A well-presented character property with approximately 1.76 acres and outbuildings.
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Old Frogmire is a classic three bay cross passage (originally open hall) vernacular farmhouse in the heart of rural Mid Devon. It is situated in a secluded valley equidistant between the sought-after village of Sandford and the market town of Crediton. Frogmire was first recorded in The Place names of Devon in 1261 Froggemere juxta Crydyton. The property is built on an ancient site and, today, still maintains some unique medieval architectural features.
On entering the house from the south, you are immediately enveloped by the history of the building. The present owners revealed these features which have since been well researched and accredited. Despite the high quality interior and its recent exposure the house is not listed. A trefoil (squint) window, inglenook fire place with salting chamber, oak screens and fine carved timbers suggests the high status occupancy during the 16th and 17th centuries, reflecting the communal and social life of past times. The house was later upgraded and gentrified by the Georgians, who are thought to have raised the roof by 3ft to create new architectural features, room proportions, decorative architecture and fenestration.
The southerly aspect of the house allows the light to flood in through the Georgian windows. The Georgians also added a double storey outshot along the north elevation. This was originally a creamery and salting rooms for farm use but they have now been converted to a long kitchen, inner hall with staircase, laundry and utility room. The present owners have blended these two historical eras and added their own additions to bring the building into the 21st Century, resulting in a comfortable family home with practical proportions and empathetic additions.
An entrance hall separates two main reception rooms (a large drawing room and dining room) and leads to a long kitchen to the rear of the house. There is a large boot room/office, WC, laundry, larder and utility, an inner hall and staircase. The first floor has four large south facing bedrooms, a good-sized guest room and two bathrooms.
This property has 1.76 acres of land.
On first arrival the house is approached by a private farm lane to the north. However the house faces south and has a secluded garden. Old Frogmire was the home farm to the Creedy Park Estate from the 1600s, located immediately to the west. In 1990 the house was separated and sold from its immediate farmyard, farmland and parkland but maintained a paddock and orchard and a spacious garden. The well-proportioned lawned garden has a gravelled parking area surrounded by landscaped shrubbery, borders, pergola and terrace.
To the north, the house looks out over paddocks, an orchard and equestrian sand school and onto the village of Sandford. There are two vegetables gardens, a greenhouse and polytunnel. The adjacent outbuildings and workshop offer huge versatility of function.
The property is surrounded by agricultural land and has an option to purchase the approximate five acre field immediately to the south, by separate negotiation.
Outbuildings: The garden is surrounded by three cobbled yards with outbuildings. The lower yard has a 54 cob barn, garage and additional link building. It occupies its own private space and may offer redevelopment potential ( an annexe is included in the house deeds), subject to the purchaser obtaining planning permission. The middle cobbled yard has been uniquely planted with summer flowers for wildlife and is connected to an approximate 40 workshop/ party space. The top yard had been upgraded with an open, oak-timbered garage and stable block opposite a row of small, delightful stables.
The property sits in the peace of Mid Devon, equidistant between both Exmoor and Dartmoor. Communications are excellent, being situated just off the main Crediton to Sandford B road and is approximately half a mile from both with a connecting cycle path. The A377 road then links the property to Exeter, just 9 miles to the east, and Barnstaple 25 miles to the west. Crediton Station (with free car park) is an approximate 12 minute rail journey to the two stations in Exeter or the Tarka Trail railway journey takes you northwest to Barnstaple. All local routes are also well supplied with buses. Regular intercity trains operate from Exeter St. Davids station to London Paddington and via Salisbury to Waterloo. Exeter International Airport provides flights to a range of domestic and international destinations, including daily flights to London City Airport. Cross-Channel ferry services operate from Plymouth to Brittany and northern Spain.
Sandford has a popular Primary School and pre-school facilities. It has two pubs and two churches, a village community shop and a close community with clubs, groups, music and festivals. There is a football pitch, tennis court and the village is well connected with footpaths and bridle paths. Between Sandford and Crediton (immediately next to the house) is Sandford Cricket Club and the sound of wood on willow is a summer fixture.
Crediton has a comprehensive range of everyday facilities including churches, schools, banks, post-office, shops, supermarkets, health centre, library and leisure complex, and a regular farmers market in the Square.
The Cathedral City of Exeter has a wide range of educational, cultural, recreational and shopping facilities. It has a number of excellent independent schools including Exeter School (boys and girls) and The Maynard (girls). Other schools in the area include Blundells in Tiverton (boys and girls). Exeter has a superb university on an elevated campus overlooking the City, and the renowned rugby club of the Exeter Chiefs. Fishing is on the Yeo, Creedy and Exe, plus the Torridge and Taw, and reservoirs on Dartmoor and the East Devon coastline. Golf is found at Morchard Road, Crediton, Newton St Cyres, Exeter and Tiverton, and a links course at Saunton Sands.
From Crediton, proceed north on Jockey Hill towards Sandford. Turn left at the sign for Newbuildings/Morchard Bishop and take the next left turn almost immediately into the private lane. Old Frogmire can be found shortly afterwards on the left hand side.Read all
- Detached five bedroom home
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