SITUATION AND AMENITIES
On an elevated site set above and screened from the A39 enjoying delightful views towards Exmoor in the distance. Shirwell itself offers primary school, chapel and 13th Century church. The surrounding area is one of considerable natural beauty and with rolling hills intersected by deep wooded valleys running up to Exmoor National Park, which is only 6 miles from the property. Both the sweeping sandy bays of the west coast and dramatic cliffs of the north coast are easily accessible.DESCRIPTION
A detached character residence of period origin with Georgian facade and more recent extensions sympathetically undertaken to blend with the original dwelling. The house presents painted elevations beneath a slate roof with mostly double glazed or secondary glazed windows, offers bright spacious and versatile accommodation, which has been tastefully modernised to combine contemporary refinements with original features. We understand that the property was originally a butler's cottage to the local manor house nearby.GROUND FLOOR
PORCH. ENTRANCE HALL Maple flooring, dado panelling, original staircase rising to first floor. SITTING ROOM window to front with shutters, fireplace with large beam incorporating cast iron clear view wood burning stove on slate hearth. STUDY window to front with shutters, window seat, ornamental fireplace. DINING ROOM window to rear overlooking the terrace, original Inglenook fireplace and bread oven, oil fired Rayburn cooker with tiled surround. GARDEN ROOM a most attractive triple aspect room with French doors leading out to the terrace and garden, double glazed windows, cast iron wood burning stove. An open arch leads from the Dining Room to the L shaped KITCHEN with cream painted units, topped by either oak or black granite Himac work surfaces, and incorporating drawers and cupboards beneath and matching cupboards above, belfast sink, appliances include, integrated dishwasher and fridge, electric oven and induction hob with extractor above, quarry tiled floor, there are double aspect views and part has a lofty ceiling with velux window providing excellent light. UTILITY ROOM Tiled work surface incorporating butler sink, plumbing for washing machine. WET ROOM with shower cubicle, basin, wc. BOOT ROOM . Stable door to garden.FIRST FLOOR
LANDING window to front with shutters, access to loft space. MASTER BEDROOM 1 triple aspect room enjoying fine views over surrounding countryside, maple flooring. ADJACENT SHOWER ROOM shower, slate tiled surround with shower unit, WC and basin with mosaic tiled surround, exposed roof joists and timbers, slate flooring. BEDROOM 2 window to front with shutters, trap door giving access to loft space, original floorboards, a pretty fireplace with decorative iron grate and painted surround. BEDROOM 3 window to front with shutters, maple flooring, enclosed fireplace. BEDROOM 4 rear aspect, gabled ceiling incorporating a Velux window. FAMILY BATHROOM slipper style bath, mixer tap with shower attachments, walk-in shower with slate surround, WC and basin, radiator, slate flooring, tongue and groove dado panelling, rear aspect overlooking the terrace and garden.OUTSIDE
From the road there is vehicular access via a private entrance onto a gravel parking/turning area with room for several vehicles. Steps lead up to both the front and rear of the house. The gardens surround the property and form a delightful feature offering a high level of seclusion with trees and beech hedging. There are three sitting areas to follow the sun around. One at the rear enjoying the morning east sun with water tap, electric points. A gravelled west facing area and leading out of the garden room is a crazy-paved terrace, ideal for alfresco dining, bordered by lawn and flower borders filled with perennial plants. Leading off through the garden are lawns and pathways passing varieties of trees and shrubs. There is an old stone former privy, now a tool store and attached a covered wood store. Other outbuildings include a SHED 10' x 8', WORKSHOP 12' x 10' and Robinson Rushmoor VICTORIAN STYLE GREENHOUSE which is screened behind a copper beech hedge and two raised beds. The property backs onto a small disused quarry and an area of copse as well as the parklike grounds of Youlston Park Manor House referred to earlier.DIRECTIONS
From Barnstaple take the A39 towards Lynton. After leaving the town and passing the North Devon District Hospital, continue for about 2 miles. As you enter Shirwell the vehicular access to Holly Cottage will be found on the left hand side with the property set above (if you reachThe Spinney Guest House before a left hand bend you have gone too far).