West Ford is a substantial Grade II Listed house, thought to be built in the late 1700s, which offers flexible and spacious accommodation of nearly 5,000 sq ft. The accommodation has in the past been split into the main house and an annexe, and whilst the house has now been reinstated as a whole, it could be easily divided again to create separate accommodation if needed. The house has retained many original period features including large sash windows that provide plenty of natural light, cornicing and decorative fireplaces.
On the ground floor there are five reception rooms comprising a spacious entrance hall, a beautifully-presented drawing room with a wood burner and lovely views, a dining room, playroom and a family room with a large wood burner. The kitchen/breakfast room is to the rear of the house and is
well-equipped with oak worktops, an electric aga, electric hob, Bosch dishwasher, Bosch oven/microwave and a central kitchen island. Adjacent to the kitchen is a useful utility room, boot room and WC. Completing the ground floor is another utility room with an electric aga and a range of fitted units, plus a separate cloakroom.
Upstairs, there are five to six bedrooms. The master bedroom benefits from far-reaching views and has an en suite bathroom with a cast-iron bath. There are four further bedrooms, plus a sixth bedroom which could be used as a study or a dressing room. On the first floor are two family bathrooms and a separate cloakroom. Beautiful views can be enjoyed from many of the first floor rooms.
Surrounding a central paved courtyard are five cottages which provide a substantial source of income. They have their own access which does not impede on the privacy of the main house. They are all in good-order, each with a new kitchen and wood burner. There is one 2 bedroom cottage, and four 3 bedroom cottages. Each cottage has lovely views of the surrounding landscape and attractive features including exposed beams. Further information on income is available from the vendor’s agent.
West Ford is situated in a private and secluded position within the beautiful mid-Devon countryside. Tiverton, approximately 14 miles away, has a comprehensive range of shopping facilities including a Marks & Spencer, a hospital, leisure centre and 18-hole golf course. Access to good schools for all ages is excellent including the
highly regarded Blundells School in Tiverton and several good schools in Taunton, Wellington and Exeter.
The local area offers a multitude of opportunities for outdoor pursuits. The rugged North Devon Coastline, much of it owned and managed by The National Trust, provides wonderful opportunities for long distance walking along the South West Coast Path. The coastal resorts of Woolacombe, Putsborough, Croyde and Saunton Sands, all renowned for their outstanding beaches and excellent surfing, are within easy access.
Just 6 miles away from West Ford is the Exmoor National Park, with its many beauty spots and opportunities for walking, riding and cycling. Sporting facilities in the area include the historic Royal North Devon Golf Club at Bideford, two championship golf courses at Saunton, an 18-hole golf course at Tiverton and the 200-year old North Devon Cricket Club at Instow. There are also several prestigious shoots in the area including Castle Hill, consistently rated one of the uk’s best – if not its finest.
The cathedral city of Exeter, approximately 29 miles away, is the most thriving city in the South West. The city offers a wealth of cultural activities with the theatre, museum, arts centre and a variety of good shopping, including John Lewis, Waitrose and many restaurants. A number of primary and secondary schools can be found in Exeter including Exeter School and The Maynard
School, whilst Exeter University is recognised as one of the best universities in the country. Communication links to the property are excellent, despite its secluded location.
West Ford is conveniently positioned for easy access to the North Devon Link Road, which links to the M5 and Tiverton, as well as the A39 for access to Cornwall. There is a two hour rail connection to London Paddington from Tiverton Parkway Station. Exeter Airport, approximately
30 miles away, offers an increasing range of international and domestic flights, including two flights a day to London City Airport.
The property is approached via an entrance gate over a gravelled driveway which leads to the front of the house and provides parking space for a number of vehicles. The house benefits from attractive, well-landscaped lawned gardens to the south and east of the house with beautiful views. The garden to the south of the house has a large, gently sloping lawn that leads down to a pretty stream that crosses the land. Within the grounds there is also a productive vegetable garden, greenhouse and fishing lake stocked with carp.
To the rear of the house is a central paved courtyard, with raised edgings, raised flowerbeds and a central fishpond. From here, a gate leads to a further attractive courtyard that gives access to the cottages. The remaining land comprises 7 fields that surround the property, plus approximately 5.5 acres of woodland that abuts the stream. In total, the gardens and grounds at West Ford extend to approximately 40.29 acres.
There is a good range of outbuildings at West Ford, some providing good potential for conversion (subject to the relevant planning permission) into additional accommodation. The outbuildings are not included within the curtilage of the Grade II Listing, and comprise:
- A Large barn with ten stables
- Two double carports
- Log store
- Two adjoining offices
- Games room
- Laundry room
- Covered swimming pool
- Agricultural barn