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Dolton, Winkleigh, Devon EX19 8RQ

Offers In Excess Of £1,250,000
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An idyllic river-bound estate of 50 acres with about a mile of single bank fishing rights.

About 50 acres bound by a large bend in the river, with the thatched lodge on high ground in its centre, overlooking the wide sweep of meadows running along the lightly wooded banks of the River Torridge.
Thatched lodge with 3 reception rooms Study Billiards room Master bedroom with balcony and bathroom 3 further bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
2 bedroom detached cottage
Integral garaging Outbuildings including stabling and livestock accommodation All weather outdoor school Railed paddocks River meadows Pasture and woodland

Situation
The River Torridge rises on Dartmoor and then meanders its way northwards to the Atlantic Coast at Bideford. Along its course it passes some of the most unspoilt and peaceful countryside in Devon. About midway between the moor and sea, Brightley House is situated in a wide meander surrounded on three sides by the river, with its own
land running down to water meadows along the river banks. Beyond the river the wooded banks rise quite steeply, providing a beautifully tranquil and sheltered setting and a feeling of complete privacy.
The house is approached up a delightful drive leading from the lane over New Bridge, through the hanging woods above the river, with enchanting glimpses down the pools and running water below. The house and cottage are situated almost centrally within the grounds on a bluff above the water meadows, with lovely views all around.
Brightley is in the parish of Dolton (http://www.dolton.org.uk/page1.html) which is on the higher ground to the east and has many things to
offer, including a grocery shop and electrical shop and the village hall is used nearly every day by many of the local organisations. There are two
pubs, both supplying good food & drink. The nearest larger towns with supermarkets, banks and wider amenities are Great Torrington (about 9 miles downstream) and Okehampton (about 12 miles upstream).
General Description
For those wishing to live comfortably and privately in unspoilt countryside with the amenity of a protective holding of land and salmon fishing within walking distance of your bedroom, Brightley House offers a wonderful opportunity. The house sits centrally within the holding of land, with its principal elevation facing south west, but also enjoying an equally picturesque outlook over its colourful garden to the north west. The house sits in mature, easily maintained gardens principally laid out with flowering shrubs including wonderful spring and early summer displays, breaking up informal lawned areas leading down to the meadows below.
Guarding the drive and served by a spur off the drive, is a neat 2 bedroom cottage within its own gardens, formerly occupied by a gardener. Beyond the dwellings there are a good range of both domestic and agricultural outbuildings, providing plenty of accommodation to service the land. There is a range of 5 stables beside a small railed home
paddock and beyond that a range of agricultural buildings.
Forming the inside right bank of the mile long bend in the river, the fishing offers 7 named pools and is within 50 yards of the house.
The House
The house is of the Arts and Crafts style with period detailing in the fireplaces, panelling, joinery, fenestration and design to make the most of its wonderful position, with the principal rooms facing south west over the gardens. It combines a balance of good entertaining space with more intimate areas for when the house is less busy. The dining room and drawing room are linked via double doors and open out onto the garden terrace through French doors. Upstairs, the main bedroom suite has a dressing room and bathroom and also opens out onto a private balcony. Forming a separate structure adjoining and connected at first
floor level to the main house, a garage building has a billiards room above. Despite its architectural interest the property is not listed.
Outbuildings
The property is well served with buildings to support the amenity of the holding. For the equestrian interest there is a range of stables behind the house. There is also an all-weather ménage and railed paddocks, all conveniently close to the house. The buildings include some agricultural buildings sited further from the house, whose construction allows the flexibility of use for further stabling, or for agricultural livestock and deadstock accommodation extending to about 5,700 sq ft in all.
The Gardens
Surround the house and are a testament to the foresight and dedication of previous owners. They form an enchanting, mature setting for the house, with a combination of ornamental trees, flowering shrubs and herbaceous borders. Hidden in the many distinct areas of the garden are benches, a circular stone summer house, views of the valley opening up and colourful banks of rhododendron, camellias, hydrangeas and azaleas.
The Land
Surrounds and has access out from the gardens. It forms the end of the meander of the river, with running water on three sides. The flat water meadows are complemented by a higher field of about 9 acres behind the house. In all the pasture has been let informally on an annual
grazing/mowing agreement to a local farmer. The Basic Farm Payments are claimed on about 38 acres by the vendor. In addition to the pasture
there is a belt of about 7 acres of hanging woodland that forms the sides of the entrance drive.
Fishing rights
The fishing rights are considered to be some of the best high water fishing on the River Torridge and have been enjoyed by the vendor and two or three other rods over many years. Recently the beat has not been fished at all heavily but there is a records book going back to early in the 20th century when some impressive catches are recorded, with an average over the last 10 years of about 9 salmon and 10 sea trout. There is a charming fishing hut on the bank below the house. The fishing has recently been managed by one of the visiting rods.
Services
Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Oil fired central heating in the house and cottage.

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