An imposing former Rectory, on an elevated site with views over the harbour & out to sea. 21st century quality refinements tastefully combine with original period features. 7 Bedrooms, 4 Receptions etc. (Not Listed) EPC Band C.
SITUATION AND AMENITIES
Ilfracombe is surrounded by natural beauty with Exmoor National Park only 20 minutes by car and fishing, sailing, kayaking and rowing activities right on your doorstep on the harbour which is a five minute walk from the pathway right outside the main gate which also doubles up as the South West Coast Path. The house sits high above the picturesque harbour with stunning views across the Bristol Channel as well as to the sea and the cliffs of Hillsborough and Capstone, yet is only five minutes walk from the town centre. Local amenities include supermarkets, theatre, cinema, indoor swimming pool along with schools, cottage hospital, doctors surgery, range of pubs and restaurants including Damien Hirsts 11 the Quay which is just below. Damien Hirst is also responsible for Verity, a 66ft bronze sculpture at the end of the harbour. The yacht club on the harbour front is a major part of this towns social scene and includes gig racing from the harbour itself. There is a ferry to Lundy Island in the summer months and boat trips along the coastline. Ilfracombe has a population of some 10,500 inhabitants which is significantly boosted during holiday and summer seasons with the influx of tourists. In recent years the town has benefited from various developments including the arrival of two supermarkets,The McCarthy and Stone development nearby, the Wetherspoons development together with a number of galleries and eating establishments. In fact, Ilfracombe boasts some of the finest restaurants and eateries in North Devon. Barnstaple, North Devon's regional centre is about 12 miles and includes more extensive shopping, supermarkets, leisure centre, college, North Devon regional hospital and its famous Pannier Market and Butchers Row.
At Barnstaple there is access to the North Devon Link Road where Junction 27 of the M5 motorway can be reached in about 45 minutes, nearby is Tiverton Parkway with trains to London Paddington in just over two hours. The immediate coast line is renowned for its spectacular landscape ranging from high, open moorland, wooded combes and dramatic sea cliffs. The West Somerset and North Devon Coast Line is easily accessible including the popular surfing beaches of Croyde, Saunton and Woolacombe which are all about 15 minutes by car. There are many sporting facilities in the area including golf at Ilfracombe itself, the championship course at Saunton, Barnstaple and The Royal North Devon golf course at Westward Ho!DESCRIPTION
Built in 1860, The Old Vicarage is described as one of Ilfracombes iconic houses from the Victorian era. Originally, this was St James Vicarage (the name is still inscribed within the stone wall alongside the entrance gates) and was the childhood home to Jonathon Edwards, the Olympic champion and world record holder. The property presents elevations of stone beneath a slate roof and has been sympathetically restored to retain its Victorian grandeur with all the quality 21st century conveniences one would expect. Many original features have been restored including the rare rising shutters in the Drawing Room, the dumb waiter in Dining Room, the large basement Bathroom was originally the meat larder and retains the original ceiling hooks ideal for hanging wetsuits out to dry.
Improvements within recent years include new roof, electrics, plumbing, windows, central heating, Kitchen and Bathrooms, complete new decorations, landscaping etc. The property is considered suitable as a single principal residence, alternatively within recent years, The Old Vicarage has been run as an occasional home for the current owners combined with a thriving holiday let producing a healthy annual income in excess of £60,000. Accordingly, further details are available by request from the selling agents and the website as well as the majority of the contents are available by separate negotiation. The property can also be arranged on a dual occupation basis or as family and adult friendly as possible by splitting into activity and comfort zones. The former includes Kitchen, Utility, Sitting Room, Media Room and has practical, tiled or laminate flooring. The comfort zones is fully carpeted and comprises the rest of the house. There is a Store Room at the lower level which could possibly convert into a small separate Kitchen if required, subject to planning permission.
There are six double Bedrooms (two En-suite) and one twin Bedroom plus a further three family Bathrooms and a downstairs WC. The Drawing Room is set for comfort and conversation with three large sofas and log burner. The Dining Room seats up to 18, ideal for special celebrations and get-togethers. There is a den with two large sofas and a TV with amazing views of Hillsborough. The Kitchen includes an Aga and American style fridge with ice dispenser, fitted eye level oven and microwave, gas on glass hob and a rustic dining table which seats 8. Tri-fold doors open out to a terrace ideal for alfresco dining and access down to the main garden. The Utility Room includes a Butler sink, washing machine, drier and drier rack as well as additional storage. The large Sitting Room/ Media Room at lower level is equipped with wall mounted 50 TV and blue ray. The layout of accommodation with approximate dimensions is more clearly identified upon the accompanying floorplans,OUTSIDE
The Old Vicarage is completely self-contained with a park on one side and cliff gardens in front. There are no properties adjoining. As you drive through the gated entrance you are immediately in your own world. There is parking for at least five cars, more if needed. The upper level of the garden offers different locations to take in the views and areas for play or just sitting. There is a pedestrian gate in the upper wall for easy access into the town. The gardens are completely wall enclosed and amount to just over half an acre. These are well tended with areas of lawn and well stocked borders.LOCAL AUTHORITY
North Devon District Council, Lynton House, Commercial Road, Barnstaple, EX31 1DG. Tel: 01271 327711 (www.northdevon.gov.uk).SPECIAL NOTE
Some of the photographs used in this brochure are from the vendors personal library. This includes the front cover which was taken in 2009, prior to the installation of Verity at the mouth of the harbour. The property is marked by an arrow pointer and the photograph has specifically been chosen to highlight the proximity of the harbour.DIRECTIONS
From the M5, take the turning off at Junction 27 onto the A361, Tiverton-Barnstaple road; this is the North Devon Link Road. Follow the A361 to Barnstaple, and then follow the signs for Ilfracombe via Braunton. Go through the town, along the High Street and out heading towards Combe Martin. You will come to a set of traffic lights at the junction at New Barnstaple Road. The Old Vicarage is now on your left. You will need to turn sharp left, almost doubling back on yourself, just before Larkstone Terrace begins so be prepared to swing out to make the turn.
In arriving from the Combe Martin direction then you will go through Hele Bay and up a hill and down again with a thatch pub on your left. As you go up towards the traffic lights you will see the end of Larkstone Terrace on your right just before the lights. There is a large opening just after the terrace on the right and you will see the gates for The Old Vicarage facing you. This is just before the traffic lights.SERVICES
All mains services, gas fired central heating. There is a tandem twin boiler central heating system which is interchangeable for each floor. There are PV panels providing electricity for the property and profit from the grid.