Delightful, detached, Grade II listed former farmhouse situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Axmouth set within approximately half an acre. Read more
Delightful, detached, Grade II listed former farmhouse situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Axmouth set within approximately half an acre.
Southcombe Farm is a historic former farmhouse with origins dating back to the 16th Century. Located right in the heart of the lovely village of Axmouth, this Grade II listed detached property is an ‘L’ shaped, part thatched farmhouse with deceptively spacious and flexible accommodation. The property has many character features, including beamed ceilings, large inglenook fireplaces, flagstone floors, window seats, stripped wood flooring and part of an original decorative frieze in one of the bedrooms. The flexible layout of the property does lend itself to many options with potential for part of the accommodation to be converted for a dependent relative or holiday letting. There is also a separate stone detached outbuilding in the grounds which could be converted to additional accommodation subject to any necessary planning permissions for potential income.
The Property: The oak front door opens to flagstone hallway. To the left of the hallway a door gives access to a double aspect family room with a character open fireplace and window seat and under stairs space. This room is described in photos as the snug. A latch door opens to a large triple aspect living room. This lovely room is very bright with 4 windows, a large inglenook fireplace with large beam over, original bread and meat ovens and an inset Villager wood burning stove. The room itself has impressive, exposed beams, flagstone flooring, timbers and some exposed stone walling. A door to the right of the hallway leads into the dining room with a large inglenook fireplace, some exposed timbers and beams and a window seat. The integral window seat, oak divide and kitchen units were hand made by a local carpenter whose family still live in the area. A large arch opens to the double aspect kitchen with a range of wooden units and worktops and a pantry space under the stairs. There is also space and plumbing for appliances including, electric oven, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and an upright fridge/freezer. There is an existing chimney breast within the kitchen with potential for a Rayburn/Aga installation. Along the hallway, there is also a study with three windows, flagstone floors and hatch (original window) through to the dining room with views onto the courtyard and garden. There are two main stairways in the house which both lead to the first floor- one from the main entrance hallway and an additional staircase leading from the dining room/kitchen. On the first floor, there are four bedrooms and two bathrooms along with a large linen cupboard with access to substantial eaves storage space with window which has previously been the vendor’s children’s ‘secret hideaway!’ Bedrooms 1, 2 and 3 are particularly spacious with all the bedrooms enjoying character features including the lovely decorative frieze in the master bedroom, exposed timbers and stripped wooden flooring. Bedroom 4 is a single bedroom with window seat. Both bathrooms are fully fitted with baths with shower over, WC and wash hand basin.
Some lovely views can be enjoyed from upstairs over the side gardens towards the surrounding rolling hills and countryside in the distance. This property must be viewed internally to fully appreciate the flexible accommodation and living space within alongside its abundance of character and charm.
N.B. The current vendor had previously been subletting part of the of the property by dividing it with the door between bedrooms 1 and 2 closed off. Should you wish to keep it this way, there is potential to reinstate this set up as a one or two-bedroom apartment by utilizing bedrooms 1 and 3 with the second bathroom. This would incorporate the additional kitchen/utility room to the rear of the house which is currently accessible externally by its own door or down a staircase accessed from bedroom 3. This room has a range of base units with sink alongside space and plumbing for a washing machine, electric for cooker and a floor mounted oil central heating boiler.
Outside: Southcombe Farm has gardens and grounds extending to approximately half an acre. To the front, is a wooden pedestrian gate with mature hedge border giving privacy with lawned space and pathway leading up to the front door. To the left-hand side is a large area of hard standing with parking for several vehicles. A pathway wraps around the entire perimeter of the property giving side access to both sides to the rear. Directly to the rear of the property is a walled courtyard area mainly laid to gravel which features an original well. Steps then lead up to the wider rear and side gardens which are mainly laid to lawn and meadow with the top parts of the garden enjoying views to the surrounding countryside. There is an area for vegetable growing and composting with mature trees, hedges and shrubs. There is an additional lower area of lawn which was formally used as a self-sufficient vegetable garden. The property also benefits from a sizeable original stone outbuilding measuring approximately 7.3m x 3.6m within the grounds with a large opening, electric, water supply, separate pedestrian door, windows and mezzanine space with ladder. The vendor has looked in to using this as a residential dwelling as an addition to the main farmhouse (subject to any necessary planning permissions etc).
Council Tax: We are advised that this property is in Council Tax Band F. East Devon District Council. Tel: 01404 515616
Services: We are advised that this property has mains electric, water and sewage. There is oil fired central heating.