An elegant & tastefully restored detached country house together with detached thatched cottage set in 1.8 acres of level pasture in tranquil rural surroundings.
Main House; 6 Bedrooms. Cottage; 2 Bedrooms etc. FURTHER LAND AVAILABLE EPC Band E
FINE VIEWS TO DARTMOOR & EXMOOR
SITUATION AND AMENITIES
Ebberley is a timeless and tranquil, rural hamlet on the outskirts of Torrington, with neighbouring Roborough (1.5 miles), Dolton (4 miles) and High Bickington (4 miles) which are small rural villages offering popular local inns, village halls, ancient parish churches, local shops, post offices and school facilities. The community centre at High Bickington has a large sports hall and holds regular classes and events. There is a well-known golf course at High Bickington known as Libbaton. Torrington is approximately 7 miles and offers a more extensive range of local amenities which include the highly regarded Plough Arts Centre, supermarkets, butchers, post office, banks and schooling for all ages. Leisure facilities in the town include a theatre/cinema, swimming pool, sports hall, golf course and parks. On the outskirts of Torrington is RHS Rosemoor. Barnstaple the regional centre is about 13 miles and offers the areas main business, commercial, leisure and shopping venues, as well as North Devon District Hospital. The market towns of Bideford and South Molton are about 10 and 12 miles distant respectively. The nearest coastal resort is at Instow (12 miles) and is famous for its beach, sand dunes and yacht club. Just over 20 miles away is the renowned surfing beach of Saunton, also with championship golf course, and a little further beyond, the equally renowned surfing beaches at Croyde, Putsborough and Woolacombe. The North Devon Link Road is easily accessible and provides access to Tiverton in about 50 minutes, where Tiverton Parkway offers a fast service of trains to London Paddington in a further 2 hours. The County and Cathedral City of Exeter is about 32 miles away, and the nearest International airports are at Exeter or Bristol. Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks are both within comfortable travelling distance.DESCRIPTION
Ebberley Hill Barton boasts an impressive whitened-rendered, Georgian facade, which was added to the earlier original core, which is understood to date from about 1760 and is largely of cob construction, beneath a slate roof. Prior to becoming the fine residential property which it is today, the house was formerly a coaching inn serving the local farming community. The existing owners purchased the property in 2010 and set about renovating the house, which has been sympathetically undertaken and now combines quality 21st century refinements with original features.
Wrens Thatch, the ancillary accommodation, is a detached period cottage which presents lime rendered colour washed elevations, with double glazing, beneath a thatched roof and was virtually rebuilt and totally modernised in 2012. This is a high quality secondary unit which offers a very stylish interior with rustic ambience, the cottage has consent for all year round holiday use and projections obtained calculate that the property could provide a net income of £14,000 per annum minimum for a 28 week occupancy (or more if a hot tub were to be installed). Alternatively with any necessary change of planning consent the property could suit use by relatives or simply as overspill accommodation for guests/recreation/offices etc.
For those interested in equestrian pursuits there is a level pasture field, a range of substantial stables and access to a maze of local bridleways. A further 4 acres across the adjoining lanes is available separately.
The property is on high ground, but not exposed, adjoins open fields and commands breathtaking far reaching views to Dartmoor, Exmoor and even Bodmin Moor.
All in all there is something for everyone at Ebberley Hill Barton; an early internal inspection is recommended to fully appreciate this first class country retreat which provides the opportunity for a lifestyle change.
The layout of accommodation with approximate dimensions is more clearly identified upon the accompanying floorplans but comprises:MAIN HOUSE GROUND FLOOR
Portico ENTRANCE, front door with stain glass panel to ENTRANCE HALL cupboard under stairs. DRAWING ROOM featuring open fireplace with marble surround, slate hearth, strip wood flooring, exposed beams, half glazed door to conservatory. MUSIC ROOM/SEPARATE DINING ROOM a double aspect room featuring open fireplace with painted wooden surround, shelved recess to right, exposed beam. Returning to the entrance hall a stain glass panel door leads to the KITCHEN/DINING ROOM, arranged in 2 distinct sections with a limestone floor throughout. The kitchen is fitted with bespoke units in oak, topped by oak work surfaces, with double Belfast sink and slate drainers, there are ample base and wall units incorporating integrated twin fridge and twin freezer, Neff dishwasher, the Rangemaster cooker is available by separate negotiation if required, 5 ring calor gas fired hob, oak shelving, a peninsular breakfast bar separates the DINING AREA which features fireplace with fitted wood burner on slate hearth, bressumer beam, oak bookcase to left hand side, stain glass panelled door to REAR LOBBY with store cupboard and door to courtyard. Also from the dining area a half glazed door leads to the CONSERVATORY, a much larger than average room, enjoying triple aspect views over the garden and beyond, French doors and separate single door lead to the garden, there is tiled flooring throughout. There is a cellar beneath the kitchen which is accessible via a hatch and ladder, from the conservatory but is currently boarded up. Off the kitchen area is a small STUDY doubling up as PANTRY with exposed beam and borrowed light from the music room.
Again from the kitchen a half stable door separates the inner lobby, with coat pegs, matching flooring to the kitchen which runs through into the SHOWER/CLOAKROOM with corner cubicle, low level w/c, pedestal wash basin, fully tiled walls, extractor fan. BOILER/LAUNDRY ROOM with wood effect flooring, ETA biomass boiler for central heating and domestic hot water, substantial hot water cylinder, half glazed door to outside, units incorporate a single drainer stainless steel sink, adjoining work surfaces, drawers, cupboards and appliance space under, plumbing for washing matching, vent for tumble dryer, matching wall mounted cupboards and overhead clothes airer, door to integral garage described later.FIRST FLOOR
GALLERIED LANDING, trap to extensive loft space, above the staircase is a window with feature Victorian stain glass panel depicting a bird. BEDROOM 1 featuring period fireplace, walk in wardrobe, EN-SUITE BATHROOM with panel bath, shower above, shower screen, tiled surround, low level w/c, pedestal wash basin, shaver point, tiled floor, heated towel rail/radiator. BEDROOM 2 with period fireplace, EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM with shower cubicle, aqua board surround, low level w/c, pedestal wash basin, heated towel rail/radiator, wood effect flooring, and extractor fan. BEDROOM 3/ OR DRESSING ROOM. BEDROOM 4 currently utilised as SNUG. INNER LANDING with linen cupboard. BEDROOM 5 a double aspect room with shelved recess. BEDROOM 6. FAMILY BATHROOM/SHOWER ROOM with acrylic ball and claw footed tub style bath, telephone style mixer tap/shower attachment, display niche, pedestal wash basin, low level w/c, shower cubicle with aqua board surround, airing cupboard, heated towel rail/radiator, wood effect flooring and extractor fan.WRENS THATCH
Is totally self-contained and is either accessed from its own drive or from a courtyard between the main house and the cottage, therefore separate oak entrance doors are at each side as well as French doors leading out into the garden. The ground floor is almost entirely one open plan room, with stone flagged floor throughout, incorporating SITTING, DINING and KITCHEN areas and is triple aspect. Within the sitting area there is a fireplace with bressumer beam and wood burner on slate hearth, further exposed beams, shelved recess, and cupboard under stairs leading to first floor described later. The dining area then leads through to the bespoke kitchen in oak on brick piers, topped by oak work surfaces, featuring Belfast sink with slate drainers, there is plumbing for dishwasher, the Kenwood Range is available by separate negotiation, there is an integral fridge, oak shelving, wine bottle holder and exposed stone wall. LAUNDRY ROOM with plumbing for washing machine, slate work surfaces, further storage cupboards, cupboard housing hot water cylinder, shelved recess and matching floor to the main reception/kitchen area which runs through to the CLOAKROOM/WET ROOM with drench shower as well as hand held shower, low level w/c, pedestal wash basin and 2 walls are tiled. The oak staircase features a glass panel exposing the cob original building, and this leads onto FIRST FLOOR LANDING with exposed beams. BEDROOM 1, also with exposed beams, walk in wardrobe, EN-SUITE BATHROOM with acrylic ball and claw footed tub bath, telephone style mixer tap/shower attachment, pedestal wash basin, mirror above, low level w/c, travertine flooring, heated towel rail/radiator, extractor fan. BEDROOM 2 exposed beam, fine views, EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM with tiled cubicle, pedestal wash basin, low level w/c, heated towel rail/radiator, extractor fan, tiled flooring.OUTSIDE
To the FRONT the main house is approached via an in and out gravel driveway with, nearest to the lane, 2 pairs of rendered pillars, topped by stone balls. The FRONT GARDEN is mainly laid to lawn, bounded by mature specimen shrubs and trees, the driveway provides ample parking and turning space. To the left of the front of the house is an INTEGRAL GARAGE with electric up and over door, storage racks, power and light connected and room for overspill freezers. To the right of the house is a level area of lawn and ornamental pond and beyond this a sweeping level lawn, possibly suitable for games, croquet etc, or for the installation of a swimming pool, as it is quite sheltered, subject to any necessary consent. This area would also be ideal to accommodate a marquee for those special occasions. Between the main house and the cottage is an attractive gravel COURTYARD. The cottage itself is approached by a separate double 5 bar gate entrance, over a gravel driveway, again providing ample parking and turning space. Immediately in front of the 5 bar gate is an additional parking bay for several vehicles, lane side. Beyond is the range of 4 STABLES, currently utilised as workshop and storage, 1 is of stone construction, partially rendered, with CGI roof, the others are of block construction. From the garden a 5 bar gate leads to an area accommodating POULTRY ENCLOSURES which runs onto one of the pasture fields, also with independent access from the adjoining lane. AVAILABLE SEPARATELY On the opposite side of the lane are 3 further PASTURE FIELDS, one accommodating a FIELD SHELTER. Opposite the front of the property there is a 5th triangular field which accommodates the private drainage system.SERVICES
Mains electricity and water (there is also a well onsite which could potentially provide free water), private drainage, superfast broadband. The biomass boiler provides central heating and hot water for both properties. We understand that the heating system is part of the Governments renewable heat incentive and in 2016 returned over £5000 to the current owners. We also understand that 14 years remain on the original contract and therefore there appears to be potential to recover approximately £70,000 over this period.DIRECTIONS
From Barnstaple, proceed along the A377 towards Umberleigh for approximately 5 miles, and then take the first right hand turning after Fishleigh Rock Garage (petrol station) towards Atherington. Continue along this road passing through the village of Atherington towards Torrington. Proceed for approximately 3 miles. Then take the next left at Cranford Cross, signed to Roborough. Follow this country lane to Ebberley, passing the chapel on the right. The property is situated a little further on, at the left hand side, at the 5 Crossways junction (known as Ebberley Arms) which is exactly 2 miles from Cranford Cross.