Mear Cottage is a beautifully refurbished south facing detached farmhouse which has been extended over the years, and more recently enhanced (2017) with a stylish new open-plan kitchen/diner/sun room with bi-folds that lead on to the landscaped slate terrace and gardens with paddock beyond.
One of the many stunning features of this property, are the unspoilt breath-taking views of the Mid-Devon countryside, it has great privacy and yet it is only 2.5 miles to the highly popular village of Morchard Bishop, where there is a primary school, newly-constructed Pre-School (2014), a foody pub and award-winning village shop Church Street Stores. Chulmleigh Academy (Good Ofsted) is one of two secondary schools within catchment.
On the ground floor, the property comprises porch, hallway, snug with original fireplace, living room with inglenook fireplace, large wood burner and bread oven, new kitchen opening in to the dining and sunroom, utility, cloakroom and boot room. There is underfloor heating throughout besides in the sun room (which has traditional radiators).
The first floor has also been fully refurbished and includes a master bedroom with newly fitted en-suite and large wardrobe space, three further bedrooms and a newly fitted bathroom.
The cottage has been sympathetically improved and maximises the spectacular views witnessed from every window. It's light and airy, while retaining subtle features dating back over 200 years, making it the perfect blend of old and new.
The professionally landscaped south-facing garden and slate-paved terrace are a fantastic feature of this impressive country home. There are newly-planted trees around the borders, which help to create a further degree of privacy. The garden wraps around the property on all sides, so the plot is 360 degrees.
The additional 1 acre of mainly lawned paddock is integrated in to the existing circa acre plot. It now provides a great space for children to enjoy, could be turned into a small pony paddock if required, or accommodate a swimming pool or outdoor office. In one corner is an orchard, and in the other is a gate that can be accessed from the road.
It also houses a large productive vegetable garden, accessed via a Cotswold stone pathway, while in the opposite direction is an enclosed courtyard with an impressive magnolia tree, sunken and wall lights, which makes the perfect secluded spot for outdoor entertaining.
Behind the outbuilding, is a separate and private garden. The gated drive is large enough to easily accommodate six cars and leads to the garage end of the main outbuilding.
A large L-shaped outbuilding divided in to three separate areas, each with their own access. One is used for guest accommodation, but subject to change of use/planning permission, could be used as a holiday let or annexe.
It is currently divided into 2 main areas, a family area & guest bedroom with shower facilities The respective measurements are: 17'4 max x 13'3 max and 12'1 x 10'4
The other is a workshop (12’9 x 12’9), while the third section is the garage (16’4 x 12’11) accessed from the drive. There's an additional outbuilding at the edge of the boundary behind the garden and the old Pig Shed found in the drive, is currently being used as a wood store.
Please see the floorplan for room sizes.
Council Tax: E
Utilities: Mains electric, water, oil tank, telephone & broadband
Fastest broadband speed within this postcode: Up to 5Mbps
Drainage: Private sewerage plant
Heating: Oil fired central heating
From the A377 take the turning towards Morchard Bishop (the property is 11 minutes from here) & proceed into the village, taking a right turn into Church Street just after the London Inn. Continue along this road for 1.4 miles, taking a left turn at Brownstone Post (post box), Mear Cottage will be found after 0.9miles on your right.
MORCHARD BISHOP is a village and civil parish set in the sumptuous hills and valleys of Mid-Devon, halfway between the North and South of the County, 7 miles west of Crediton and 14 miles from the regional capital, Exeter. The showpiece is the spectacular 16th Century Church of St Mary's, one of two churches in the village. This small but thriving community, with a population of just under 1000 has a primary school, doctor's surgery and local shops. Those who lead an active lifestyle can take advantage of the football, netball and outdoor tennis clubs as well as enjoying a game of bowls on the Green. At the centre is the friendly London Inn, loved for its generous servings of delicious, locally sourced food. Dating back 400 years, this traditional pub was once a stop for passing coaches when the main road from Exeter ran through the village. Today, the nearby railway station at Morchard Road carries passengers from Exeter to Barnstaple along the scenic Tarka Line. Dartmoor and Exmoor, areas of outstanding natural beauty are within 30 minutes' drive.
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