A beautifully conserved and restored period country house with detached garage outbuilding, nestled into the slopes of a valley amidst 4.34 acres of gardens and paddocks.
Way Close enjoys an idyllic elevated setting within a peaceful valley above the picturesque hamlet of Madford just two miles from the popular village of Hemyock, in the Blackdown Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Hemyock supports a thriving village and rural community offering a good range of local facilities, including a doctors surgery, church, post office/village stores, pub, further shop, an active sports and recreational centre and primary school, which feeds into the well-regarded secondary school at Uffculme.
The market towns of Honiton and Wellington are c 9 miles and 7 miles distant respectively offering a range of supermarkets, independent shops and amenities.
Communication links are excellent with good access to the M5 motorway via junctions 26 and 27 and direct rail services to London from Honiton via the Waterloo line and from Tiverton Parkway to Paddington. Exeter international airport is just c 21 miles distant.DESCRIPTION
A glazed entrance porch with terracotta threshold frames an obscure panel glazed entrance door accessing the Hall which spans the depth of the house from front to rear, part floored in terracotta tiling and part in exposed natural wood boards. A panelled door opens to the Cloakroom/Boiler Room fitted with basin, w.c., plumbing for washing machine and oil fired central heating boiler. On the opposite side of the hall, a panel glazed door opens to the Dining Room, again floored in terracotta and enjoying a bright dual aspect with sash window and French doors out onto a shingled terrace overlooking the driveway and field beyond. Feature exposed stone walling with brick arch and edge detailing house a door into the Kitchen/Breakfast Room. At the far end of the Hall, a staircase rises to the first floor whilst doors on either side lead into the Living Room and Kitchen/Breakfast Room and out to the rear via a storm porch into the gardens.
The Living Room flows parallel to the Hall on the eastern end of the house with PVCu double glazed window to the South and double glazed French doors opening out onto the terrace. A fireplace with quarry tiled hearth and carved wood mantelpiece housing a woodburning stove provides an attractive focal point.
Beautifully floored in Porcelanosa tiling, the Kitchen/Breakfast Room is fitted in Farrow and Ball painted farmhouse style units around a Royal blue oil fired Aga with slate worksurfaces to either side of the range recess. Solid Elm worktops sit above the units and integrated dishwasher and fridge around a dual bowl Villeroy and Boch sink.
At the top of the staircase, the stairs split on either side to Master and Guest Bedroom suites. The master bedroom is served by an en suite Bathroom with natural wood floor, cast iron art nouveau bath, matching w.c, basin and heated towel rail all enjoying a private outlook over the gardens. The guest bedroom features exposed original floorboards and picturesque views together with an en suite Shower Room, finished in white with Sottini sanitary ware and a heated towel rail.
From the Kitchen, a panelled door provides access to the western end of the house which offers a self contained independent 'wing' as required. This comprises on the ground floor; a Sitting Room incorporating a Utility/Kitchen area and PVCu double glazed doors to both front and rear. Exposed beams add character and interest whilst a staircase rises to a vaulted first floor double bedroom incorporating further exposed beams and feature stonework and a latch door into an en suite with period style fittings.OUTSIDE
Way Close is approached from the country lane over a gated entrance threshold opening into a wide gravelled driveway leading up and around the front of the house with gated access on on side into a c 0.85 Acre paddock before stopping in front of a substantial detached timber garage/outbuilding. Imprinted block paving provides a practical and attractive threshold to the garage which incorporates twin double opening doors, level concrete floor, work bench and power and an adjoining open sided log store.
A shingled terrace with floral borders overlooks the driveway from the house making the most of a private country outlook. A pathway leads around to the gardens whilst adjoining the western end of the house is the former dairy barn with stable door, power, light affording further potential as required.
Gloriously mature gardens lie to the traditional 'front' of the house with ancient fruit trees, mature hedgerow boundaries, verdant lawns and well stocked borders all enjoying stunning views over the surrounding rolling countryside. Adjoining the gardens and climbing up the valley to the South East is a c 3.07 acre paddock with gated roadside access. In total the whole extends to 4.34 acres.SERVICES
Mains electricity. Private water and drainage. Oil fired central heating. Photo voltaic panels on a feed in tariff generating approximately £1200 per annum.VIEWING
Strictly by appointment with Stags, Honiton 01404 45885.DIRECTIONS
From the market town of Honiton, proceed eastwards to join the A30 towards Yeovil. Before joining the A30 carriageway, turn left signposted Combe Raleigh, Dunkeswell and Luppitt. Continue up the hill bearing sharply right at the top ignoring the left hand turn to Dunkeswell. Follow this road and approximately 2 miles before reaching Smeatharpe, turn left at 'Jack's House' signed 2 miles to Madford and 4 miles to Hemyock. Continue along this road forking left to Madford, gently descending towards the hamlet where the property will be found on the right hand side.