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Whitestone, Exeter
Offers in excess of £1,100,000 | 5 bedrooms | 20.85 acres

Property features

• 4 reception rooms, office, kitchen / breakfast room, 5 bedrooms (3 with en suite bath /
• shower rooms and 2 with en suite cloakrooms) and additional family bathroom
• Stunning southerly views
• Secluded gardens of about 1 acre, mainly laid to lawn
• Sheltered walled garden with brick-built garden store and greenhouse
• 2 redundant agricultural barns with power and mains water, in excellent condition and
• currently used for garaging, storage and workshops
• 13 acres of pasture and 7 acres of mixed woodland

SITUATION
The property is set in a stunning rural location at the end of its own long drive within a delightful block of land. Though in a
rural location half a mile out of the small village of Whitestone, the cathedral and university city of Exeter is a little over 4 miles
away.

The boundary of the Dartmoor National Park lies 5 miles to the west. The property is well located for road communications with
access to the A30 dual carriageway being at the Fingle Glen junction within 2 miles. This connects to Cornwall to the west and to the M5 motorway just a few miles to the east. Exeter St Davids mainline station is 4 miles away and offers a high speed rail service to London.

INTRODUCTION
Gratton House is set in a fine location with wonderful rural views over the surrounding countryside. This large, contemporary house which has been remodelled and enlarged in recent years provides over 3,800sq ft of internal accommodation including a magnificent principal reception room with spectacular views to the south and west. There is a further 1,000sq ft of decked
balcony and terrace which offers the option of seamless indoor/outdoor living during summer months. The secluded gardens are easy to maintain. The attractive parcel of land offers around 13 acres for grazing if livestock is kept. There are 2 acres of 50 year old spruce woodland which provides year round cover and 5 acres of deciduous broadleaved woodland, largely untouched and offering a haven for wildlife.

THE HOUSE
The house is offered in excellent decorative order and has had further investment in recent years.

The entrance hall has an impressive staircase topped and faced with granite and an ornate balustrade with American White
Oak handrail and newel posts. Off this is an inner hall, cloakroom and sitting room. The kitchen / breakfast room gets the afternoon sun and has double doors opening on to the patio and walled garden. It has an impressive range of solid oak cupboards and drawers with granite worktops, an AGA induction range cooker, microwave, dishwasher and two built-in AEG larder fridges. The utility room has matching granite worktops, Belfast sink, washing machine, tumble dryer, upright freezer and a full height larder. The dining room also faces west and has double doors out to the walled garden and patio. There is a
dual aspect morning room with magnificent views across the valley towards Exeter and Topsham, which leads on from a large office. The drawing room has large picture windows facing south and two sets of bi-fold doors to the west opening onto a large, decked terrace with a frameless glass balustrade. For added warmth during the winter, there is an inset Stovax woodburner which uses the latest high efficiency, clean burn combustion technology.

On the first floor there is a large master bedroom suite enjoying the fabulous southerly views, extensive fitted wardrobes
and an en suite bathroom with Jacuzzi whirlpool bath, large shower cubicle, wc and dual basins in a vanity unit. Doors lead out onto a huge balcony with composite decking, surrounded by a frameless glass balustrade. The balcony has modern
built in lighting, weatherproof power sockets and even a mains water supply. Bedroom 2 is an excellent guest suite with en suite bathroom. Bedroom 3 has an en suite shower room whilst bedrooms 4 and 5 have en suite cloakrooms. There is also a family bathroom. All showers are powerful, enjoying the benefit of a pressurised water system.

THE GROUNDS
A tarmac drive sweeps down through a young orchard of apple, pear, plum and cherry trees to arrive at a parking and turning
area by the front door for a number of vehicles. This driveway continues down to the barns which are currently used as
garaging for cars and farm machinery, as well as for storage and workshops.

To the south of the house is a terracotta patio area with mediterranean-style balustrading and stunning rural views, overlooking the private lawns below.

On the west side of the house is an attractive walled garden with terracotta patio, lawn, shrubs, greenhouse and brick-built garden store.

BARNS
Below the house is a very large former agricultural barn (21m x 8.5m) which is currently used to store and maintain machinery. There is a second equally versatile fully enclosed general purpose agricultural building (15.5m x 7m), erected 19 years ago and constructed of steel frame with profile steel walls. Both barns have power and the larger one also has a mains water supply. The roof of the smaller barn hosts 4kw of solar panels which serve the main house and benefit from the highest rate of feed-in tariff. During 2018, this generated an income of £1,890.

THE LAND
Please see the enclosed plan which shows a ring fenced block of land enjoying extensive road frontage at the northern side with three smaller fields below. The fields are mainly gently or more steeply sloping, primarily surrounded by traditional Devon hedge banks. On the western side is delightful broadleaved woodland of around 7 acres with a small stream. Overall the property amounts to about 20.85 acres.

DIRECTIONS
From Exe Bridges roundabout in the centre of Exeter on the river, take Okehampton Street out of the city. Go over the crossroads, up Redhills towards Whitestone and continue into and through the village of Whitestone. After a further 500m, the entrance drive to Gratton House is on the left.

SERVICES
Mains water, mains electricity and private drainage. Oil-fired central heating. Unusually for such a rural property, super fast broadband is available, with speeds of up to 75mbs.

BASIC PAYMENTS SCHEME
Approximately 13 acres of agricultural land is currently registered under the BPS scheme. During 2018 this resulted in an income of £1,270.
 

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