Starve Acre is a detached, rural retreat which we understand was built at the beginning of the 19th Century as a gentleman's residence, and is traditionally constructed with rendered and colourwashed exterior elevations under a thatched roof. The present vendors have, over recent years, extensively refurbished the property, work which has resulted in creating the unique and interesting property of charm and character we find today. The accommodation is bright, well laid out and flexible in its arrangement, and worthy of particular mention are the drawing room that opens onto a large glass covered veranda overlooking the garden and the principal bedroom on the first floor which opens into an elegantly fitted bathroom. Two of the bedrooms open onto a south facing first floor sun room. These features combine to make this an intriguing and unique property.
The current vendors have built a 2-storey timber frame and timber clad building with 3-bay garage below and a splendid first floor space which is currently used as a home office with its log burner and oak floor. There is also a suite of rooms including a kitchen/dining room, as well as a shower room, making this building suitable for many purposes such as a studio, staff or further living accommodation subject of course to any necessary consents being obtained.
Starve Acre is situated in an elevated yet sheltered position commanding far reaching westerly views across its garden to the hills beyond. Standing on Danes Hill which rises to the east of the pretty village of Dalwood, the property enjoys excellent privacy and has access to some delightful country walks which emanate from the front gate. The property is set in stunning gardens that were profusely stocked by a previous owner many years ago with some fine specimen mature trees shrubs and plants from all over the world, including we understand, an Elephant tree supposedly one of only a handful in England.
Tucked away within the grounds is the secluded heated swimming pool and the large and flexible 2-storey garage/home office building. The gardens and grounds extend to about 4.5 acres and provide a delightful mature setting and include scores of rhododenrons, as well as a productive kitchen garden area.
Dalwood lies approximately midway between the market towns of Honiton and Axminster. Both towns offer a wide range of amenities such as schools, banks, supermarkets, sporting facilities etc, as well as many independent shops and galleries. They both also have main line rail links to London (Waterloo). The beautiful World Heritage Jurassic Coastline at Lyme Bay is a short drive away with the town of Lyme Regis being about 9 miles distant. Lyme Regis has a famous harbour including The Cobb and a very good range of independent shops and eateries which include The Oyster and Fish House, owned by the renowned chef Mark Hix. The renowned Colyton Grammar School, one of England's top mixed state schools, is situated about 7 miles south of the property. The Cathedral City of Exeter is about 25 miles to the west with excellent shopping facilities, main line rail link to London (Paddington), M5 access and international airport.
The property is approached from the lane and has a right of way over a long track to a 5-bar gate and private drive which leads past the house to a large parking area in front of the garage building. Immediately to the front of the house and to the side are stone paved terraced areas which take full advantage of the sun and views, and are bordered by colourful plant and shrub beds including a lavender border. The south facing veranda opens onto a large level lawn and immediately to the rear of the house the garden rises and is stocked with colourful shrubs.
To the north is a large level area of lawn and tucked away in complete seclusion is the heated swimming pool (by an air heat pump) overlooked by the chalet/changing room.
The gardens were designed and planted many years ago by a horticultural enthusiast and are stocked with a considerable variety of unique and special plants particularly rhododendrons that create colour, texture and interest all the year round. In all the grounds extend to approximately 4.5 acres.