A handsome detached village house converted from a school to a comfortable family home, with stunning panoramic views and beautiful gardens.
The Old School House, as its name suggests, was the former Luppitt School and head teacher's house, being built we believe in the early 1870's and is of traditional construction with both flintstone and rendered exterior elevations under a high pitched slated roof. It is extremely attractive with its stone quoins and mullion windows and sits in a commanding position gaining magnificent views over the Luppitt Valley to Hartridge and Dumpdon Hill. The property was converted into a residence in the late 1960's/early 1970's and has spacious and well-presented accommodation which still retains quite a number of character features with many of the rooms taking advantage of the beautiful outlook.
The accommodation is of generous proportions with both reception rooms benefitting from woodburning stoves and the kitchen is a great family space with plenty of room to eat and a large larder. To the first floor there are four double bedrooms, the principal of which is a large room with an extensive range of wardrobes, as well as a bathroom and a shower room. The property has been the subject of a programme of improvement in the last decade with efficiency in mind and many of the windows have been replaced, providing double glazing throughout, together with the addition of thermal and photovoltaic solar panels.
Also worthy of note is the very useful studio room which has an oak floor and large sliding doors, and this would suit a variety of needs such as a home office/studio, a great games or children's play room, or even with little alteration could become an annexe or provide an income (subject to any planning consents).
Gardens & Grounds.
The property is approached from the village lane over a driveway which provides parking for several vehicles. Adjacent to this is an area of lawn and a rockery. The gardens to the front and side of the house are in the main laid to lawn and interspersed with borders containing a huge variety of shrubs. There are several seating areas which take full advantage of the views, whilst to the east is a raised, paved and gravelled terrace with a herbaceous border and a rose garden, with an arched gate leading to raised beds and the orchard. This is a superb space which is slightly screened from the house, where there is a timber potting shed, a greenhouse, substantial soft fruit cage, raised vegetable beds and fruit trees including apple, pear and damson. There is also a timber storage shed and a composting area.
To the rear of the house is the sheltered "school" courtyard where there is a range of traditionally built attractive buildings which are of stone with slated roofs. They provide very useful storage for garden equipment, logs, wine etc. This courtyard gives access to the studio and workshop.
The Old School House is situated in a splendid country location within the small active village of Luppitt, which in turn is located in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village of Luppitt nestles amongst some of Devon's finest rolling countryside and the property itself is just a stones throw from Luppitt Common, a private landholding of some 200 acres and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The village has a beautiful early 14th century church, public house and a thriving village hall. The Old School House sits in an elevated position, thus taking full advantage of the panoramic, uninterrupted country views and there is excellent access for walking, riding and other country pursuits in the area.
The nearby busy market town of Honiton is approximately 6 miles distant with a main line rail link to London (Waterloo). An express rail link can also be found at Taunton, some 17 miles distant. Exeter, the County Town, lies some 24 miles to the west with excellent shopping facilities, theatres, arts centre, main line rail link to London (Paddington), international airport and M5 access. The World Heritage Coastline know as the Jurassic Coast at Lyme Bay is approximately 12 miles distant.
From Honiton proceed east carrying straight on at the mini roundabout at the top of the high street on to Monkton Road. Proceed over the Honiton by-pass and take the left turning signposted Dunkeswell and Luppitt. Follow this road for approximately five miles (bearing right at Limers Cross) and then after a short while on a long straight turn right signposted Luppitt. Proceed along this road towards the village for approximately 1 mile, go past the church and the drive to The Old School House will be found on the left hand side.