Chulmleigh

£1,295,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 6
An outstanding country house in a scenic location. Six bedroom main house with consent to convert an attached barn to an annexe with two further bedrooms. Double garage with studio above. Attractive holding of land. Total about 26.24 acres. EPC Band F

Situation

South Week lies in a quiet and peaceful location, set amongst a small hamlet of houses and stone barns with an unspoilt southerly outlook, though it is accessible to the market towns of South Molton and Tiverton as well as the M5 at Junction 27.

The nearby small town of Chulmleigh is 4 miles away, and is positioned above the Taw Valley offering a range of shops, a health centre and schooling to GCSE level.

The market town of South Molton is within 6.5 miles and has a more comprehensive range of shops, a bank, schools, a supermarket as well as weekly livestock and farmers markets and the nearby independent West Buckland School, for which a school bus pick up point is 1.75 miles away at Gidley Cross.

The town of Tiverton, about 16 miles away, is an old market town with an historic castle. There are several supermarkets and a wide range of shops in the town, together with schools for all ages, including the independent Blundell's School. There is also a hospital, leisure centre and an 18-hole golf course.

The A361 (North Devon Link Road) can be accessed within 7 miles and provides a link to the M5 motorway at Junction 27, nearby to which is Tiverton Parkway rail station with mainline services to London Paddington. Exeter and Bristol Airports have flights to many UK and European cities.

From the farm there is easy access to the Exmoor National Park, known for its hundreds of square miles of superb unspoilt scenery, and the North Devon beaches of Putsborough, Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe are all within reach.

Introduction

South Week house has been thoughtfully improved but retains much of its character and original features.

It is a light and spacious house, of stone construction underneath a slate roof, with brick arches above the openings for the timber windows and doors. To make the house more efficient to run, a log fired boiler was installed under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme and solar PV panels on the roof of the double garage under the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme.

South Week also includes an attractive run of pasture land and a small lake. In total, the property extends to 4.65 ACRES with further land available by separate negotiation.

The House

The front door opens into an entrance hall which stretches the width of the house, with terracotta floor tiles, a patio door out to the rear garden and a turning oak stair leading to the first floor. The living room is a welcoming space, with a triple aspect, solid wood floor, exposed beams and an open fire with a slate hearth. A large window overlooks the gardens, meadows and lake and French doors lead out to the side garden.

The farmhouse kitchen / dining room is the heart of the house, with a flagstone floor with under-floor heating, an extensive range of fitted cupboards with granite worktops including an island unit with original meat hooks above and integrated fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher and electric oven. The former brick fireplace is now home to an electric Aga with four-ovens and a separate hob. Patio doors open to the western section of the garden.

The sitting room has a hard wood floor, ceiling coving and a fireplace with a wood-burner and a slate hearth. A second staircase leads to the first floor and there is a door out to the garden. The bookcase is a hidden door' opening into the Cider Barn. The ground floor accommodation is completed by a boot room with a flagstone floor and a door to the parking area, and there is also a utility/laundry room with a Belfast sink.

The first floor galleried landing is a wide and light space with a window overlooking the gardens and meadows. The solid wood floors extend throughout the whole floor.

The master bedroom has a triple aspect with a large window to the south with views over the lake. There is a wood-burner with a raised slate hearth and exposed feature trusses with a fully vaulted ceiling.

The adjoining bathroom has a dual aspect, exposed timbers and beams. The second bedroom is south-facing and the third bedroom faces south and west, both double rooms.

Bedrooms two and three are served by the second bathroom has includes exposed beams.

Turning a corner, the wide landing continues where the fourth and fifth bedrooms are found, both double rooms facing west.

There are steps down to the third bathroom with exposed beams.

A linen/storage room is located at the end of the hallway which could form a first floor entrance into the adjoining Cider Barn.

Stairs lead up to the second floor which is presently used as a playroom and occasional sixth bedroom.

The Cider Barn

Attached to the northern elevation of South Week house, and with a connecting door already in place, the Cider Barn has planning consent in place for its conversion to extend the existing accommodation.

The approved plans are for a living room, playroom and w.c. On the ground floor and two bedrooms and a shower room on the first floor. The original cider press remains in situ and the space is heated by the log-fired boiler system whilst the roof has also been insulated.

Outside

A parking and turning area which lies to the rear of the house is enclosed by electric timber gates and is flanked by a dry stone wall with flower beds to one side.

The Linhay Barn is used as a double garage and wood store with a concrete floor and also houses the log-fired boiler on the ground floor. There is a recently converted studio/home office above with exposed floor-boards and beams with electricity connected, double glazed aluminium windows and doors and separate cloakroom with WC.

On the eastern, southern and western elevations are the gardens, enclosed by a low level stone wall with a terrace and lawn to the south and interspersed with flower and shrub beds, including a dining area and low level walled garden. There is also a vegetable garden and fruit cage.

The Land

The land within South Week mainly comprises pasture land and meadow leading away from the house interspersed with a number of planted trees. There is also a small lake providing a natural haven for wildlife.

A further 21.60 acres of attractive pasture and woodland is available by separate negotiation.

Services

Mains water and electricity. Private drainage (septic tank shared with North Week). Log-fired boiler for central heating and hot water.

The log-fired boiler is a Froling S4 Turbo, and was installed in June 2015. It heats water in two tanks and provides the hot water and central heating for South Week. It could be converted to wood pellets if desired.

Under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, a quarterly payment of £1,922.56 is made to the owners of South Week (£7,690.24 per year) and increases each year by the Retail Prices Index. The last payment will be the June 2022 payment.

The solar PV panels receive payment under the Feed in Tariff (FiT) depending on how much energy the system generates. The system was installed in February 2012 and on average gives a subsidy at the current rates of about £1,565.80 per year. The subsidy will be paid until 2037 and the payment rates increase by the Retail Prices Index each year.

Access

The entrance lane to South Week is part council owned, part private with South Week having a right of way at all times for all purposes over the private section of lane.

Local Authority

North Devon District Council, Civic Centre, North Walk, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1EA. Tel: 01271 327711 (www.northdevon.gov.uk). Council Tax Band F.

Restrictions

The Linhay, Cider Barn and Pole Barn can be converted for holiday use or for use ancillary to South Week House but cannot be sold separately.

No wind turbines or ground mounted solar-PV panels are permitted on the property and other than holiday letting no trade or business can be carried out. Motorsports or the recreational use of motor vehicles on the land is not permitted.

Any new buildings must be ancillary to the use of South Week as a single dwelling house.

It is understood that the above restrictions only apply to the land hatched in red on the plan.

Fixtures and Fittings

All fixtures and fittings, unless specifically referred to within these particulars, are expressly excluded from the sale.

Wayleaves and Rights of Way

The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of any wayleave agreements and any public or private rights of way or bridleways etc.

There are no public rights of way through the property.

Viewing

Strictly by confirmed prior appointment please through the sole selling agents, Stags on 01769 572263.

Directions

From South Molton: Take the B3137 south towards Witheridge. Continue on this road passing through the villages of Alswear and Meshaw and then at Gidley Cross take the right turn signed to Chulmleigh.

At the next crossroads (Burrow Cross) go straight on, continue for about 1.75 miles and at Molland Cross, turn right signposted to Week. Follow this lane for 900 yards and turn right at Week Cross. Follow the entrance road for a short distance and South Week will be found on the right.

The Land

The land within South Week includes a varied mix of land uses, including pasture and species rich meadow with a stream flowing along the complete length of the southern boundary, attractive woodland with walks cut through and an abundance of bluebells during the spring months and a small lake adds to the setting. The land enhances the setting of South Week in addition to providing wildlife and conservation appeal.

Restrictions

The Linhay, Cider Barn and Pole Barn can be converted for holiday use or for use ancillary to South Week House but cannot be sold separately.

No wind turbines or ground mounted solar-PV panels are permitted on the property and other than holiday letting no trade or business can be carried out. Motorsports or the recreational use of motor vehicles on the land is not permitted.

Any new buildings must be ancillary to the use of South Week as a single dwelling house.

It is understood that the above restrictions only apply to the land hatched in red on the plan.

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Stags - South Molton

29 The Square, South Molton, Devon, EX36 3AQ

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