A unique and historically important 4/5 bedroom residence with separate annexe, located close to the heart of the village with parking and level gardens.
Starre House is an extremely historic, grade II listed property, which is reputed to be the oldest house in the village and was built as a small Manor House by wealthy textile manufacturer William Starre in the very early part of the 16th century. The property was believed to have been gifted to Catharine Parr by Henry VIII and is of great architectural importance in that it is very original and has
some delightful and rare Tudor Period features. Worthy of
particular mention is the beautiful ornate cross beamed ceiling and plank and muntin screen to the sitting and drawing rooms and the three magnificent carved Beerstone fireplaces, one of which hasbeen inscribed with names and initials through the generations. This unique property has been the subject of a comprehensive and sympathetic programme of restoration and improvement, and the
accommodation is now presented in beautiful order with great care and attention having been given to the fixtures, fittings and overall finish. The property has been extended into an old barn to the rear which now houses a fabulous kitchen with timber units under granite worktops, large central island with halogen hob and Rayburn which
provides the heating and hot water for the property. The dining room is of excellent proportions with large Beerstone fireplace and a woodburner (not currently in use) and there are some beautiful moulded ceiling beams. Also to the downstairs is a single bedroom with ensuite WC off the vaulted entrance hallway.
Stairs rise from the dining room to a large galleried landing area, off which is the principal bedroom suite with vaulted timber ceiling, walk-in wardrobe and beautiful ensuite with shower and slipper bath and 3 double bedrooms, one with Beerstone fireplace, family bathroom with freestanding, clawfoot bath. To the rear of the property is a utility room with large airing cupboard and exterior door to a large storeroom which also has a further interior door to Starre Barn.
Starre Barn has been thoughtfully converted into an annexe offering beautifully presented and well laid out accommodation which is currently successfully holiday let and could equally make a comfortable annexe for extended family. The front door opens to a bright hallway with door to the living room which has French doors to a paved terrace and two windows to the South elevation.
Further down the hallway is a very well equipped kitchen. The bedroom is a good-sized double with feature wrought iron fireplace and door to Jack and Jill shower room which has a second door leading back to the hallway. A door from the bedroom opens to the large storeroom which has planning consent to be converted into additional accommodation should it be required.
Gardens and Grounds:
To the West side of Starre House is a gravelled driveway which gives access to a turning area providing parking for several vehicles. A wrought iron gate gives access to the main part of the garden which comprises a good-sized area of level lawn which is bordered by flowers and shrubs. There is also a terrace adjoining the property with direct access to the kitchen. A gravelled pathway leads to
Starre Barn with paved terrace to the East side and to a timber gate which gives access to a further parking space.
Both properties are currently holiday let with excellent occupancy figures and could continue as such, however, Starre House is a rare find in Beer, not least because of its historical importance in the village, but also being a fairly level walk to amenities with generous, level garden and ample parking, making it a unique residential opportunity.
Starre House and Starre Barn are located just a short distance from the local amenities in the picturesque and highly desirable village of Beer. Beer nestles on the world heritage Jurassic Coastline and is a typical example of an unspoilt Devon fishing village with a wealth of history attached to it. Its past is steeped in tales of sea faring and
smuggling and the quarried stone at Beer (from which Starre House is built) has been used in many historic buildings such as Exeter Cathedral, St. Paul's Cathedral and parts of Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. Beer has a variety of shopping and recreational amenities such as restaurants, public houses, post office, galleries, primary school and sailing club. Glorious country and coastal walks are close at hand over the myriad of footpaths in
the near vicinity. Branscombe is situated some 3 miles to the west and is undoubtedly one of East Devon's most popular coastal villages. It nestles amongst some of the county's most glorious countryside, much of which is owned by the National Trust and is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Regency town of Sidmouth lies some 8 miles to the west and is one of East Devon's premier coastal resorts. It has beautiful parks and walks and has a variety of shops including a branch of Waitrose. It also has a cinema, theatre and range of sporting facilities.
Exeter, the County Town, is approximately 23 miles distant with excellent shopping facilities, main line rail link to London
(Paddington), international airport and M5 access. Colyton
Grammar School, one of the country's top mixed state schools is also within easy reach about 4 miles away.