A detached former rectory presented to an impeccable standard, with 2.2 acres, outbuildings & views

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The Old Rectory is an elegant former rectory, built in the late 1800s, with accommodation set over four floors offering over 3,800 sq. ft. of living space. The property has been subjected to a full refurbishment to an exceptional standard by the current owners including re-plumbing, damp-proofing and rewiring the house, as well as redesigning the layout and there is now a wonderful open plan kitchen/breakfast/sitting room on the first floor that provides the hub of the home. Despite its modernisation, the property has retained its distinct Victorian characteristics such as high ceilings, open fireplaces, cornicing and sash windows.

The main living space is on the first floor and benefits from lovely views of the surrounding landscape. The open plan kitchen/breakfast/sitting room is a wonderfully light and spacious room, with contemporary white tiles and spotlight lighting. The sleek Fired Earth kitchen has stainless steel worktops, Perrin and Rowe taps, an AEG dishwasher, spotlight lighting and a four oven electric AGA. There is a Charnwood wood burner in the corner of the sitting room area, as well as attractive plantation shutters and an oak floor which continues throughout the first floor. From the kitchen, double glass doors lead to a dining room with another wood burner and a door that leads to the gardens. There is another well-proportioned reception room, a drawing room with a wood burner, as well as a cloakroom with Fired Earth marble tiling.

The ground floor accommodation comprises a spacious entrance hall with tongue and groove panelling which leads to a laundry room, a wet room, a storage room currently fitted with bespoke cupboards and a well-proportioned dual aspect playroom with a Villager wood burner. Throughout the ground floor there is oak flooring and it could easily be converted into an annexe for additional family members, as the storage room could be converted into a bedroom and the laundry room into a kitchen. There is also a separate boiler for the heating.

There are seven good-size double bedrooms on the second and third floors. The bedrooms are all naturally well-lit with large sash windows, lovely views and two have original decorative fireplaces. The master bedroom benefits from a stylish en suite bathroom with a claw foot bath. There is a family bathroom on the second floor with a charming freestanding Albion Bath Company ‘Tubby Tub’ bath, Lefroy Brooks taps, bespoke cast iron radiator and elegant Fired Earth tiles.

This property has 2.2 acres of land.


The Old Rectory has beautiful gardens measuring approximately 2.2 acres which were entirely re-landscaped by the current owners and the 'kitchen garden' was remodeled by Tony Benger Landscaping. The house is approached by a sweeping gravel drive that provides ample space for multiple vehicles to park. There is an original stone wall which was excavated and restored to reinstate the magnificent terraced gardens.

To the right of the house is an area of level lawn and a gravelled sun terrace, ideal for al fresco dining and entertaining. To the left of the house, the gently sloping gardens ascend up the hill, with large areas of lawn and a wonderful vegetable garden with raised beds. There is an orchard with apple, plum and cherry trees which is bordered by easy-to-maintain woodland. Outstanding, uninterrupted countryside views can be enjoyed from the gardens where there are thoughtfully-placed areas of decking that provide a number of vantage points.

A number of useful outbuildings are located within the gardens including a greenhouse, a workshop to the rear of the house with electricity connected and a wood store. A barn/former stables is adjacent to the house. The barn could be reinstated back into stables, but there may also be the potential for conversion into additional accommodation, subject to the purchaser pursuing the relevant planning consents.


The Old Rectory is located in an elevated position within the pretty East Devon hamlet of Combpyne, which has a striking 12th century church in its centre. Combpyne is situated in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is the perfect location for those who enjoy countryside pursuits such as walking and riding, whilst being conveniently located to excellent local facilities and larger towns in the area.

Popular Lyme Regis is just 3.5 miles away and is a gem of a fishing town with its literary and artistic connections. It has a wide range of shops, galleries, restaurants and pubs. There is fresh seafood available at Mark Hix Oyster and Fishhouse overlooking the beach, which has an excellent reputation. For other well-regarded eateries, the River Cottage HQ is approximately 3 miles away and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Canteen is based in nearby Axminster.

There are excellent schools in the local area for boys and girls of all ages including the much-acclaimed Colyton Grammar School, approximately 4.3 miles away. Other well-known schools in the area include Chard Independent Preparatory School, Taunton School, Kings College, Queen’s College and King’s Hall, Millfield, Wellington and Blundell’s School. Further good schooling can be found in West Dorset including the Sherborne schools, whilst Exeter University, approximately 31 miles away, is recognised as one of the best universities in the country.

East Devon is renowned for its beauty and ample opportunity for a range of outdoor pursuits. The resort of Sidmouth on the Jurassic Coast, with its Regency seafront esplanade and interesting variety of shops and cafes, is only 13 miles away. There is ample opportunity for walking on the South West Coast Path, which is England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath and a National Trail. It stretches for 630 miles, running from Minehead in Somerset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, to Poole Harbour in Dorset. As well as the Jurassic Coast, there are sailing opportunities from the Axe Yacht Club, Seaton and Beer Sailing Clubs. For the golfing enthusiast there are courses at Tiverton, Seaton, Lyme Regis, Honiton, Sidmouth and Woodbury. There is racing at Taunton, Wincanton, Exeter and Newton Abbot, and the Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks are also within easy reach.

Communication links in the area are excellent. Intercity high speed trains operate from Axminster, Honiton and Exeter St David’s to London Paddington or London Waterloo. There are also an ever-increasing number of flights to UK and international destinations from Exeter International Airport, including a route to London City Airport with daily flights taking less than an hour.


From Exeter, follow the A3052 in the direction of Sidmouth. Pass through the village of Sidford and continue to follow the A3052 for approximately 11 miles, following the signs for Lyme Regis. Immediately after the sign at the entrance to Rousdon, take the left hand turning onto Combpyne Lane. Turn left again to stay on Combpyne Lane and after approximately half a mile, the entrance gate can be found on the left hand side.

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Other features

  • Entirely refurbished to a flawless standard
  • Approximately 3,863 sq. ft.
  • Gardens of approximately 2.2 acres
  • Annexe potential on the ground floor

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Ref: EXE190134

Combpyne Axminster Devon EX13

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Ref: EXE190134

Combpyne Axminster Devon EX13

Guide Price