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Dart Cottage is a pretty three bedroom property, nestled in a tranquil valley just 10 minutes from Tiverton. This is a lovely opportunity for rural living in an idyllic location!
Dart Cottage is a delightful and appealing property located in a quiet rural position and set within its own South facing grounds of just under half an acre. The cottage backs onto open fields and overlooks the Little Dart River at Templeton Bridge.
Templeton Bridge, also known in the past as Mill Village, is a small hamlet consisting of a number of houses nestled in an idyllic wooded valley in the middle of lovely Devonshire countryside. This whole area is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty and cannot fail to appeal to the country lover as there are miles of wonderful country walks right on the doorstep.
I was pleasantly surprised when approaching the property - the position is simply beautiful! One thing in particular was the overwhelming sound of birdlife which greets you upon arrival!
The recently redecorated property, both inside and out, is normally entered from the garden via the back door leading to a utility area/boot room which offers an adjoining cloakroom. A necessity for country living, this space is perfect for damp dogs and muddy boots!
The ground floor offers a spacious kitchen/dining room with plenty of units and oakwood work-surfaces. Our vendors have reconfigured the space during their time here and it now offers a very practical layout with a breakfast bar partitioning the work area from the dining space.
Moving from the kitchen to the centre of the house where there is a large reception hall which could be used as a dining hall or study, with stairs leading up to the first floor. The 'formal' front door leads into the reception area through an entrance porch which contains the solar power inverter and main switch board.
The sitting room is a stunning room with a large wood burning stove set into an inglenook fireplace with a feature 'creamery' oven. Double doors open from the sitting room on to the pretty patio area which enjoys a lovely view over the garden. I imagine this room being extremely cosy in the cooler months with the wood burning stove lit and delightful in the warmer months with the double doors open bringing the beautiful garden into the home.
On the first floor are three pretty bedrooms: the master bedroom being dual aspect and an excellent size with hand-built wardrobes and the other two being doubles. The family bathroom offers a full suite of bath, separate shower cubicle, WC, and bidet.
To the front of the property a recently laid drive provides off road parking and leads to the newly constructed detached double garage, with power and led lighting, including an electric car charging point, as well as space for tools and a workbench.
The garden itself extends to just under half an acre and being South facing, benefits from plenty of sunshine throughout the day. The eclectic garden is well stocked whilst the extensive borders offer a variety of flowering plants and shrubs. It is a beautiful display of colour at this time of year. It also a small vegetable garden and a wonderful wildlife pond adding interest throughout the year. The garden is bordered by a small stream on the East side and backs onto open farmland, serenely tucked away in this pretty valley. Our vendors have created a beautiful space here and have recently sown a lot of native wildflower seeds to create a blanket of summer colour providing a haven for bees, butterflies, and wildlife.
Also tucked in the garden is 'The Nest' a sizeable potting shed which could equally be used as a summer house. There is also a new greenhouse, a necessity for bringing on home grown veggies.
Overall, the accommodation is light and well proportioned, the ceiling and door heights are good and there is a lovely flow from the original cottage through to the newer extension. The original part of the cottage dating back over 200 years offers plenty of character and charm whilst retaining many of its original features. The old creamery oven is still to be found in the large inglenook fireplace.
The Templeton village community has an active village hall which hosts various events throughout the year along with small interest groups such as a book, craft and more recently a garden club.
The busy market town of Tiverton lies about four miles to the west, situated in the picturesque Exe Valley about fifteen miles to the North of Exeter. The town lies on the A361 North Devon Link Road with fast access to the beaches of North Devon and about ten minutes' drive from Junction 27 of the M5 Motorway with its adjoining Parkway Station from where one can reach Paddington in just over two hours.
The town has a very active community with various clubs, societies and recreational facilities including tennis courts, football, rugby and an excellent recently built sport, leisure, and swimming complex. The town also has a modern hospital. The educational facilities include Petroc - East Devon College of Further Education, Tiverton High School, various first and middle Schools and Blundell's Independent School for boys and girls with its own preparatory School situated on the same campus.
EPC - important note: The current vendors have invested significantly into energy efficiency measures such as: installing secondary glazing throughout, upgrading loft insulation during a complete slate roof replacement, and installing over 5 kW of solar panels including an iboost system to reduce hot water heating costs. These improvements have all been made since the EPC was generated.
Utilities: Main's electricity and water supplies. Septic tank drainage. Propane gas for boiler and radiators. Fibre broadband. Solar panels (owned outright).
From the Tiverton roundabout on the dual carriage way (A396) proceed towards the town crossing the first roundabout and turning right at the next roundabout. Continue straight across the next roundabout and then turn right, sign posted Rackenford and Calverleigh.
Continue through the village of Calverleigh and take the second left, sign posted Templeton. Continue along this lane for approximately 3 miles and as you drop down into the valley you will cross a small bridge - Dart Cottage will be seen directly ahead of you.