In a nutshell
- Grade II Listed thatched five bedroom cottage
- Sympathetically and beautifully restored
- Spacious and light kitchen/dining room
- Utility room and downstairs cloakroom
- Bursting with character
- Under-floor heating to kitchen and bathrooms
- Wood burning stoves
- Garage and extensive parking
- Large private garden
- Quiet yet convenient location
A detached, beautifully presented, Grade II Listed thatched cottage with five double-bedrooms, two en suite, a large garage, extensive parking and a large garden in the Devon village of Kingskerswell, with easy access to the A380 to Torbay, Exeter and the M5.
A stunning example of a cross-passage Devon long house, with looks straight off a picture post card or chocolate box. It was originally constructed in the sixteenth century and extended in the nineteen seventies, to create what is now a substantial family home, and a wonderful blend of olde world charm with the comforts and practicalities of modern living.
The property has been sympathetically and beautifully restored by the current owners and retains original features including exposed beams, thick uneven cob walls, two stone inglenook fireplaces and the cross-passage with its oak plank and muntin screens.
Arranged over two floors it has plenty of space for family living with two wood-burning stoves and gas-fired central heating, complete with under-floor heating to the kitchen and bathrooms.
This wonderful property must be viewed first-hand to fully appreciate all that it has to offer.
The rustic front door opens into the cross-passage hallway with its wonderful oak plank and muntin screens and antique pine floorboards, with a turning staircase to the first floor. An opening leads into the snug with exposed beams and a wide casement window with a window seat beneath set into the thick wall. A fabulous Inglenook fireplace, with a chunky oak lintel, has a bread oven to the side and is fitted with a wood-burning stove; wonderful with a roaring fire on a cold winter night.
An opening in the plank and muntin screen leads into the generously sized living room with pine flooring and exposed beams. It has a study area perfect for those working from home and another stone inglenook fireplace with a wood-burning stove, making a fabulous character feature and focal point for the room.
A door leads into a spacious ground-floor double bedroom, which has a door to the garden, a modern en suite shower room and a large walk-in wardrobe; an ideal bedroom suite for an elderly family member perhaps.
A small lobby off the living room has a tiled floor and a convenient ground-floor cloakroom with a WC and basin and leads to a utility room with a tiled floor, solid-beech worktops, a Belfast sink with a mixer tap, fitted units and space beneath the worktop for a washing machine and tumble dryer. There is storage space for coats, a door to the garden and an airing cupboard with an unvented hot water cylinder and slatted shelving for linen. A wall-mounted condensing system boiler provides the heating and hot water and a skylight allows natural light to flood in.
The extensive kitchen/dining room is filled with light from French doors, on two aspects and a vast Velux skylight, which has powered opening and a blind. There are beautiful solid-granite worktops, an electric eco-Aga range with independently controlled hob and ovens, and a fabulous Fired Earth fitted kitchen in solid oak with matching wall-cabinets and under-cabinet feature lighting. There is a Belfast sink with a mixer tap, an integrated dishwasher and a separate matching island with granite worktop, additional storage and a breakfast bar. There is a recess perfect for a large American-style fridge/freezer, brick-pattern tiled splashbacks above the Aga and sink, wiring for a wall-mounted TV and wall-mounted antique-oak crockery racks with a matching wall cabinet. There is also plenty of room for a table seating ten or more, making a wonderful venue for a family celebration or a dinner party.
Upstairs, the master bedroom is a spacious double with a beautiful en suite bathroom that has a tiled floor and contains a modern suite with a bath and shower attachment, a separate large shower enclosure, a WC and basin, and a chrome heated towel rail, all lit by LED spot lighting. It has a large dressing room with built-in wardrobes that would make a great fifth double bedroom if required.
There are two further bedrooms, both roomy doubles, one with a built-in wardrobe and the other with dual-aspect windows with views over the garden. A family bathroom has a tiled floor and contains a bath, a separate shower, a WC, wash-hand basin and a chrome heated towel rail, and there is a separate cloakroom, with a WC and basin, off the landing for convenience. The landing is spacious and widens creating a seating area, where there is a hatch in the ceiling providing access to the loft space.
Outside, a gated entrance provides access onto a wide tarmac driveway with plentiful parking for at least eight cars at the side of the property. An inner gate leads onto a gravel driveway which continues along the front to the property, flanked by a hornbeam hedge and a stone wall with beds of plants and shrubs. The driveway widens into an extensive additional parking area where there is plenty of storage space for a motorhome, caravan, or a boat, together with a number of cars, beside a large garage which has lights and power.
Steps lead down to a terrace of paving at the front of the property where there is a neat, level lawn and a gravel footpath to the drive. There is a handy outside tap for watering and two stone-built storage sheds, beside a large log store and a convenient outside loo.
At the rear of the property there is an extensive terrace of flagstone paving with French doors opening out from the kitchen/dining room, making a fabulous private space for outside dining or a family barbecue, complete with external lighting, a tap, and splash-proof sockets for convenience, and is screened by mature trees and bushes.
A paved bridge leads over a small leat and the extensive garden slopes upwards, with areas of lawn and beds of well-established plants and shrubs. At the top of the garden there are stunning views over the neighbouring church and surrounding countryside to Dartmoor in the distance. Fully enclosed the garden is ideal for children and pets and has timber fencing and a laurel hedge marking the boundary.
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