CHULMLEIGH | £460,000


An IDYLLIC DETACHED CHOCOLATE BOX COTTAGE situated in an outstanding rural location enjoying super river valley views down the Taw Valley offering beautifully presented and highly adaptable THREE BEDROOM AND TWO RECEPTION ROOM ACCOMMODATION set in stunning Plantsman's GARDENS AND GROUNDS extending to approximately 3 acres in all.
SITUATION Bridge Reeve is small hamlet situated approximately one mile from Chulmleigh, a small but busy town set in the heart of rural Devon. It is the centre for an active and friendly community and offers a good range of local shops including a butcher, bakery, dairy, newsagent, hairdressers, florists etc, along with the excellent Chulmleigh Academy offering schooling from the ages of 3 to 16 years of age, health centre, dental surgery, Post Office, mobile bank, churches, library, two public houses and a community run Sports Centre and a short 18 hole golf course. The market town of South Molton to the north and Crediton to the south both offer a more comprehensive range of facilities and the local railway station at Eggesford, 2 miles, provides a rail link between Exeter and Barnstaple. Road link is via the A377 or the North Devon Link Road, which can easily be accessed at South Molton. Barnstaple, North Devon's regional centre, and the Cathedral and University city of Exeter both offer the wide range of shopping, amenities and facilities one would expect from the county's principal town and city. Tiverton, the M5 motorway at Junction 27 and Tiverton Parkway station, which provides a fast Intercity rail link to London Paddington, are both approximately forty-five minutes drive. There is also an international airport at Exeter.

There are excellent recreational and sporting facilities in the area with a range of Leisure Centres at South Molton, Tiverton, Crediton and Barnstaple, near-by tennis courts and clubs, local rugby, football and cricket clubs, fishing in the rivers Taw and Torridge, further near-by golf courses at Libbaton, High Bullen and Down St Mary, excellent walking and riding in all directions, racecourses at Haldon Exeter and Newton Abbot, and sailing and watersports on North Devons scenic and rugged coastline, being approximately three-quarters of an hours drive.


DESCRIPTION Copylake Cottage is a beautiful Grade II Listed country cottage situated in an outstanding rural location in the heart of the Taw Valley allowing lovely river valley views in each direction. The property is of traditional stone and cob construction under a thatched roof with a newly renovated and more recent single storey wrap around extension to the side rear under a tiled roof encompassing the Kitchen, Bathroom and Garden Room. Internally the cottage benefits from all the character and charm one would expect from a property of this style and period including an exposed stone fireplace in the Sitting Room with the original bread oven to one side, exposed beams in many of the rooms as well as the original stripped oak board floor in the Master Bedroom. The current owners have fully renovated and improved the Copylake Cottage including replacing windows with traditional hardwood units, refitting the Bathroom suite to include a roll top bath, refitting the Kitchen with farmhouse shaker style units, and laid attractive slate flagstone flooring through most of the ground floor. Outside and surrounding the cottage there breath taking stream bordered gardens which have been imaginatively planted to create a plantsman's paradise including different sections of pretty cottage gardens with rambling roses, lupins, peonies, allium and jasmine; a very productive fruit and vegetable garden; wild gardens; and a fruitful Orchard with a beautiful wildlife pond and a large Chicken Run. The garden also benefits from two polytunnels, two Greenhouses and a timber Summerhouse which is fitted with electricity and water. On one side of the garden a wooden footbridge gives access to the 1.46 acre Pony Paddock which is gently sloping and has separate road access. Copylake Cottage also benefits from off-road parking and a single Garage with a lean to, which is used as a wood store and houses the oil tank.


ENTRANCE From the quiet country lane, a concrete and stone drive leads up to the original stained wood Front Door with inset lead light window opening into the

ENTRANCE HALL with the original stairs to one side leading to the First Floor Landing and doors to the Sitting Room and Kitchen. On one side there is an original feature oak internal window whilst on the opposite side there is a large understairs storage recess. The Hall also benefits from the original ceiling beams, a newly fitted slate flagstone floor,a cupboard housing the meters and fuse boxes and three wall uplighters.

SITTING ROOM A super character Sitting Room with two multi pane windows to the front both with traditional window seats below, whilst on one side is the original exposed stone fireplace housing the cast iron wood burner with stone hearth and inset heavy beam over with the original bread oven to one side. The Sitting Room also benefits from a traditional beamed ceiling, recess housing bookshelves, TV point and a radiator.

KITCHEN A lovely light and airy split level galley style Kitchen set under a part sloping roof with three velux windows and a further three windows to the rear overlooking the garden, fitted with a range of cream shaker style units to two sides under a solid oak work surface, including and incorporating a Belfast sink with chrome mixer tap and space and point for a dual fuel range cooker with space and plumbing for a dishwasher further to one side. At one end is space and point for a fridge/freezer and a useful built in larder cupboard, fitted with a good range of storage shelving. The Kitchen also benefits from under floor heating, space and plumbing for a washing machine, inset ceiling down lighting and a slate flagstone floor. At one end a door leads into the

GARDEN/DINING ROOM Another light and airy dual aspect room allowing lovely rural views set under a part sloping roof with two velux windows, three further windows to the side overlooking the river, and fully glazed French Doors overlooking and leading out to the garden. The Garden/Dining Room also benefits from a slate floor, under floor heating, radiator and TV point. At one end a single oak door opens into a large Walk-In Storage Cupboard fitted with a range of shelving and housing a fuse box. Returning to the Kitchen a door opens into the

REAR HALL/UTILITY with doors to the Back Kitchen, Bathroom and Back Door leading outside. In one corner is a Belfast sink with chrome mixer tap, tiled splashbacks and a genius store away dog bed below and built in storage cupboard over. The Hall also benefits from ample coat hanging space.

BATHROOM with slate flagstone floor, partially tiled walls and matching white suite comprising a roll top bath with chrome mixer taps, set below a window to one side overlooking the garden; low level WC; and pedestal hand wash basin. On one side is a chrome ladder towel rail. (Agents Note: The existing slipper bath is not included in the sale but will be replaced with a similar roll-top bath at the owners expense). Returning to the Rear Hall a part glazed stable door door opens into the

BACK KITCHEN A second Kitchen/Utility Room fitted with a range of shaker style units along one wall, including and incorporating a ceramic sink with mixer tap set below a window to the front overlooking the driveway with space and plumbing for a washing machine below, solid wood work surface and double cupboard over. In one corner stairs leads up to Bedroom 2, whilst on one side a half glazed stable style door leads out onto the drive, beamed ceiling, inset ceiling downlighters, electric fuse box, radiator and door into the

SHOWER ROOM with partially tiled walls and modern suite comprising a walk in shower cubicle with chrome mixer shower over; a wall mounted vanity basin with chrome mixer tap and cupboard below; and a low level WC. The Shower Room is finished with a chrome ladder towel rail a feature under-stairs storage recess, extractor fan, inset ceiling down lighters and a slate flagstone floor.

FIRST FLOOR LANDING Returning to the Entrance Hall stairs with wooden handrail to one side lead to the First Floor Landing with doors to the three Bedrooms, oak board floor, radiator and hatch to roof space.

BEDROOM 1 A good sized traditional double Bedroom with original oak board floor and ceiling beams, window to the front, tv point and radiator.

BEDROOM 2 A more modern Double Bedroom with window to the side, oak board floor, tv point and radiator. In one corner stairs lead down to the Back Kitchen

BEDROOM 3 A smaller double bedroom with multi pane window to the front and feature internal window allowing borrowed light onto the stairs, oak board floor.

OUTSIDE From the quiet country lane a concrete drive passes the front of the cottage and leads up to a parking area with enough space for at least two cars and gives access to the Detached Single Garage with concrete floor and electricity and a Lean-to wood-store housing the oil tank. At the front of the garage gates and paths lead to various sections of the garden. The Cottage Gardens lie at the rear of the house and are accessed via a well stocked Pergola draped with a variety of climbing roses and clematis, being mainly laid to lawn with mature herbaceous cottage garden borders and allowing lovely river valley views in either direction. Immediately to the rear of the house there is a paved patio area creating a lovely Summer Seating Area and an ideal site for flower pots and planters, allowing access into the cottage via the French Doors into the Garden/Dining Room. At the end of the Cottage Garden a wooden foot bridge leads over the stream and gives access to the Paddock extending to 1.46 acres with Devon hedge borders and a vehicular gate leading out on to the road. Returning to the parking area, a wide gateway leads into the Central Garden which includes a wild garden, a central apple tree, as well as some well stocked vegetable beds in one corner. On one side there is an enclosed 'Work Area' which includes two Polytunnels and two Greenhouses with water and electricity connected and some larger vegetable beds and a productive Fruit Garden. Near the work area there is a large bridge to the paddock, giving vehicular access from the Garden. At the top of the central Garden there is a timber Summer House. On one side of the Summer House a further footbridge provides third access to the Paddock, whilst on the other side there is a wooden double sided garden shed with concrete floor and electricity connected on one side, whilst the other side is used as a potting shed with a beautiful water feature to the front. Beyond the central garden a wooden vehicular gate gives access to an Orchard which includes orchids, irises and daffodils, a substantial raised chicken coop, a piggery and a larger wildlife Pond.

SERVICES Mains electricity, private water and private drainage. Oil Fired Boiler providing domestic hot water and servicing radiators. Telephone connected subject to BT regulations.

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Floorplan for CHULMLEIGH