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Bittadon, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31

Offers in excess of £799,950


5 Beds 2 Baths 3 Receptions

REF: BAN180069


  • Elegant Victorian Rectory in a private position
  • Convenient location within easy reach of Barnstaple, the coast and Exmoor
  • Located just under 6 miles from North Devon District Hospital
  • Three reception rooms
  • Five bedrooms
  • Tax free income of in excess of £10,000 per annum from wind turbine
  • Delightful mature gardens
  • About 9.5 acres in total
  • No onward chain


TAX FREE INCOME! A well-proportioned characterful ''Gothic' Rectory standing in a highly convenient location, set in around 9.5 acres and benefiting from a generous income via wind turbine Location The property is located in a highly convenient position, within easy reach of the spectacular North Devon coastline, Exmoor National Park and the regional centre of Barnstaple, with its excellent range of amenities. Situated on the outskirts of the small hamlet of Bittadon, the property is within easy access of the surrounding villages of Milltown / Muddiford and Marwood which offer a range of amenities including popular public house, church, primary school and the beautiful Marwood Gardens, which is open during the summer months. The regional centre of Barnstaple is around 6 miles away and offers an excellent range of shops, amenities, business and leisure pursuits. The coast is also nearby, with world renowned sandy surfing beaches and rugged coastal walks with breath-taking scenery; Woolacombe is located around 6.5 miles away with its award winning sandy beach, whilst Saunton and Croyde are a little further afield. Exmoor National Park is about 6 miles away and is renowned for its spectacular scenery, with undulating moorland and pasture bisected by rivers and streams, running down through deep wooded combes to the coastline below. Communications The area can be accessed from Junction 27 of the M5 Motorway, and along the A361 North Devon Link Road which leads onto the A39 Atlantic Highway. The nearest train station is located at the regional centre of Barnstaple, which connects to Exeter, where there are regular mainline rail services to London (Paddington) in just over 2 hours. Alternatively, Tiverton Parkway Mainline Railway Station is about an hour's drive away, which connects to London and beyond. Mileages Barnstaple - 6 miles Woolacombe - 6.5 miles Exmoor National Park - 6 miles The Property This former Rectory is situated in a highly convenient location, within mature wooded gardens that offer a high degree of privacy. Offered to the market for the first time in over 45 years, this spacious property has a wealth of character features including hardwood double-glazed arched windows, window shutters, stained glass inserts and decorative carvings. A particular feature of the property is the double-height stained glass window that was designed by James Paterson. The accommodation on offer is spacious, with three reception rooms, a family orientated kitchen / breakfast room with ''Smallbone' kitchen and five bedrooms. The current vendor has implemented some excellent upgrades to the property, with renewable energy at the forefront. The current central heating for the property is run via an Air Source Heat Pump with an oil fired boiler as a backup. The property also benefits from a 17.8 metre tall wind turbine, which provides a generous tax free income, of which further details are available further in along in the particulars. The property was sold in 1940 by the Church and is thought to have been run as a guest house during the war, based on various different accounts. The property has around 9.5 acres in total, which is a mixture of garden and pasture. There is ample off road parking and a double garage. This former rectory offers well-proportioned accommodation in a highly convenient location with a generous income, and is available to the open market with no ongoing chain. Wind Turbine Situated in the paddock to the rear of the property is a 17.8 metre Gaia 11kW (Mark 2) Wind Turbine that will be sold with the property; it was installed in December 2012 and benefits from a tax free tariff until 2032. Since it was installed, as well as providing most of the electricity to the property, the average income that it has provided is in excess of £10,000 per annum. Further details of the income can be made available upon request. The accommodation with approximate dimensions is more clearly identified on the accompanying floorplans, but comprises: Front door leads to Entrance Hall Tiled floor. Exposed stonework. Windows overlooking the entrance. An arched doorway leads to the Main Hall Stairs rise to the first floor landing. Access to the cellar. Various stained glass windows and door inserts. Kitchen / Breakfast Room A dual aspect room with arched window to the front elevation with window shutters. Comprising a ''Smallbone' kitchen with range of white ash matching wall and base units with a sink set into granite work surfaces, integrated double oven, four ring ceramic hob with extractor over, fridge, freezer, microwave oven and a dishwasher. Utility Room Arched window to the side elevation with window shutters. Base unit with stainless steel sink. Space for washing machine and dishwasher. This room houses the oil fired boiler, water filtration system and the electronics for the Air Source Heat Pump and controls for the wind turbine. A door gives access to the side elevation and inner courtyard and three storage sheds. Secondary stairs rise to the first floor landing. Pantry Providing further storage and space for freezers and a tumble dryer. Wet Room Arched window to the rear elevation with window shutters. Comprising vanity wash hand basin, low level WC and a walk in shower. Study Arched window to the front elevation with window shutters. Shelving to chimney recess. Sitting Room A delightful room with wood burning stove, set into chimney recess with wooden mantel over and a tiled hearth. Arched window to side elevation with window shutters. French doors lead to the Conservatory With hardwood double glazing, enjoying an open outlook over the gardens, and French doors leading out onto the terrace. Dining Room Arched window to the side elevation enjoying views over the garden with window shutters. Ornate fireplace with decorative carving. Beech flooring. Cellar From the entrance hall, stairs lead down to the cellar, where there is excellent storage with slate shelving. First Floor Landing Double height stained mullioned glass window, designed by James Paterson of Bideford. Hatch access to loft space. Window to front elevation. Airing cupboard. Arched doorway leading to Bedroom 1 Arched window to the side elevation overlooking the gardens. Exposed sections of A frame. Vanity wash hand basin. There are two mahogany Victorian wardrobes in bedroom 1, which the vendor will be including in the sale price. Bedroom 2 Two windows to side elevation overlooking the garden. Vanity wash hand basin. Built in wardrobes. Exposed sections of A frame. Bedroom 3 Window to front elevation. Built in wardrobes. Vanity wash hand basin. Exposed section of A frame. Shower Room Window to rear elevation. Comprising low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin and a double shower cubicle. Chrome heated towel rail. Cloakroom Comprising low level WC and wash hand basin. Bedroom 4 A dual aspect room with window to front and side elevations. Exposed section of A frame. Bedroom 5 Window to side elevation. Built in storage cupboard. Shower cubicle. Outside The property is approached through a five bar gate to an area of brick paved parking and turning for several vehicles. Detached Double Garage With up and over door. The Gardens The gardens of the property are a particular feature; surrounding the house with various lawned and wooded sections, it offers interest throughout the year, with an abundance of nature as well as a high degree of privacy. There is a good sized terrace surrounding the property to the front and side elevations enjoying a southerly aspect. Various pathways and walkways intersect the gardens, and there is an excellent range of flowering plants, shrubs and trees. There is also a summer house with power and light connected, as well as a store to the rear and a greenhouse. Steps lead up to the rear garden, where there is a further patio area, fruit cages and vegetable beds. From this section of garden, there is also vehicular access to the paddock beyond, where the wind turbine is situated, with this paddock also benefiting from a vehicular access from the side lane. Property Information Services Mains electricity (three phase connected). Air Source Heat Pump providing central heating with an oil fired boiler as a backup. Private water supply (well). Private drainage (septic tank). Local Authority North Devon District Council - 01271 327711. Footpaths and Rights of Way There is a public footpath which runs across the southern boundary along the stream at the far extremity of the property. Contents, Fixtures and Fittings Only those mentioned within this brochure are included in the sale. All others, such as carpets, curtains, light fittings, mirrors, garden machinery etc are specifically excluded, but may be available by separate negotiation. Viewing By appointment with Jackson-Stops, North Devon 01271 325 153. For sale by private treaty with vacant possession upon completion. Directions From Barnstaple, follow signs for the A39 towards Lynton until reaching the roundabout with the North Devon District Hospital on your right hand side. Continue straight across at this roundabout, and after a short distance, take the left hand turning signposted towards Muddiford on the B3230. Follow this road passing through the village of Muddiford and Milltown, and stay on this road for a further 2.5 miles. Turn right at Centery Farm and proceed for a short distance, where the property will be situated on the right hand side.