Part of a large Victorian country house with two holiday cottages and large gardens. 2 receptions, 4 beds, 2 baths (1 e/s). 2-bed & 1-bed holiday cottages. Annexe potential Beautiful grounds including kitchen garden and bat house! EPC Bands C, D & D.
Old Southerton House is situated in the pretty hamlet of Southerton, a much sought after location between Ottery St Mary (4 miles) and Newton Poppleford (1 mile). It is within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with wonderful walking opportunities with the Otter Valley and being close to the Jurassic coast and the Coastal Path. There is a sailing club at Sidmouth and the fishing villages of Beer and Branscombe lie to the east. The property is just a few metres from Aylesbere common (SSI) and RSPB reserve. On the common are some superb country walks.
Newton Poppleford provides a useful range of local facilities including village shop/post office, pub, restaurant, hairdresser, primary school and 14th Century church. The regency town of Sidmouth, famous for its architecture and annual folk festival is 5 miles with an excellent range of shops including a Waitrose and a choice of independent and state education. The cathedral and university of Exeter is 12 miles providing a range of facilities befitting a centre of its importance along with railway stations on the London Waterloo and Paddington lines plus an international airport.INTRODUCTION
Old Southerton House will appeal to buyers looking for a substantial quality period house. It is a central section of a much larger Victorian house. The gardens have been extensively remodelled and improved by the current owners providing wonderful formal areas along with more informal gardens plus an excellent kitchen garden with room for fruit and vegetable growing as well as espaliered fruit trees.
Of particular interest to those requiring income as there are two very well-appointed holiday cottages.OLD SOUTHERTON HOUSE
Entrance lobby with slate floor with utility room off with slate floor and Belfast sink off this being a cloakroom. The kitchen/breakfast room faces west and has a range of fitted wall and floor cupboards with wooden work surfaces and built-in fridge and freezer, Rangemaster oven with extractor over, dishwasher, washer/dryer and Belfast sink. Wooden floor. Central island with wooden work surface, breakfast bar and drawers. Archway to principal hallway being the panelled hall of the
original Victorian house with impressive staircase to first floor. Off this is the front hall which has French doors to the terrace and gardens on the east side of the house. The east facing sitting room is a delightful well-proportioned room, typical of the Victorian era, with wide shuttered bay incorporating French doors out to the garden. Marble fireplace with recessed arch alcoves to the side. Feature wooden carousel to kitchen. The dining room also faces east with French doors to the garden and brick fireplace with cupboards in recessed alcoves to either side.
The fine Victorian staircase with ornate carved newel post and spindles leads up to the galleried landing which includes a study area. Bedroom 1 faces east and enjoys beautiful views for many miles over the surrounding countryside from its bay window. Doorway to the en suite shower room, recently refitted with large shower cubicle, wash basin and wc. Bedrooms 2 & 3 are both of a good double size and face east with stunning views. Bedroom 4 faces west and is of an irregular shape. The family bathroom has also recently been refitted with bath with shower over, wash basin and wc.BY THE WAY
This is a beautifully presented, attached cottage converted in 2009, which has front door into hallway with staircase to first floor and cloakroom off. The kitchen/breakfast room has a slate floor, sink, cooker and a range of cupboards plus French doors to its own garden plus rear door to the parking area. The reception room is dual aspect with windows to the front on the
south side and French doors to the parking area at the rear. There is a wood burning stove. On the first floor there are two double bedrooms each with their own en suite, one a bathroom and one a shower room with large shower cubicle.
The cottage has its own garden on the south side whilst on the north side is its walled courtyard, its own parking area plus separate vehicular access.SOUTHERTON TOWER
This is a fascinating conversion of the three-storey Victorian water tower. On the ground floor there is a kitchen/reception room with sink, cooker and cupboards with a staircase leading up to the first floor which is a magnificent bathroom with free standing bath with wc off whilst the staircase continues to the second floor with a large double bedroom enjoying the wonderful southerly views.
This cottage has a gas burning stove plus underfloor heating and sprinkler system. It also has its own garden area to the front.
Copies of the planning consent are available from the agents. Permission was granted for holiday use though By The Way can also be used by a dependant relative. The cottages are let through holidaylettings.co.uk. Further information available from the agents.THE GROUNDS
On the east side of the house, from three sets of French doors, there is a terrace area with steps leading down and a central path bordered either side by lawns with attractive well-stocked beds plus pedestrian access to the lane.
The principal gardens lie on the west side of the house including a wonderful seating area adjacent to the entrance door. Bordered by lawns and shrubs, a path leads to the two holiday cottages and the principal gardens which are a wonderful combination of formal beds and knot garden along with a wonderful large kitchen garden area. Long Victorian wall with espaliered peach, apricot and pear. Large potting shed (former pineapple house). Also, one of the Victorian outbuildings has been adapted to a fine bat house where, at the last count, there were 75 lesser horseshoe bats in residence! There is also a large parking area and at the other side of the property is separate vehicular access and a further parking area primarily used by By The Way.
Overall the property amounts to about 0.7 of an acre.SERVICES
Mains electricity. Mains water. Private drainage (shared). Oil-fired central heating to house. Electric heating to the cottages. The cottages have a separate water treatment system. Superfast broadband to House, By the Way Cottage and Southerton Tower.DIRECTIONS
From Junction 30 of the M5 motorway proceed on the A3052 towards Sidmouth. In the village of Newton Poppleford turn left immediately after the mini-roundabout and continue to Brooklands Cross (about half a mile). Turn left and continue to the top of the lane (do not turn right). Continue up past Badgers Hill House and after a further 100 yards the entrance to the main car park is on the right. Do not use SAT NAV.