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Accommodation Summary

Superb Family Home
Excellent Location
Close to Otterton Mill
Active Village Community
6 Bedrooms
4 Reception Rooms
Kitchen/Breakfast Room
Potential for 2 Self-contained Annexes
Beautiful Landscaped Gardens
Range of Outbuildings
Double Garage & Carport
Stable & Tack Room

Directions

From Exeter and the M5 head towards Sidmouth on the A3052. On entering the village of Newton Poppleford, at the roundabout turn right signed Budleigh Salterton. Continue through Colaton Raleigh and past the entrance to Bicton College and at the crossroads, turn left. Follow the road into the village, past Otterton Mill and take the first right into Church Hill, where the property is at the top, opposite the church.

Situation

Otterton is a delightful and historic village nestling in the beautiful East Devon countryside between Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton. The world heritage Jurassic coastline lies within half mile of the village and the nature reserve at the mouth of the River Otter, famous for its wide variety of bird life, is around a mile away. The award-winning Otterton Mill restaurant and craft centre is located in the village, whose facilities also include a primary school, church, village hall, community shop and public house. There is a regular bus service from the village to Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth. The city of Exeter lies approximately 12 miles from the village and access to the M5 and airport around 9 miles.

Description

Located comfortably close to the centre of the village, opposite St Michael’s church, Barton House is a superb Grade II Listed family home set in just over 0.5 acres of land overlooking the River Otter.

In the same family for over 30 years the property is believed to have been originally constructed in the 16th Century as a farm house, which was substantially remodelled in the late 19th Century and again by the present owners in recent years.

The accommodation is substantial and adaptable with 6 principal bedrooms although Bedrooms 5 and 6 could easily be incorporated into an informally divided section of the house incorporating the east end. Both first floor principal bathrooms were upgraded in 2017.

The living accommodation has three spacious reception rooms including a splendid drawing room measuring over 8m in length with views over the Otter Valley. There is a kitchen/breakfast room, spacious dining room, two downstairs cloakrooms and a smaller 'back' kitchen. To the western end there is a very useful ground floor annexe with shower room that could be used as a study, for separate letting or additional guest accommodation.

The grounds of Barton House are on two levels and beautifully kept. On the top level is a large driveway, double garage and car port, and stable with tack room. There is also a range of stone outbuildings/workshop, a large open-fronted barn, a level lawn beside the house and a paved west-facing terrace.

A path leads to a stunning lower lawn which is adjacent to a leat running from the Mill. A cob wall separates the lower lawn from a small area of woodland with a gateway and path leading up to the front of the house. A rare opportunity to purchase a fabulous home steeped in history.

ENTRANCE From the driveway a glass panelled door opens into a vestibule with a period wooden door, which opens into the...

CENTRAL HALL The central hall connects the principal rooms and leads to the original front stable door that gives access to the top garden. Tiled floor. Understairs storage cupboard.

CLOAKROOM Exposed brick flooring. Coat hanging space. Low level WC and pedestal wash hand basin.

DRAWING ROOM26'7" x 16'1" (8.1m x 4.9m). Splendid dual aspect room with an open fire and windows to the rear and side with lovely views across the River Otter. Solid wood flooring.

DINING ROOM15'9" x 14'1" (4.8m x 4.3m). With lovely views over the top garden. Open fire with exposed brick and cupboards either side under a long concealed inglenook beam. Window seats. Parquet flooring.

SITTING ROOM20' x 16'1" (6.1m x 4.9m). Another fine reception room with a wood-burner set in an inglenook fireplace with exposed brick surround and solid wood beam over. Window to front. Door to back kitchen and door to side hall.

KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM19' x 11'2" (5.8m x 3.4m). Fitted with a range of base, wall and drawer units with a work top over and double stainless steel sink and drainer unit. High-level oven and grill and inset 4-ring electric hob with extractor over. Space for fridge. Window to front. Door to utility room.

BACK KITCHEN14'1" x 9'2" (4.3m x 2.8m). Fitted with a range of wood-fronted base, wall and drawer units with a worktop over and inset stainless steel sink and drainer unit. Space for electric cooker, fridge and washing machine. Door to side yard.

REAR HALL Door to side leading to the garden. Second staircase to first floor. Door to...

GARDENER'S WC Low level WC and wash hand basin. Window to side.

UTILITY ROOM Window to front. Worktop with space under for dishwasher. Plumbing and space for fridge freezer, tumble dryer and washing machine. Door to...

PLAYROOM16'1" x 7'10" (4.9m x 2.39m). Window to front. Door to rear hall. Hatch to roof void. Door to...

HALL With doors to the front of the house, terrace and top garden. Useful storage area. Door to...

ANNEXE16'9" x 10'2" (5.1m x 3.1m). Versatile room that could be used as a study or bedroom, being self-contained from the main house. Windows to the rear and front. Door to...

SHOWER ROOM Shower cubicle. Low level WC. Pedestal wash hand basin.

Stairs rise from central hallway to...

FIRST FLOOR LANDING Doors to all principal rooms. Loft hatch with retractable ladder to roof space. Recessed double cupboard.

BEDROOM 117'9" x 13'1" (5.4m x 3.99m). Window to rear. Radiator. Window seat. Victorian feature fireplace with wooden surround. Two built-in cupboards.

BEDROOM 210'2" x 9'10" (3.1m x 3m). Large window. Radiator. Built-in hanging storage cupboard.

BEDROOM 313'9" x 13'5" (4.2m x 4.1m). Lovely bright double aspect room with windows to side and to rear. Radiator. Built-in wardrobe.

BEDROOM 413'5" x 13'5" (4.1m x 4.1m). Window overlooking the gardens and countryside beyond. Radiator. Deep window ledge/seat. Victorian feature fireplace with wooden surround. Walk-in storage cupboard with light.

BATHROOM Modern white comprising wash hand basin with storage under and vanity unit over, WC, panel bath with chrome mixer tap, walk-in corner shower with glass screening, drench head and wall-mounted shower head. Chrome heated towel rail. Window to front. Extractor fan. Spotlights. Tiled walls.

SHOWER ROOM Square wash hand basin with vanity unit over. WC. Large walk-in shower with drench head and separate wall-mounted shower head. Full-length mirrored vanity cupboard. Window to front. Heated towel rail. Extractor fan. Spotlights. Partly tiled walls.

BEDROOM 518'8" x 10'10" (5.7m x 3.3m). Window to front with lovely views of Otterton Church. Wash hand basin with fitted wooden storage unit. Large built-in wardrobe and airing cupboard. Door to second landing.

ADDITIONAL BATHROOM Wash hand basin, WC, panel bath with shower over. Window to side. Radiator. Chrome towel rail attachment. Extractor. Original feature beam. Partly tiled walls.

BEDROOM 616'1" x 10'6" (4.9m x 3.2m). Window to rear with window seat under. Exposed feature beam. Feature fireplace with wooden surround. Built-in wardrobe. Alcove shelving.

OUTSIDE The house is approached through an impressive stone pillar entrance which leads through to the large parking area. A gateway leads through to a yard around the side of the property to a range of useful outbuildings and to the formal and terraced gardens. To the right of the main house is a further range of outbuildings including a double garage, car port and stable/tack room.

STABLE/TACK ROOM With door to stable and door to tack room. Internal divide with door through. Power and light.

DOUBLE GARAGE AND CAR PORT Two metal up-and-over doors. Power and light.

STONE OUTBUILDING AND WORKSHOP Three windows to front. Power and light.

OPEN BARN Large open-fronted barn suitable for sitting, outdoor entertaining and barbeques.

GARDENS Gate from the side leads to the garden on the South side, at the level of the house, mainly laid to lawn with a mature border of shrubs, plants and trees. A second gate gives access to a paved terrace with fine views of the River Otter and surrounding countryside, perfect for al fresco dining and also accessed from the rear hall. Beyond the terrace, the gardens descend down a terraced path to a spectacular wisteria pergola, running nearly the entire length of the garden. The stunning lower terrace, laid to lawn and bordered by a variety of mature trees and shrubs culminates at the Mill Leat from the River Otter. From the lower terrace, a gate gives access through to a wooded copse and to a path leading back up to the house and driveway.

SERVICES: Mains water, electricity and drainage. Oil-fired central heating.

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