An impressive attached Grade II Listed Georgian residence offering generous family accommodation on the fringe of Barnstaple. 4 Reception Rooms, 6/7 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Cellarage, Mature Gardens.
SITUATION AND AMENITIES
Most conveniently situated on high ground, facing south and west, with distant views in mature surrounding gardens, standing well away from the main road and yet within a few minutes drive of Barnstaple Town Centre and all amenities. As the regional centre, Barnstaple offers a good selection of High Street and precinct shops, theatre, restaurants, hotels, public houses, primary and secondary schooling, the Petroc College, out of town shopping, North Devon District Hospital and further amenities. The town is connected with the M5 motorway via the A361 North Devon Link Road which is approximately an hours drive away, as is Tiverton Parkway mainline railway station which connects with London Paddington in just over two hours. The regional airport is at Exeter with Bristol a little further afield. Sporting and recreational facilities are readily available and include leisure centre with swimming pool and Tarka Tennis Centre. Also, in the area are the popular sandy, surfing beaches of North Devon located at Croyde, Woolacombe, Putsborough, Saunton and Westward Ho! Instow offers a sandy beach and yacht club. The nearest golf courses are at Landkey, Saunton and Westward Ho! The Tarka Trail which extends around the estuary is always popular with walkers and cyclists alike, as is the picturesque Exmoor National Park and South West Coast Path all within easily travelling distance. Exeter is an hour train ride along the Tarka Line from Barnstaple Station which also connects with the mainline.DESCRIPTION
The property comprises a substantial attached Georgian residence, circa 1828, which is Grade II Listed as being of architectural and historical interest and understood to have been built for John Miller, a lace maker of the period. The property presents rendered elevations with elegant and impressive bath stone colonnade beneath a slate roof and with ornamental window shutters. The property boasts many original features which sit well with the refinements of 21st Century living. The accommodation whilst spacious, and well proportioned is symmetrically arranged and forms an ideal family house, or could possibly suit dual occupation by parts of the same family. Externally there is extensive parking and mature parklike gardens of approaching ¾ of an acre. The layout of accommodation is more clearly identified upon the accompanying floorplans but comprises:GROUND FLOOR
IMPOSING COLONNADED VERANDA with flight of wide steps and glazed double door with original window shutters to SPACIOUS RECEPTION HALL staircase rising to first floor described later, large shelved cupboard beneath, stripped wood flooring. DRAWING ROOM an elegant double aspect room featuring 3 sets of french doors opening on to the colonnade all with original shutters, open fireplace with marble surround, arched alcoves flanking either side, 1 shelved, 2 further bust alcoves, plaster ceiling cornice and ceiling rose, stripped wood flooring. SITTING ROOM another elegant double aspect room with triple french doors to colonnade, all with original shutters, black marble fireplace, fitted wood burner, Ornate plaster cornice. DINING ROOM once again a fine period room with french doors to colonnade, original shutters, open fireplace with black marble surround, stripped wood flooring, ornate plaster cornice. Returning to the ENTRANCE HALL an unusual curved doorway leads to an INNER HALL and further INNER LOBBY and on to the KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM once again with French doors to the colonnade and original shutters, range of painted wooden units incorporating 1 ½ bowl moulded sink, adjoining work surfaces, drawers cupboards and appliance space under, matching wall mounted cupboards and plate drying rack, space for cooking range, Neff extractor hood above, plumbing for dishwasher, built in shelved cupboards, further work surfaces, cupboards and drawers above and below. INNER HALLWAY with overhead clothes area and built in shelved storage cupboard. UTILITY ROOM with deep Belfast sink, adjoining work surfaces, space and plumbing for washing machine, space for tumble dryer, Ideal Mexico gas fired boiler for central heating and domestic hot water, wall cupboard, coats hooks. CLOAKROOM with period high level WC and wash hand basin.
STUDIO ROOM with range of fitted cupboards and shelving, stripped wood flooring, pair of French doors with original shutters to GARDEN ROOM in two sections separated by an open archway with partially tiled flooring and double glazed section with Corinthian style apex roof, door to colonnade. From the inner lobby there is a door and staircase giving access to:CELLAR ACCOMMODATION
ROOM 1 (20'6 X16') has coal bunkers and outside shute, there is a WINE CELLAR with original brick bins. ROOM 2 (21'3X15'9) is suitable as a play room and has fitted seating right the way around the room. Returning to the entrance hall a semi circular stairwell allows access to:FIRST FLOOR
GALLERIED LANDING with ornate plaster cornicing and partially cloistered ceiling. BEDROOM 1 has views to the front and pedestal wash basin. BEDROOM 2 views to front. BEDROOM 3 views to front, ornamental period fireplace, clothes hanging railed recess. BEDROOM 4 view to side over the garden. BEDROOM 5 views to side, wash hand basin. STUDY/NURSERY BEDROOM/POTENTIAL DRESSING ROOM views to front. INNER LANDING with BATHROOM panelled bath, overhead shower, tiled surround, wash hand basin with mirror fronted toiletries cupboard above, low level WC. SEPARATE WC with wash hand basin, vanity surround, low level WC, with wall mounted mirror and strip light. Door to SECOND INNER LANDING ideal as a GUEST SUITE OR POTENTIAL IN-LAW ANNEXE, airing cupboard. SHOWER/WC with shower tray, tiled surround, wash hand basin, low level WC, shaver point, trap door and loft ladder to roof space above. BEDROOM 6 views over garden, half glazed fitted storage cupboard. EN-SUITE BATHROOM with panelled bath, tiled surround, pedestal wash basin, arched mirror fronted toiletries cupboard above, strip light/shaver point , low level WC.
SPECIAL NOTE: Some of the 'brown' bedroom furniture may be available by separate negotiation if required.OUTSIDE
The gardens and grounds are a most attractive feature of the property, approached by a sweeping driveway, initially shared but with a totally private spur drive serving Gorwell House only. The driveway is flanked by areas of lawn interspersed with well established specimen trees and shrubs including Acers, Camellias, Magnolia, Scot's Pine etc. The driveway then continues to the upper part of the garden where there is a level Croquet lawn overlooked by a paved terrace, above is a further raised terrace, well stocked herbaceous beds and borders. On the opposite side of the drive, there are 2 ornamental ponds, crossed by a rustic walkway with decking, overhung by mature trees. Below this is a CONCEALED LOG STORE and walk way through mature shrubbery. The gardens are enclosed by fencing, hedging and stone wall providing an appropriate setting as well as a good deal of seclusion and privacy.
SPECIAL NOTE: The vendors have resided at the property for the last 40 years and are moving to an adjoining house, vacant possession will not be provided until mid August 2016. There are 3 properties in total eventually served by the main access.
SERVICES - All mains services, gas fired central heating.DIRECTIONS
From our offices in Barnstaple, proceed up Bear Street, passing straight over the crossroads and traffic lights. Continue along this road, up the hill for approximately ½ a mile, passing a turning on the left to Gorwell Estate and the entrance to the property will be found between 2 former lodges on the left hand side. Proceed up this private 'no through' lane and the private access to the property is the first along on the left after several hundred yards.