SITUATION AND AMENITIES
Bideford is an attractive port and market town, on the banks of the river Torridge, with a bustling industrious history as a town that rivalled some of the great ports in the country. Once Britain's third largest port, the river was crowded with ships, the quays thronged with merchants, sailors and dockers, Bideford was buzzing with trade and activity. The town still has maritime connections and historic buildings; including a Pannier Market, which now offers a variety of independent shops, butchers, greengrocers, cafe's, pubs and restaurants.
In the prestigious Muddy Stiletto Awards 2019, Bideford had more entries across the categories than any other town in Devon! There is a thriving and lively music scene, similarly artists & crafts people abound and North Devon's' local food producers are renowned in the SW. Bideford has schooling for all ages (public & private,) a large selection of supermarkets and an outlet village. There is nearby access to the Tarka Trail from Bideford, which affords superb walks and cycle rides extending beyond Torrington and Barnstaple and forming part of the national cycle trail. The popular friendly beach at Instow is around 3 miles away (also accessible via the Tarka Trail), with the renowned coastal town of Westward Ho! even closer. Westward Ho! boasts a three-mile-long safe and sandy beach which adjoins Northam Burrows Country Park and The Royal North Devon Golf Course. The regional centre of Barnstaple is approximately 10 miles away. There are also good transport opportunities via the A361 Link Road which connects to the motorway network at Junction 27 of the M5 or via the railway to Exeter.DESCRIPTION
The Folly is an individual unique period character home on the market for the first time in 25 years. Located in an elevated position, accessible by foot or bicycle, The Folly is in easy walking distance of the port and market town of Bideford. Situated in a private wooded and secluded location with breath-taking views over the estuary and down to towards Bideford's Old Bridge, The Folly is believed to date back to 1848 and is understood to have been constructed as a stone castellated structure in the grounds of what is now Chalice House, enabling the owners to keep a watchful eye on Bideford's shipping actives.
In 1982, The Folly was extended & converted into an individual three-story residential dwelling by a prominent local Bideford architect and due to its architectural and historical importance the property was Grade 2 Listed by Historic England. The property was acquired by the current owner in 1994 and has been mainly used as a private holiday home and in more recent times as a residential let, it is being offered with no ongoing chain. The Folly would make a comfortable and unique family home, or a spacious retreat for the creative who wants tranquillity with the convenience of being close to all the amenities you could require. There is scope for further improvements to tailor to your requirements obviously with any necessary planning permission. It is of course also suitable as a quirky holiday let or as an altruistic investment property.
The property is accessed via a pedestrian gated entrance from New Road and is nestled into the slopped hillside with a pathway leading around the front of the property. The enclosed walled gardens that wrap around The Folly, provide delightful seating areas to the front where you can bask in the morning sunshine to enjoy a leisurely breakfast, and a tiered steep garden to the rear, enjoying simply stunning views of the river and over the roof tops of Bideford.
Internally, there is an entrance hall with cloak cupboard, arched opening into a separate kitchen and steps that lead to the open plan living / dining room with exposed A-frame beams in the vaulted timber clad ceiling, a wonderful parquet floor and fantastic array of windows and doors looking out over the waterside views. Stairs lead to the first floor with doors that lead into the third bedroom and on to the study, the bathroom and the uniquely shaped second bedroom with river views. Stairs rise on to the second floor where the main bedroom is located. This room benefits from triple aspect views towards the estuary and built in wardrobes. We understand there is access to the roof viewing turret where panoramic views can be enjoyed via a ladder. The Folly is a unique quirky home, that really must be viewed by anyone who can imagine life in a property like this.SERVICES
Mains water, drainage and electricity, night storage electric heating.DIRECTIONS
From Bideford Quay, proceed out of town towards Torrington, at the mini roundabout turn left onto the A386 Torrington Road. Across the road you will see the walkway leading uphill to the property.SPECIAL NOTE
Please be advised there is no allocated parking with the property. There is on street parking in the town along with council owned (charges apply) car parks. A residents permit for the nearby council owned car parks can be purchased direct from Torridge District council.