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Bradninch | Exeter

Guide Price £2,000,000

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Property Details

Impressive Grade I listed period home
Enjoying village setting
Around twenty minute drive from Exeter
Over 9000Sq ft of accommodation
Set in beautiful private gardens and grounds
Surrounded by rolling farmland
In all, about 7 acres
Landscaped gardens designed by Jill Billington and Mary Payne MBE
Council Tax : Band H


Tenure

freehold


DESCRIPTION

The Manor House is Grade I listed and according to the listing was built in 1547 for Peter Sainthill, a local MP.

The house has evolved over the years, and was extended in the 17th century when the cross wings were added.

In the 18th century the hall was remodelled and The Manor House now stands as an elegant country residence with a superb approach, wonderful views over its lake and surrounded by magical gardens.

Wrought iron electric gates open into a sweeping private driveway, revealing views of the impressive symmetrical southeast façade with sash windows.

The drive sweeps around between the front of the house and the lake, to a neatly positioned parking and turning area.

First impressions are excellent and the 18th century dining hall sets the tone for the rest of the house in terms of proportions, detailing and comfort. Pevsner described the dining hall as ‘a noble, restrained, classical room’ and there are two magnificent pillars on one side, as well as panelling and cornicing.

There is space for a large dining table, ensuring this is an ideal room for entertaining, with stunning views over the terrace garden, front lawn and lake.

Perhaps the most important room on the ground floor is the 16th century ‘Job’ room, an exceptionally well preserved drawing room with a decorative plaster ceiling with pomegranate panels and oak panelling throughout.

The over mantle to the stone fireplace forms the focal point of the room, intricately carved with a narrative of episodes from Job’s trials and tribulations.

There are large stained glass windows ensuring optimum natural light. Next to the ‘Job’ room is the library - an ideal space for a home office or study.

Noticeable throughout is the manageable and welcoming feel of this home and the improvements that have been made under the tenure of the current owners have brought the Manor House firmly into the 21st century whilst maintaining the abundance of character.

This is particularly noticeable in the finish of kitchen and bathrooms, which are all extremely high quality.

The proportions throughout the house are impressive, even in the practical elements to the rear of the house where a large utility room can be found along with an extensive cellar containing a home office/games room and separate wine storage.

Beyond this is the indoor swimming pool with direct access to the privately positioned terrace and lawn area to the rear of the house.

The staircase hall centres around the grand 16th century dog-leg staircase leading to the principal bedroom suite and adjacent guest bedroom.

The principal bedroom is of particular note, on a grand scale with views over the lake and surrounding countryside, a barrelled ceiling and newly refurbished en suite shower room. The principal bedroom is known as The King Charles Room as the King slept there during a visit in 1644.

The principal guest room is of impressive proportions, with a curved staircase leading to a mezzanine shower room, finished to exacting standards.

A long corridor leads to the additional bedroom accommodation and family bathroom. There are four further bedrooms, all of excellent proportions and one of which has an en suite shower room.

On the second floor in a self-contained apartment, ideal for a live in nanny or housekeeper or additional guest accommodation.

There is a kitchen/dining room, sitting room, one bedroom and bathroom. Access is via the secondary staircase.

GARDENS, GROUNDS AND OUTBUILDINGS

The Manor House is complemented by a range of attractive and practical outbuildings. The garages have been newly constructed around a large stable yard and there are also three stables and a tack room.

The gardens at The Manor House are beautifully designed, fully established and give the property a sense of privacy that is rare for an edge of village house. Immediately in front of the house is a terrace for outdoor dining, beyond which is a large swathe of lawn leading to the lake

The grounds extend to around 7 acres, although it gives the impression of being much larger thanks to the abundance of mature trees, variety of plants and gently undulating ground.

A majestic Lucombe Oak has pride of place over the garden, and is understood to be one of the oldest of its kind. Paths have been expertly cut through the gardens, with various seating areas to relax and enjoy a drink.

A bridge leads over the stream, which runs all year round and the path carries on up a gentle slope to a horse shoe shaped seating area with a direct view of the old oak tree on the other side of the garden.

From here, the pathways run parallel with the stream, past the pond with pontoon into a productive vegetable garden behind the garaging.

Set in an elevated position above the vegetable garden and with views over all the grounds is the summer house.

On the south side of the house is an established rose garden, through which a path leads to the back of the house where there is west facing terrace and lawn with direct access to the swimming pool.

SERVICESUnusually for a Grade I listed house, The Manor House is connected to mains services for gas, electricity, water and drainage. Fibre-optic broadband. Mobile signal: Several networks currently showing as available at the property.
SUMMARY

Impressive Grade I listed period home Enjoying village setting Around twenty minute drive from Exeter Over 9000Sq ft of accommodation Set in beautiful private gardens and grounds Surrounded by rolling farmland In all, about 7 acres Landscaped gardens designed by Jill Billington and Mary Payne MBE Council Tax : Band H... Read more


TENURE

freehold


Impressive Grade I listed period home
Enjoying village setting
Around twenty minute drive from Exeter
Over 9000Sq ft of accommodation
Set in beautiful private gardens and grounds
Surrounded by rolling farmland
In all, about 7 acres
Landscaped gardens designed by Jill Billington and Mary Payne MBE
Council Tax : Band H
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