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This grade II* listed historic farmhouse is a fine example of a 15th Century Devon Longhouse and is set in beautiful grounds of around 2½ acres and comes with a substantial barn/outbuilding. Located just less than 10 miles from Exeter City Centre (around 10-15 minutes drive), it is ideally located for commuting into Exeter or further afield with the nearby A30. The property is accessed via a private farm-track, offering a degree of privacy.
The property is believed to be one of the finest remaining examples of a Devon Longhouse, retaining many original features, whilst having been sympathetically improved to facilitate modern living.
To the rear is a charming fully-enclosed courtyard, leading to the substantial cob barn, which dates back to a similar period to the main house. This barn could potentially be incorporated into the existing property through the addition of a glass atrium, or could even be developed into a self-contained living space (subject to the necessary consents). Inside the barn, the large inglenook fireplace and original roof trusses provide plenty of opportunity for a further characterful living space. The grounds extend to a little over 2½ acres and include woodlands, a stream and a paddock.
Internally the accommodation comprises 3 reception rooms and a shower room to the ground floor. The dual aspect farmhouse kitchen forms the hub of the house and has ample space for a kitchen table. The stunning inglenook fireplace is now occupied by the oil-fired Aga. The smaller of the reception rooms has a cosy feel and comes complete with its own fireplace and has a decorated plaster ceiling, depicting the coats of arms of some of the earlier residents of the property and dating back to the 17th Century. To the first floor, there are 4 double bedrooms and family bathroom.
We understand that permission was previously granted for a number of improvements to the property, including a glass atrium between the house and adjacent barn and the replacement of the exiting roof covering with natural slate. (Please note that these permissions are now lapsed.)
To fully appreciate this wonderful historical property, and all that is offered, we thoroughly recommend further viewing. We advise you bring suitable footwear.
Leave Tedburn St Mary heading West on the Old A30. (Pass Fry’s Garage on your right.)
Just after the 30 speed limit ends, the road opens up to 3 lanes. (EX6 6EL) Look out for a staggered crossroads. Turn left onto Piece Hill
Go under the A30 bridge then turn Immediately left onto the track.
Continue approx half a mile, bearing left at the split to go to the back of the cottage. Please do not use the property postcode with a sat-nav as it will lead you through to Greater Hackworthy.
The front door opens to the entrance hallway which enjoys Plank and Muntin panelled walls with period doors to the rear, reception room 2 and the kitchen.
Reception Room 2
Featuring a range of period features including a decorative ceiling dating back to 1640 along with an inglenook fireplace, window to the front aspect and a storage cupboard. A door provides access to the stairs.
A spacious kitchen breakfast room boasting an oil-fired Aga set in a beautiful inglenook fireplace, window to the front aspect, and various units incorporating an oven, a dishwasher, a sink with mixer tap over and a period window to the rear aspect. In addition there is ample space for a table and chairs and an archway leads to the dining room.
A dual aspect room with a door to the rear providing access to the courtyard and garden, a beamed ceiling, radiator and a door to the lobby. Stairs rise to the first floor.
Doors provide access to the wet room, utility room and reception room 1. A further door leads out to the rear garden.
Finished with fully-tiled walls and flooring, this downstairs shower room incorporates an electric shower, wall-mounted wash hand basin with mixer tap over, and a close-coupled WC.
Reception Room 1
A former cob barn, now spacious family room with the advantage of four skylights to the front and rear aspects.
Stairs & First Floor
An attractive master bedroom benefitting from a window to the front aspect with stunning views across the countryside, a radiator and original painted floorboards.
A well-proportioned double bedroom fitted with a built-in wardrobe and a window to the side aspect overlooking the countryside.
A Jack-and-Jill style bathroom comprising a Victorian-style roll top bath, a low level WC, wash hand basin, radiator and an airing cupboard. A window faces the front aspect.
A further good-sized double bedroom including a window to the front aspect also complemented by views of the surrounding landscape, a radiator and painted floorboards.
The final double bedroom offers a skylight to the front aspect along with a period half-height window and painted wooden floorboards.
The barn is accessed by a courtyard area, which contains a well, leading from the property and enjoys potential for conversion into extra living accommodation subject to necessary consents. Many character features include the original bread oven which is set in an inglenook fireplace, exposed beams along with windows to the side and rear aspects, as well as a door to the rear.
Garden & Grounds
The property is surrounded by extensive gardens to the front and rear, over a total of 2.5 acres, including an orchard and large wooden shed/workshop.
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