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Chelfham, Barnstaple
Guide price £995,000 | 6 bedrooms | 0.5 acres

Property features

• Hall, Cloakroom, 4 Reception Rooms
• Stunning Kitchen/Breakfast Room
• Utility Room, Boot Room
• Landings/Reading Zones
• 6 Bedrooms, 5 Bath/Shower Rooms
• Gardens, Courtyard, Terraces, Paddock
• Ample Parking, Hot Tub
• Could suit dual occupation
• Many original features
• Quality 21st Century Refinements

DESCRIPTION
Chelfham Barton Manor was originally part of the Chichester estate, there has been a farmstead on the site for hundreds of years and written records go back to the mid-17th Century. The property presents elevations principally of stone, part painted render, beneath a slate roof and is Grade II listed as being of architectural and historical interest, of period origin but was restored from a derelict state in recent years and is now basically a period shell with a new interior. An extract about the listing from English Heritage website is available upon request from the selling agents. The restoration project has been undertaken very sympathetically to a high specification and this cleverly combines many original features with quality 21st century refinements. There are good ceiling heights throughout, extensive use of Oak joinery, doors and staircases (of which there are 3!), slate window sills in most rooms, exposed stone work, some stone flagged floors, the original dairy is virtually intact and many of the rooms have had new wooden timber shutters handcrafted. Although the property makes a fabulous single family residence it can easily be divided to provide for dual occupation either to house guests, relatives or paying guests with potential to create a two storey, two bedroom self contained cottage annexe leaving 4 bedrooms is the main unit. The property is currently operated as a thriving holiday rental producing a substantial income, further details of which are available upon request from the selling agents. Accordingly, the majority of the contents are available by separate negotiation if required. All in all, this is certainly a property that needs to be viewed internally to be fully apricated. The accommodation is arranged over two floors and more clearly identified on the accompanying floor plans.

A front door with stained glass panel inset leads to ENTRANCE PORCH and further impressive original studded inner door to ENTRANCE HALL featuring Oak panelled wall, stone flag flooring. CLOAKROOM low level WC, pedestal wash basin, heated towel rail/radiator. Cupboard under stairs, slate tile flooring. GREAT HALL featuring inglenook fireplace with fitted multifuel burner, bressummer beam, bread oven, slate tiled floor, exposed beam. INNER LOBBY. SHOWER ROOM corner cubicle, pedestal wash basin, low level WC, heated towel rail/radiator, slate tiled floor and walls, extractor fan. DINING ROOM with ornate stone fireplace, bressummer beam, slate tiled floor, exposed beam. FAMILY ROOM with stone fireplace, fitted wood burner, slate tiled floors, open archway to KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM a stunning family room featuring excellent range of bespoke hand painted units in a pastel green theme topped by Oak worksurfaces, incorporating drawers and cupboards beneath. Matching dresser, with cupboards drawers and glass fronted display cabinets, wine chiller beneath. Space for American style fridge/freezer. A particular feature of the room is the superb central island topped by a slab of quartz which incorporates a breakfast bar and double bowl Belfast sink with drainers either side all sitting on top of Grey painted wooden base which incorporates recycling bins, integrated dishwasher, drawers and cupboards. There is a fireplace recess with bressummer and bread oven, twin fuelled AGA (available by separate negotiation if required), further recess with work surface, cupboards and drawers beneath, stone flagged flooring running through to REAR LOBBY and BOOT ROOM half glazed door to terrace, cupboard housing electrics. DAIRY/LAUNDRY ROOM with Belfast sink within similar units to the kitchen but with slate worksurfaces, space for appliances, plumbing for washing machine, storage cupboards and shelving, stone flagged flooring, wall cupboard, overhead clothes airier, exposed beam. SNUG with ornate stone fireplace, half glazed door to terrace, slate tiled floor.

There are 3 staircases 1 rising from a lobby just off the kitchen, the 2nd off the main sitting room and the 3rd from the snug. The main staircase leads to:

LANDING/READING ZONE. There are Oak floors throughout the first floor. BEDROOM 1 exposed beamed ceiling, built in wardrobe, built in storage cupboard. EN-SUITE BATH/SHOWER ROOM with panel bath, corner cubicle, pedestal wash basin, low level WC, travertine walls and flooring, extractor fan, exposed beam. INNER LANDING storage cupboard. BEDROOM 4. SECONDARY LANDING/READING ZONE with splendid exposed curved beam feature. BEDROOM 2 ornamental fireplace, bressummer beam, exposed stone wall, walk in wardrobe also housing hot water cylinder. EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM with travertine tiled shower cubicle, pedestal wash basin, low level WC, heated towel rail, exposed beam, travertine flooring, dado panelling to walls. BEDROOM 3. FAMILY BATHROOM with acrylic tub bath, ball and claw feet, telephone style mixer tap/shower attachment, shower cubicle with travertine tiled surround, drench and hand held units, low level WC, twin pedestal basins, twin heated towel rails/radiators, exposed beams, vaulted ceiling, travertine and ornate Victorian style tiled flooring, dado panelling, built in storage cupboard. The third staircase leads to a FURTHER LANDING and BEDROOM 5 (also accessed from the main landing), exposed beam. BEDROOM 6 exposed beam. SHOWER ROOM shower cubicle, drench and hand held units, travertine tiled surround, low level WC, pedestal wash basin, heated towel rail/radiator, travertine flooring, exposed beam, extractor fan.

OUTSIDE
There is a shared 'no through' access lane which leads on to a substantial detached barn which is in the process of being converted into a separate residential dwelling (in the same ownership). There is a triangular parking bay immediately adjacent to a series of gates leading into the property including double wooden which lead to further parking area, single cast iron, also leading to additional parking and a five bar gate leading into a small paddock. The first two sets of gates are supported by stone pillars and the upper leads onto an outer courtyard and pair of stone and slate STORES. There are steps to a raised planter and then open access to an extensive paved inner courtyard and to the front door. There is an access pathway to the rear boundary where there is a stone wall topped by timber fence. The majority of garden is laid out to the front of the house and represents a blank canvas, landscaped with ease of maintenance in mind. There is an extensive stone terrace wrapping around to the other side and a large timber deck extension which was originally designed for guests to practice yoga. This is also an ideal place for a marquee for those special occasions and with the delightful view as a backdrop. The garden is hedge enclosed and on the far side is a further area of terrace partly raised and accommodating a hot tub, there are TWO GARDEN STORES and a STONE OUTHOUSE (attached to a neighbouring outhouse), a concealed oil tank and two external oil fired boilers. The paddock mentioned earlier runs alongside the access track. The gardens amount to just over half an acre.

SERVICES
Mains electricity and water, private drainage, oil fired central heating. Security alarm fitted.

DIRECTIONS
From Barnstaple take the Goodleigh Road and at the next junction ignore the Goodleigh turning, continue towards Bratton Fleming. Pass through Snapper and as you arrive at Chelfham bear right towards Stoke Rivers. Immediately before the viaduct bear left up an unmarked lane, proceed for a further ½ mile or so, turn left into an unmarked track which leads to the property on the left.

SITUATION AND AMENITIES
In terms of location the property enjoys the best of all worlds being approached by an unmade track in an original grouping of former farm buildings on high ground, enjoying fine pastoral views. Chelfham is a hamlet within the parish of Bratton Fleming which is a few minutes by car and offers general store, community primary school and sports/social club. Exmoor National Park with its dramatic scenery is a further 5 minutes or so by car. About 15/20 minutes is the renowned West Buckland private school. Barnstaple, North Devon's Regional centre, is about 20 minutes and houses the area's main business, commercial, leisure and shopping venues. There is also access to the North Devon Link Road which runs on, in a further 45 minutes or so, to Junction 27 of the M5 Motorway and where Tiverton Parkway offers a fast service of trains to London Paddington in just over 2 hours. Exeter the county town with its International airport and excellent shopping and scholastic facilities, is some 56 miles away. The dramatic North Devon coast offers many leisure opportunities with the resorts of Croyde, Saunton (also with championship golf course) and Woolacombe are 12, 14 and 15 miles distant respectively.
 

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