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6 bed detached house for sale New Road, Instow, Bideford EX39

6 beds
6 baths
4 receptions
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Property location

Nearby amenities

  • Instow Ferry Landing0.3 miles
  • Instow Community Primary School0.6 miles
  • Appledore Ferry Landing0.7 miles
  • Appledore School1 miles

Features and description

  • Unspoilt Victorian Residence
  • Enviable Estuary Views
  • Elevated Position within Instow
  • 5/6 Bedroom House/B&B
  • Self-Contained Holiday Cottage
  • Extensive Gardens
  • Off-Road Parking & Double Garage
  • Walking Distance to Instow Beach
  • Lifestyle Opportunity
  • Viewing Highly Recommended
This unspoilt, South-facing Victorian house, constructed c. 1879 as the Estate Manager’s residence and believed to be the oldest in New Road, commands an elevated position within the ever-popular coastal village of Instow and enjoys enviable views of the estuary.

On the market for the first time in well over half a century, this prominent period home retains a wealth of attractive character features, perfectly complemented by modern day necessities. Also boasting a charming, self-contained cottage, currently run as a successful holiday let, and extensive grounds extending to approximately 1 acre, the property currently makes for a lucrative Bed & Breakfast and will suit those seeking a superb lifestyle opportunity close to the coast, impressive holiday retreat or home for the growing family within walking distance of the beach. Owned by a local couple, Springfield House has been improved and kept immaculately over the years and maintains much of its original charm. Offering new owners a detached period home with adaptable accommodation and mature gardens, an attractive detached one bedroom cottage with its own private garden and two further two stone-built outbuildings offering tremendous potential, both ripe for conversion subject to P.P (one which has had previous planning consent), this rare opportunity will undoubtedly appeal to the discerning purchaser.

Approached by a sweeping driveway, plenty of parking and a double garage the property takes full advantage of the stunning position and breath-taking views.

The ever-popular village of Instow perfectly epitomises North Devon as the rolling countryside meet the coast. The village itself boasts a glorious, sandy riverside beach, backed by dunes, popular among families, dog walkers and water-sports enthusiasts alike. Offering a plethora of award-winning restaurants, cafes, and a well-regarded local delicatessen, could also be considered a foodie’s paradise. There is a popular Yacht club, access to the Tarka trail for walkers and cyclists and a pedestrian ferry to Appledore during the summer months too. There is a primary school in the village, convenient access to nearby secondary schooling and further education in the surrounding towns of Barnstaple, Bideford and Torrington. The village also provides excellent transport links with a regular bus service to both Barnstaple and Bideford whilst the A39 is also close to hand. Additional nearby beaches include Westward Ho!, Saunton, Croyde, Woolacombe & Putsborough, all are within a short drive along with Bude which is approximately 30 miles distant.

Barnstaple, the regional centre of North Devon, offers a wider range of amenities, high street shopping, a rail link to Exeter in the South and a convenient route to Tiverton, where there is a direct rail link to London. The M5 motorway is also easily accessible via the A361 and provides a network to the rest of the country. Nearby airports include Exeter and Newquay, both of which are within a 2-hour drive.

Description

Springfield House offers adaptable accommodation and an inviting atmosphere with large bay windows flooding the home with a wealth of natural light. Stepping over the threshold, you are welcomed into the entrance hall with original Victorian stain glass windows which opens to the large reception lobby, complete with working fireplace and large sash window. The main entrance hall flows through to the ground floor rooms and provides a magnificent grand staircase, providing plenty of storage space and at present has a grand piano in situ. Off the hallway to the rear is a useful lobby, boot room with access to the rear garden and convenient cloakroom. At the front of the home is a large, dual aspect drawing room, currently being used as a guest dining room, with a large marble surround fireplace, fabulous bay window complete with window seat, taking in much of the days sunlight and enjoying views of the water. In addition, there is a private sitting room also found at the front of the home, playing host to an original Victorian tiled fireplace, in good working order, and large sash window. From here, through grand, glazed double doors, there is a garden room, offering a separate entrance to Springfield House. Following on from the sitting room is the kitchen/breakfast room, flooded by daylight from three large sash windows. The kitchen is comprehensively equipped with a range of handmade base and eye level units, finished to a high standard with timber and granite work tops, together with integrated dishwasher, fridge and microwave combi oven. There is plenty of preparation space, a gas-fired aga, space for a butcher’s block, two inset sinks and a superb natural stone flooring. There is also a very handy walk-in pantry, complete with slate shelving and original ceiling hooks. Joining the kitchen, to the far side of the property, are two further rooms. One with a powerful wood-burner, ceiling dolly, space for white goods and a floor to ceiling double cupboard, once more, flooded with natural light. The spacious boot room, with another Belfast sink leads onto a further rear entrance. Off the kitchen is a stone staircase leading to the spacious cellar, complete with the original floor to ceiling wine rack, two large cupboards featuring stone shelving, ample storage and at the far end and double doors opening up to the front of the house, below ground level. The first floor provides three generous double bedrooms, each with their own separate bathrooms. The first, occupying the South-West side of the house, is a dual aspect room with a large bay window and far-reaching views down the River Torridge and views towards the sea to the West. Across the landing is a spacious bathroom with a 4-piece suite comprising a large shower, original Victorian roll top bath, W.C and hand basin, all in keeping with the period, along with a working fireplace and hand printed wallpaper. Accessed through a stained-glass door off the landing is a balcony taking full advantage of the evening sun and fabulous views. Down the hall is another well-proportioned, south facing bedroom with fireplace and large sash window. There is a bathroom adjacent which features a Fired Earth suite comprising a roll top bath, shower, W.C and hand basin. At the rear of the home, a door leads through to the “back wing” currently used as part of the owner’s accommodation with a secondary staircase down to the kitchen area. There is a spacious double bedroom with sash windows and an original built-in floor to ceiling cupboard and a very hardworking fireplace! The private bathroom to this bedroom features a large window overlooking the gardens, a spacious shower, W.C and hand basin. The second floor features a vast self-contained apartment, being almost the entire footprint of the house. The apartment provides a fully equipped kitchen and large sitting room. Two generous bedrooms, two bathrooms, one with bath and shower attachment, W.C and hand basin, the other with a shower, W.C and hand basin. Light floods into The Apartment through large windows which enjoys 360-degree views of the river, sea and countryside. The Apartment can be accessed internally via a staircase from the first floor along with a separate rear access with external staircase, together with a delightful seating area. This space would be perfect for a teenager, dependent relative or could be rented to derive an income. The property, including the cottage, has a pressurised water system allowing all the bathrooms to have excellent water pressure at all times.

The Old School

The Old School House is a detached cottage also boasting an abundance of character. Currently run as a successful holiday let as an extension to the B&B, the cottage could be utilised for a dependent relative, space for a teenager or independent Air B&B and offers the new owners a very versatile addition to use as they wish.

The Old School House is fully equipped with kitchen/breakfast area, living space and bathroom comprising a slipper bath, large shower, W.C and hand basin. A fantastic feature wall with the ‘stormy ship’ hand-painted makes a wonderful focal point to the main room. An oak staircase leads to the mezzanine floor which boasts a very spacious bedroom overlooking the ground floor space. Adjoining the cottage is a wet room with large rainfall shower, W.C and hand wash basin.

Overall the cottage is incredibly light with multiple sash windows overlooking its own private courtyard garden and far-reaching views.

The Grounds

The garden itself has a range of pathways leading through many wonderful seating areas with well-established trees, shrubs and borders throughout. It has a wealth of privacy in general, with tall growing trees, shrubs and climbing rose arches. Beyond the original red brick wall, is the kitchen garden, with many beds, raised and ground level, large fruit cages and many varied fruit trees, medlar, plum, greengage, pear, walnut and mulberry being among them and an additional orchard. A large wood and glass greenhouse, complete with electricity and lighting is situated at the top of the garden. All are enclosed by an original natural stone and brick wall. In all the grounds extend to approximately 1 acre.

Closer to the main house is a cottage being used as a storage/utility space. At the top of the garden, shallow steps lead to a stone barn at present being used as stabling for two horses with another smaller wooden stable to the side. Attached to the stone barn is a further stone/wooden building utilising a feed room and hay store. Electricity and water are all connected. This could be made into a wonderful lodge area. Behind the stables is access to a four-acre field, currently being rented from The Estate.

Within the grounds are many seating areas, manicured gardens and superb alfresco dining spots all taking advantage of the stunning position and breath-taking views.

The double garage has an up and over door and is currently being used as a workshop, having plenty of electrical sockets and lighting.

The garden itself has a range of pathways leading through many wonderful seating areas with well established trees, shrubs and borders throughout. It has a wealth of privacy in general, helped by the tall growing trees, shrubs and climbing rose arches. Beyond the original red brick wall, is the kitchen garden, with many beds, raised and ground level, large fruit cage and many varied fruit trees, medlar, plum, greengage, pear, walnut and mulberry being among them. There is also a well established orchard. A large wooden/glass greenhouse complete with electricity and lighting is situated at the top of the garden. All are enclosed by an original natural stone and brick wall.

Closer to the main house is a cottage being used as a storage/utility space. At the top of the garden, shallow steps lead to a stone barn at present being used as stabling for two horses with another smaller wooden stable to the side. Attached to the stone barn is a further stone/wooden building utilising a feed room and hay store. Electricity and water are all connected. This could be made into a wonderful lodge area. Behind the stables is access to a four acre field, currently being rented from the estate.

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Tenure: Freehold
General Services: Mains electricity, gas, water and drainage.
Local Authority: North Devon District Council

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