Sydenham House occupies a very convenient position in the heart of Dulverton within easy walking distance of all local amenities. Dulverton is a delightful small town, which is nestled in the Barle River valley and is well known as The Gateway to Exmoor. It has a strong community and provides good day to day shopping together with three churches, a post office, chemist, medical, dental and veterinary surgeries, restaurants and a well-supported town hall. There is also a good school and recreational facilities including squash courts, all-weather tennis courts, football and cricket pitches.
Tiverton, (14 miles) offers further shopping and entertainment facilities and the well-known Blundell's School together with easy access to the M5 and mainline railway station at Tiverton Parkway. The county town of Taunton (25 miles) and the University and Cathedral City of Exeter (29 miles south) boast a wealth of shopping, recreational and leisure facilities. Exeter Airport lies to the east of the city and offers national and international flights.
Situated within the Exmoor National Park, Sydenham House is ideally located to take advantage of the walking and riding on the wonderful heather and gorse clad slopes of the moorland and the beautiful river valleys. Also the North Devon coastline has an excellent range of beaches from which to enjoy numerous water sports, whilst there is sailing and fishing on Wimbleball Lake (6 miles).DESCRIPTION
Sydenham House is a substantial character property originally a medieval farmhouse dating back to the 15th century but then altered internally in the early 19th century. The house has a fascinating history, thought to have been purchased together with the adjoining property by Sir Francis Drake in 1585 or thereabouts, for his wife Elizabeth Sydenham, hence the name and the fact that there are several other local connections with the Sydenham family. Despite being altered and modernised over the centuries, this lovely property retains many interesting period features and has delightful views of the parish church. The house now offers comfortable spacious accommodation and would make a wonderful family home in an extremely convenient location. It benefits from a private walled garden with a sheltered sun patio, well-stocked borders and shrubs.ACCOMMODATION
The house contains a number of period features, including high ceilings, sash windows, period fireplaces, panelled doors, ornate cornicing and wooden floors. The particularly generous reception space includes a welcoming entrance hall with staircase, a formal dining room and a beautifully proportioned drawing room. The kitchen/breakfast room is a good size with a dresser and a Rayburn. There is also a useful utility room and a cloakroom
Upstairs there are three double bedrooms, a single bedroom and the family bathroom. An interesting feature is the 'priest hole'. Many great houses had a priest hole built so that the presence of a priest could be concealed when searches were made of the building.OUTSIDE
To the rear of the property is a very pretty and extremely private sun drenched walled garden with a seating area made from natural cobblestones. There are many mature plants with well-stocked borders and shrubs. Views of the church are enjoyed from the garden.VIEWING
Strictly by appointment with the agents please.DIRECTIONS
Travelling north into Dulverton, take the right fork in front of the chemists into High Street. Continue up this street past the public car park on the right and Sydenham House will be found on the left hand side soon after.SERVICES
Mains electricity, water and drainage. Broadband available.COUNCIL TAX
Band F (2021/2022)