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Weare Giffard, Bideford, Devon, EX39

Offers in excess of £895,000

5 Beds 4 Baths 4 Receptions

REF: BAN200057


  • A wonderful and rare opportunity!
  • Elevated position overlooking the valley
  • Within walking distance of popular local pub
  • In need of total renovation
  • Grade II Listed fabulous Regency house
  • Three reception rooms
  • Five bedrooms
  • Separate one bedroom cottage
  • Vinery
  • Gardens and grounds amounting to around 5.3 acres


WONDERFUL REGENCY RENOVATION PROJECT! A fabulous opportunity to acquire an elegant Regency property, in need of total refurbishment, in a stunning location, set in over 5 acres. Location - The property is beautifully situated in the pretty and popular village of Weare Giffard, overlooking the River Torridge Valley, conveniently positioned within easy access of the market towns of Great Torrington and Bideford. The village of Weare Giffard has an active community and good range of amenities including an ancient church, village hall and green, a bus service and a popular public house. There is access to the popular Tarka Trail which affords excellent walking and cycling opportunities, along with the River Torridge offering fishing and kayaking. There is also a nine hole golf course located in between the village and Great Torrington. The historic market town of Great Torrington is surrounded by 365 acres of common land that affords excellent walking opportunities. There is also a superb range of amenities including primary and secondary schooling, butchers, bakery, shops, supermarkets, pubs and restaurants, swimming pool, a gym, and the popular Plough Arts Centre. The port and market town of Bideford is around 5 miles away, sitting on the banks of the River Torridge with a range of amenities. It also provides access to the stunning North Devon coastline with Westward Ho! being a further three and a half miles away, which offers a three mile long safe and sandy surfing beach. State schooling is available at Bideford and Torrington, whilst private schooling is available at Kingsley College in Bideford. The regional centre of Barnstaple is found around 13 miles away and offers all the area's main business, shopping and commercial venues, whilst Tiverton Parkway Railway Station is around an hour and 15 minutes away and offers fast trains to London Paddington in around 2 hours. Mileages Pub - Within walking distance Great Torrington - 2.5 miles Bideford - 5 miles Westward Ho! Beach - 8.5 miles Tiverton Parkway / M5 Motorway - 44 miles Communications The area can be accessed via the M5 Motorway, and along the A361 North Devon Link Road, leading to the A39. The nearest mainline train station is located at Barnstaple, which offers a train to Exeter, where there regular mainline rail services connect to London (Paddington) in just over 2 hours. Alternatively, Tiverton Parkway is around 45 miles away which offers direct trains to London in around 2 hours. The Property - This superb Grade II Listed property with an in and out carriage driveway is thought to have been constructed in the Regency era, and offers elegant and well-proportioned accommodation with a wealth of features one would expect from the period, including high ceilings, marble fireplaces and window shutters. The property is in need of total renovation throughout, but would offer a stunning period residence with elegant accommodation, all within walking distance of a popular public house and the River Torridge. There is a separate one bedroom cottage which could be used for a dependent relative, staff accommodation or as a holiday cottage to provide an income. To the right of the property is a former vinery, and at the end of the carriage driveway is a coach house (currently used to garaging) that offers further potential, subject to any necessary planning permissions. The property is situated in an elevated position enjoying views over the valley, and standing in wonderful gardens and grounds of around 5.3 acres including an orchard and woodland area. Properties of this calibre and location very rarely become available to the open market, and only with a full internal inspection can you start to appreciate the potential and privacy on offer. The accommodation with approximate dimensions is more clearly identified on the accompanying floorplans, but comprises: There is a covered veranda enjoying views over the gardens and valley beyond. Front door leading to Reception Hall - Coved ceiling. Access to Dining Room - Floor to ceiling casement doors open onto the veranda, with original window shutters. Ceiling coving and picture rail. Open fireplace with marble surround and cast iron insert. Sitting Room - Glazed casement doors lead to the covered veranda, and enjoy views over the valley, with window shutters. Ceiling coving and picture rail. Gas fired stove on a tiled hearth with marble surround. Drawing Room - Large picture window overlooking the valley, with window shutters. Open fireplace with marble surround. Ceiling coving and picture rail. From the reception hallway, an archway opens to the Inner Hallway Stairs rising to the mezzanine level. Ceiling coving. Kitchen / Breakfast Room - Window to the side elevation. Serving hatch to the dining room. Comprising a range of matching wall and base units, with sink set into work surfaces with space for a cooker, fridge and dishwasher. Cupboard housing hot water cylinder. Lobby - Door giving access to the rear elevation. Utility / Boot Room - Window to the rear elevation. Original built in storage. Sink. Space for washing machine and tumble dryer. Cloakroom - Low level WC. Shower Room - Shower cubicle, window to rear elevation. Study - Window to the side elevation. Exposed brick arch. Mezzanine Landing - Arched window to the side elevation with roof lights. Bedroom 4 - Window. Hatch access to loft space. En-Suite Bathroom - Comprising low level WC, wash hand basin and a bath. First Floor Landing - Spacious landing with hatch access to loft space. Bedroom 1 - Window to the front elevation overlooking the River Torridge and countryside beyond. Ornate fireplace. Built in storage. Access to Bedroom 5 - Window to the front elevation enjoying the views over the River Torridge and valley. Bedroom 2 - Window to the front elevation overlooking the River Torridge and valley. Ornate fireplace. Built in storage. Bedroom 3 - Window to the side elevation. Ornate fireplace. Access to Bathroom - Comprising wash hand basin, low level WC and a bath. Window to the rear elevation. Can also be accessed from the first floor landing. Bathroom - Comprising wash hand basin, low level WC and a bath. Window to the rear elevation. The Cottage - Accessed via the rear courtyard, a front door leads to Kitchen - Comprising a range of matching wall and base units, with sink set into work surfaces and space for a fridge. Stairs rise to the first floor. Sitting Room - A dual aspect room with views over the garden. Inglenook style fireplace with exposed stone and brick work, with a wood burning stove. First Floor Bathroom - Comprising pedestal wash hand basin, bath and low level WC. Window to the rear elevation. Bedroom - A dual aspect room with exposed beams. Fireplace with exposed brickwork. Outside - The property is approached via a carriage driveway, through a pillared entrance with wrought iron gates, over a driveway that meanders to the property, and then leads beyond to a coach house, currently used for garaging, but offering potential for a variety of uses, subject to any necessary planning permission. The gardens to the front of the property are laid to lawn, with flowerbeds and borders and mature specimen trees, whilst to the right of the property is a vinery (in need of refurbishment). Steps leads up to the rear garden and orchard, where there are some further useful outbuildings, including a shed and a wood store. From the orchard, there is access into the woodland at the rear of the property. Property Information Services - All mains connected. Local Authority - Torridge District Council - 01237 428700. 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, proceed towards Bideford on the A39. Proceed through the town of Bideford, following signs for Great Torrington on the A386. Proceed along the A386, passing through the village of Landcross. After leaving the village, continue for a short distance, then take the left hand turning, signposted towards Weare Giffard. Proceed along this road, passing through the village until reaching the Cyder Presse Pub on the left hand side. Shortly after the pub, take the left hand turning (as you turn left, you will see there is an entrance to Southcott House in front of you, ignore this) and proceed up the hill, where the driveway to the property will be found on the right hand side, with nameplate clearly displayed.