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Templeton, Near Tiverton, Devon EX16 8BN

Guide Price Of £980,000
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Fine listed rectory with courtyard of traditional buildings and about 52 acres.
An historic, listed, former rectory in a beautifully unspoiled rural setting, overlooking the River Dart valley, with courtyard of outbuildings, pastureland and ancient woodland.

Location
The Old Rectory is situated in the heart of the beautiful, unspoiled, rolling and partly wooded countryside of mid Devon, to the south of the small village of Templeton, overlooking the stunningly
beautiful valley of the River Dart, which is a tributary of the River Exe. Within easy reach to the east is the town of Tiverton, which possesses a full selection of local amenities, including golf course,
leisure centre, hospital, supermarkets, shops and restaurants, cinema and secondary and primary education. There is also private education with Blundells School and Preparatory School.
To the north and south are the National Parks of Exmoor and Dartmoor respectively, providing many opportunities for walking, riding and fishing and in the lovely River Exe Valley, to the east, there is trout and salmon fishing to be had.

Communications
There is quick access along the B3137 to Tiverton and from there onto the A361 North Devon Link road, leading north west to Barnstaple and the spectacular North Devon coast, with its sandy
surf beaches, or east to Junction 27 of the M5 motorway, beside which is Tiverton Parkway station, with regular mainline connections to London (Paddington) in a little over 2 hours.
Easily reached to the south is the university and cathedral city of Exeter, where there is an international airport with regular connections to London City airport.

Distances (approximate)
M5 (J27) and Tiverton Parkway station 11.5 miles
Tiverton 5 miles Exeter 20 miles

History
At the time of its sale by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England in 1942, the Rectory was an 83-acre farm, which for generations had supported the living of the rector for the ancient
village of Templeton (the village itself goes back to the time of the Knights Templar, who built the original church in 1335).
The land attached to the Rectory now represents a substantial part of that original holding, and a map showing the old field names of this 'Glebe Land' still survives. The origins of the house are not known, but its central part dates at least to the early 16th century, and it evolved over the years with later additions in the 18th and 19th centuries. There is a list of rectors going back to a John Britton in 1542, at which time the rectory was apparently valued at
£8 15 shillings.
The Property
Delightful former rectory, with considerable period charm and character
Listed as being of Architectural or Historical Interest, Grade II and stated as having early 16th century origins, restored and extended in the early 19th century and circa 1860
Beautifully private and attractive south facing rural setting, overlooking the lovely River Dart valley
Spacious family accommodation with many notable period features
Large, mature gardens around the house
Attractive courtyard of traditional barns and outbuildings beside the house
Stunningly beautiful and extensive area of sloping, ancient woodland adjoining the gardens and below the house
Extensive pastureland, sloping down into the valley
South facing and with lovely views across the partly wooded valley and countryside beyond
Easy access to Tiverton, M5 motorway, Tiverton Parkway Station, Blundells School, Exeter, etc.

Ground Floor
From the end of the entrance drive, a gate opens into a courtyard and the stable type door to the entrance hall, with brick and quarry tiled floor and door into an inner hall with panelled door
leading to the dining room. This is an impressive and unusual, full-height room, thought possibly to have been the Sunday school or church meeting room, with fireplace with carved stone surround
and woodburner and shuttered sash window.

From the inner hall is another door into the delightful sitting room, also of great character, with 16th century ceiling of moulded beams with carved foliage bosses at the intersections, Adam style
fireplace with ornate carved wooden surround and mantle, French doors with shutters opening to the terrace and gardens and part-glazed door leading into the central hall. This has a woodblock floor, a built in shelved cupboard, Gothic style door to a
store room and a part-glazed door leading into the study.
The study has a patterned tiled floor, fireplace with cast iron grate and surround and part-glazed folding doors opening to the spacious conservatory, with beautiful views over the partly wooded valley,
pattern tiled floor, a mature, productive vine and French doors out to the terrace and gardens.
From the central hall, a doorway leads to the inner lobby with further panelled door to the drawing room, which is a high ceilinged, typically Victorian style room, with wide bay, having lovely views, fitted window seats, shutters and stone mullioned
windows, fireplace with cast iron grate and ornate mahogany surround and mantle.
There are also doors from the lobby into the pantry, with gas fired boiler, bedroom 6 with stone mullioned window with shutters and a fireplace and a shower room.
From the central hall a further door leads to the family/breakfast room, with exposed boarded floor and two inglenook fireplaces, one with former bread oven and another with massive bressumer
beam and oil fired pressure jet Rayburn.
There are doors to the entrance hall and to the kitchen with tiled floor, range of recently fitted base and wall cupboards with wooden worktops, 2 sinks and drainers, oven and 4-ring hob, plumbing
for dishwasher and washing machine and an external door to the courtyard.

First Floor
From the central hall the turned staircase rises past a decorative, carved, ecclesiastical niche to the landing and from here further stairs rise to the upper landing, with panelled doors to bedroom 1,
with its wide bay with stone mullioned windows and fitted window seats, having lovely views over the valley and surrounding countryside, a bathroom and bedroom 2, also with stone mullioned window and fireplace with cast iron grate and stone
surround.
From the main landing, further panelled doors open to a separate WC and bedrooms 3 and 4, each with wash basins, as well as the rear landing with doors to another bathroom, bedroom 5 with wash basin, and a box room.

The Outbuildings
Beside the house is a courtyard of traditional stone barns and outbuildings, consisting of the former threshing barn with slate roof and former coach house and stables with cobbled floors adjoining. With access from the courtyard beside the house are a further stone and cob outbuilding, providing workshop and store room, with sink and power and lighting connected and an open fronted linhay/logstore adjoining.
Adjoining the former coach house is a lean to garage with double doors and beyond the courtyard of barns are two further stone and
timber outbuildings, comprising the former cowshed.

The Gardens
The entrance drive leads from the road, through a stand of mature trees and laurels, to the parking and turning areas beside the house and courtyards. Between the barns and the old cowshed is an enclosed grassed yard area and beside the drive is a garden with lawned area and ornamental pond supporting a variety of water loving plants.
Beside the entrance door and between the house and barns is an attractive, sheltered, inner courtyard with mature wisteria.
To the front of the house are the crests of the Diocese of Exeter and the Pole family (who were Patrons of the Living over many generations). On the south side, French doors from the conservatory and sitting room open to a terrace, with steps down to a large garden with gently sloping lawns, bounded by clipped laurel hedging, fringed by mature rhododendron bushes and overlooked
by a fine Corsican pine tree.
Steps rise from here to further gently sloping gardens to the east and north sides of the house, incorporating lawned areas edged by clipped hedging, a variety of ornamental trees, spring bulbs, timber summer house with timber decking and a fenced vegetable and summer fruit garden with potting shed. Above the gardens is a level, enclosed, former tennis court area.
From most parts of the gardens are lovely views over the valley and surrounding countryside.

The Land
Essentially to the north and west of the house and gardens are a range of gently sloping pasture paddocks with 2 level meadows above, divided by fences and hedges, water connected and
incorporating an orchard field with some old cider apples.
Adjoining the gardens and pasture paddocks, to the east and south of the house, is an extensive area of stunningly beautiful, unspoilt, sloping, ancient broadleaved woodland of about 18.6 acres,
providing a carpet of bluebells in the spring and encouraging a wide variety of wild flora and fauna, including deer, foxes, badgers, buzzards, etc. (The owners have recorded 45 species of wild birds)
There is a network of paths providing some lovely walks and the woods slope down to the stream at the bottom of the wood, rushing past via a series of pools and rapids and home to otters, kingfisher
and dippers.
On the opposite side of the road is extensive sloping pastureland of about 17.2 acres, facing south and dropping down o the River Dart in the bottom of the valley and with water connected.

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