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Rackenford, Tiverton, Devon, EX16

£1,550,000

7 Beds 6 Baths 4 Receptions

REF: EXE180004

Idyllic Devon farm with lakes and woodland

THE PROPERTY

An elegant farmhouse and exceptional annexe barn set in an idyllic tranquil location • Victorian farmhouse - drawing room, dining room, garden/sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, 5 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms • A 50' ancillary barn (15.24m) with open plan sitting, dining and kitchen. 3 or 4 bedrooms, ensuite bathroom and wet room • Sweeping terraced lawns, stream, lakes and waterfall • Superb modern building, extremely secure with roller shutter door. Other buildings. • Pasture land and mature woodland and ancient Devon banks. • Available as a whole or in 3 lots with 30.2 acres, 51.4 acres or 68.1 acres SITUATION Lower Tidderson is situated in an elevated position in an idyllic secluded location. The farmhouse, barn and garden enjoy far-reaching southerly views over land and woodland. The surrounding countryside in this beautiful part of Devon comprises lush agricultural land and deep wooded valleys with some superb walking and riding. The property is about 2 miles from the small village of Rackenford, which has a primary school, a church, Post Office/general store, tennis court and reputedly one of the oldest inns in the country. Rackenford is situated on the edge of Exmoor between the market towns of South Molton and Tiverton and an easy driving distance to the North Devon coast, famous for its good surfing conditions. The market town of Tiverton, approximately 7 miles from the property, has a hospital, various health centres, library, excellent leisure centre with swimming pool and good shopping facilities including a Marks & Spencer food hall and the usual supermarkets. The well regarded Blundell's school on the edge of Tiverton caters for both boys and girls from three months to 18 years and offers discounts to local pupils in the senior school. The cathedral city and county town of Exeter is about 21 miles distant and provides a comprehensive range of educational, cultural, recreational and shopping facilities. Tiverton 7 miles, Tiverton Parkway Railway Station/M5 (J27) Motorway 14 miles, Exeter 21 miles, Taunton 27 miles, COMMUNICATIONS The A361 (T) North Devon Link Road connects with the M5 motorway at junction 27, about 14 miles from the property. The M5 motorway provides easy access to the Midlands and the north of England and connects with the M4 north of Bristol to provide a motor link to London. Rail Regular intercity high speed trains operate from Tiverton Parkway, approximately 14 miles distant, to Bristol, the north of England and London (Paddington). Tiverton Parkway to Paddington is approximately 2 hours' travelling time. Air Exeter Airport provides flights to a number of internal destinations within England, Scotland and Ireland and to a number of continental airports. Bristol airport is approximately one hour's drive. Ferry Cross Channel ferry services operate from Plymouth to Brittany and northern Spain. LOWER TIDDERSON FARMHOUSE The farmhouse is unlisted and is constructed of stone with brick quoins under a slate roof and offers well-proportioned accommodation over three floors with some attractive character features. There are spacious reception rooms including a drawing room, dining room and superb garden/sitting room. There is a well-fitted kitchen with electric Aga and useful utility room. On the first floor there are three light and spacious bedrooms all with attractive en-suite bath/shower rooms, the main bedroom suite also includes a dressing room. The second floor has a further two bedrooms both with en-suite facilities. All rooms have fine views over the properties fields and woodland. There is an area of lawn and flowerbeds surrounding the farmhouse with a variety of plants and shrubs, including camellias, pyrus and ornamental grasses. The barn annexe is a superb space and can be used in conjunction with the main house or perhaps for dual occupation or holiday letting. On the ground floor there is a large open plan area with a kitchen, sitting and dining spaces with a high vaulted ceiling exposing A-frames and beams. Other attractive features include exposed brick and stone work to a number of walls and slate floor tiles. There are presently two bedrooms on the ground floor, a study and a wet room. To either end of the ground floor are wooden staircases, one of which leads to a galleried mezzanine, which would make a study or games room and gives access to the third bedroom. The fourth bedroom is accessed from the staircase at the other end of the living room and all the upstairs rooms have a wealth of exposed beams. The barn is light and spacious with large windows which overlook the lawns and land beyond. OUTBUILDINGS To the west of the farmhouse is an excellent building (21m x 18m). A superb space for machinery, vehicles and collectables or potentially for business use subject to planning, with steel portal frame, total concrete screed floor, concrete panels internally along with box profile sides and roof with insulation and roof lights. Timber boarding to elevations. Pedestrian door and roller shutter door. Attached to the rear is an open fronted agricultural building of similar construction (12.59m x 10.96m). GARDENS AND GROUNDS To the outside of the barn is an area of patio with attractive flowerbeds including a mature camellia. The main area of garden at Lower Tidderson is laid to terraced lawns. The grounds provide a haven for wildlife such as otter and deer, and there is a variety of birdlife which can frequently be seen enjoying the river, including geese, kingfishers and herons. There are brown trout in the ponds, as well as carp. Throughout the land are a number of paths and rides which can be used for riding over the land or for walks down to and along the river and through the woodland. The tributary of the Little Dart River runs into a deep lake, and to the east of the property is a delightful grassed walk, which leads to the lakes and a picturesque waterfall with a wooden bridge over. The land consists mainly of well-sized paddocks of permanent pasture with pockets of mature woodland, and many fine oaks. There are no public footpaths or rights of way across the land. Views of Dartmoor can be seen from the fields. SERVICES Mains water and private water. Private drainage. Oil-fired central heating in the farmhouse, oil-fired under floor heating to the barn.