A stunning Victorian Gothic Rectory nestling in its own hidden valley in the wonderful East Devon countryside.
The Old Rectory is a handsome and imposing Grade II listed residence which has origins that date back possibly to the 16th century. What we see today is principally the delightful, Victorian Gothic country house that was built for the Reverend Marwood Tucker in 1862. The property has a handsome gabled front façade adorned on the ground floor by two large bay windows which take full advantage of the views of the pretty Church of St Cuthbert. These combined with the ornate barge boards and drip moulds make it a house of great distinction indeed.
The property has elegant and well-presented accommodation that retains a wealth of character and all the rooms are of generous proportions with high ceilings and wonderful views over the gardens and grounds to the adjoining countryside. There are many period features which include a magnificent moulded cross beam ceiling in the drawing room, elegant semi galleried staircase, and both the reception rooms have marble open fireplaces.
The property has been the subject of a continued programme of improvement which has included, in more recent years, the addition of a superb modern kitchen. This has been beautifully fitted with an extensive range of units under granite work surfaces and features a Heritage range cooker and opens into a good sized dining area.
To the first floor the accommodation is adaptable in its arrangement, however currently offers 5/6 bedrooms, with the principal room having a large en-suite shower room (which also opens onto the landing) and a guest suite which has a dressing/sitting room and a shower room. There is also a useful attic which is accessed from the landing and this has been boarded and this provides great storage, or a terrific den for the kids.
The Coach House.
To the north of The Old Rectory is a large detached derelict building which was formerly the Coach House and which is situated at a lower level than The Old Rectory and cannot be seen from the house. This building has approved planning consent to convert into a four/five bedroom house (with a holiday restriction) which also benefits from its own private driveway, away from the main residence. The Coach House is in need of a full programme of restoration and offers a great opportunity for those looking for an exciting project or for those looking for additional accommodation or an income generator.
Here there are also a number of useful outbuildings grouped around the courtyard and there is a splendid mature copper beech tree.
Gardens and Grounds.
The Old Rectory is approached from the lane through a white painted pillared entrance with old iron gate and kissing gate onto a drive that sweeps down to the property where there is a large parking and turning area with space for numerous vehicles. Adjacent to this is a single detached garage.
The gardens and grounds lie principally to the front of the house and have over recent years been remodelled to create a large rectangular level front garden profusely stocked with colourful corner flower beds and central circular flower bed all bordered by a gravelled walkway and paths. To the south-west sweeping steps lead up to a further area of lawned garden. To the front of the property stone steps lead down to a former tennis/croquet lawn where there is a little wooden bridge leading to the paddock beyond. The gardens have been laid for ease of maintenance and create a most apt setting for the house itself.
The grounds which extend to approximately six acres are laid principally to areas of pasture and large sweeping mown areas. To the south of the house is a courtyard, a lovely secluded sheltered place in which to sit, around which are grouped a range of single storey traditionally built barns and stabling/outbuildings as shown on the plans.
In total the gardens and grounds extend to about 6.7 acres.
The Old Rectory is situated in its own small private valley enjoying views over its lawns and land to the pretty ancient church of Widworthy dedicated to St Cuthbert, which dates from the mid to late 14th century. It also enjoys open views north-eastwards over a typical Devon landscape and is in a sheltered sunny location. Although semi-rural, enjoying a great deal of seclusion and privacy, The Old Rectory at Widworthy is also readily accessible to the small village of Wilmington with its thatched Public House, The White Hart, and the bustling market towns of Honiton, some 4 miles to the north-west and Axminster, about 6 miles to the east. Delightful country walks emanate virtually from the end of the drive.
East Devon is as beautiful as you always imagine, with rolling hills and wooded coombes, and most of the area is designated as being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is bounded to the south by Lyme Bay, a stunning and dramatic stretch World Heritage Coastline known as the Jurassic Coast. Honiton is well-known as an antique and book centre and has a mainline rail link to London (Waterloo), a range of independent shops and recreational facilities including sports centre/swimming pool and golf club. Colyton Grammar School, one of England's top mixed state schools lies approximately 6 miles to the south and the coast at Lyme Regis is about 11 miles away.
The property is also easily accessible to Exeter, the County Town of Devon some 23 miles to the west with excellent shopping facilities, theatres, main line rail link to London (Paddington), international airport and M5 access. Motorway access can also be found at Cullompton, approximately 9 miles north of Honiton and at Taunton approximately 25 miles to the north east which also has an express rail link to London (Paddington).
From Honiton take the A35 and follow this for a few miles into the village of Wilmington. Proceed past the White Hart Public House, turning right by the Home Farm Hotel sign-posted Widworthy Church. Follow this lane and take the first turning left. The drive to the The Old Rectory will be found on your right hand side just past St Cuthbert's Church.