.
The welcoming entrance hall with its flagstone floor sourced from the famous Montacute House, leads through to a wonderfully inviting lounge. The triple aspect brings plenty of natural light flooding into the room which has character in abundance, including an impressive inglenook fireplace. French doors open out onto a south westerly terrace that overlooks the garden and lawns to the far reaching views beyond.
The dining room with its wealth of beams and atmosphere, drops to a lower level from the flagstone hallway onto polished reclaimed floorboards, which adds a further historical feel to the house. This East facing room benefits from morning sunshine.
The kitchen with its slate floor is certainly the hub of the house, with an AGA set in an inglenook. Providing plenty of space for a farmhouse table and chairs, that give a great focal point to this family room.
From the kitchen there is a versatile utility area, pantry and downstairs WC, leading to a rear porch entrance through a stable door.
At the front of the house is a cosy snug or study leading down from the kitchen. That enjoys its own wood burner and views over the terrace and garden.
Also from the kitchen, there is a second staircase that winds up to the guest bedroom.
The wide galleried main oak staircase from the hall brings in plenty of light through two picture frame windows, one with a lintel sourced from the sea at Lyme. The principal bedroom enjoys a three aspect view across the garden and countryside beyond and has an en-suite shower room with beautiful stained glass window doors.
The third and fourth bedrooms hold some of the best views from the house over the Axe Valley, with the second bedroom sharing an en-suite with the fifth guest bedroom. There is a further family bathroom from the landing. As mentioned the guest bedroom has a second staircase that leads back down to the kitchen and also holds the superb views across East Devon's AONB.
Gardens and Grounds
The property sits within roughly 2.5 acres with the gateway entrance from Woodhouse Lane opening on to a gravel driveway with ample parking for four cars and a carport for two cars.
The garden surrounds the house with lawns, mature borders and a most attractive landscaped terrace that makes a perfect setting for alfresco dining. Further on, a bluebell wood and woodland area that provides a wonderful backdrop for primroses and aconites in the Spring. This leads on to a hidden part of the garden that opens out onto a fantastic grass tennis court, large vegetable garden and greenhouse. Whilst in need of some rejuvenation, it is a wonderful setting surrounded by mature trees and a garden pavilion overlooking the court.
Not included within the sale, but to be mentioned, there is an orchard plot opposite the house, westerly across Trinity Hill Road that can be enquired upon separately for those who might have interest.
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A truly wonderful picturesque thatched property, with fabulous gardens and grounds and set within the East Devon AONB.Nick JaneProperty agent