Express & Echo Property of the week: Convenient rural life
STANDING within private gardens of half-an-acre and backing onto farmland, The Willows in the Culm Valley enjoys both the beauty of rural living and the convenience of being close to Exeter, Cullompton, and Exeter International Airport.
This interesting period property in Beare formerly served as farm cottages for nearby Beare House and farm, and has subsequently been converted into one dwelling, retaining many lovely features, including two wonderful stone inglenook fireplaces in the main reception rooms, beamed ceilings, cottage doors, and windows with deep sills.
The National Trust-owned Ashclyst Forest is within walking distance and offers some 300 hectares of woodland, providing lovely scenic walks and a real haven for wildlife.
The Willows has a west-to-east orientation and without any neighbours nearby, there is a high degree of privacy. There are good ceiling heights throughout the property and accommodation includes a large sitting room with a magnificent inglenook fireplace with a bread oven, and a separate dining room with a further wide fireplace and an inset wood burner.
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To the rear, the kitchen has been extended to incorporate a breakfast room which has French doors opening onto a rear terrace, enjoying uninterrupted views over the gardens and fields beyond. There is also a ground-floor bathroom, while upstairs there are five bedrooms, one of which has an adjoining room which could be used as an occasional bedroom or study. Additional benefits are the oil-fired central heating system, connecting to a Stanley range cooker in the kitchen which supplies central heating and hot water.
Outside, the property is approached via a private driveway, providing parking for numerous cars and with access to the garage. The front garden is enclosed by post and rail fencing and features a level lawn with shingled pathways while mature trees and shrubs ensure the property is well screened from the road.
A five-bar timber gate gives access to the side of the house with further parking if required. On the eastern side of the property there is an extensive lawned area of garden, bordered by a stream and with a beautiful willow tree. At the rear there is an enclosed flagged terrace with outside lighting and with views over the garden, which adjoins farmland on all sides.
Local amenities include the well-regarded Clyst Vale Community College and a highly-rated primary school in the historic village of Broadclyst which sits some two-and-a-half miles away, while Exeter city centre is eight miles to the south, providing extensive shopping and recreational facilities in addition to schools and colleges. For commuters, junction 29 of the M5 connects to the A38 Devon Expressway and A30 trunk road, while the main line railway station at St David's is easily reached, providing a train service to London Paddington and other destinations.
The Willows is for sale at an asking price of £440,000, currently held on a National Trust lease of 61 years with an option to extend to 99 years. To arrange a viewing or for further information, contact Fulfords Estate Agents on 01392 252666.