SUBSTANTIAL DETACHED FORMER FARMHOUSE with five/six bedrooms and three receptions, in approximately SEVEN ACRES of formal GARDEN and gently sloping PASTURE with a range of OUTBUILDINGS, in a rural but not isolated location, enjoying SUPER VIEWS.
SITUATION AND DESCRIPTION A detached country house located in a rural but not isolated position near the hamlets of Ottery and Mill Hill and just four miles from the popular ancient stannary town of Tavistock.
Tavistock is a thriving market town adjoining the western edge of the Dartmoor National Park and was in 2004 voted the winner of a nationwide survey undertaken by the Council for the Protection of Rural England involving 120 other market towns. Among the assets taken into consideration were history, architecture, community spirit, planning sensitivity, recreational facilities and individuality of shops and businesses. Additional facilities include a hospital, a bustling Pannier Market and a full range of schools both State and Private. Indeed Tavistock can claim to have everything adding up to a quality of life which would be hard to rival.
Plymouth is only 15 miles away with fast Inter City rail links to London, Bristol and the North. There are also ferry services to Roscoff, Brittany and Santander, Northern Spain.
A large detached country house of some historical note, originally built as a farmhouse as part of the Duke of Bedford's estate. Built of stone elevations beneath a hipped and slated roof, the house affords spacious and comfortable living accommodation arranged over two floors, with light and airy rooms which take full advantage of the super views across the valley towards Dartmoor in the distance.
The house stands in its own formal garden, with a separate orchard and a productive kitchen garden, in addition to some well fenced pasture suitable for horses or the grazing of livestock. The gardens and land total approximately seven acres.
The property is accessed via a sweeping driveway and there is a useful range of outbuildings, including workshops and garaging, an open fronted barn and cartshed.
ACCOMMODATION Reference made to any fixture, fittings, appliances or any of the building services does not imply that they are in working order or have been tested by us. Purchasers should establish the suitability and working condition of these items and services themselves.
The accommodation, together with approximate room sizes, is as follows:
ENTRANCE DOOR Half glazed entrance door to:
VESTIBULE 5' 10" x 5' 6" (1.78m x 1.68m) Original tessellated tiled floor; dual aspect windows to side and rear. Half glazed door to:
RECEPTION HALL Turning stairs to first floor; radiator; understairs alcove and storage cupboard. Doors to:
SITTING ROOM 15' 10" x 15' (4.83m x 4.57m) Woodburning stove set within a deep stone fireplace with painted surround over a slate hearth; picture rail; radiator; dual aspect windows with original shutters to side and rear.
DRAWING ROOM 16' x 15' (4.88m x 4.57m) Former fireplace with painted surround over a stone hearth; exposed floorboarding; picture rail; radiator; dual aspect windows to front and side.
DINING ROOM 19' x 13' 5" (5.79m x 4.09m) Solid fuel stove set deep within a stone lined fireplace complete with cloam oven and original door with a carved wooden fire surround and tiled hearth; beamed ceiling; picture rail; radiator; parquet floor; dual aspect windows to front and side. Door to:
BACK PASSAGE Door to stairs to the cellar storage area; back staircase to first floor; door to breakfast kitchen; half glazed timber door to:
PORCH Door to outside. Internal door to:
HALL Ample coat hanging; the boiler is sited here. Doors to:
BEDROOM 10' 3" x 9' 3" (3.12m x 2.82m) Wall mounted panel heater; window to front.
BATHROOM Low flush WC; panelled bath; pedestal wash handbasin; fully tiled corner shower cubicle; window to rear.
(In our opinion, with little effort, this part of the house could be converted into a one bedroomed annexe with independent access, subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents.)
KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM 15' 3" x 14' 4" (4.65m x 4.37m) Fitted with a range of wall and base units with roll edge worksurfaces over incorporating a stainless steel twin drainer single bowl sink unit with mixer tap over; electric cooker point; plumbing for dishwasher; plumbing for automatic washing machine; oil fired Rayburn for cooking and background heat; space for tall fridge/freezer; larder shelving; ample space for breakfast table and chairs; two windows to rear with views across the valley.
HALF LANDING The half landing is split with steps leading to the east and west wings:
BEDROOM ONE 16' x 15' 3" (4.88m x 4.65m) Built-in single wardrobe; radiator; dual aspect windows to side and rear with super views over the valley to Dartmoor.
BEDROOM TWO 16' x 15' (4.88m x 4.57m) Built-in single wardrobe; radiator; dual aspect windows to front and side.
BATHROOM Fitted with a white suite comprising low flush WC, pedestal wash handbasin, panelled bath with electric shower over; radiator; window to side.
WEST LANDING Skylight; back stairs returning to the ground floor; radiator. Doors to:
BEDROOM THREE 16' x 13' 9" (4.88m x 4.19m) Built-in single wardrobe; radiator; dual aspect windows to front and side.
BEDROOM FOUR 12' 4" x 9' (3.76m x 2.74m) Radiator; window to side with super views.
BEDROOM FIVE 9' x 7' 7" (2.74m x 2.31m) Built-in airing cupboard with ample linen shelving; window to rear with views.
ANTE ROOM Window to side; doors to:
WC Low flush WC.
SHOWER ROOM Fitted with a white suite comprising panelled bath, pedestal wash handbasin, fully tiled corner shower cubicle with electric shower; radiator; window to rear.
OUTSIDE: The house is approached via a quiet parish lane which leads to a private, sweeping driveway with separate entrance and exit providing easy vehicular access to the house and beyond where the garages and workshop are located.
At the side of the house, there is a lean-to studio/hobbies room located within a private and sheltered courtyard which is perfect for outdoor eating and entertaining.
On the other side of the driveway is the productive kitchen garden with its numerous well tended vegetable beds and soft fruit bushes. At the far end, there is an enclosure for keeping chickens and the kitchen garden is sheltered from the prevailing winds and weather by high hedging on all sides.
The house stands in and overlooks a large private formal garden, predominantly laid to lawn and interspersed with well stocked flowering beds and borders, mature plants, trees and shrubs, including a spectacular rhododendron, designed to provide an impressive array of seasonal colour.
THE LAND Beyond the formal garden, and easily accessed on foot or with vehicles, is the gently sloping pasture which has recently been re-fenced and arranged in good sized paddocks connected by wide avenues bordered by newly established hedgerows. The land is gently sloping and well draining and suitable for keeping ponies or livestock, as required. The lowest part of the land is bordered by a natural stream and two large ponds have been created which are now a haven for local wildlife.
From both the house, gardens and land, there are super views extending across the valley, over the surrounding countryside towards Dartmoor in the distance.
CELLAR STORAGE AREA Beneath the house there are two large rooms in the cellar storage area.
SERVICES Mains electricity, mains water and private drainage. Heating and hot water are provided by the solid fuel stove, the oil fired Rayburn, a separate boiler and electric immersion heater.
OUTGOINGS We understand this property is in band 'F' for Council Tax purposes.
VIEWING By appointment with MANSBRIDGE BALMENT on 01822 612345.
DIRECTIONS Leave Tavistock via the A390 heading towards Callington and Cornwall. Upon reaching the roundabout at Gulworthy, turn right towards Lamerton. Continue along this road for approximately one mile, taking the third turning on the right hand side, adjacent to a white painted house. Follow this quiet parish lane for approximately quarter of a mile where the entrance to the property will be found on the left hand side.