The Bell Tower is a Grade II Listed property, with over 3,500 square feet of accommodation, set in the heart of a large country park known as Creedy Park, which provides a marvellous setting in Devon parkland, with rolling fields and woodland surrounding. Creedy Park couldn’t be better placed, found between beautiful Sandford with its ‘foody pubs’ (a nice walk along the Millennium footpath) and Crediton with its market town amenities, supermarkets, leisure centre with swimming pool and links to Exeter via the link road.
The Bell Tower itself forms part of Creedy House, a Jacobean style stone built property built between 1916 and 1921. The Bell Tower from which the house takes its name is still in place.
The wonderful and improved four double bedroom accommodation includes a master bedroom with en-suite bath and shower room and walk in wardrobe, a family bathroom with P-shaped bath and shower over, a large galleried landing providing a study area looking over the turning chestnut staircase and giving access to a huge loft space formerly used as a hobby room – perfect for a model railway enthusiast!
The ground floor enjoys high ceilings throughout and includes a stunning living room complete with woodburner and lovely views through the large arched opening to the sitting room which in turn gives access to the south facing garden and fields beyond. The dining room takes in the same view with two large windows, plus an internal window to the home office area. The newly fitted kitchen has brand new appliances and granite worktops plus there is a recently refitted utility room and downstairs cloakroom too. The house also benefits from mains gas central heating throughout provided by the brand new boiler. There is double glazing to the front of the property and secondary glazing to the rear, providing energy efficiency despite its listing.
The gardens include a south facing level lawn of around 25m (80ft), leading down to a pretty area with exceptionally well pruned curved box hedges and yew trees–with fields as far as the eye can see. There’s also a separate kitchen garden of 25m with an array of flowers, bulbs and fruit growing in raised beds, plus a substantial Elite greenhouse and shed. The double garage (5.4m x 7.6m narrowing to 5.67m) parks two sizeable cars and is linked to a large workshop (7.65m x 3.9m) which could easily be adapted to become a gym or studio, both have light and power too.
The current Creedy house was built on the site of an older Georgian mansion (although the site is believed to have much earlier origins). Building work started in 1916 by the well-known local firm Dart & Francis Limited, and the house was completed in 1921. Only the best available materials and the best local craftsmen were used for the construction, and much of the internal timberwork (oak, chestnut and elm in the main) was sourced from trees in Creedy Park itself, which at this time extended to about 6,000 acres.
The house was built in a most attractive Jacobean style of stone elevations under a slate roof, with windows to the main house magnificently made in Dartmoor granite with leaded light window panes. It was designed by the well-known Edwardian architect Walter Sarel of London who was famous for his “arts and craft” style, and for his close association with Gertrude Jekyll (designer of over 400 gardens in the UK including the nearby Castle Drogo at Moretonhampstead).
The splendid Creedy Park country estate was the family seat of the Ferguson-Davie family until the house was sold and divided into several exclusive luxury residences in 1975. Other properties in the estate include The Great Hall, West and East Wings, The Limes, Rafters, and various others including 2 lovely arched lodge houses to the west and east entrances to Creedy Park. Creedy Park itself is registered with English Heritage as a Historic Park. In 1960 HRH the Princess Margaret stayed at Creedy House during her unveiling of the St. Boniface Statue in Crediton, whilst it was still owned and occupied by Sir Patrick Ferguson-Davie.
The shared land is to the north of the house are approximately 12-acres of woodland known as “The Rookery”, which provides the ideal habitat for abundant wildlife including Buzzards, Woodpeckers, Jays, Tawny Owls and much besides. There are many meandering pathways through the woodland, with several clearings full of colourful wild flowers, and lovely rural views from the fringes across open farmland. The Rookery has shared use by the residents of Creedy Park. The house is also surrounded by professionally maintained gardens and grounds, with many of the open plan areas maintained on a weekly basis by an experienced gardener. The residents of Creedy House run a management company which organises much of this maintenance of the estate.
Council Tax: F
Utilities: Mains gas, electric, telephone & broadband (Up to 19Mbps) (superfast broadband by Jan 2022)
Drainage: Shared septic tank, covered within monthly fee (£85.24 including gardener)
Heating: Mains gas central heating, modern boiler which has been serviced
EPC : C
SANDFORD is a civil parish and village 1½ miles north of Crediton, with a historic 12th Century Church. It has an old -world feel, with slender twisting streets, flanked by antique thatched cottages – displaying a menagerie of “Beatrix Potter” style perennial gardens. At the village heart sits a 16thCentury Post House, enshrined by creepers – this is now ‘The Lamb Inn’, an award winning pub/ restaurant; with a rustic aesthetic and cheerful spirit. Featured in ‘The Daily Mail’s – 20 Best British Country Pubs’ (2015). Across the way from here is the shop/ post office, run by the local community. Community is something that underpins every aspect of Sandford, including the local sporting events. Residents have a choice of things to do: such as joining the village cricket, tennis, football and rugby clubs. For the kids, Sandford has a highly sought after pre-school and a primary school (known for its classic Greek-style architecture). Older ones fall within the direct catchment for Q.E.C.C. in Crediton (with an Ofsted “outstanding” Sixth Form). Sandford is linked to Crediton via a footpath, then runs through the Millennium Green on the outskirts of the village – past a wildflower meadow, herb garden, over a crystal stream, yonder tilled fields to a little copse at the town’s-edge.
CREDITON : An ancient market town, with a contemporary feel – only a short, 20-minute drive NW from the city of Exeter. Set in the Vale of the River Creedy, amongst gentle, rolling hills and verdant pastures. Sincerely picture postcard. Once the capital of Devon, Crediton is famed for its inspiring sandstone church and for being the birthplace of Saint Boniface in 680 AD. Its high street is a vibrant place, abuzz with trade –artisan coffee shops, roaring pubs, a farmers’ market and bakeries, jam-packed with mouthwatering delights. For those commuting it has hassle free transport links into Exeter and for schooling a prestigious community college (Queen Elizabeth’s) – with an Ofsted “outstanding” sixth form. In addition, it boasts a brilliant gym & leisure centre for New Year’s resolutions, two supermarkets for the weekly shop and a trading estate for any practical needs. All neatly held in a single valley.
•From Forches Cross (Jockey Hill) head North
•Leave Crediton heading towards Sandford
•After half a mile, turn right as signed Creedy Park
•Follow the lane around to the left, passing Cricket ground on right
•Turn left, drive through the archway & then immediately right
•The Bell Tower will be found along on your right
•Park opposite the front door (unofficial parking for short periods)
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