A quintessential English 'chocolate box' thatched cottage together with detached cottage in mature secluded garden at centre of favoured hamlet. 4 Bedrooms overall EPC Band E.
GROUND FLOOR Thatched entrance porch. Oak studded front door to ENTRANCE HALL with modern slate flagstone flooring, oak panelled walls, heavily beamed ceiling. LIVING ROOM 15'5 x 11'0 Stone inglenook fireplace with beam above, incorporating cast iron wood burning stove. Heavily beamed ceiling with exposed floorboards from above. Recessed cupboard with shelving. Wooden flooring. SITTING ROOM 14'6 x 11'10 Open stone inglenook fireplace with beam above. Bread oven and cast iron wood burning stove. Heavily beamed ceiling with exposed floorboards from above. 3 wall light points. A pleasant double aspect room with views to the front and side gardens. DINING ROOM 15'7 x 10'2 Large open stone inglenook fireplace with beam over and a date of 1617. Two bread ovens, and incorporating a cast iron oil fired stove. Heavily beamed ceiling with exposed floorboards from above. Oak panelling. Recessed shelving thought to conceal a former 'priest hole' and door opening to a second staircase, with quarry tiled flooring. KITCHEN 17'5 x 8'7 Most attractive hand built, individually designed kitchen with Smeg and AEG integrated appliances. Range of units incorporating double Belfast style sink. Range of granite work surfaces with cupboards beneath. Built in electric oven. Halgoen hob with extractor over. Built in dishwasher. Built in combination microwave. Cupboard concealing oil fired boiler for central heating and domestic hot water. Telephone point. Pleasant views and door to rear garden. UTILITY ROOM 6'7 x 3'8 With Belfast sink, wood drainer and shelving under. Plumbing for automatic washing machine. Space for tumble dryer. Views to rear garden. BATHROOM 8'5 x 6'0 Fitted with attractive Victorian style suite of roll topped bath, Victorian style mixer tap, pedestal wash hand basin, high level WC. New tiling is boxed and ready to be applied by a new owner.
SITUATION AND AMENITIES The property is set in secluded good sized gardens, literally within the shadow of the church steeple, at the centre of this tranquil hamlet, within easy access of Barnstaple, Bideford, Instow and Torrington. Horwood is a convenient rural community lying along a Devon country road, on high ground, surrounded by glorious open countryside. The nearby village of Lovacott is 1 mile and offers a primary school. Newton Tracey is 1.5 miles, lying on the B3232 Torrington road and has a popular pub / restaurant and a bus service operated from here to Barnstaple which is about 6 miles, although on the outskirts of Barnstaple, Sainsbury's at Roundswell, an out of town residential / business district is just 3.5 miles. As the regional centre, Barnstaple offers the areas main commercial, business, leisure and shopping venues. The market town of Bideford is about 4 miles, and also offers an excellent range of amenities. At Barnstaple, the North Devon Link Road provides access to Tiverton Parkway in about 45 minutes, where there are trains to London Paddington in about 2 hours. A little beyond is Junction 27 of the M5 Motorway.
DESCRIPTION The Courtledge comprises a particularly charming period cottage, listed Grade II of architectural and historical importance. The property has been skilfully and tastefully restored to combine quality modern refinements with many original features. The house presents colourwash stone and cob elevations with lattice windows under a principally thatched roof although the kitchen, bathroom and utility room form a later extension under a tiled roof. Notable features include; heavily beamed ceilings, wide oak floorboards, oak panelling to the hall, three inglenook fireplaces, the oldest having a double bread oven and within the dining room behind, a shelved recess is thought to be a concealed 'priest hole'. Within the garden, also siding onto the lane, and totally detached is The Old School House, which has apparently served the village in years gone by. This is part thatch and part slate, and a building which could either be used as overspill accommodation for guests or in-laws, or for letting purposes subject to any change of use. Alternatively, the cottage would make an ideal studio / leisure area etc.
FIRST FLOOR LANDING. BEDROOM 1 14'9 x 12'6 Feature fireplace with iron grate and beam. Two exposed beams to ceiling. Original floorboards. Access to roof space. A double aspect room to the front with an attractive arch window overlooking the rear garden. BEDROOM 2 17'0 x 11'3 Single exposed beam. Airing cupboard with copper cylinder and immersion heater, also housing pump serving power shower. Adjoining wardrobe cupboard with storage. Window to front. Second hatch to roof space. Communicating door to OCCASIONAL BEDROOM 4 / STUDY 15'0 x 9'6 Exposed roof joists. Fitted cupboard providing useful area for storage for a computer. Top of secondary staircase leading back down to Dining Room, fitted bookcase. SHOWER ROOM & WC 9'0 x 4'4 Shower cubicle. WC. Pedestal wash hand basin. BEDROOM 3 15'0 x 9'6 Feature exposed stone panel. Access to loft space.
THE OLD SCHOOL HOUSE COTTAGE ENTRANCE HALL Leading to LIVING ROOM 14'11 into bay x 14'2 A good sized double aspect room with views both of the lane and into the garden. Wood effect flooring. Ornamental fireplace. Open hatchway to HOBBIES ROOM 11'8 x 9'2 Window overlooking the lane. Folding natural wood door to Bedroom. BEDROOM 17'7 x 15'8 A bright & spacious room with range of fitted wardrobes to one wall. Separate airing cupboard housing independent oil fired boiler, wood effect flooring, pair of double glazed french doors to garden.
OUTSIDE In front of the boundary of the property, there is a gravelled driveway providing parking for about 2 vehicles, there is then a five bar farm style entrance gate opening onto an extended gravelled drive, which provides ample parking and turning. The gardens lie to the front side and rear, they are mature, and laid to sweeping lawns, with well established flower beds borders, plants and shrubs. There is a useful log store. The garden also has an original well, which is particularly large. There is an attractive stone terrace and a productive vegetable garden, a summerhouse, garden shed, all overlooking fields to the rear, amounting to approximately a quarter of an acre, and offering a good deal of seclusion and privacy.
DIRECTIONS Leaving Barnstaple on the main Bideford Road, at the Roundswell Roundabout, bear left onto the Torrington Road. Continue to the outskirts of Newton Tracey and at the minor crossroads on the brow of the hill bear right, signed Lovacott and Horwood. Pass through Lovacott, continue straight ahead, and as you eventually enter Horwood, the property will be found immediately beyond the church on the right.
SERVICES Mains water and electricity. Oil fired central heating, independent systems for house and cottage. Private drainage.