Magnificent Grade II listed house in mature parkland with wonderful southerly views to Dartmoor
Ash House is a superb example of a Grade II Listed manor house with a well documented history. Standing on the southern edge of the Parish of Iddesleigh, the house occupies a commanding position that affords fine views over the valley and to Dartmoor beyond. Extensively renovated and remodelled by the current owners, Ash House presents itself as a beautifully appointed family home that is supremely comfortable (and manageable) and yet when the occasion arises, the house can entertain on a grand scale.
One of the many striking features that stands out is the layout and flow that works so well for a modern family. Entering the magnificent drawing room, one is immediately impressed by the high ceilings and the gracious floor-to-ceiling arched windows which flood the room with natural light. Along with limestone and parquet flooring, the ground floor gives a welcoming introduction to the rest of the property.
For many families, the first floor will meet all their requirements. There is a fabulous master bedroom suite which incorporates a bespoke designed dressing room, and sits alongside a second dressing room and study giving the principal bedroom a deservedly important status. There are three further double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. A further staircase leads up to the second floor where there are two further bedroom suites. Alternatively, this floor could be utilised as a two bedroom apartment as it has its own living room and kitchen.
The Aviary villa, located on the ground floor, can be accessed internally from the billiard room and offers a self-contained one bedroom apartment. This works particularly well as a guest suite, being separate from the main family accommodation.
The annex/Stable Cottage is of a contemporary style with an open plan layout over two floors. Presently, it has a large reception area, kitchen, dining room, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, three further bedrooms and a gym. It's proximity to the swimming pool, makes it a very cool pool house.
The three bedroom cottage/Gardener's Cottage, situated to the North of the house is finished to a high standard and offers comfortable secondary accommodation. The two bedroom staff flat/Farm Flat is located within the outbuildings. The outbuildings and stables have been maintained to a high standard. They have their own access which is well away from the main house.
The gardens and grounds at Ash House are stunning and lend both enchantment and protection from the outside world. As with all great gardens, Ash House offers formal areas, woodland walks, breathtaking views to north Dartmoor, along with an impressive kitchen garden. To the North of the house is the newly constructed 20m heated swimming pool and hard tennis court.
The grounds are served by a number of outbuildings including, a new four car garage block with clock tower.
The farm buildings are situated to the North East of the house, approached up their own drive, giving good access to the fields beyond. The buildings are well laid out and include newly constructed stables. The house sits neatly at the centre of its own land, with the open parkland to the South, the fields to the North have been divided into easy to manage post and rail paddocks, each with its own water drinker. A high quality 60m x 25m outdoor riding school has also been constructed by the present owner.
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This is a remarkable house set in the most beautiful country, it would be a magical place to liveLindsay Cuthill