This Old School building is in an elevated position with views towards the River Torridge in the distance, located within the historic Old Town quarter of Bideford. The property is has a local corner shop close by and moments away is the Bideford Pannier Market with a cafe, coffee shops, craft stalls and independent shops. The port and market town of Bideford has a wide range of facilities including various shops, butchers, pubs, restaurants, five supermarkets and cafes, along with a nearby shopping outlet and retail complex. From Bideford, there is access to the Tarka Trail which affords superb walks and cycle rides, that extend beyond Torrington and to Barnstaple town passing Instow beach. The renowned coastal town of Westward Ho! is also nearby with a long sandy beach, that adjoins Northam Burrows Country Park and The Royal North Devon Golf Course, with a good range of amenities and access to the South West Coast Path. Barnstaple offers a wider range of businesses, shopping and commercial venues. There is also connections to the M5 motorway (Junction 27) via the A361 or via railway to Exeter.DESCRIPTION
The Old School is understood to have been constructed in 1902, as a prestigious girls and infants boarding school, before becoming a grammar school and then a college. In 2017, this magnificent building was transformed into apartments with unique and modern refinements, skilfully and sympathetically converted, whilst retaining many original features including sash windows, high ceilings, areas of parquet flooring and some exposed brickwork. In our opinion, this impressive conversion has cleverly kept much of the buildings character, feel and history of the historic old school as possible.ACCOMMODATION
This duplex apartment, accessed on the ground floor via a set of steps up to the main building entrance, from the parking area and gardens is deceptively spacious. Beside the entrance door, the third double bedroom has been fitted with a small kitchenette, cleverly hidden with doors to create self-contained accommodation, appealing for those looking for income potential or for a dependent relative/young adult. On the ground floor of this 'American style' duplex apartment, is a comfortable open plan sitting room with original vents and high ceiling, kitchen with fitted appliances and white bathroom suite. The layout on the lower floor could also be adapted if three bedrooms are not required to create a separate living room to maximise sitting space, creating a grand kitchen/diner, ideal for entertaining friends and family. On the first floor there are two double bedrooms, the first with an en-suite shower room and useful storage and the second/master bedroom overlooking the sitting room through a glass balustrade.OUTSIDE
All the apartments are accessed via a gated entrance. There are communal gardens with areas of lawn for residents only, along with two car parking spaces per apartment and visitors' parking.SERVICES & CHARGES
The remainder of a 999 years. Annual Service Charge £1,000; Maintenance fee £800 and £200 Ground Rent.
Mains electricity, water and drainage. Electric heating throughout.DIRECTIONS
Proceed along Abbotsham Road, passing the hospital on your right, turn left at the traffic lights into Dymond Road. Continue up this road where you will see The Old School and entrance gate a short distance along on your left hand side.