Windgate House is a detached, Grade II Listed residence which has origins dating back possibly as far as the early 1600s. It has a particularly handsome front façade, part of which is adorned with a beautiful Wisteria and has a superb range of mullion windows with hood moulds.
The property has well presented and spacious accommodation which has been lovingly cared for and maintained, and is found in excellent order. It retains many fine character features, all of which aid in creating a warm and welcoming period ambience. These features include a magnificent early 17th century Beerstone chimney-piece in the sitting room which has an inset woodburner, flagstone floors to the hallway and kitchen, with a former inglenook fireplace, now housing an oven and Aga and a heavily beamed ceiling. There are also window seats and many fine period leaded windows. Many of the rooms take advantage of a country aspect to the rear, which can be gained over the mature and well established gardens.
To summarise, Windgate House is a rare and ancient residence which was a superior home of its day and possibly the home of a yeoman farmer (a member of a social class or one that cultivates their own land). A true piece of old Devon.
Windgate House is located in an elevated, yet sheltered position in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and sits amongst the beautiful East Devon countryside, over which the property and the grounds have wonderful views. Combe Raleigh itself is a small village which has the pretty Parish Church of St Nicholas and is conveniently located, being only 1.5 miles from the busy market town of Honiton. Honiton has a wide range of shops, sporting and leisure facilities, and main line rail link to London (Waterloo).
The Cathedral City of Exeter is about 22 miles to the west and has an excellent shopping centre, theatres, main line rail link to London (Paddington), M5 access and international airport. The M5 can also be accessed at Taunton, the County Town of Somerset, which also has a very good shopping centre, and lies some 17 miles to the north.
The World Heritage Jurassic Coastline at Lyme Bay is about 14 miles to the south where there are stunning country and coastal walks including the South West Peninsular Coastal Path, which runs over this dramatic and picturesque stretch of coastline. Sidmouth, East Devon's premier coastal resort is a popular draw for tourists and is renowned for its beautiful Regency front and esplanade, as well as having an excellent range of independent retailers. Colyton Grammar School, one of England's top mixed state schools, is approximately 14 miles away.
Gardens and Grounds
Windgate House is approached from the small country lane through a 5-bar gate which leads to a large brick paviered turning area providing parking for several vehicles. Adjoining this is a large 2-storey traditionally built stone and slate roofed barn (there is a covenant restricting conversion of this building into living accommodation). There is also a detached former cart shed which is currently used as garaging. A gated low stone wall leads to the pretty front garden which is well planted.
The majority of the grounds lay to the rear of Windgate House and there is a large terrace which gains delightful, panoramic country views over the adjoining farmland to the hills in the distance. Steps lead to a large area of lawn which is surrounded by mature plant and shrub borders, as well as many established trees. Beneath and to the side of the formal gardens are two areas of paddock. In total the land extends to approximately 1.4 acres.