A Victorian residence in this tucked away and private location with views over the valley and nature reserve. Standing well within its grounds and gardens of 1 acre with versatile and well presented accommodation. No onward chain. EPC Band F.
Situated in the highly favoured location of Bideford in this private no-through road and approximately 1 acre of gardens is this elegant period property. Located approximately 1 mile from the town centre of the port and market town of Bideford, which sits on the banks of the River Torridge and offers an excellent range of amenities including banks, butchers, various shops, pubs and restaurants, places of worship, schooling for all ages (public and private) and three supermarkets. The property also backs onto the Kenwith Nature Reserve with various walks and ponds. There are also further walks available close by with the Tarka Trail and the South West coastal footpath, which affords excellent walks with stunning vistas of the rugged North Devon coastline. The safe and sandy beach at Westward Ho! Is approximately 2.5 Miles away and adjoins the Northam Burrows Country Park and the Royal North Devon Golf Club, which is reputed to be the oldest links course in England. The coastal village of Instow is also within easy reach with its sailing club. The regional centre of Barnstaple is approximately 10 miles away and offers all the area's main business, shopping and commercial venues. There are good transport opportunities via the A361, which connects to the motorway network via junction 27 of the M5 or via rail and the Tarka Line.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire a stunning detached Victorian residence in this sought after private residential road. The property stands well within its grounds of just under 1 acre (0.91 of an acre) overlooking the Kenwith Valley and the nature reserve. The property is believed to have been constructed in 1892 and offers well presented accommodation with all the features you would expect from a property of this era including high ceilings, elegant proportioned rooms, dado and picture rails, ceiling cornicing and fireplaces. The accommodation is very spacious with a wealth of ample natural light and arranged over three floors. There is also the added advantage of a large basement that offers further potential for a games room / workshop / studio or suiting someone wishing to run a business from home. The accommodation is extremely versatile and offers excellent proportions with three reception rooms and a study on the ground floor, along with four / five bedrooms on the first floor and three further bedrooms on the second floor. There is an excellent degree of privacy with the property being approached via a sweeping driveway. There is ample off road parking with level areas of garden surrounding the property. The remainder of the garden is laid to woodland. The property stands extremely well within its grounds and must be viewed to be fully appreciated.
The accommodation layout and approximate dimensions are more clearly shown on the accompanying floorplan. The accommodation is described in brief as follows:
A front door gives access to the entrance vestibule. A further door then leads into the reception hallway, where the stairs rise to the first floor landing. There is an ornate marble fireplace with cast iron insert on a tiled hearth with ceiling cornicing. A door gives access to the cloakroom, which has a two piece white suite with low level WC and vanity wash hand basin with tongue and groove panelling to the dado height. The drawing room has French doors leading onto the covered veranda and two sash windows to the side elevation. The room benefits from all the period features including a picture rail and ceiling cornicing. There is a gas coal effect stove with a timber mantel over. Folding doors give access to the study (that also has a separate access from the entrance vestibule), which has French doors leading to the front elevation and the covered veranda. The dining room has a floor to ceiling bay window to the front elevation. There is a picture rail, ceiling cornicing, a serving hatch and an ornate fireplace with timber mantel.
From the reception hallway a door gives access to the inner lobby, which has a utility off. This then leads to the breakfast room, which has two sash windows to the rear elevation, panelling to the dado height and a gas fire with a timber mantel over. The kitchen has an extensive range of matching wall and base units with a stainless steel single drainer sink unit set into roll top work surfaces with tiled splash backs. There is an integrated oven, dishwasher and four ring gas hob with an extractor over. There is space for a fridge and freezer with a window to the side elevation, tiled floor and a door giving access to the rear elevation.
The first floor landing has stairs that rise to the second floor. There is ceiling cornicing and a hatch access to the loft space. Bedroom one has two sash windows to the side elevation overlooking the garden. There is a picture rail and a door leading through to the dressing room, which has three sash windows to the front elevation overlooking the valley and the nature reserve. There is also a walk-in wardrobe providing excellent storage. The dressing room can be accessed via the landing and could be used as a separate bedroom, if required. Bedroom two benefits from two windows to the front elevation overlooking the valley with a picture rail. Off is a en suite cloakroom. The family bathroom benefits from a three piece white suite with low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin, jacuzzi bath and separate shower cubicle. There is extensive tiling, a dual aspect, heated towel rail and an airing cupboard. Bedroom three has two sash windows to the side elevation overlooking the garden with ornate fireplace. Bedroom four has a window to the rear elevation. A further bathroom benefits from a low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin and panelled bath.
The second floor landing has two walk-in storage cupboards providing excellent storage along with exposed beams. Bedroom five has a window to the side elevation, an ornate fireplace and exposed beams. Bedroom six has two sash windows to the front elevation enjoying views over the Kenwith Nature Reserve and the valley. The room is l-shaped and has an exposed beam. Bedroom seven has sash windows to the rear elevation and exposed ceiling beams.
The property is approached over a sweeping driveway. There is a gravelled area of off road parking, which is ample for several vehicles. The driveway then continues down closer to the property, where there is further parking. Adjacent to the property is a level area of lawn, whilst to the rear of the property is a banked area of garden that has been designed for ease of maintenance. To the front and side of the property is a covered veranda, which is the perfect place for enjoying the garden with a glass of wine or alfresco dining. There is also a level area of lawn to the front of the property, which extends around to the right hand side where steps lead up to the top of the driveway. There are also three out houses, one which is currently used as a gardeners toilet. Steps then lead down to the basement, which is dry with power and light connected. This room could be used for a variety of purposes including someone wishing to run a business from home. Beyond the immediate areas of garden surrounding the property are further natural areas of garden being mainly wooded, designed to encourage privacy and nature.
Torridge District Council, Riverbank House, Bideford, Devon EX39 2QG. Tel:
From Bideford Quay, with the River Torridge on your right hand side, proceed towards Northam passing Morrisons on your right. After a short distance you will see Rydons Garage on your left. Just before turn left here and continue along for a short distance taking the first right hand turning. Then take the first left into First Raleigh. Proceed up the hill and the driveway will b found on the left hand side with nameplate clearly displayed.
All mains connected. Gas fired central heating.
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