A particularly handsome detached residence with beautifully presented accommodation and superb gardens and grounds.
The Orchard is a particularly handsome detached residence which was built in the late 1940s (part of which was converted from a former stable), with its design being very much influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement. It has a particularly attractive front façade which is dominated by its round turret and sits slightly elevated on its plot so the house and grounds take advantage of some delightful views over the beautifully manicured gardens to the countryside beyond.
The property has been the subject of a continued programme of improvement by the current owners and is found in very good order having light and neutral accommodation, and although has some delightful period features, it also has all the modern conveniences one would expect.
Worthy of particular mention is the sitting room which has a huge inglenook fireplace with a woodburning stove, whilst to the first floor there are three bedrooms, the principal of which has a modern en-suite, and a family bathroom.
Gardens & Grounds.
Undoubtedly one of the main features of The Orchard are its superb gardens which have been designed, created and beautifully tended over the past decade or so. They are approached from the lane through a 5-bar gate which leads to a gravelled parking and turning area, adjacent to which is the single detached garage. This driveway continues in order to give access to the top of the garden.
A pathway leads from the parking area to the house passing a productive kitchen garden, and adjoining the house is a terrace which takes advantage of some delightful views. There are areas of lawn, profusely stocked and colourful shrub beds and an orchard and the gardens are surrounded by high hedging giving the property and grounds a great deal of privacy.
The Orchard is located in a beautiful country position in Offwell, a charming village which has an active community, a primary school and ancient Church of St Mary's. It lies approximately 2.5 miles from the market town of Honiton which is particularly well-known as an antique and book centre, as well as having most of the usual multiples such as Smiths, Boots, Tesco and a variety of independent shops, restaurants, schools, sports centre/swimming pool, golf club and main line rail link to London (Waterloo).
Honiton has excellent communication facilities with a dual carriageway to the Cathedral City of Exeter, some 20 miles to the west. Exeter has excellent shopping and sporting facilities, theatres, art centre, main line rail link to London (Paddington) and an international airport together with M5 access. The Regency coastal resort of Sidmouth lies some 9 miles to the south with its pebble beach (sand at low tide), long esplanade and range of independent shops. The renowned Colyton Grammar School, one of England's top mixed state schools, is situated about 7 miles away.
From Honiton High Street proceed in an easterly direction to the mini roundabout and proceed on to the A35 Axminster Road. Proceed to the top of the hill taking the second turning on the right signposted Offwell into Ramsden Lane. Follow this lane into the village turning right just after the Church. Continue down the hill where The Orchard will be found after a few hundred yards on the left hand side.