Former rectories for sale in Devon

Why do Old Rectories make the perfect family home?

As a leading independent estate agent in Devon, we are often asked to value and market former rectories from across the county. We market a number each year, so we are familiar with what makes former rectories such hot property, and why they still make perfect family homes for the 21st Century.

Sampford Peverell, Devon, EX16
This elegant, Grade II listed property began life as a rectory and stands within large, private gardens, close to the church in the centre of the village.

As you would expect it features spacious, high ceilinged, beautifully proportioned rooms, typical of the architectural period. Guide price £1,100,000. 
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A rectory is the house in which a rector lives, or lived. They were owned by the church and sometimes had accompanying land, which was used to financially support the rector. During the 20th century, many were sold by the church, which is how they have now become private homes.

They are sought after property, as they are invariably located in leafy villages in quiet country settings and possess beautiful period features. A village rectory was often the best house in a village, and rectories in Devon are no exception.

The period features throughout the property at Sampford, Peverell include decorative cornicing, picture rails, window shutters, original joinery and a lovely cantilever staircase and stained glass cupola window above the hall landing.

Sampford, Peverell offers excellent family accommodation including five bedrooms (two en suite), three reception rooms, conservatory/garden room, two kitchens, study, two garages, workshop and an outbuilding.

Although no two are the same, rectories share similar specifications, but differ in architectural style. Generally, rectories have two reception rooms, a rector’s study with separate entrance - where he would meet privately with parishioners - generous ‘below stairs’ staff quarters, large kitchens, five or six bedrooms, and so they make excellent family homes.

Their layout and grandeur give owners endless opportunities to remodel and convert – within strict planning guidelines as many are listed.

Their position, often surrounded by gardens and grounds, make them the perfect home for those searching for stylish architecture, period charm and ample outdoor space.  

The gardens at Sampford, Peverell are a delight with level lawns and mature trees as well as shrub and plant borders.

We are always looking for beautiful homes in Devon, and we ensure that all of our clients benefit from our highly visible local offices, national database of buyers, bespoke brochures, professional photography, wide editorial coverage – both regional and national – and professional, knowledgeable and approachable staff.

If living in a former rectory appeals to you, or if you are considering putting your home on the market, do get in touch with our Devon office on 01392 214222 or email