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A rare find! It is rare that a long in the tooth estate agent will say ‘This is a perfect rural setting - I could live here’. Pond House is such a property!
A detached chalet style house , in a stunning rural setting with the option to purchase an adjoining,(currently silted up), lake.
Sale by Informal Tender - All offers to be received by 12pm on Tuesday, 1st September.
The house was built in the 1960's for a member of his family by a substantial land-owner who chose this perfect site on his land. From the time of its completion it remained in the ownership of, and occupation by this same person, until it was sold to the present owners some thirty-eight years ago. (They are now, very regretfully, having to move due to the adverse effects of anno domini) but the fact of only two owners in over sixty years is testimony to the beauty and desirability of the location.
The construction of the house on this site was by no means simple and must have drawn heavily on the technical expertise and resources of the landowner's highly reputed civil engineering and contracting business.
The house is a chalet style property - not huge but sufficient with three bedrooms which of course could be enlarged if so required - in fact the owners already have planning consent for a major extension into the roof space. Plans have also been drawn up and we undertstand from the vendor, approved, for a first floor to be added to the garage.
The house is set back from a quiet country lane, approached via a bridge over a river (don't panic -it's a small river and well down from the house), facing South with a backdrop of woodland and a mass of beautiful rhododendrons and azaleas. Beyond the terrace on the South side, lawns run down to the river, shaded by a fine mature beech tree.
The house lies in about 1.7 acres of mature gardens and woodland AND what is particularly exciting is the opportunity to acquire approximately 1.2 acres of adjoining land, which was originally a beautiful lake when agent Nick Seddon sold the house to the current owners in 1982. This former lake is now silted up - due probably to the fact that the stone dam/weir partially collapsed and would need rebuilding. Alternatively, it could be skilfully and professionally developed into a mini wetland. The perfect opportunity for 'big boys and their toys' to have a play! This area is owned by a woodland company who would be prepared to sell it for a figure in the region of £25-£30,000 - see site plan.
It is therefore a fabulous opportunity to buy the two properties and reinstate the lake which would make a stunning addition to the house. The house itself is now somewhat dated inside which is reflected in the price guide, but which of course makes it a 'blank canvas' for a new owner.
The valley in which the property lies is a beautiful 'hidden' valley with woodland full of bluebells with the river running down to join a tributary of the river Exe about a mile downstream.
The house is not isolated - there are two cottages nearby, and the little village of Stoodleigh with its church and village pub, the Stoodleigh Inn, which lies about a mile 'up the hill.
The house is approached via a gravel driveway and turning area, leading to a detached double garage. At the rear of the house is an area of mature woodland and in all it is estimated that the land extends to approximately 1.7 acres.
Although seemingly hidden away, Tiverton is situated about 4 miles to the South, with fast dual carriageway access to M5 junction 27 and Parkway (Paddington in about 2 ¼ hours).
IMPORTANT NOTE:- The gravel drive used to be one of many access points into the woodland beyond. A new access has been created on the far side of the old lake but historic rights of way remain over the drive. The main right of way, is currently being negotiated on to be released. I have attached an image, which I hope clarifies matters. It is intended for a guide only and must not be relied upon. The white marking is the new access into the woodland. The pink, and following yellow marking is the drive to, and beyond Pond House. The yellow section belongs to Pond House. The pink section is not owned by Pond House but the property benefits from an uninterrupted right of way. I have tried to mark out the boundary of the woodland with red dots. There are fence posts in the ground which viewers are welcome to discover. Bring sturdy shoes or boots! A marker is clear on the drive beyond the house indicating where this begins.
The blue area is the old lake which is available for negotiation through the Woodlands company. The blue lines indicate the course of the streams.
Utilities: Mains electricity and water, septic tank drainage. Calor gas fired boiler serving hot water and central heating.
From Tiverton take the A396 Northwards towards Bampton, taking you through Bolham. About 2 miles further on turn left, signposted Stoodleigh and cross the bridge over the river Exe. Beyond the bridge turn left and follow this lane past a farm on your left then up the hill, ignoring the 2 turnings on the left.The lane will take you up through the valley and after about a mile you will see Pond House on the right.