Sion House was built as the Presbytery to the attached Roman Catholic Church in 1869 on grounds gifted by Calverleigh Court. Being designed by local surveyor, G.A Boyce, the house and church offer in excess of 5800 square feet. The house offers three reception rooms, two basement rooms, seven bedrooms and four bathrooms. The large open church room is impressive, with a raised stage at the nave from which a door leads into the house; whilst at the other, next to the entrance vestibule, is a shower room, a cloakroom, and two hobby rooms are situated above on the viewing gallery above. The church is currently registered as residential use but has the option for *D1 business use, which offers fantastic potential for multiple business opportunities.
The house is situated towards the edge of the town, set back from the main road with plenty of parking. The vendors have spent much time and care restoring the property, which now offers an array of outstanding features from the mullioned windows, ogival arched doors, ornate architraves and wooden flooring; the house has a modern touch whilst retaining a wealth of character.
Heavy wooden gates open into the front courtyard leading you to the front door. A spacious reception hall with timber panelling to dado height and oak flooring gives access to the rest of the house. Stairs rise to the first and second floors and fall to the basement rooms. The living room is a beautiful, light room with large mullioned windows looking south over the rear garden and east over the Exe Valley. The fireplace is fitted with a gas fired stove which comfortably warms the room without the effort of a solid fuel burning stove. The kitchen is a lovely light room with large south facing windows, plenty of storage, a twin plate 'Esse' cast iron range is supplemented by a gas fired range with six gas burners and triple ovens. A wonderful arched door leads out to the utility area with a pantry and door out to the rear garden. Also situated on the ground floor is a dining room which has plenty of space for dining and entertaining and a study which then leads through to the church.
Stairs lead down to the lower ground floor where two large rooms are situated, the vendors using one as an office and the other as a home gym with a sauna to one corner. Next to the stairwell is a large store which offers great potential for a shower room to be fitted.
Four bedrooms are found on the first floor, the master bedroom being particularly spacious and having views to the east and a lovely bay window to the south. The second bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and dressing room; the third bedroom an en-suite shower room and the main bathroom has both a bath and separate shower cubicle. Stairs rise to the second floor where three further bedrooms and a shower room are found. The bedrooms here, have restricted headroom in parts but are all surprisingly spacious.
The garden to the rear of the house really is delightfully private and being south facing is the perfect place for the heated swimming pool. Within the garden is a summer house, the perfect place to change for the pool or enjoy the garden in the evenings from within its insulated warmth. The garden extends to the Eastern side of the house with a secluded lawn large enough for children to play or to cultivate a vegetable plot.
The property lies on the outskirts of the busy market town of Tiverton, where can be found a good shopping centre and the also the famous Blundell's Independent School for Boys and Girls. In Tiverton can also be found Petroc School of Further Education, Tiverton High School, a modern Hospital and a very good 18 hole golf course.
Tiverton lies on the A361 North Devon Link Road with fast access to the surfing beaches of North Devon, whilst in the other direction is Junction 27 of the M5 with its adjoining Parkway Station, from where one can reach Paddington in approx 2 hours.
The whole area is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty, with the picturesque Exe Valley running up to the rugged heather clad moors of Exmoor a few miles to the north. All country pursuits are "on the doorstep", including lovely walks, hacking, hunting and fishing in the River Exe.
Please see the floor plan for the dimensions. The internal photos have been taken with a wide angle lens to show more of the rooms.