A substantial house with south-facing views, a jet pool, outbuildings & approx. 19.38 acres.
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The Old Vicarage is a substantial period property offering over 4,900 sq. ft. of flexible living space, with potential for the western section of the house to be used as an integral one bedroom annexe. The house is thought to have been built in the 1800s, with later additions, and was used as an officers mess during the Second World War. The current owners have made many improvements to the property to make it as energy-efficient as possible by installing solar panels on the house and pool, a wind turbine, double glazing throughout, re-roofing and insulation. Typical for a house of its age, The Old Vicarage has high ceilings, cornicing, fireplaces and large windows that provide plenty of natural light.
On the ground floor there are three main reception rooms, all with outstanding views. There is a spacious drawing room with a parquet floor, bespoke oak bookcases, a bay window and a wood burner; a sitting room with a wood burner and a bay window; plus a large dining room with parquet flooring and an open fireplace. The spacious kitchen/breakfast room is to the rear of the house, furnished with bespoke oak units, granite worktops, gas hob, a gas AGA, dishwasher, electric oven and a double sink. There is also a study; a wine cellar; a useful boot room with fitted storage and a wood burner; a cloakroom; and a good-size utility room with exposed beams and a glazed well that creates an original feature within the floor. On the western side of the house, there is also a large office/living room with an adjoining kitchenette & breakfast room that features a wood burner. Combined with the large bedroom above and the adjacent bathroom, these rooms provide excellent potential to be used as an integral annexe for additional family members, or could provide an income by letting on Airbnb.
Upstairs, there are five further spacious bedrooms, each with magnificent views of the gardens and surrounding countryside. The master bedroom has an en suite bathroom with his and hers twin basins, plus a dressing room. A shower room and a family bathroom services the other bedrooms.
To the front of the house, accessed via a series of stone steps, is a wonderful gym and indoor jet-controlled pool, built ingeniously into the landscape with sliding glass doors that look out to the gardens and views. There is a sauna, cloakroom and a shower; whilst solar panels on the roof provide the energy to heat the pool.
This property has 19.38 acres of land.
The property is approached via an electronically-operated gate that leads to a large gravel drive, providing ample space to park multiple vehicles. There is also additional parking space provided by the triple and single garage. The Old Vicarage has beautifully landscaped parkland-style gardens that measure approximately 19.38 acres in total, comprising of six gently sloping fields mainly to the south of the property. The gardens are exceedingly private, quiet and peaceful; with established ponds within the grounds offering a haven for local wildlife and waterfowl. There is a paved seating area adjacent to the house that is ideally situated for al fresco dining, entertaining and appreciating the magnificent views; as well as a paved viewing platform that forms the roof of the swimming pool and looks over the gardens. Within one of the fields is a productive orchard with apple and pear trees. There is also a stable with two loose boxes and an attached lean-to, as well as an outbuilding/store within the grounds.
The Old Vicarage is located on the edge of the pretty South Devon village of Blackawton. The village has a strong sense of community, offering a village shop, pub, a church and a well-regarded primary school. There is a range of good private and state schools in the area, including King Edward VI Community College, South Devon Steiner School, Stover School and the Torquay Grammar Schools.
The beautiful waterside town of Dartmouth, approximately 5 miles away, is home to the Britannia Royal Naval College and offers a wonderful array of shops, galleries, restaurants and pubs, a leisure centre, supermarket and cinema. The towns deep-water port attracts sailing vessels from all over the world and there are three well known marinas, all offering first class facilities for sailing and motor yacht owners alike. It is considered to be one of the prettiest estuary towns in Europe, being situated within the South Hams and the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are a number of beautiful sandy beaches nearby, including Blackpool and Slapton Sands.
The historic market town of Totnes, just 8 miles away, was nominated in British Airways HighLife magazine as one of the worlds top ten funky towns. The town has a medieval castle, direct access to the River Dart and offers an eclectic range of shops including an organic vegetable shop, a specialist record store, an exceptionally well-stocked book shop and many other interesting independent shops. There is a street market twice a week and a monthly food market.
The Old Vicarage is situated just 10 miles from the Dartmoor National Park. The National Park covers an area of 368 square miles and features hills, valleys, granite tors and rivers, providing a dazzling backdrop to a range of outdoor activities including walking, cycling and riding. There is ample opportunity for other activities in the immediate area, including golf at the Dartmouth Golf and Country Club just 2 miles away, whilst the South Devon coastline provides excellent sailing and water sports opportunities.
Exeter, approximately 36 miles away, is the most thriving city in the South West and offers a wide choice of cultural activities with the theatre, the museum, arts centre and a wealth of shopping, including John Lewis, and many good restaurants. There are many primary and secondary schools situated in Exeter, including Exeter School and The Maynard, whilst Exeter University is recognised as one of the best universities in the country.
Communication links are excellent; the A38 provides links to Plymouth, Cornwall and Exeter. The M5 at Exeter links to the North, Bristol and London. There are also frequent rail services from Totnes and Exeter St. Davids to London Paddington. Exeter Airport, approximately 39.5 miles away, offers an ever increasing number of domestic and international flights including daily flights to London City Airport.
From Exeter, head south on the A38 in the direction of Plymouth. Take the exit for Totnes (A384) and turn left at the junction to join the A384. Continue, eventually passing Dartington Church of England Primary School on the right and proceed straight over the roundabout. At the next roundabout shortly afterwards, take the first exit to join the A385 (signposted Paignton/ Kingsbridge). Follow this road, continuing into Totnes and take the right hand turning onto the A381 at the traffic lights, immediately after the Police Station on the right. The A381 continues out of Totnes and through the village of Harbertonford. Continue, passing through Halwell, and turn left at Totnes Cross Garage onto the A3122 towards Dartmouth. Proceed, and turn right at the sign for Blackawton (opposite the hair salon). Enter Blackawton and follow Main Street, through the village, passing The George Inn on the left and the church on the right. Main Street merges into Vicarage Road; continue on this road down the hill, right to the end, and the entrance gate for The Old Vicarage is located here.Read all
- Approximately 4,916 sq. ft. of accommodation
- Approximately 19.38 acres
- Edge of village location
- South-facing views and gardens
- Extensive garaging
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