A detached period property surrounded by enchanting grounds amounting to approximately 18.1 acres.

Little Bowlish is a "small gem in a magical setting." It is a characterful detached property situated in the heart of its own enchanting grounds measuring approximately 18.1 acres. The house occupies a tucked away, peaceful rural position just 4 miles from the vibrant city of Exeter. Built during the early 1800s, with later 20th century additions, Little Bowlish has retained many original period features including exposed beams and window seats. Recent improvments have been undertaken to meticulously maintain the house, including updating the electrics and drainage, recent recoration, replacing windows, guttering and the conservatory.

The entrance opens into a charming dining room with a decorative fireplace featuring elegant tiling, as well as original fitted display cabinets. Adjacent is a double aspect sitting room, with a Woodwarm decorative stove, and more fitted display cabinets. The kitchen has a range of traditional-style units, fitted glass cabinets, an AEG electric cooker, an extractor fan and a breakfast bar. A spacious conservatory, with window box storage and French doors leading to the gardens, completes the ground floor. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms, each with views of the gardens and the end bedroom with far-reaching views across the rolling countryside. A shower room, recently re-tiled, services the bedrooms and also benefits from impressive views of the surroundings. The shower room has potential to be reorganised to incorporate a bath if required.

This property has 18.1 acres of land.


Approached by a shared private driveway, Little Bowlish has a garage with an attached lean to. The property is surrounded by spectacular gardens and grounds measuring approximately 18.1 acres in total. Around 2-3 acres comprises enchanting well-maintained gardens which have been open for charity as part of the National Garden Scheme for the past twelve years. The gardens have been visited not only by a diverse range of individuals but also local, national and even international garden clubs. Designed with a nod to the renowned Irish gardener William Robinson, there is an impressive variety of trees, shrubs (many unusual), with ground cover and mixed borders and insect friendly wild plants. As a result, a large and varied bird population has been encouraged, including a long-tailed tit colony, as well as spectacular rare butterflies and a diverse range of local wildlife.

The gardens have been designed with maintainability in mind, and comprise a number of interconnecting intimate areas including an arts and crafts walled patio with a vista over farmland to distant woods. There are colourful mixed borders; a hibernation “cottage” and a treehouse/gazebo constructed of wood with a gothic outline. There is also a “pond garden” with a greenhouse and a vintage dairy churn waterfall, plus a large vegetable plot with shed, polytunnel, mesh tunnel, fruit cage and apple trees. Further from the house there is a valley stream flanked by mature trees and a further impressive variety of planting, creating a haven interspersed by paths, wooden bridges and walkways. Found within the grounds is an “ecclesiastical” style folly, a carp pond, a facsimile French inspired "café" with a decked seating area, a number of ponds and wildlife bog areas, a bothy and rustic pavilion grass steps leading to a wildlife area and pond, with wonderful views to Dartmoor provided by a platform built from timber reputed to be sourced from the famous “wild mouse” Blackpool Pleasure Beach ride.

At the outskirts of the gardens are a total of six fields, with a water supply to various troughs (currently disconnected) and access to the stream, providing excellent potential for a self-sufficient lifestyle smallholding. A stable yard is located across the drive from the house, comprising 8 loose boxes which are currently used to house rare breed poultry, but could suit a variety of purposes. These would also be readily returnable to equestrian use. The stables have automatic drinkers (currently disconnected) and electricity is connected.


Little Bowlish is situated in a wonderful tucked away position approximately 3 miles from the popular village of Tedburn St. Mary, which plays host to a thriving village community and boasts an established range of amenities including a well-regarded primary school, two churches, village hall, cricket club, football club, village stores, post office and two pubs; The Red Lion and The Kings Arms. Centyfield Eventing and Dressage Academy is also less than a mile away from the property, for those who enjoy equestrian pursuits.

The Cathedral City of Exeter is approximately 4 miles away and has a number of well-regarded schools for children of all ages, one of the best universities in the country, and a variety of supermarkets including Waitrose. Exeter also boasts excellent cultural and recreational facilities with many new restaurants, the Princesshay shopping development, John Lewis, David Lloyd Private Health Club, Exeter City Football Club and the prominent Rugby Stadium of the Exeter Chiefs.

The historic market town of Crediton, approximately 5 miles away, provides a comprehensive range of everyday facilities, including churches, schools, banks, a Post Office, shops, delicatessens, supermarkets, a leisure complex, library and Queen Elizabeth’s Community College.

There is an abundance of wonderful walking, cycling and riding opportunities in the surrounding countryside including Dartmoor, the Teign Valley, Haldon Forest and the coast. Dartmoor National Park, approximately 6 miles from Little Bowlish, 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. The River Teign and the Kennick Reservoirs provide excellent fishing; there is golf at the Downes Crediton Golf Club, Exeter Golf and Country Club and Teign Valley Golf Club; and opportunities for sailing and kayaking on the East and South Devon coast.

Communication links are excellent, with easy access to the A30, the M5, A38 and A380. Whitestone is a favourable location for commuting into the city centre, and Exeter St. David's is approximately 5 miles away, with intercity high speed trains to London Paddington, the Midlands, the north of England and Scotland, while other train destinations include London Waterloo via Salisbury. There is also a growing number of flights to UK and international destinations from Exeter airport, including a route to London City airport with daily flights taking less than an hour.


From Exeter, follow Okehampton Road and continue onto Redhills. Continue for approximately 3.5 miles, passing through the village of Whitestone. At the ‘Heath’ crossroads, turn right, signposted for Oldridge/Crediton. Proceed up the hill, and then keep going as the road descends again through an area of woodland. Pass the Twiscombe Corner sign on the right, following the direction of Oldridge/Crediton. Take the next left hand turning (Twiscombe Lane) and Little Bowlish is the first property on the left hand side.

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  • Peaceful rural location just 4 miles from Exeter
  • Attractive period features
  • Approximately 18.1 acres
  • Outbuildings

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