The Old Rectory is privately set on the outskirts of the peaceful, rural village of Ashreigney which is set on elevated ground between Exmoor and Dartmoor. Local amenities are available at nearby villages including Burrington and Winkleigh and the small local town of Chulmleigh has a range of further amenities including schooling to secondary level, health centre and a good range of shops. The larger town of South Molton with its further range of amenities and services is about 13 miles and the regional centre of Barnstaple about 15 miles. The Cathedral City of Exeter is only 25 miles to the south east.
There is a regular train link between Barnstaple and the mainline station at Exeter St David's, the nearest (request) station being less than two miles from the property at Kings Nympton Station.DESCRIPTION
This handsome former Rectory dates from the mid 19th Century and has attractive, dressed stone elevations under a slate roof. The property has been sympathetically modernised to combine modern refinements with original period features, which include marble fireplaces, slate flagged flooring to the kitchen/breakfast room, as well as the cloistered lower hall. The main reception rooms are very generously proportioned with high ceilings with ornate plaster cornice and original shutters to the windows.Ground Floor
Front door to enclosed PORCH with quarry tiled floor and stained glass door and matching arched inscribed panel above. The RECEPTION HALL is a spacious room with a grand staircase leading to both first and lower ground floors. The DRAWING ROOM is a splendid double aspect room featuring marble fireplace with marble columns and fender surrounding a tiled hearth and fitted with a wood burning stove. There are original window shutters and the high ceiling (11'5") has an ornate plaster cornice and ceiling rose. The DINING ROOM is another double aspect room of similar proportions with an open fireplace with marble surround, with claw footed slips, tiled hearth and wood burning stove. Two arched alcoves are fitted with shelving and have cupboards below. Original window shutters, ornate plaster cornice and stripped wooden flooring.Lower Ground Floor
There is a lobby with slate flooring and door to rear courtyard. A painted stone archway leads into a CLOISTERED INNER HALL with slate flagstone floor and wine cellar area. The SHOWER ROOM/UTILITY has plumbing for washing machine, tiled floor and Belfast sink, a wide arch leads through to the SHOWER ROOM with tiled shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.
The KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM is a very appealing room with slate flagstone flooring throughout. One wall is entirely exposed stone incorporating four recessed arches, one housing a four oven gas fired Aga whilst another has plumbing for a dish washer. At one end of the room is a twin Belfast sink, with polished granite work surfaces either side and set on ornate solid oak storage units. Otherwise, the kitchen units are free standing, and are possibly available by separate negotiation if required. A pair of glazed doors leads onto an attractive secluded courtyard, ideal for al-fresco dining in the summer.
Leading back through the cloistered inner hallway, there is BEDROOM FOUR (or alternatively a third reception room) which is another double aspect room with slate flagstone floor and a good range of fitted wardrobes, deep slate window sill, slate and brick plinth and exposed stone work and beam.First Floor
The LANDING features an arched window with coloured stained glass surround. BEDROOM ONE is a fine double aspect room, with marble fireplace and views over the garden and pasture land to the south. BEDROOM TWO is a double room and BEDROOM THREE is another double aspect room with views and marble fireplace and a built - in wardrobe. The FAMILY BATHROOM is fitted with a period style suite incorporating a cast iron ball and claw footed bath, low level WC and porcelain wash basin on pair of porcelain legs. Corner shower cubicle, oak flooring and stone tiled walls to dado height. Airing cupboard.OUTSIDE
The property is approached via a gravelled carriage driveway, which leads to an extensive parking and turning area to the front of the house. The driveway continues past the house and continues on a separate and additional second driveway from the property. The main gardens are arranged immediately in front of the house. There is an large area laid to lawn and interspersed with many mature specimen trees and shrubs including a monkey puzzle, American redwood, larch, acers, azaleas, camellias, and fruit trees. The front of the house is clad with an established wisteria, and there are magnolia grandiflora between the windows of each of the main reception rooms. To the left of the house and down a short flight of steps is the Sunken Courtyard, which is also accessed from the kitchen. To the rear of the house is a walled courtyard and log store.
There is also a detached, timber framed GARAGE/WORKSHOP (20' x 18') with power and light connected.THE LAND
The level paddock adjoins the house and gardens to the south and is accessed from the top of the main access drive, through its own gateway and is enclosed by stock proof fencing and has a water supply.
In total the property extends to about 4 ACRES.SERVICES
Mains gas, electricity and water (metered). Drainage is pumped to the main, with nominal maintenance charges shared with neighbouring properties.SPECIAL NOTES
1) The Old Rectory is not a detached property. Attached to the rear is another impressive residential property 'The Old Farmhouse' which has minimal impact on the property.
2) In the south eastern corner of the paddock and away from the house is an unfenced area measuring approximately130' x 125' which is historically owned by the Church but is used by the Old Rectory. The above acreage measurement does not include this area of land.VIEWING
Strictly by appointment please through the sole selling agents, Stags on 01769 572263.DIRECTIONS
From the A377 Taw Valley road and about a mile west of Chulmleigh at Leigh Cross take the turning signposted to Bridge Reeve. Proceed along this road down towards the river, cross over the bridge and at the T junction turn right. Continue along this lane and up the hill into Ashreigney. At the 90 degree left hand bend in the road (Bush Corner) turn right and the entrance to the property will soon be found on the left.