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Sowden Lane East, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32

Offers over £795,000

Under offer

4 Beds 3 Baths 2 Receptions

REF: BAN200040


  • Unique ‘Grand Designs’ conversion in a stunning position
  • Offering ‘WOW’ factor
  • Panoramic views over the town centre, estuary and out to Lundy Island
  • Range of eco features including triple glazing and a ground source heat pump
  • High quality conversion with versatile accommodation
  • Four bedrooms (three en-suite)
  • Potential annexe / possibility to extend (STPP)
  • Must be viewed to be appreciated
  • Highly convenient location within easy access of town centre, beaches & Exmoor


WOW - WHAT A VIEW! A fabulous and truly unique ''Grand Designs' style conversion enjoying panoramic views, offering high quality and versatile accommodation Location The property is situated in a stunning position, enjoying a vista stretching from Codden Hill across the town centre and the estuary, surrounding countryside, towards Hartland Point and Lundy Island in the distance. It enjoys a quiet and tucked away position above Barnstaple town centre enjoying a rural feel, yet within a mile's walk of the fantastic array of amenities. The property is also conveniently located to afford easy access to the stunning North Devon coastline, with Instow around 7 miles away, whilst the sandy beach at Saunton is around 9 miles away. Exmoor National Park lies around 10 miles away and is renowned for its undulating moors and pastureland dissected by streams and rivers running through deep wooded combes and valleys to the spectacular rugged coastline. There is also an excellent array of walking opportunities, hunting, shooting and fishing. 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 just under an hour's drive away, which connects to London and beyond. Mileages Barnstaple town centre - 1 mile walk Instow - 7 miles Saunton beach - 9 miles Exmoor National Park - 10 miles M5 Motorway - 35 miles The Property This is a unique opportunity to acquire a stunning ''Grand Designs' style residence with a definite "wow" factor in this tucked away, yet highly convenient position. The property was originally constructed in the Victorian era as a subterranean water reservoir, and the quality of the brickwork and detail that has been preserved is incredible. The imaginative conversion has been executed to an exquisite standard, retaining the character of the building, but blended with stylish and modern 21st century refinements. There is a fine example of this with the wiring throughout being finished in a commercial style, yet adding to the aesthetics and design of the property. Another example is found in the lighting which has been professionally designed and includes lighting at various levels to enhance the arches and features of the property. There has been a superb use of natural materials throughout, with oak flooring and doors throughout and the kitchens and bathrooms being finished to a luxurious standard. Throughout the property is an arched theme that mirrors the brick barrel topped ceilings and feature red and Marland brick arches throughout. The accommodation on offer is spacious and versatile and could suit a variety of uses. There is also the potential to extend into the double garage / workshop to create further accommodation, if required (STPP). The property has an excellent range of eco-friendly features including being triple glazed, benefiting from a grass roof and also heating via a ground source heat pump that benefits from the remainder of the RHI Grant. Only with a full internal inspection can you start to appreciate this unique and breath-taking residence that has been converted to an exceptionally high standard, all set within a quiet, yet easily accessible location. The property is approached via a brick paved central Mediterranean style courtyard, with the front door giving access to the: Reception Hall Oak flooring. Cloakroom / Utility Room Comprising low level WC and corner vanity wash hand basin. Space for washing machine and tumble dryer. From the reception hall, it opens to the: Sitting / Dining Room A stunning room with windows overlooking the terrace, with the estuary and countryside beyond. Oak flooring. Kitchen / Breakfast Room A high quality contemporary bespoke kitchen with slate grey units and marble effect work surfaces with inset stainless steel sink. Excellent range of integrated appliances including double oven, dishwasher fridge, freezer, wine cooler, integrated hob with stylish extractor over. Oak flooring. Overlooking the central courtyard. Bedroom 4 / Dining Room Window overlooking the central courtyard. Oak flooring. Bedroom 1 A stunning room with views towards Lundy Island and the surrounding countryside, as well as enjoying direct access onto the adjacent terrace. Oak flooring. En-Suite A luxurious room with free standing bath, low level WC, wash hand basin and a large shower with rainwater style shower. Inner Lobby Built in storage cupboard. Bedroom 2 Enjoying views out toward Lundy Island and surrounding countryside, with direct access to the terrace. En-Suite A luxurious room with low level WC, ''His' and ''Hers' vanity wash hand basins with built in storage and large shower cubicle with rainwater style shower, chrome heated towel rail. From the inner lobby, double oak doors lead to a: Study / Annexe Link / Potential Kitchen / Diner This room offers versatility and flexibility for a variety of uses and benefits from plumbing for a kitchen, if required. There is oak flooring and feature arched windows overlooking the central courtyard. Double doors then lead into a: Bedroom Suite / Bedroom 3 Which has a dressing area, bedroom area and en-suite. Oak flooring. Overlooking the central courtyard. En-Suite Comprising vanity wash hand basin, double shower cubicle with rainwater style shower, low level WC and a spa corner bath. If required, a separate annexe for a dependent relative or holiday let could be created and extended into the double garage, subject to any necessary planning permissions. Outside The property is approached via a driveway which leads to the central courtyard of the property, where there is a: Double Garage Two remote controlled electric roller doors allow access to the garage which has power and light connected. At the rear of one of the garages is a storage shed. Adjacent to the double garage and also accessed from the central courtyard is a workshop / boiler room. Due to the nature of the building, the property benefits from a grass roof, and gardens that surround the property and enjoy even better views of the panorama which extends from Codden Hill across the town, over the estuary and the new bridge towards Hartland Point, Lundy Island and the surrounding countryside. The gardens enjoy a sunny aspect, with some spectacular views. On the western side of the property, there is a delightful terrace that spans the width of the property, and is the perfect place to enjoy the evening sunsets. There is also outside power and water connected. In the top corner of the garden is a detached summer house, that has power connected and is also another superb place from which to enjoy the magnificent views and sunsets on offer. Property Information Services Mains water and electricity. Private drainage (treatment plant). The heating is provided via a ground source heat pump, which benefits from the remainder of an RHI Grant, which commenced in June 2016 and generates circa £4,000 per annum, which is paid quarterly. Local Authority North Devon District Council - 01271 327711. 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 ornaments 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 our office in Boutport Street, proceed around the corner and towards the traffic lights and continue straight across onto the Goodleigh Road. Take the third turning on the right hand side into Walton Way, and follow this road, passing the turning to Brahms Way on your left hand side. Take the next left hand turning into Hawley Manor, and immediately left again into Sowden Lane East. Proceed along this country lane, and take the first turning on the left hand side, which is the driveway to the property. Proceed through the gates, and around into the brick courtyard of the property.