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Huntshaw, Great Torrington, Devon, EX38

Guide price £1,500,000

5 Beds 3 Baths 4 Receptions

REF: BAN200066


  • Grade II Listed Georgian Rectory
  • Wonderful private setting
  • Highly convenient location
  • South facing position
  • Beautifully presented elegant accommodation
  • Four reception rooms
  • Five bedrooms
  • Three bath/shower rooms
  • Individual detached two bedroom cottage
  • Excellent range of outbuildings
  • All set in around 9 acres of gardens and grounds


GEORGIAN GEM! A particularly fine example of Grade II Listed Georgian former rectory, beautifully set within 9 acres and boasting a detached two bedroom cottage and further outbuildings Location The property is beautifully positioned at the end of a tree lined driveway, enjoying a tranquil and private south facing location, with wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. This superb property is conveniently located within easy access to a range of towns and the stunning North Devon coastline. The historic market town of Great Torrington is around 3.5 miles to the south, and is surrounded by 360 acres of glorious common land, ideal for walking with wonderful scenery on offer, and regular wildlife visitors. The town itself offers an excellent range of amenities and leisure pursuits including various shops, doctor's and dentist's surgeries, places of worship, pubs and restaurants, primary and secondary schooling, supermarkets and the popular Plough Arts Centre, as well as the RHS Rosemoor Gardens. There is also access to the Tarka Trail, which affords excellent walking and cycling opportunities. The port and market town of Bideford sits on the banks of the River Torridge, around 5 miles away, and offers an excellent range of amenities including schooling for all ages with private schooling available at the popular Kingsley College, supermarkets, shops, pubs and restaurants, Post Office and banks. A few miles further north there is access to the stunning North Devon coastline with the coastal villages of Appledore and Instow, whilst at Westward Ho! is the 3 mile long safe and sandy surfing beach which adjoins the Northam Burrows and the Royal North Devon Golf Club, whilst Saunton Sands Golf course is around 16 miles away with 2 championship courses. There is also access onto the South West Coastal Footpath, which affords excellent walks with stunning coastal vistas. The regional centre of Barnstaple is around 9 miles away, and offers all the area's main business, commercial, leisure and shopping venues. There is access via the A361 North Devon Link Road to Tiverton Parkway railway station and the M5 Motorway at Junction 27. 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 stations are located at Umberleigh (8 miles) and Barnstaple (9 miles), both of which connect 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 over an hour's drive away, which connects to London and beyond. Mileages Great Torrington - 3.5 miles Bideford - 5 miles The Coast (Instow / Appledore / Westward Ho!) - 8/9 miles Barnstaple - 9 miles Tiverton Parkway / M5 Motorway - 40 miles The Property Huntshaw House is a wonderful example of a Grade II Listed Georgian former rectory. The property is thought to have 17th Century origins and was rebuilt in 1836 by Thomas Illman of Bideford. It retains a wealth of character and period features including ceiling mouldings, marble fireplaces, window shutters and a stunning sweeping cantilevered staircase. The property offers elegant and well-proportioned accommodation with three reception rooms, family orientated kitchen / breakfast room and a garden room, with five bedrooms and three bath / shower rooms (two of which are en-suite). Situated adjacent to the main house is a detached and interesting two bedroom cottage that offers potential for a variety of uses, including for a dependent relative, teenager, as staff accommodation or for holiday letting. The cottage offers characterful accommodation, which is thought to have been remodelled by a member of the Wedgwood family. The property is equally impressive on the outside; approached via a gated and tree lined driveway and benefiting from ample off road parking and stunning gardens that enjoy magnificent countryside views and a high degree of privacy. To the rear of the main house, there is a modern detached converted barn that is currently used for garaging, a gym, store and for garden machinery storage, but is thought to be suitable for a wide variety of potential uses including home / office or studio (STPP). There is also a further steel framed barn measuring 60'0 x 45'0 which is currently utilised for storing agricultural machinery and as a workshop. The property stands in 9 acres of gardens and grounds that present an ideal blend of garden, orchard, pastureland and young woodland. Properties of this calibre, offering a high degree of privacy, yet highly convenient location rarely become available to the open market, and only with a full internal inspection can you start to appreciate this fine property and the potential on offer. 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 Portico Leading to front door, which gives access to Reception Lobby Travertine flooring. Opening to Inner lobby Doors give access to Reception Hall Stunning cantilever sweeping staircase rises to galleried first floor landing with large window to the front elevation. Coving. Archway leads to Drawing Room Window to the side elevation with window shutters enjoying views over the garden and countryside beyond. Open fireplace with marble surround. Ceiling coving. Dining Room French doors to the side elevation enjoying views over the garden and countryside with window shutters. Ornate fireplace with marble surround. Ceiling coving. Study A dual aspect room with window to the front and large window to the side elevation enjoying views over the valley and countryside beyond, with window shutters. Wood burning stove with marble surround. Ceiling coving. Bespoke built in desk and storage by Neville Johnson. Kitchen / Breakfast Room A stunning room with large window overlooking the courtyard with window shutters. Central island unit with breakfast bar. A bespoke handmade kitchen by Sawle & Vaughan with an excellent range of integrated appliances including dishwasher, American style fridge freezer, double oven and microwave oven. Double butler sink set into granite work surfaces. Four Electric oven Aga set into chimney recess. Ceiling coving. Travertine flooring. Inner Lobby Travertine flooring. Cloakroom Comprising low level WC and vanity wash hand basin. Travertine flooring. Window to side elevation. Walk in Larder Cupboard Slate flagstone flooring. Marble shelf. Utility / Boot Room Stable door to side elevation. Tiled floor. Comprising an excellent range of matching wall and base units with stainless steel single drainer sink set into work surfaces with integrated fridge freezer. Space for washing machine and tumble dryer. Wine Room Wine storage. Garden Room A superb room enjoying a dual aspect, overlooking the courtyard. Travertine flooring. Vaulted ceiling. Wood burning stove on a brick hearth. French doors giving access to the courtyard. Galleried Landing Large window enjoying countryside views. Ceiling coving. Walk in airing cupboard. Cloakroom Comprising high level WC and wash hand basin. Bedroom 1 Window to the side elevation enjoying countryside views. Built in four poster bed frame and matching furniture by Sawle & Vaughan. Coving. Archway to Dressing Room A dual aspect room with range of built in furniture by Sawle & Vaughan. Window seat from which to enjoy the countryside views. Access to landing. (Note: This room could be converted back to be a separate additional bedroom, if required). En-Suite A dual aspect room with countryside views. Comprising bath with mirrored surround, ''His' and ''Hers' vanity wash hand basins with Corian surfaces, corner shower cubicle, low level WC and bidet. Two heated towel rails. Bedroom 2 Window to the rear elevation. En-Suite Comprising low level WC, bidet, vanity wash hand basin and double shower cubicle. Heated towel rail. Window to the rear elevation. From the landing, stairs lead to a lower landing with stairs that rise to the second floor. Bathroom Comprising low level WC, corner shower cubicle, Jacuzzi bath and a vanity wash hand basin. Window to the side elevation enjoying countryside views. Heated towel rail. Bedroom 3 Window to the rear elevation. Bedroom 5 A dual aspect room with ornate fireplace with stone surround. Second Floor Bedroom 4 Velux window and exposed beams. The Cottage A stable door leads to Open Plan Sitting / Dining Room A stunning dual aspect room, galleried to the vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. Timber floor. Wood burning stove on a stone hearth with stone chimney breast and the Wedgwood family plaque. Stairs rise to first floor. Doors give access to garden. Kitchen Comprising a range of matching wall and base units with Belfast sink set into wooden work surfaces. Oil fired Rayburn. Space for fridge and dishwasher. Slate flooring. Window overlooking the courtyard. Utility Room Space for washing machine and tumble dryer. Sink. Door to the garden. Cloakroom Comprising low level WC. First Floor Bedroom 1 A dual aspect room with vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and galleried over the sitting area. Bedroom 2 Window overlooking the courtyard. Shower Room Comprising low level WC, wash hand basin and a corner shower cubicle. Outside The property is approached through a pair of electric gates and over a tree lined driveway, which gives access to the front of the property and the gravelled parking areas. To the left of the house is a detached modern barn conversion that is currently used for garaging, gym and storage, with useful first floor offering potential for a variety of uses (STPP). There is also a steel framed barn with three double doors, ideal for agricultural machinery storage, with a part concreted floor for a workshop area. The main house and cottage are surrounded by mature gardens, with a range of well-established trees, plants and shrubs, and enjoying lovely views over the surrounding countryside and valley. There is a slate terrace that surrounds the property, ideal for outdoor entertaining, whilst the garden to the rear of the cottage benefits from a greenhouse and a shed and raised vegetable beds with access to the orchard. The property also benefits from two securely fenced paddocks, two stables and a tack room as well as a newly planted wooded section to the left hand side of the driveway; the whole provides a fabulous and private setting, and amounts to around 9 acres. Property Information Services Mains electricity and water. Private drainage (septic tank). Oil fired CH. Private well for garden use. 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 325 153. For sale by private treaty with vacant possession upon completion. Directions From Barnstaple, proceed towards Great Torrington on the B3232 passing through the villages of St. Johns Chapel and Newton Tracey. Continue along this road until you reach the village of Alverdiscott. As you enter the village, take the second turning on the right hand side, signposted towards Huntshaw. Continue along this country lane for about 1.6 miles and then turn right signposted towards Huntshaw. Continue along this country lane, and the gated entrance driveway will be situated on the left hand side opposite the church.