Ditchetts House is a charming and substantial village cottage with a magnificent and very private south-facing walled garden. Situated in the popular village of Witheridge and within easy walk of all the local amenities. This delightful Grade II listed property is part-thatched (ridge replaced 2016) and has many original features.
Semi-detached (not overlooked at all by neighbouring property)
Location: Situated between Dartmoor and Exmoor, on the 'Two Moors Way' (a coast to coast walking route); Witheridge is a thriving village which provides excellent local amenities. These include: A general store/post office, a newsagent, village pub, health centre, village hall, primary school, veterinary surgery, tennis court and a new French restaurant. Witheridge provides a multitude of both sporting and cultural events from tennis lessons and the football and cricket clubs to touring productions and music festivals throughout the year. It is a pleasant commute to Exeter and is also proving increasingly popular for weekly commuters to London.
Accommodation comprises of:
Hall with doors to dining room, study, sitting room and stairs.
Perfect for dinner parties and Christmas dinner! Dual aspect windows to front and side shelving on 2 walls, brick fireplace and tiled floor. Night storage heater.
Window to front brick fireplace with wood mantel, cupboard, built-in work station and shelving. Night storage heater
Charming, south-facing room with 2 windows onto the courtyard and garden beyond. Original beams and 2 inglenook fireplaces one of which houses a recently installed Woodwarm Fireview multifuel stove. Night storage heater. Door to:
Open fireplace, corner cupboard; coathooks; leading to kitchen and:
Currently used as a pantry (but could easily be changed back to use as a garage), a spacious room fitted with larder shelving/cupboards to 2 walls, marble slab worktop with storage under. Electric cooker.
Fantastic dining kitchen with windows overlooking the courtyard. With period panelling to 2 walls, an oil fired Rayburn cooker and original brick built ‘copper’ - this room really is the warm and welcoming heart of the house. Partly cobbled floor with surrounding terracotta tiling add to its unique charm. A range of bespoke units (with a built-in double butler sink) and a full height, Georgian built-in corner cupboard provide plenty of storage.
Large, sun-filled room with windows running along one wall and perspex tiled roof overlooking courtyard, slate tiled floor and door to garden.
From the hall the stairs lead to a character-filled galleried landing with a built-in cupboard. Doors to:
Period fireplace with tiled surround. South facing window over garden through to large dressing room which has potential for conversion to en-suite facilities if required and housing immersion heater.
South facing double bedroom window overlooking courtyard and garden
Charming room with vaulted ceiling built in cupboard and window to front
Double bedroom with window to front.
Very large room with recently fitted luxury suite and Mira Azora electric shower. Full wall of bespoke cupboards giving ample storage and housing night storage heater. Wall mounted electric fan heater.
The gardens are a rare and extremely desirable feature of this property totalling almost a third of an acre, south facing and entirely walled.
Wonderful original south facing cobbled courtyard with door giving access to side alley and incoporating well-stocked raised beds. The courtyard leads on to the first lawned area and is surrounded by mature flowering shrubs and trees. Running alongside the lawn, a cobbled pathway leads past the outbuildings and an ancient yew tree, bringing you to a considerable expanse of park-like lawn which is interspersed with some beautiful mature trees including walnut, magnolia, pear, apple, gingko and maple. The entire garden is surrounded by original stone and slate capped walls, giving it an exceptional degree of privacy and making it totally secure.
Lockable side gate giving access to village street
Across the courtyard to:
Plumbed for washing machine and ample room additional freezers and tumble drier.
2 Storey building of cob construction and slate roof. Currently used as wood store/storage and requiring some renovation - but offering an exceptional opportunity for conversion to extra accommodation/studio subject to the usual consents. Power upstairs and down. (plumbing in adjoining utility/workshop)
Attached to the Cottage, originally serving as external WC now used as additional garden storage.
Glazed wall and perspex tiled roof to catch the morning sun, perfect for over-wintering tender plants.
What the vendors say:
Ditchetts is a wonderful house to live in and has a great 'feel' to it that most people pick up on as soon as they enter. It is also an extremely rare find: A village house with a very large south-facing walled garden. We have made many improvements and updates over our time here, including home comforts such as a stylish new bathroom and top of the range woodburner; as well as practical considerations like replacing the cast iron downpipes and re-ridging the thatch. There are still updates and improvements that a new owner may wish to make and these are reflected in the asking price.