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A taste of 'little Surrey' here in Mid Devon - Ashley Gables is set in this pretty little hamlet, on the fringes of Tiverton.
Previously run as a successful B&B, if you are looking for a change of lifestyle, a business opportunity, or just a beautiful home, this could be the one for you. Take a look at our virtual tour!
Ashley Gables was built in the 1960's, just one of a pair of rather prestigious bungalows at the time. Over the years, it has been considerably extended and improved and now offers a substantial property, in a desirable Exe Valley location, on the fringes of Tiverton.
Run previously as a successful bed and breakfast business, everything is in place to reinstate this if you fancy a change of lifestyle and a business opportunity. If not, Ashley Gables would make a lovely family home and would also be perfect for dual occupancy if needed.
Ashley is a little Hamlet of properties, situated on the fringes of Tiverton and not far from the popular village of Bickleigh. The property is tucked away at the end of its own sweeping driveway; the approach is lovely, and I could not believe the magnitude of the property that awaited me. The house is pristine throughout and nothing would require immediate attention you could just unpack your boxes and enjoy.
A pretty footpath leads from the driveway to a hardwood entrance porch. This guides you to the most unexpected orangery entrance; what a super room this is! Previously a courtyard, this now makes the most distinguished dining hallway, with its tiled floor, floor to ceiling glazing, French doors to the garden and vaulted roof lantern.
Adjacent to this is the large sitting room with windows on three sides and French doors to the garden. This is a peaceful room, neutrally decorated and quite serene. French doors lead out to the front garden and there is an attractive log burning stove, for cosy Autumn and Winter evenings.
On this level are three double bedrooms, all with large windows flooding each room with natural light. Two of these feature built in mirrored wardrobes and one has a modern ensuite shower room, which is neutrally decorated with a splash of pink and purple in the contrasting mosaic tiles. There is also a separate good-sized study, looking out to the side of the property and open fields. The family bathroom is also set off the main hallway, again neutrally finished and benefitting from a separate shower and bathtub.
What a kitchen! I love this space; spacious, practical, and light, with a large window to the rear that extends up across the ceiling. Lovingly presented, this is a great size room and could host a large table and chairs. Cream units with satin furniture, wooden worksurfaces, a composite sink and neutral tiling all add to the classic yet modern feel of the kitchen. The focal point of the room must be the white AGA range. A cupboard here houses the water tank and hot water solar system controls.
The utility is a good size, has space for all your laundry appliances and a Belfast sink, all set in sage green units. I like the stable door here which leads out to the secluded rear patio area.
From the central landing, a turning staircase leads up to a small landing with a large window. Here is a further double bedroom, with built in wardrobe, a recess perfect for a dressing table and a modern en-suite shower room.
The piece de resistance for me is the master suite. Previously the open, adjacent room was used as the B&B guest lounge, a quiet haven for reading and relaxing, however this could easily be turned into a further, separate room if needed or incorporated into the master bedroom suite, if desired. The master bedroom must be my favourite room spacious and light, yet a cosy romantic feel, there is a lovely view over neighbouring fields and paddocks. The generous ensuite shower room is neutrally decorated and modern and I particularly like the hand basin set in a marble topped table.
The driveway approach to Ashley Gables is really pretty, especially at this time of year with the leaves starting to change colour. The sweeping driveway sets the house back from any passing pedestrians or traffic, giving a private and rather esteemed setting. At the end of the driveway is a good size turning circle and ample parking, alongside which is a triple garage, workshop, and potting shed.
There are beautifully mature shrubs and trees interspersed throughout the grounds and our vendor informs me that the soil is acidic, meaning in Springtime the garden is an abundance of colour, with azaleas and acers in full glow. In my opinion, it looks equally as stunning now as Autumn colours start appearing, acers changing and hydrangeas adding splashes of colour.
At the pinnacle of the garden, the area has been left 'wild', with trees, hedging and plenty of places for bugs and wildlife. Our vendor informs me that this is regularly visited by numerous different birds and creatures.
One of my favourite areas is the patio behind the kitchen. Hidden and quiet, this walled area is perfect for dining or just relaxing. There is a built in BBQ area, raised herb bed and it is edged by acers and a cob nut tree, a real haven for feeding the birds. A pergola showcases climbing roses and is the perfect place for outside furniture.
There is a generous area for the keen gardener, with a greenhouse, raised compost areas, and ample space for planting, cultivating, and nurturing.
To the side and front, lawns encircle the front of the property, leading to more shrubs, trees, and a beech hedge. The Klargester tank is tucked away at the end this water treatment tank has been serviced and maintained annually and due to the previous B&B business, can cope with the largest of families. It produces environmentally clean water so that it can be channelled away naturally through the mains drainage.
In all, Ashley Gables is one not to be missed. Having been significantly improved over the years and designed as a large versatile family home, there is the capability of building a very nice B&B business here. The property features extensive low energy and green efficient credentials, including the walls and loft being well insulated and solar pipes on the roof for hot water.
The house is beautifully presented and immaculate throughout. Its position is quite enviable, a quiet position in our magnificent Exe Valley, yet a stone's throw from Tiverton town.
From Tiverton town, take Exeter Road (A396) to Exeter/Crediton. Afdter approx 1 mile you will enter the hamlet of Ashley. Go past the truning to Aubyns Wood Avenue and Ashley Rise, and take the next right into Ashley Back Lane.
Proceed straight across here and you will see the driveway to Ashley Gables on your right hand side.