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Accommodation Summary

Five bedroom Grade II Listed thatched house
Self contained two bedroom annexe
Separate three bedroom cottage
Riverside gardens and 120 yards of single bank fishing rights
Double garage and parking for up to 8 cars
Set in just over an acre on the bank of the River Exe

Directions

From Exeter take the A377 to Cowley Bridge, then join the A396 towards Tiverton. Continue along this road through the villages of Stoke Canon and Rewe for nearly ten miles until reaching Bickleigh. Continue over the bridge and Bickleigh Cottage is the first property on the right hand side, drive in to the car park opposite the ‘Trout Inn’ and park alongside the double garage.

Situation

Bickleigh Cottage, Bickleigh, Tiverton, Devon EX16 8RJ

Tiverton about 3½ miles

Tiverton Parkway and M5 motorway about 10 miles

Exeter about 11 miles

‘Bickleigh Cottage’ lies on the River Exe on the edge of Bickleigh village. The village has a church, a friendly riverside pub and two visitor attractions, Bickleigh Mill, restaurant and craft centre and the nearby Bickleigh Castle. The cathedral and university city of Exeter is about eleven miles to the south, offering excellent shopping, cultural, educational and leisure facilities. The market town of Tiverton, some 3.5 miles to the north, has good shopping facilities, East Devon College and Blundells School. There is a mainline railway station at Tiverton Parkway, next to junction 27 of the M5 motorway, both about 10 miles away. Exeter airport is some 13 miles away to the east of the city.

Description

One of the most photographed riverside properties in Devon, Grade II Listed ‘Bickleigh Cottage’ is a pretty, five bedroom “picture-postcard” house with linked two bedroom annex and adjoining three bedroom, recently re-thatched, ‘Kingfisher Cottage’, sitting on the banks of the River Exe. Understood to date back to the 17th Century with an extension added in the early 1970’s, the property has in the past been used as a hotel. In 2000 Planning Permission was granted to turn it into three dwellings. ‘Bickleigh Cottage’ roof is mainly thatched with clay tiles over the river elevation. The pretty mature gardens extend along the river bank to the attractive five arch Bickleigh Bridge, beside which the Simon and Garfunkel song “Bridge Over Troubled Water” is said to have been written. One of the quirks of ‘Bickleigh Cottage’ is that the ground floor is prone to occasional flooding. Occupants are given plenty of notice of imminent high water thanks to an automatic notification from The Environment Agency. The ground floor of the house is designed accordingly, with stone flagged floors and raised electrical sockets. The sale includes about 120 yards of single bank fishing rights, reportedly understood to have produced a ten-year average of 22.4 salmon per year. (Further adjoining single bank fishing and (on the opposite bank to Bickleigh Cottage) an area of about 1.2 acres of mixed woodland, are both available by separate negotiation).

ACCOMMODATION Bickleigh Cottage:
• House – Hall; study; dining/sitting room; snug; kitchen; utility; laundry; 5 bedrooms; 3
en suite shower rooms, family bathroom

• Annex – Staircase hall; sitting room; kitchen/dining room; 2 bedrooms with en suite
shower/bathrooms.

• Riverside gardens and 120 yards of single bank fishing rights.

• Double garage and parking for 4 cars. Riverside garden.

Kingfisher Cottage:
• Staircase hall, kitchen, dining room, sitting room, 3 bedrooms (two with en suite
   shower/bathrooms), family bathroom. Parking for 4 cars

In all, set in about three quarters of an acre.

Further area of about 1.2 acres of woodland and further single bank fishing rights available by separate negotiation

MAIN HOUSE A thatched Porch with solid wooden door leads into the staircase hall with beamed ceiling. The Study has a tiled floor, fireplace (not working) and leaded light window. The Dining / Sitting Room has exposed wall timbers, brick fireplace with wooden mantelpiece and hearth with cast iron crested shield. An interior window gives light into the snug and three windows give wonderful views of the river. Snug with door to garden is oak panelled to dado level. The Cloakroom has a WC and wash basin. The recently modestly refurbished Kitchen has a 4 oven oil fired ‘Aga’ and 3 built in wall cupboards. Utility room has tiled floor, “butlers” sink and door to yard and to back stairs, Velux window and door to Laundry Room with plumbing for washing machines and a “butlers” sink. Beyond the kitchen is a connecting door to the annex. The Rear Yard has a door to the road, to the annex and a covered area with tiled roof. There are two staircases leading to the first floor landing. Bedroom 5 has a wash basin and en suite shower room with WC. Bedroom 4 has a built in cupboard, pretty cast iron fireplace with wooden mantelpiece and en suite shower room with WC and wash basin. Bedroom 3/ Sitting Room Enjoying the best of the wonderful river views. Brick fireplace with pointed arch and 2 low window seats opening to provide storage. Bedroom 2 has a built-in wardrobe and wash basin. Bedroom 1 has a built-in wardrobe and en suite shower with WC and wash basin. Family Bathroom with a ‘Worcester’ gas-fired boiler, built-in linen cupboard, bath, WC and wash basin. There are 2 storage alcoves at the top of the back stairs.

ANNEX The Sitting Room with slate floor and brick fireplace with oak mantelpiece (no chimney) has a door to the paved terrace providing a good seating area to enjoy the river views. The Hall has an oak staircase with two storage cupboards either side. The Kitchen has a slate floor, wall mounted cupboards housing electric cooker, hob, ‘Ideal Classic’ boiler and door to the rear yard. The first floor landing leads to Bedroom 1 with a built-in cupboard and picture rail and an en suite bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin. A passage back to the main house has a door to the hot water tank and airing cupboard and communicating door to the main house. A laundry cupboard has plumbing and room for washing machine with tumble dryer over. Bedroom 2 overlooks the river and has an en suite shower with WC and wash basin.

KINGFISHER COTTAGE (attached to Bickleigh Cottage) A paved terrace provides a seating area enjoying the wonderful river views and the half glazed front door leads to a passage hall with small Laundry Room with plumbing for washing machine. Kitchen/Dining Room recently modestly refurbished with a tiled floor, ‘Ideal Classic’ boiler and wall-mounted cupboards housing the electric cooker, hob and stainless steel sink and fitted cupboard. The sitting room has a fireplace with ‘Parkray’ coal fire in stone surround. Under-stair cupboard. Stairs lead to the first floor with Bedroom 1 having a wash basin and built in cupboard. Bedroom 2 with built-in cupboard and en suite shower room with cubicle shower, wash basin and WC. Bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin. Bedroom 3 overlooks the river and has a built in cupboard and en suite bathroom with bath, WC, wash basin and an airing cupboard housing the hot water tank.

GARDENS AND GROUNDS The property is approached across the ‘Trout Inn’ car park to an area belonging to Bickleigh Cottage with space for about 10 cars and a Double Garage built of rendered block work under a slate roof with two metal up-and-over doors and a side door to the garden. A wrought iron gate and paved path with stone wall leads from the parking area to the beautiful riverside garden which stretches along the bank of the river right up to Bickleigh Bridge itself. It is a plant person’s dream, being sheltered and south facing with the most wonderful display of specialist trees and shrubs. Roses and wisteria climb the walls and lawned areas and terraces provide plenty of areas to sit and enjoy the river views. The flower and shrub beds, a picket fence and hedge shield the garden from the road and a pretty thatched lych-gate, with a greenhouse nearby, gives access onto the road.

SERVICES Mains water – one supply for all properties. Mains electricity – 2 separate meters and sub meter. Mains gas – 3 supplies. Shared private septic tank with pump. Electric night storage heaters.

FISHING RIGHTS Single bank fishing rights from Bickleigh Bridge to the end of the garden wall are included in the sale. (Further fishing rights, adjoining up-river, along with a mixed woodland of about 1.3 acres are available by separate negotiation).

VIEWING Strictly by appointment with Wilkinson Grant & Co. Prior to making an appointment to view we strongly recommend that you view the online video tour and discuss any particular points which are likely to affect your interest in the property with a member of staff who has seen the property in order to avoid a wasted journey.

AGENTS NOTE The sellers are Directors of Wilkinson Grant & Co.

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