A 5 bedroom individual detached country residence of character with approximately 31.4 acres of mainly pasture set in a favoured and tranquil valley close to the coast. EPC Band E. 31.4 acres
Set within the quiet and timeless Sterridge Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the outskirts of the lovely small and unspoilt village of Berrynarbor. The village offers community Post Office / general store, 13th Century village inn and a well respected primary school. Coastal and country walks can be enjoyed nearby. The popular North Devon coastal village of Combe Martin is about 3 miles, and set at the bottom of the hilly coastline, with a sheltered beach along with a variety of shops. Ilfracombe is about 4 miles away, with its quaint harbour and facilities including supermarkets, schools, leisure centre and theatre. The surrounding countryside and coastline provide excellent recreational facilities with lovely beaches at Croyde, Putsborough, Saunton and Woolacombe, which are also known for their surfing. The Exmoor National Park is within easy access and provides endless bridleways and footpaths for those who appreciate the dramatic rugged countryside. Barnstaple is about 20/25 minutes by car, and as North Devon's regional centre, offers business, commercial, leisure and shopping venues. At Barnstaple, access is available to the North Devon Link Road, leading to Junction 27 of the M5, where via Tiverton Parkway, London Paddington is just over 2 hours, whilst Barnstaple Railhead provides a link to the National Railway System.
Orchard Park comprises a detached country house, the original core of which is understood to be of period origin, however, the property has been substantially extended and re-modelled in more recent years. An aerial photograph found in the kitchen is dated 1997 and shows the extensions under way. A stone built into the front elevation indicates that works to the structure were completed in 2004. However, the property remains unfinished in some areas (e.G we understand that the new oil fired boiler remains uncommissioned) and is also virtually new and unused in others.
The property presents stone elevations beneath a generally slate roof, but with a tiled section over the front entrance area. There is extensive use of oak joinery and flooring internally. The windows are oak framed but not double glazed. The accommodation is arranged over two main floors, and on a split level basis, but has the main bedroom accessed off a separate spur to the main staircase, this room could also be adapted as a bed sitting room for an in-law, especially bearing in mind that it has its own bathroom. The accommodation is generally versatile and all rooms benefit from views over surrounding countryside. The property is set in pasture and woodland of approximately 31.4 acres with a stream running through it, and may be suitable for equestrian use. The modern barn could possibly be adapted as stabling.
The layout of the accommodation with approximate dimensions is more clearly identified on the accompanying floorplan, but comprises:
Front door to
Flagstone flooring. Wood burning stove.
With oak flooring. Glazed door to garden. Exposed beam. Fitted Heritage wood burner in recessed fireplace with slate hearth. Bread oven. Door and step down to
With deep bay window and display sill. Oak flooring. Cupboard housing electrics. Trap to loft. Galleried steps down to
With door to outside and also accommodating Grandee oil fired boiler for central heating and domestic hot water.
With shelved alcove. Door to integral garage described later. The central oak staircase rises and falls in three directions, the lower section leads to the
Where three walls feature exposed stone. There is stripped wood flooring. Recessed wood burning stove, oak over mantel, tiled hearth. Shelved display niches flank either side. There is a further matching shelved alcove on the opposite side of the room, as well as a beamed ceiling and multi paned French doors to outside with matching side panels. The central section of the staircase rises to a pair of oak gates, which allow access to the
Which is fitted with an extensive range of bespoke oak units, which incorporate a pair of Armitage Shanks Belfast sinks, both with mixer taps and oak drainers with work surfaces adjoining, drawers and cupboards beneath. Matching wall mounted cupboards. Fitted appliances include a convex electric oven, four ring hob and integrated fridge. There is a recessed Rayburn on raised tiled hearth for cooking, hot water and heating for the kitchen end of the house. Fitted slatted display shelving. Fitted notice board and black board. Fitted oak dresser unit. Free standing oak table and six chairs included. Two windows overlook the valley with slate sills. There are exposed oak ceiling timbers and an exposed stone wall with shelved alcove inset. Door to
With trap to loft. Pair of double oak doors allowing access to airing cupboard with pre lagged cylinder. Further door to
With quarry tiled floor and door to garden. Shelved storage cupboard / fuse cupboard.
Low level WC and pedestal wash hand basin. Quarry tiled flooring. Strip light / shaver point. Oak toiletries cupboard.
Window overlooking drive. Exposed beam. Range of fitted hanging and shelved cupboards. Shelved recess. Wrought iron clothes hook.
Window overlooking the drive. Range of fitted hanging and shelved storage cupboards, as well as two bedside cabinets.
Window to drive. Range of fitted hanging and shelved storage cupboards. Pair of bedside cabinets.
Range of fitted hanging and shelved storage cupboards.
Oak panelled bath, mixer tap / shower attachment, tiled surround. Folding shower screen. Pedestal wash hand basin. Low level WC. Strip light / shaver point. Oak linen box. Robe hooks. Pair of oak toiletries cupboards. Dimplex wall heather. Extractor fan.
Is approached via a separate spur off the main staircase, where there is a half landing, with access to eaves storage. The main double aspect bedroom is of a good size, has pine flooring throughout, exposed beams, trap to loft and
With modern, unused suite comprising panelled bath, corner shower cubicle, pedestal wash hand basin and low level WC. Ladder style heated towel rail / radiator. Exposed beams. Tiled walls. Slate effect tiled flooring. Deep oak windowsill. Robe hooks.
There is an Integral Double Garage / Workshop with plumbing for washing machine, folding doors, radiator, power and light.
Immediately adjacent to the property is a gravelled drive providing ample parking and turning space. On the opposite side to the access lane is a range of single storey stone and tiled / corrugated outbuildings, beyond which is stream frontage. There are areas of garden, with stone retaining walls adjacent to the drive, and a rear garden can be accessed via a pedestrian gate off the drive, or from the back door. The rear garden is laid to lawn. There is a meter cupboard nearest to the back door and a timber garden shed. Adjacent to the house is a five bar gated access over a private driveway which is initially laid to concrete and then becomes a track, providing a central access into the land, which is principally arranged to the south of the house and rises from the base of the valley. The majority of the enclosures are laid to permanent pasture, but the land also includes areas of orchard and woodland. A stream runs through the property at the lower level, and there is also a substantial modern cattle barn positioned in the upper reaches and shown on the accompanying land plan.
The property is approached from the nearest through lane via a private no through lane, which Orchard Park has right of way over, but does not own. The property is arranged on both sides of this access lane, the majority (approximately 30.87 acres) is arranged to the south of the lane, and approximately 0.52 acres arranged to the north of the lane. We understand that the lane leads to four other properties beyond. The initial section is in good repair.
We understand that approximately 20 acres of the 31.4 is currently tenanted, however, we are advised that the tenant is happy to vacate, given six weeks notice. Equally, the tenant is apparently happy to remain and is currently paying rent of £500 per annum, in two instalments.
It should be noted that the 250 gallon plumbed container nearest to the modern barn is the property of the tenant, as are the round feeders, therefore, these items will not be included in the sale.
North Devon District Council, Civic Centre, North Walk, Barnstaple, Devon.
Leaving Barnstaple on the A39, pass North Devon District Hospital on your right, and after about half a mile, bear left onto the B3230 towards Ilfracombe. Follow the road through Muddiford and take the next right hand turning to Combe Martin. Climb the hill and continue along this country road until reaching Berry Down Cross. At the junction, bear left towards Woolacombe. Continue for 0.6 of a mile, and bear right at Smythen Cross, signed Sterridge Valley 2 miles. Proceed along this country lane for exactly 1.3 miles, and the access lane which leads to Orchard Park is on your right hand side.
Mains electricity. Private drainage and water supply. Oil fired central heating (boiler not yet commissioned).
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