A very appealing period property with detached annexe/studio, large gardens, useful outbuildings and superb views. 2 receptions, study, kitchen, utility, boot room, 3 bedrooms (2 en-suite) and bathroom. Detached studio/annexe. Total about half an acre. EPC Band E
Victoria Cottage is set on the southern edge of the small village of Charles and enjoys superb views away to countryside in the distance, on the western side of the Bray Valley, which has a pretty church. The nearby village of Brayford lies about 1.5 miles away and has a primary school and village hall whilst the village of West Buckland, which is well known for its boarding and day school, is within easy reach. Approximately six miles to the south is the historic, local market town of South Molton, which boasts an excellent range of day-to-day amenities including shopping, banking and schooling for all ages up to secondary level. This town still holds regular weekly livestock sales together with a charming pannier market, which bustles with activity on Thursdays and Saturdays.
The regional centre and ancient borough of Barnstaple is about nine miles to the west and has an extensive range of amenities whilst the A361 lies just to the north of South Molton and links to Tiverton and the M5 (Junction 27) to the east where there is also a station on the London Paddington line.
The magnificent Exmoor National Park is close by and the North Devon coastline is within easy reach by car.DESCRIPTION
Victoria Cottage is a very appealing period house with a charming feel and much character including flagstone floors, exposed beams and a large stone fireplace. The original house is believed to date from the 17th Century and has been extended and remodelled in subsequent years and also now benefits from partial double glazing and oil fired central heating. In addition there is a former barn that has been converted to provide a detached studio/annexe that could be used to provide an income or equally be utilised to work from home. Other outbuildings include a garage, studio/office, potting shed and greenhouse. There are formal gardens, ornamental pond and ample parking. In all, the gardens and grounds amount to about a quarter of an acres.GROUND FLOOR
Open PORCH and front door with stained glass panels to ENTRANCE LOBBY with flagstone flooring and staircase. The SITTING ROOM is a spacious double aspect room with a beamed ceiling and an attractive fireplace with wood burner. The sitting room is open to the LIBRARY with extensive fitted book shelves and a door leads into the STUDY. The DINING ROOM has slate flagstone flooring and built in glazed display cupboard. Arched opening into the kitchen (above the Aga) and door into the KITCHEN, a bright double aspect room fitted with a good range of modern cream units with wood work surfaces and incorporating a twin Belfast sink, adjoining wooden drainers, drawers and cupboards below. Matching wall mounted cupboards, plate rack and larder unit. Freestanding end-grain chopping block with cupboard beneath. Plumbing for dishwasher and twin oven electric Aga (5 years old). Off the kitchen is a REAR HALLWAY with slate topped unit with wine rack and space for appliances. LAUNDRY/BOILER ROOM with plumbing for washing machine and worktop over, wall cupboards and recently renewed Grant condensing oil fired boiler for central heating and hot water. The BOOT ROOM has a Belfast sink with slate work surface to the side and storage below, slate flooring, stable door to outside and door to CLOAKROOM with WC, wash basin and broom cupboard.FIRST FLOOR
The LANDING has plenty of room for a sitting area or desk. BEDROOM ONE is a double room with fine views and there is a walk in wardrobe and an EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM with tiled floor, shower cubicle, pedestal wash basin and WC. BEDROOM TWO is a bright double aspect room with glazed wardrobe cupboard and fine views and also has an EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM with tiled floor, shower cubicle, pedestal wash basin and WC. BEDROOM THREE is a double room with fine views. The FAMILY BATHROOM has recently been re-furbished and has wood panelled bath, pedestal wash basin, WC and tiled floor.DETACHED STUDIO
Set nicely separate from the main house in a different area of the garden is a detached BARN that has been converted to a studio/annexe. There is a KITCHENETTE with stainless steel sink, water heater, work surface with drawers and cupboards beneath and a CLOAKROOM with WC, pedestal wash basin and water heater. The STUDIO ROOM has a quarry tiled floor, electric panel heater and a turning staircase to a first floor HOBBIES ROOM or potential BEDROOM.GARAGE / OFFICE BLOCK
Set away from the main house and up from the studio barn is a further outbuilding comprising GARAGE 15'10 x 11'9 with fitted work bench, water filtration system and eaves storage. STUDIO / OFFICE 15'5 x 10'10 with fitted wood burner on a slate plinth. POTTING SHED 9'5 x 7'10 with potting shelf and connecting door into the garden beyond. Timber framed (red cedar) GREENHOUSE 11'11 x 9'10.OUTSIDE
There is pedestrian access from the lane leading to the front door of the main house, this is flanked by stone walls, and the front garden is attractively landscaped featuring areas of lawn, ornamental lily pond, two stone terraces, mature herbaceous beds, borders and trees. To the rear is a narrow lawn and mature shubbery. An open archway leads through a hedge to a car parking area, with ample parking and turning space for a good number of vehicles. There are raised vegetable planters and immediately adjacent to the STUDIO BARN is an area of lawn and a five bar gate leads on to the lane.
To the rear of the garage building is a further area of garden with pond, lawned areas and specimen trees as well as an open-fronted STONE BARN (about 23' x 16'). To the rear of the greenhouse is a raised, gravelled area and below this is a planting area partially surrounded by three stone walls. The whole property amounts to just under HALF AN ACRE in total.VIEWINGS
Strictly by confirmed prior appointment please through the sole selling agents, Stags on 01769 572263.DIRECTIONS
From South Molton take the B3226 towards Barnstaple and on reaching the A361 North Devon Link Road at Aller Cross roundabout proceed straight across taking the A399 Brayford/Blackmoor Gate road. Follow this road for approximately 31/2 miles and at Newtown turn left signposted to Charles. Continue up the hill into Charles and the entrance to Victoria Cottage will soon be seen on your right.SERVICES
Mains electricity, private water supply and drainage. Oil fired central heating via radiators.