A detached Victorian house and barns converted from a former village Inn.
Red Lion House is situated in the centre of the popular village of Membury, located in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a variety of quiet lanes, footpaths and bridleways from which to enjoy the beautiful scenery and natural wildlife.
Membury is home to an active rural community supporting an excellent village shop and post office with attached licenced cafe, village hall, Church and primary school.
Axminster, approximately 3 miles away offers a good range of day to day facilities including a modern hospital, a Tesco superstore, a weekly market and a main line rail station on the London Waterloo line.
The market town of Honiton is approximately 12 miles to the west with a further range of facilities, whilst the south coast at Lyme Regis is approximately 9 miles, with its famous Cobb, surrounding fishing villages and beaches.DESCRIPTION
Red Lion House, as its name suggests, is the thoughtful and sympathetic conversion of a historic 19th Century coaching Inn into a spacious and comfortable character village home together with a traditional barns/outbuildings and 1.74 acres of mature gardens and grounds. The accommodation is of generous proportions with all the elegance and symmetry typical of its Victorian heritage whilst presented in a stylish blend of country charm with a 'utilitarian' edge echoing the building's past use. The recently re-roofed stone built barns in the North of the plot offer further potential providing workshop/storage with possible conversion prospects to an annexe, holiday cottage or even a stand alone dwelling subject to the necessary planning consents. Mature gardens stretch away to the rear of the property climbing to a woodland boundary with panoramic views over the surrounding village and countryside.
A crested entrance canopy overhangs a solid front entrance door to the lobby with a traditional glazed panelled door, side window and fanlight leading through to the wide central hall. Panelled doors on either side open into the Living Room and Study with an archway framing the staircase to the first floor, further panelled doors to the Cloakroom and Breakfast Room, and an open doorway and fanlight flowing through to the Kitchen/family room at the rear. The Living Room/principal reception room runs the depth of the original house with a open brick and tiled fireplace and sash window to the front. The Study similarly features a sash window to the front with a wood burning stove set within its own fireplace. The breakfast room is centred around a deep red Rayburn range with 'organically' shaped natural solid wood work surfaces on either side atop fitted cupboard units. A glazed door links the Breakfast Room with the Kitchen/Family Room which spans the rear of the house, high sloping ceilings with large double glazed velux windows assist french doors and sash windows which enjoy a private outlook over the rear gardens.
The Kitchen area is beautifully bespoke with naturally shaped solid wood work surfaces, cupboards and ceramic sink. The family sitting area nestles around a wood burning stove at one end whilst beyond the kitchen is a Utility, shelved larder and door out to the side.
On the first floor a wide landing echoes the elegant dimensions of the hall with panelled doors to four generous double bedrooms all featuring sash windows with polished terracotta tiled sills and fitted/built in wardrobes. The master bedroom at the front houses an en suite shower room with a family bathroom serving the remaining three bedrooms.OUTSIDE
Adjoining the house on the South side is the former skittle alley now comprising a tandem double garage/store and insulated plant room housing a wood pellet boiler serving the domestic hot water and central heating system. An external overhang at the rear forms a sheltered seating area overlooking the gardens.
To the front of the house is a wide pull in providing convenient parking with low stone wall enclosed gardens and pathway to the front entrance door. To one side is a gated gravelled driveway, open to the gardens and also to the courtyard on one side behind the barns/outbuildings. The former stabling, coaching and stores to the original village Inn, these recently re-roofed stone and brick buildings present an excellent opportunity for conversion subject to the necessary planning consents. Within the same 'courtyard' is a separate detached single storey 'calving' barn believed to pre-date the original house.
The grounds extend to c. 1.74 acres in total comprising lawns, kitchen garden, cider orchard and sloping light woodland.AGENTS NOTE
The current owner operates the house through the ever popular airbnb scheme with consistent excellent reviews.
Main water, electricity and drainage.VIEWING
Strictly by appointment with the agents Stags, Honiton 01404 45885.DIRECTIONS
From Honiton take the A35 heading east towards Axminster and after passing Kilmington take the slip road towards Axminster. After a short distance turn left signposted Membury and Tolcis. Proceed along this lane for approximately 3 miles taking the left turn signposted Membury at Starcross. Continue along this lane down into the village passing the shop and post office on the left and Red Lion House will be found before the church on the right hand side.