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Higher Muddiford, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31

Guide price £750,000

6 Beds 3 Baths 3 Receptions

REF: BAN190023


  • Highly convenient, tranquil location
  • Beautiful south facing gardens
  • Close proximity to Barnstaple and NDDH
  • Walking distance of popular local pub
  • Attractive Grade II Listed country house
  • Four reception rooms
  • Six bedrooms
  • Garage / workshop / wood store
  • About 3.3 acres in total
  • No onward chain


QUINTESSENTIAL LIVING! An attractive detached country house set on the outskirts of this popular village, standing within beautiful gardens and grounds, in all about 3.3 acres Location The property is situated in a highly convenient, yet tranquil location, on the outskirts of the village of Muddiford. The village itself benefits from an excellent public house ''The Muddiford Inn', which serves quality foods and drinks, and hosts weekly street food and curry nights and events such as ''Muddifest'. There is easy access to the regional centre of Barnstaple, about 4 miles away, which offers a good range of amenities and leisure pursuits, and an extensive range of business and commercial venues. The property is also within easy reach of the North Devon District Hospital, which is around a 6 minute drive. To the north is the beautiful Exmoor National Park, which is renowned for its undulating moorland and pasture, bisected by rivers and streams, running down through deep wooded combes to the spectacular North Devon Coastline. There is an array of country pursuits available, including walking, hunting, shooting and fishing. The stunning North Devon Coastline is also easily accessible, with world-renowned surfing and sandy beaches at Croyde and Woolacombe, both within 10 miles. 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 The Muddiford Inn - Within walking distance North Devon District Hospital - 2.9 miles Barnstaple - 4 miles Exmoor National Park - 8 miles Croyde / Woolacombe Beaches - 10 miles The Property The Dell is a beautiful Grade II Listed country house, located in the lovely tranquil, yet highly convenient position on the outskirts of the popular village of Muddiford. This stunning property is thought to have been constructed circa. 1700s, with an addition added in the 1830s. It offers versatile and characterful accommodation, that has been the subject of sympathetic and considerable refurbishment by the current vendors. The property has a wealth of character features throughout, to include exposed beams, an inglenook fireplace and attractive gothic style windows. At present, the property offers four reception rooms that all enjoy splendid views over the south facing gardens, with six bedrooms on the first floor. A particular feature of the property is the double height garden room with direct access onto the garden, and beautiful views over the gardens to the woodland beyond. The property benefits from delightful gardens which benefit from a wealth of mature plants, trees and shrubs, with a stream that bisects the garden. There is also a fruit and vegetable garden, a section of woodland and a paddock with separate road access. In total, the property benefits from around 3.3 acres, and can only be truly appreciated with a full internal inspection. The property is available to the open market with no ongoing chain. The accommodation with approximate dimensions is more clearly identified on the accompanying floorplans, but comprises: Covered Porch With built in storage cupboard. Arched doorway leads to Scullery Window to the rear elevation. Slate flooring. Slate table. Built in storage cupboard. Belfast sink with slate drainer on exposed brick piers. Original exterior window, which is backlit. Pantry / Larder Arched windows to the rear elevation. Slate flooring and shelving. Original meat hooks. Space for fridge freezer. Kitchen / Breakfast Room A superb room with an excellent range of matching wall and base units, with stainless steel single drainer sink unit set into wooden work surfaces. Oil fired Aga set into chimney recess. Range of integrated appliances including Neff oven, four ring hob, fridge and dishwasher. Window to the side elevation enjoying countryside views. Slate flooring. Double glass doors lead to Garden Room A stunning double height room enjoying fabulous views over the garden, with climate controlled electric windows and electric blinds. Slate flooring. French doors leading to the garden. Inner Hallway Slate flooring. Two storage cupboards built into the cob walls. Secondary stairs rising to the first floor landing. Wine Cellar With safe. Dining Room Floor to ceiling French windows to the front elevation overlooking the garden, with window shutters. Timber floor. Inglenook fireplace with bread ovens and exposed stone work and lintel. Exposed beam. Sitting Room A light and airy room enjoying views over the gardens, with floor to ceiling French windows with window shutters. Door leading into the garden. Wood burning stove on a slate hearth. Stairs rise to the first floor landing. Family Room An elegant room with high ceilings with ceiling coving. Bay window to the front elevation with window shutters and inset doors giving access to the garden. Open fireplace with timber surround and slate hearth. Built in bookshelves on either side of the fireplace. Study Three arched windows to the rear elevation. Slate flooring. Fireplace. Exposed beam. Utility / Workshop Window to side elevation. Door giving access to the garden and air source heat pump. Space for freezer. Built in storage. Oil fired boiler. Air source heat pump and boiler control system. Cloakroom / Boot Room Low level WC and pedestal wash hand basin. Space for washing machine and tumble dryer. Slate flooring. Shelving for boots etc. First Floor Landing Exposed beams. Door leading to hallway leading to bedrooms 1 and 5. Bedroom 1 A beautiful light and airy room, with window to the front elevation enjoying views over the garden. Walk in wardrobe. En-Suite Comprising low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin and a shower cubicle. Heated towel rail. Bedroom 5 Window to the front elevation enjoying views over the garden. Wash hand basin. Feature arched ceiling. Agent's Note: Bedrooms 1 and 5 lend themselves to use as a sitting room / en-suite bedroom unit e.g. for a dependent relative, teenager etc. Bedroom 2 Two windows to the front elevation enjoying views over the gardens. Exposed beams. Built in wardrobes. Bedroom 3 Window to the side elevation enjoying views over the countryside. Cloakroom Comprising low level WC. Window to the rear elevation. Bathroom Comprising bath, pedestal wash hand basin and a shower cubicle. Window to the side elevation enjoying countryside views. Airing cupboard with immersion heater. From the main landing, a door gives access to the secondary landing and staircase. Bedroom 6 Window to the rear elevation. Exposed beam. Door gives access to a large walk in loft space with shelving, which provides excellent storage. Shower Room Comprising vanity wash hand basin and a double shower cubicle. Chrome heated towel rail. Cloakroom Comprising low level WC and wash hand basin. Bedroom 4 Window to the rear elevation. Built-in desk with cupboards under. Access to the main landing. Outside To the side of the property, there is off road parking for several vehicles, which leads to the Triple Garage / Workshop / Wood Store Power and light connected. Double garage / workshop with access to the garden at the rear. Separate wood store with double doors and access at the rear to the garden. Solar PV panels on roof of garage. A pedestrian gate leads to the side of the property from the parking area, where there is a pretty courtyard garden and potting shed. The gardens of the property are a particular feature, enjoying a southerly aspect and a high degree of privacy. The French doors from the garden room and other rooms open onto a gravelled terrace that leads out onto lawns which are bisected by a small stream. There is an excellent range of mature plants, shrubs and trees with an array of beautiful plants including roses, paeonies, camellias, azaleas, magnolias and rhododendrons. A pathway leads to the rear of the garage / workshop, where there is a greenhouse and small shed. A slate pathway follows the course of the stream towards a further area of garden, where there are raised vegetable beds and soft fruit cages. Various pathways intertwine through the wooded section. The garden and woods are full of snowdrops, primroses and bluebells in the spring. Adjacent to the garden is a paddock which has the added benefit of a separate vehicular access. In all, the property stands in around 3.3 acres. Property Information Services Mains electricity and water. Private drainage (septic tank, shared with one other property). The heating for the property is provided via an air source heat pump, with an oil fired boiler as a backup. There are solar PV panels. The property is self-sufficient in wood for the wood burner. Local Authority North Devon District Council - 01271 327711. Contents, Fixtures and Fittings Only those mentioned within this brochure plus all fitted carpets and blinds are included in the sale. All others, such as curtains, light fittings, mirrors, garden ornaments and furniture etc are specifically excluded, but may be available by separate negotiation. Viewing By appointment with Jackson-Stops North Devon 01271 325153. For sale by private treaty with vacant possession upon completion. Directions From Barnstaple, follow signs for the A39 towards Lynton until reaching the roundabout at North Devon District Hospital. Continue straight across, and after a short distance take the left hand turning signposted towards Muddiford on the B3230. Follow this road until you enter the village of Muddiford, and after passing the pub on your right, take the left hand turning after the chapel. The property will be found about a quarter mile up on the left hand side with parking in front of the triple garage.