An impressive coastal manor house with stunning views over Lee Bay and access to the beach near the end of the driveway. Manor house dating from 1896 with a private, tree-lined entrance drive. Seven bedrooms, all with en-suites. Magnificent reception hall with double height minstrel's gallery and stone fireplace. Colourful gardens with views to the sea and mature woodland. 49.59 acres. EPC Band F.
Lee Manor is situated in an elevated position with stunning sea views overlooking Lee Bay, a quiet rocky inlet bay on the North Devon Coast. Lee is a pretty, unspoilt village within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a Coastal Preservation Area, a Heritage Coast and An Area of Tranquility.
The well-known coastal town of Woolacombe, known worldwide for its four-mile sandy beach, lies approximately 3.5 miles to the west and offers a small range of shops. The nearby town of Ilfracombe has the Landmark Theatre, a doctors surgery as well as banks, shops and supermarkets.
The market town of Barnstaple, about 13 miles away, holds a weekly pannier market, and provides an extended range of shops including numerous major retailers and supermarkets, as well as leisure and commercial facilities.
The sandy beaches of Saunton, Croyde and Putsborough are within easy reach of Lee Manor and the Exmoor National Park and coast provides wide opportunity for walking and riding. The Tarka Tennis centre and North Devon Leisure centre are found in Barnstaple with golf available at Saunton.
Schooling is available in Ilfracombe, Braunton and Barnstaple as well as the well-regarded West Buckland School for which there is a bus service within three miles of Lee Manor.
The A361 is within three miles at Mullacott Cross, which leads to the North Devon Link Road at Barnstaple and with easy access to the M5 motorway. There are regular trains to London from Tiverton Parkway, while Exeter and Bristol each have international airports serving UK and overseas destinations.HISTORICAL NOTE
Lee Manor was built in 1896 for the Squire of Lee, Charles Bernard Mervyn Drake Cutliffe. The Squires daughter Avice, tapped the ceremonial foundation stone, inscribed with her initials N.A.D.C. As it was laid over a silver coin of the same year. The house was completed in 1898 and Squire Drake Cutliffe is buried in the family vault at Ilfracombe.INTRODUCTION
Lee Manor overlooks the village of Lee with wonderful far- reaching views over Lee Bay and out to sea beyond, but sheltered by 49.59 acres of ancient woodland. At the same time the house enjoys a high degree of privacy and is approached through a stone pillared entrance with wrought iron gates leading into a beautiful wide, tree-lined drive approximately a third of a mile long. The beach is accessible just a few steps from the end of the driveway.
The house, which is not Listed, is built of granite stone under a slate roof, and boasts a wealth of period features including mullioned windows, Gothic style panelling, stained glass windows throughout and exposed Chestnut beams. It has been exceptionally well maintained by the present owners and provides very spacious and comfortable living accommodation.
Alternatively the manor house could provide a wonderful venue to let out for events.LEE MANOR
A Gothic-style timber door opens into an impressive Entrance Porch with original tiled floor, stained glass windows and exposed stone walls, one of which bears the Drake Cutliffe coat of arms. An inner lobby opens into the magnificent Reception Hall with an open stone fireplace, part wood flooring and triple transom stone mullioned stained glass window. A feature is the impressive double minstrel gallery and wide three tiered staircase.
The L-shaped Drawing Room has a fireplace housing a wood burning stove and French Doors to the garden, with wonderful views to the sea. The spacious dual-aspect Dining Room has an unused fireplace with ornate carved timber screen whilst the adjoining Study also has French Doors to the garden.
The Kitchen is fitted with a range of units under granite work surfaces with a double Belfast Sink and a two-oven oil fired Aga with an accompanying electric cooker, also with two ovens and hob over. There is an adjoining Breakfast Room, as well as a range of Utility Rooms, including a Cloakroom, Laundry Room, store rooms and access to a cellar which is dry, light, spacious and divided into separate rooms. It also provides access to the terrace.
An impressive solid Chestnut staircase leads to the double minstrel gallery which overlooks the Reception Hall. The Master Bedroom Suite has sea views, a spacious bedroom with Juliette balcony, luxurious bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath, separate Jacuzzi shower and a large Dressing Room with fitted wall to wall Oak wardrobes and central dressing table.
There are Six Further Bedrooms on the first-floor, all double rooms with en-suite facilities, and an additional Bathroom. A secondary staircase returns back to the ground floor.OUTSIDE
There is a detached Double Garage of stone construction under a tiled roof. There are also three purpose built dog kennels with outdoor runs and a log store.THE GARDENS
The gardens surround the house and provide a peaceful area from which to enjoy the sea and surrounding views with a patio area and various lawn areas and shrub beds which burst with colours through the different seasons.
In front of the house there is a terraced area known as The Crows Nest providing fantastic sea views and spectacular sunsets and along the entrance drive are a number of further openings overlooking Lee Bay.THE WOODLAND
The woodland at Lee Manor is classified as ancient woodland and provides privacy and protection for the house as well as providing a natural habitat for flora, including bluebells and orchids in the spring months, and a wealth of wildlife. The trees are mostly mature and deciduous, with a stream flowing along the eastern boundary.FARM AND HOLIDAY LETTING UNITS
Approximately half a mile to the south-west of Lee Manor is Lee Manor Farm, which is also available to purchase. The farm includes a Manager's / Farm worker's house, three high quality barn conversions used for holiday letting, a range of modern buildings set in 60.70 acres, some of which abuts the woodland being sold with Lee Manor.
For further information please contact the agents.SERVICES
Mains water and mains electricity. Private drainage and oil-fired central heating.LOCAL AUTHORITY
North Devon District Council. Telephone: 01271 327711 (www.northdevon.gov.uk).COUNCIL TAX BAND
Band H.FIXTURES & FITTINGS
All fixtures and fittings, unless specifically referred to within these particulars, are expressly excluded from the sale of the freehold.WAYLEAVES & RIGHTS OF WAY
The sale is subject to all rights of support, public and private rights of way, water, light, drainage and other easements, quasi-easements and wayleaves, all or any other like rights, whether mentioned in these particulars or not.
There is a public footpath which runs through the woodland, south of Lee Manor.VIEWING
Strictly by confirmed appointment with the vendors agents, Stags: 01271 322833 or 01392 680059. Knight Frank LLP 01392 423111.DISCLAIMER
These particulars are a guide only and should not be relied upon for any purpose.