House Tenure: Freehold
The Old Rectory Ashwater is a beautiful Grade 2 listed building with parts dating back to at least the 17th century, probably earlier. From its fully working bell-tower, barrelled ceilings, panelled rooms and ancient fireplaces to the airy spaciousness of the rooms in the Georgian west wing, this is a house to fall in love with.
For those seeking a new life in the country, the location of The Old Rectory on the edge of the village of Ashwater is exceptionally favourable. There is a stunning ancient church, and a traditional pub on the attractive but not twee village green only a quarter of a mile up the Rector's Walk. The village shop/post office and the millennium village hall (the best for miles around) are next to the church. The tiny village primary school is about 600 metres walk, offering a safe and highly personal experience, a truly idyllic start to the education of the youngsters here. Unlike many fine old rural residences and farmhouses where you have to use the car whenever you leave home just to buy a pint of milk, all the day to day essential services are a just short walk away.
The amazing village hall is a hive of activity. There are lots of sporting and leisure activities here including badminton, table tennis (both very active clubs), skittles, short tennis etc; there is a well-attended art club, a photography club, yoga and Pilates classes several times a week as well as the usual quizzes, birthday parties, craft fairs, whist-drives and so on. The hall is so light and airy (and warm!) that many local folk now have their wedding receptions here.
The village of Ashwater is located in an unusually auspicious position in north-west Devon barely 3 miles from the River Tamar and Cornwall. This is an area of exceptional calm and freedom from light pollution (the stars are still bright here!) set amidst beautiful scenery yet not too remote from "civilisation". The wonderful sandy beaches of Bude and Widemouth are about 25 minutes' drive away and Dartmoor is no farther. At the same time, the A30 dual carriageway giving access to Exeter (45 mins to the east) and Cornwall to the west, is 11 minutes' drive from the house. On the way to the A30 you cross the dam of Roadford Lake, the biggest lake in southern England, where a vast array of water sports is on offer at very reasonable prices.
A private drive, the first 60 yards shared with neighbours who occupy what used to be the barns and coach house appended to the rectory leads through the stone pillars to the grounds of the house. There are 4 neighbouring properties about 50 yards away, close enough for added security and to be helpful if needed and far enough away never greatly to impinge on one another's lives.
The Old Rectory sits in around 2.8 acres of grounds.
This is an exciting opportunity to purchase your own part of The Old Rectory as the property has now been sub-divided into 3 individual units, each unique in their own right. Split vertically plots one and two are being made available to the open market and they are currently in the process of renovation and subdivision.
Formed from part of the original main building and a more recent (possibly earlty Victorian) extension, Glebe View incorporates what had up until recently been the large main kitchen and the equally large games room. It offers a most appealing semi reverse level living with two bedrooms at ground level and a stunning master bedroom and living space on the first floor. This property comes with its own private garden space and parking.
Glebe View has been extensively refurbished and all the work has been of the highest quality. The house therefore offers the new owners most of the advantages of "new-build" whilst retaining many attractive and unique original features.
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The house has been replastered and re-decorated from top to bottom; it has been re-wired and insulated to the latest environmental standards. It has a new central heating system with a new oil-fired boiler, house in one of the two external stone buildings belonging to Glebe View; all the plumbing is new, hence new bathroom, new shower room and new w.c. New drains were laid and the connection to the main sewer has been completed as part of the renovations.
At the same time, many of the original features have been retained including the historic front door dating from 1690, slate floors, exposed wooden beams and the exposed stone in the huge living room has been re-pointed and sealed. The house also boasts a beautiful slate staircase.
Room sizes (approximate)
Entrance lobby with built in cupboard to:- Farmhouse kitchen/family dining room (21'6 x 17')
Downstairs hall to:-
bedroom 2 (14' x 8'3")
study/bedroom 3 (L-shape 10' x 7'10" into L)
shower room with w.c.
Door from kitchen to small lobby and back door and staircase
Landing with door to:-
W.c. with washbasin
Living room (22' x 17'4") with stone fireplace and new woodburner
Master bedroom (15'10" x 8'8") leading to ensuite bathroom with full size L- shaped bath/shower.
Total in excess of 115 sq. metres
Gravelled area for leisure including large slate table and raised stone flower-bed. Small grassed area with 2 apple trees and larger grassed area for recreation - leisure/amenity space in excess of 100 sq. metres. 2 stone outbuildings and private parking for 2 vehicles. Shared circular drive with 2 entrances/exits
AGENTS NOTE: IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THESE PROPERTIES WILL BE FREEHOLD AND WE UNDERSTAND FROM OUR VENDORS THAT MATTERS ARE IN HAND ALONG WITH REVISED COUNCIL TAX RATINGS. YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO MAKE YOUR OWN ENQUIRIES WITH THE VENDOR AND TAKE YOUR OWN INDEPENDENT ADVICE AS TO EXACT POSITION AND PROGRESS OF THESE MATTERS
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