Property Of The Week 04 March 2016
Property Address: Old School House Dunkeswell Abbey, Honiton, EX14 4RP
Auction Date: 6th April 2016
Auction Venue: Devon Hotel, Matford, Exeter EX2 8XU.
Guide Price: £325,000
Lot Number: NA
Auctioneer Name: Stags
Auctioneer Website: Stags
View Catalogue: Click This Link For The Property Auction Catalogue
Auctioneer’s Phone No: 01404 45885
Old School House is situated in a fine rural yet accessible location within the Blackdown Hills, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Set in the small hamlet near the remains of Dunkeswell Abbey, which was founded in 1201 by William Briwere as a Cistercian Monastery.
The property lies approximately 2.2 Miles south of Hemyock which offers a good range of facilities including health centre, church, garage, public house, sub post office, general stores and primary school. There is also a good selection of sporting facilities including sports field, tennis courts and bowling green.
Wellington is within 7.5 miles of the property where a greater selection of facilities can be found together with easy access to the M5 motorway which lies on the eastern outskirts of the town. Taunton is within 13 miles of the property where an excellent selection of shopping, recreational and scholastic facilities can be found together with a main line rail
link to London Paddington.
The market town of Honiton is within 8 miles where access to the A30 can be gained providing excellent links to Exeter and towards London. The south coast is also readily accessible.
As the name would suggest the property was once the school to the local area understood to have been built in 1874/1875. This beautiful Victorian school with the adjoining school mistress’ house was closed in 1938.
The property has been in the same ownership now since 1977 being upgraded and improved over the years. Old School House, which is Grade II Listed, now offers the opportunity to refurbish and enhance this lovely piece of local and Victorian heritage.
A path through the front garden gate leads as expectedly to the large front door to the school room. This heavily latched door would of been an imposing start to your school day
The school room, now used as a sitting room, has vaulted ceiling, timber panelling and a double aspect through some stone mullion windows. A fireplace in the centre of the room is fitted with a substantial Jotul wood burning stove (Norwegian). Back into the school house is a sitting room with exposed beam, fireplace and mullion windows leading through to a snug/ground floor bedroom.
The kitchen is situated to the rear of the house, a triple aspect room with timber casement windows, a range of units, electric cooker and space for washing machine and fridge. There is a downstairs bathroom and a store room to the rear.
On the first floor a large landing/study gives access to two double bedrooms one with fitted wardrobes with the other having an en-suite wet room and feature fireplace.
From a gravel parking space a path leads through a timber white gate to the rear entrance and side garden.
The cottage gardens then wrap around the side and front elevations bordered by mature hedges with a stream along one side. There are a variety of flowers, shrubs and trees, including plum trees, climbing roses and herbaceous borders running to the front garden gate.
Attached to the rear of the house are two small stores.
Mains electric. Private water from a well (with UV filter for drinking water). Private Drainage.Oil-fired central heating.
- Double Glazing
- Heating - Gas