A beautifully presented period cottage in a wonderful country location on the outskirts of Membury with gardens and grounds of about 1.4 acres and stunning views.
Lilac Cottage is a particularly attractive, detached, period cottage which has origins dating back several centuries and is a typical example of a Devon cottage with part rendered and stone elevations under a roof that is principally thatched with tiled roof extensions. The property has been the subject of a comprehensive programme of restoration and enlargement in recent years, which has resulted in creating the very well appointed home of character we find today. Period features include the inglenook fireplace to the reception hallway, flagstone and stone floors, as well as many exposed stone walls, timbers and ceiling beams. This blends beautifully with a more modern decorative approach with many of the rooms also taking advantage of the wonderful country outlook.
Worthy of particular mention is the country kitchen with timber and painted units and 2-oven Aga, as well as the fabulous garden room which is semi-vaulted and has magnificent views.
Gardens and Grounds.
The property is approached from the lane to a gravelled turning area which provides parking for several vehicles. Adjacent to this is a very useful timber and clay tiled roof outbuilding which comprises two open bays with workshop and log store adjoining. The gardens surround the property and are in the main, laid to lawn, and there is a further area of productive kitchen garden which sits at a lower level where there is also a detached timber office building. To the north of the house is a paddock and in total the grounds extend to approximately 1.4 of an acre.
Lilac Cottage is located in a wonderful country position on the rural fringes of the popular village of Membury which has a strong community focussed around its village hall, primary school and ancient parish church. The property sits amongst some of East Devon's most attractive rolling countryside, and affords fabulous panoramic country views, however is also conveniently located being only a few miles from the busy market town of Axminster, about 3.5 miles away. Axminster has an extensive range of shops and eateries, including The Canteen shop and restaurant, which is owned by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. It also has a mainline rail link to London (Waterloo). The World Heritage Coastline, known as the Jurassic Coast at Lyme Bay is some 9 miles to the south and access to the A303 at Honiton is approximately 9 miles to the north. The busy market town of Honiton also has a good range of shops and mainline rail link to London (Waterloo).
Exeter, the county town, has excellent shopping facilities and a mainline rail link to London (Paddington), international airport and M5 access and lies some 28 miles west. The well-renowned Colyton Grammar School, one of England's top mixed grammar school lies some 9 miles away.
From Honiton take the A35 Axminster road and follow this for approximately 7 miles, bearing left off the A35 towards Axminster town. A few hundred yards along this road, turn left signposted Membury and continue to follow the signs towards the village of Membury. On a long straight, turn left at Castle Cross signposted Greendown and Lilac Cottage will be found a few hundred yards down this lane on your left hand side.