A stunning Victorian Gothic Rectory nestling in its own hidden valley in the wonderful East Devon countryside.
Grade II Listed
Potential for separate cottage
East Devon peaceful location
Old Rectory is a handsome and imposing Grade II listed residence which has origins that date back possibly to the 16th century. What we see today is principally the delightful, Victorian Gothic country house that was built for the Reverend Marwood Tucker in 1862. The property has a handsome gabled front façade adorned on the ground floor by two large bay windows which take full advantage of the views of the pretty Church of St Cuthbert. These combined with the ornate barge boards and drip moulds make it a house of great distinction indeed.
The property has elegant and well-presented accommodation that retains a wealth of character and all the rooms are of generous proportions with high ceilings and wonderful views over the gardens and grounds to the adjoining countryside. There are many period features which include a magnificent moulded cross beam ceiling in the drawing room, elegant semi galleried staircase, and both the reception rooms have marble open fireplaces.
The property has been the subject of a continued programme of improvement which has included, in more recent years, the addition of a superb modern kitchen. This has been beautifully fitted with an extensive range of units under granite work surfaces and features a Heritage range cooker and opens into a good sized dining area. To the first floor the accommodation is adaptable in its arrangement, however currently offers five or six bedrooms, with the principal room having a large en suite shower room (which also opens onto the landing) and a guest suite which has a dressing/sitting room and a shower room. There is also a useful attic which is accessed from the landing and this has been boarded and this provides great storage, or a terrific den for the kids.
To the north of Old Rectory is a large detached derelict building which was formerly the Coach House and which is situated at a lower level than The Old Rectory and cannot be seen from the house. This building has approved planning consent to convert into a four/five bedroom house (with a holiday restriction) which also benefits from its own private driveway, away from the main residence. The Coach House is in need of a full programme of restoration and offers a great opportunity for those looking for an exciting project or for those looking for additional accommodation or an income generator. Here there are also a number of useful outbuildings grouped around the courtyard and there is a splendid mature copper beech tree.
The Old Rectory is approached from the lane through a white painted pillared entrance with old iron gate and kissing gate onto a drive that sweeps down to the property where there is a large parking and turning area with space for numerous vehicles. Adjacent to this is a single detached garage.
The gardens and grounds lie principally to the front of the house and have over recent years been remodelled to create a large rectangular level front garden profusely stocked with colourful corner flower beds and central circular flower bed all bordered by a gravelled walkway and paths. To the south-west sweeping steps lead up to a further area of lawned garden. To the front of the property stone steps lead down to a former tennis/croquet lawn where there is a little wooden bridge leading to the paddock beyond. The gardens have been laid for ease of maintenance and create a most apt setting for the house itself.
The grounds which extend to approximately six acres are laid principally to areas of pasture and large sweeping mown areas. To the south of the house is a courtyard, a lovely secluded sheltered place in which to sit, around which are grouped a range of single storey traditionally built barns and stabling/outbuildings as shown on the plans. In total the gardens and grounds extend to about 6 acres.
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Lot Acres: 6