SITUATION AND AMENITIES
The property is in a magical setting offering complete seclusion, peace and tranquillity, approached by a long private no-through drive (initially shared but which becomes entirely private), The Farmhouse, Cottage, Stable and Garage blocks centre around a courtyard and the property overlooks its own delightful grounds and Hollacombe Water, a tributary of the nearby River Taw. This timeless hamlet, situated in the beautiful Taw Valley, is only about 2 miles from the small town of Chulmleigh, which offers an excellent range of services including a variety of shops, such as butchers, bakers, dairy, hardware store etc. Along with both primary and secondary school/community college, health centre, dentist surgery, post office, bank, church, library and several public houses. The market town of South Molton lies approximately 11.5 miles to the North, and Crediton 10 miles to the South, both offer a more comprehensive range of facilities. The Cathedral City of Exeter is approximately 25 miles to the South, and offers a further range of facilities as well as access to the M5 Motorway and railway stations on the Paddington/ Waterloo lines. There are also nearby railway stations on the Barnstaple to Exeter Tarka line at Kings Nympton and Eggesford. The Regional Centre of Barnstaple is about 18 miles. Dartmoor, Exmoor, the North Devon Coast and the Cornish border are all within about an hours drive.DESCRIPTION
Bridge Farm offers the opportunity for a lifestyle change where the components are versatile and could suit a number of uses. The main farmhouse is understood to be of 16th Century origin and presents elevations of stone and colour washed render, beneath a mainly thatched but part slate roof. The thatch was completely replaced at a cost of £60,000 in 2019. The property incorporates a self-contained 2 storey annexe, which can also intercommunicate with the farmhouse at ground floor level and thus provide overspill accommodation as one property, a guest wing, accommodation for relatives or to provide income. Bridge Farm cottage is a quality detached barn conversion which presents similar elevations to the main house beneath a slate roof. The accommodation is arranged over two storeys and once again is ideal for use by relatives, staff, for renting out or other overspill uses such as leisure or indeed a combination of uses. Collectively the property is Grade ll Listed, as being of architectural and historical importance. There are a useful range of outbuildings, the natural grounds complement the property and are quite beautiful. The layout of accommodation with approximate dimensions is more clearly identified upon the accompanying floorplans, but comprises:THE FARMHOUSE
Offers versatile accommodation which tastefully combines 21st Century refinements with many original period features, there are good ceiling heights throughout the property which is accessed at GROUND FLOOR level via a cross passage HALLWAY featuring original panelled walls and woodblock flooring. To the left is the LIBRARY featuring inglenook fireplace, there is beamed ceiling and extensive range of fitted oak book cases. SITTING ROOM also with fine inglenook fireplace, fitted wood burner, bread oven, fitted period benches. Farmhouse KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM fitted with an extensive range of pine units, providing ample base units cupboards work surfaces above , incorporating 1 ½ bowl stainless steel sink unit, beamed ceiling, electric Aga for cooking within period fireplace, Bressummer beam, bread oven, quarry tiled flooring. Access to original DIARY with cobbled floor and extensive shelving.
Returning to the MAIN ENTRANCE HALL there is access to UTILITY ROOM with plumbing for washing machine, Grant oil fired boiler for central heating and domestic hot water, tiled flooring running through to second section with ample work surfaces and shelving. Off this is a CLOAKROOM with low level w/c and wash hand basin, as well as unusual period feature where 2 apertures have been cut into wood to accommodate milk churns, cooled by a flowing stream below which also runs below the dairy.FIRST FLOOR
LANDING, BEDROOM 1 a fine double aspect room with EN-SUITE BATHROOM wood panelled bath, low level w/c, bidet wash hand basin, tiled shower, ample storage cupboards and strip wood flooring. BEDROOM 2 currently utilised as office with range of wardrobes to one wall, exposed beams. BEDROOM 3 double wardrobe, exposed beams to one wall. BEDROOM 4 built in double wardrobe, further built in storage cupboard, pedestal wash basin, corner fireplace, EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM with cubicle and w/c. Approached from the kitchen via doorway and separate staircase is BEDROOM 5/STUDY with pedestal basin.
The two Storey ANNEXE forms the eastern end of the house and as previously mentioned intercommunicates as additional accommodation or can be completely self-contained. On the ground floor a half glazed door leads into a spacious, triple aspect, RECEPTION ROOM with oak flooring and beamed ceiling, off this an independent KITCHEN with good range of modern units incorporating 1 ½ bowl porcelain sink, adjoining work surfaces, drawers and cupboards beneath, appliances include an electric oven, four ring hob, extractor hood above, space for fridge, there is a shelved cupboard and oak flooring. From the reception room a staircase rises to FIRST FLOOR, LANDING, BEDROOM 1 with deep storage cupboard. BEDROOM 2 trap to loft space. BATHROOM tiled panelled bath, wash hand basin, cupboards under, low level w/c, and half tiled walls.
SPECIAL NOTE the reception room within the annexe would make an ideal separate dining room to the main house if required and the secondary kitchen an ideal servery area. As one house, including the annexe, there could be 6/7 bedrooms overall.BRIDGE COTTAGE
Converted to a high standard where much of the joinery, including the staircase, library units, doors and finishes are in hand made American Maple and Iroko. The Barn was originally converted for relatives of the existing vendors and has since been utilised as guest accommodation, but also could be ideal for use as a holiday let etc. This has its own independent oil fired central heating system and can have its own designated garden area completely secluded from the main property.GROUND FLOOR
Front door to ENTRANCE LOBBY slate flooring, running into CLOAKROOM with low level w/c, wash hand basin and extractor fan. Half glazed door from lobby to open plan SITTING/DINING ROOM/KITCHEN a lovely bright double aspect room featuring corner fireplace in stone, fitted wood burner, fitted book cases, bi-fold doors to SUN ROOM peninsular separator to kitchen in light wood, incorporating double bowl stainless steel sink, adjoining work surfaces, Bosch fridge, Aga, Neff oven, pair of French doors to garden. A sliding glazed door leads to INNER HALL with cupboard under stairs. UTILITY ROOM single drainer stainless steel sink, ample base and wall cupboards, larder cupboards, plumbing for washing machine, space for upright fridge/freezer, half glazed door to outside. Wide staircase rising to GALLERIED FIRST FLOOR LANDING with vaulted beamed ceiling, airing cupboard housing pre-lagged cylinder. MASTER SUITE accessed via a DRESSING ROOM with excellent range of fitted wardrobes, 2 mirror fronted, EN-SUITE BATHROOM with wood panelled bath, telephone style mixer tap/ shower attachment, low level w/c, bidet, wash hand basin, ¾ tiled walls. The master bedroom itself is triple aspect, has an extensive range of storage cupboards, as well as dressing table, display shelving and vaulted beamed ceiling. BEDROOM 2 also with vaulted beamed ceiling, double built in wardrobe, EN-SUITE BATHROOM with wood panelled bath, telephone style mixer tap/shower attachment, low level w/c , pedestal wash basin, ¾ tiled walls, extractor fan.OUTSIDE OUTBUILDINGS
There are a range of 4 STABLES with adjacent TACK ROOM/WORKSHOP immediately opposite the main Farmhouse and to the right of this a DOUBLE CARPORT with power and light connected to all. Nearest to the barn conversion is a GREENHOUSE/POTTING SHED also with power, light and water connected. Within the field nearest to the drive area is an ALL PURPOSE BUILDING currently utilised as a tractor shed.GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The Farmhouse and Barn are surrounded by formal gardens, featuring lawns, terraces, colourful beds and borders, there is a large covered porch adjacent to the Farmhouse also doubling up as a boot room. The gardens extend out to an ORCHARD and MEADOW beyond, and below, running along the banks of the brook, is a mix of pasture and ancient deciduous WOODLAND. The vendor has actively encouraged wildlife and the meadows to the front of the house provide a wetland habitat with 2 PONDS beside the long frontage of the brook. The woodlands are mainly on the far side of the brook and are reached by 2 rustic bridges. Within this area is a large pond as pictured. A network of meandering paths and tracks make wonderful walks under planted with bluebells and other spring flowers. In all the land amounts to 47.34 acresSERVICES
Mains electricity, treated private water supply, private drainage, oil fired central heating (separate boilers for the main house, annexe and barn).DIRECTIONS
From Barnstaple take the A377 south bound for about 16 miles and at the Leigh Cross junction bear right signposted Bridge Reeve and Ashreigney (directly opposite a turning to Chulmleigh). Follow the lane across Kersham Bridge, over the River Taw, at the T Junction bear right and immediately left into the entrance to Bridge Farm.