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Westleigh, Bideford, Devon, EX39
Guide price £545,000 | 4 bedrooms

Property features

• Detached former school
• Popular village location
• Countryside views
• 4 double bedrooms
• En-suite & family bathroom
• One bedroom holiday let
• Some finishing required
• No onward chain

Detached converted former village School dating back to 1876 situated in this highly sought after village enjoying stunning countryside views. Impressive living room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room. 4 bedrooms, en-suite & bathroom. 1 bedroom detached holiday barn. Garden, parking and no onward chain. Some finishing required. No onward chain. EPC Band E.
The property is situated on the outskirts on the highly popular coastal village of Westleigh. The village itself has a renowned village pub, church and village hall. The village is surrounded by countryside and within easy reach (1.4 miles) from the sandy beach at Instow and all of the amenities that this highly popular village has to offer. These include a hotel, local shop, delicatessan, galleries, various public houses, restaurants, primary school, church, sailing club and access to the Tarka Trail which affords excellent walks with superb cycle rides. The port and market town of Bideford sits on the banks of the River Torridge approximately 2.7 miles away and offers an excellent range of amenities including banks, butchers, bakeries, various shops, pubs and restaurants, places of worship, schooling for ages (public and private) and five supermarkets. The regional centre of Barnstaple is approximately 9 miles away and offers all the area's main business, shopping and commercial venues. There are good transport opportunities via the A361 which connects to the motorway network via Junction 27 of the M5 or via rail and the Tarka Line.

This is an opportunity to acquire a charming detached period property which enjoys far reaching countryside views. The property has an interesting history and is believed to date back to 1876, when it was the only school for the village. The school population gradually fell during World War Two with Wartime evacuees temporarily raising the pupil numbers but sadly the school was forced to close in 1981 when only nine children remained. In terms of numbers, it had become North Devon's smallest school. In more recent years the property changed hands twice before being bought by the current owners who have sympathetically restored the former school turning the property into a spacious home retaining many of the original features with modern refinements. In addition, the owners have renovated a former detached barn within the grounds to a one bedroom holiday let which could provide a useful income for any potential buyer or self-contained annexe subject to change of use. Although not fully completed, the property is at the stage where a potential buyer could still put their own stamp on and would make an ideal principle or second home. The accommodation, with approximate dimensions, is more clearly identified on the accompanying floorplan.

In brief, there is a spacious entrance porch and hall with boiler/utility room and cloakroom. The internal hallway then leads to the main staircase rising to the first floor with a large open plan living/ dining room and separate kitchen. These rooms have vaulted ceilings with exposed A frame beams, original stone work and mullion style windows.
The ground floor consists of four bedrooms, separate family bathroom and the master having its own en-suite.

The property is accessed via a initial shared driveway leading up to a five bar gate. The walled gardens wrap around the property with an area of parking to the rear.
The detached barn/ holiday let is self-contained with a separate parking area and garden, if required.

Mains electricity and water, oil fired central heating. Private drainage.

From Bideford Quay with the River Torridge on your left, turn left over the Old Bideford Bridge. At the next mini roundabout, turn left and proceed out of Bideford passing under the new Bideford Bridge. At the roundabout, bear left signposted towards Instow. Continue along this road and take the right hand turning after the bus stop signposted towards Westleigh. Proceed up the hill and passing the Westleigh village sign, taking the left hand fork continuing up the hill where the property will be found a short distance on the left hand side.

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