For Sale 6 Bed Detached House
Welcombe Guide Price £950,000
, Welcombe, Bideford, Devon, EX39 6HH
Contact AgentColwills Estate Agents, Bude Office
About the Property
- An elegant Georgian home with land
- Close to the coast path and Welcombe Mouth Beach
- Versatile accommodation over three floors
- Six bedrooms, Six bath/shower rooms
- 2.5 Acres, large outbuilding/garage
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION This elegant Georgian house at Mead is found only a short distance away from the rugged National Trust coastal path and beach of Welcombe Mouth at the bottom of the valley. Situated at the end of a private driveway and set within approximately 2.5 acres of gardens, grounds and meadow is this remarkable, yet versatile family home.
The beautiful stone façade with slate steps lead into an enchanting period home that comprises the following accommodation; entrance hall, drawing room, living room, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility/boot room, master bedroom with ensuite, four further bedrooms, two with en-suite, additional WC and two further shower rooms. Outside, there is a detached stone building used for ancillary accommodation with studio bedroom and shower room. There is also a large 9m x 6m detached garage/workshop.
Home Farm is approached over a private driveway with extensive hardstanding/parking, meadow and formal gardens with orchard and walled kitchen garden.
BRIEF HISTORY OF HOME FARM The elegant Georgian house at Mead is believed to have been built by Rt Hon Lord Clinton around 1806 to accommodate his bailiff to oversee his holdings in Welcombe and as such was built to a much higher standard than the surrounding farmhouses.
Later in the 1800s the estate was sold in smaller lots to yeomen farmers and subsequently the house at Mead was extended to provide more accommodation that a farming family would require and was sold to become Home Farm.
During the late Victorian period the area became popular with middle class tourists and Mr & Mrs Box who then owned Home Farm opened their home to visitors. Among them came Dora Carrington as a child with her parents and she continued to visit Mr & Mrs Box over the years.
In 1919 Dora Carrington completed one of her most notable works being a large portrait of Mrs Box which is now held at the Higgins Gallery. Her partner Lytton Strachey accompanied her on visits to Home Farm and also her friends in the group known as the "Bloomsbury Set" including Gerald and Gammel Brennan.
In the 1930s the poet and playwright Ronald Duncan rented West Mill in the valley and fell in love with the area, later buying many properties in Welcombe including Home Farm as Mr & Mrs Box retired from farming.
Ronald with his wife Rosemary eventually made Home Farm their own home in the 1980s and Rosemary remained there until 2000 and it was sold to the present owners in 2002.
ENTRANCE HALL Slate steps lead up to a slate covered entrance porch with original timber door opening into the entrance hall with stairs ascending to the first floor and also down to the lower ground floor and double radiator. Panel doors into:-
LIVING ROOM/BEDROOM SIX 14' 4" x 12' 00" (4.37m x 3.66m) A charming reception room with sliding sash window to front elevation, cast-iron fireplace with surround and double radiator (this room is currently arranged as a letting bedroom)
DRAWING ROOM 14' 2" x 14' 00" (4.32m x 4.27m) A further reception room with sliding sash window to front elevation, cast-iron fireplace with surround and built-in cupboard to side and double radiator.
SITTING ROOM 32' 00" x 14' 00" (9.75m x 4.27m) Situated on the lower ground floor is this charming, cosy sitting room with two sash windows to front elevation and further casement window to rear. Wood panelling, three radiators and low beamed ceilings add to the sense of intimacy but may limit those with longer legs!
The room is arranged into two zones, the main sitting room side has the beautiful exposed stone chimney with wood-burner on a brick hearth, the other side being a snug/reading space.
INNER LOBBY Tiled floor and cupboard housing wall mounted gas fired central heating boiler. Doors into:-
SEPARATE WC Low level WC with concealed cistern, wash hand basin and matching tiled floor.
SHOWER ROOM 6' 5" x 5' 3" (1.96m x 1.6m) Fitted with a modern white suite comprising; tiled shower enclosure, low-level WC and wash hand basin with vanity cupboard under. Heated chrome towel rail, matching tiled flooring and sash window to rear elevation.
DINING ROOM 14' 6" x 11' 6" (4.42m x 3.51m) Window to rear elevation, matching quarry tiled flooring, double radiator, painted beam ceilings and chimney housing solid fuel Rayburn with bread oven to side.
REAR ENTRANCE HALL Used by our vendors as their main daily entrance and with timber stable style door, tiled flooring, radiator and stairs to master bedroom. Doors into the follow:-
KITCHEN 15' 3" x 12' 2" (4.65m x 3.71m) Bespoke hand painted kitchen with granite worksurface over, two stainless steel 1.5 bowl sink units with mixers over. Built-in electric double oven, six ring gas hob with stainless steel splash back and extractor canopy over, space for under-counter fridge and space and plumbing for automatic dishwasher. Built-in larder under stairs, tiled floor, double glazed window to side and double glazed french doors to garden.
UTILITY/BOOT ROOM 10' 2" x 8' 00" (3.1m x 2.44m) A most practical and generous utility/boot room with double glazed windows to two elevations, tiled flooring, space for free standing freezer and additional fridge, space and plumbing for automatic washing machine and tumble dryer with work-surface over, fitted shelving and radiator.
MASTER BEDROOM 15' 2" x 12' 00" (4.62m x 3.66m) An independent staircase ascends to the master bedroom with large storage cupboard, double radiator and door into a beautiful triple aspect master bedroom with double glazed sliding sash windows to front elevation, further double glazed window to side elevation with sea views and double glazed French doors leading out to a large balcony again with sea views.
ENSUITE 7' 00" x 5' 7" (2.13m x 1.7m) Fitted with a modern white suite being complemented with chrome taps and fitments to include; panelled shower bath with tiled surround and shower mixer over, low-level WC, pedestal wash hand basin, heated towel rail and double glazed window.
FIRST FLOOR Stairs ascend from the main entrance hall to the first floor via a 3/4 landing, radiator, access to loft space and panel doors serve the following rooms:-
BEDROOM TWO 12' 10" x 10' 4" (3.91m x 3.15m) Sliding sash window to front elevation, double radiator, original cast-iron fireplace with surround and built-in wardrobe with shelving and hanging rail. Door leading into:-
ENSUITE 9' 10" x 3' 9" (3m x 1.14m) Panelled bath with shower mixer over and tiled surround, pedestal wash hand basin, low-level WC and heated chrome towel rail.
BEDROOM THREE 14' 5" x 12' 3" (4.39m x 3.73m) Sliding sash window to front elevation, double radiator and original cast-iron fireplace with surround.
BEDROOM FOUR 6' 7" x 6' 7" (2.01m x 2.01m) Sash window to front elevation (Currently used as a home office).
BEDROOM FIVE 13' 00" x 11' 8" (3.96m x 3.56m) Sash window to rear elevation and double radiator. Door leading into:-
ENSUITE 8' 6" x 3' 00" (2.59m x 0.91m) Modern white suite complemented with chrome taps and fitments to include; tiled shower enclosure with electric shower, low-level WC, wash hand basin, heated chrome towel rail.
BATHROOM 8' 11" x 6' 7" (2.72m x 2.01m) Modern white suite complemented with chrome taps and fitments to include; panelled bath, low-level WC, wash hand basin.
THE OLD DAIRY Detached stone and slate former dairy which has been converted to provide a useful studio/'work from home' space and offers; hallway, shower room, bed/sitting room.
OUTSIDE Wooden five bar gate opens onto a gravel driveway with a central grass strip which leads you past the meadow and to an area of extensive parking in front of the garage/workshop. Home Farm sits in 2.25 acres which comprise of formal gardens with attractive slate patios, productive orchard and a walled kitchen garden which leads into the wild meadow with established hedgerow boundaries. There is a further gravel winding drive leading to The Old Dairy and further gate which has right of access over the courtyard to Mead Farm Cottages.
GARAGE/WORKSHOP 30' 00" x 20' 00" (9.14m x 6.1m) Galvanised steel frame with wood cladding, twin opening doors and light and power connected.
COUNCIL TAX Band E
SERVICES Mains water and electricity. Septic tank, LPG gas fried central heating. BT Fibre to the premises (FTTP) capable of 910MBs internet.