An elegant country house with well-proportioned accommodation, cottage annexe, stunning formal walled gardens and grounds of about 11 acres.
The property itself has great presence with a classic and very handsome front façade, and sits back off the lane through imposing pillared entranceways. It has origins dating back possibly to the early/mid Victorian era before being extensively remodelled and enlarged in the late 1800s, adding a large bay windowed portion. This resulted in the substantial and elegantly proportioned home we find today which has very adaptable accommodation that could suit a variety of requirements.
It is a stunning family home and works very well for large/extended families having the two bedroomed self-contained annexe, and this could also potentially provide an income. The accommodation retains a wealth of character with all the principal rooms taking advantage of glorious views over the simply stunning gardens to the countryside beyond. It has been the subject of a thorough programme of improvement in the eighteen years of the current owners stewardship which has resulted in the well-appointed home we find today which has a delightful mellow ambiance.
Gardens & Grounds.
The property is approached from the lane through two pillared entranceways onto a cobbled driveway. This continues to the North West to a parking area adjacent to which is a timber double garage with power and light. Beyond the parking area is a large area of lawn/paddock where there are several outbuildings including a timber stable block of two loose boxes and a feed room, further loose box, large timber implement store/workshop and open fronted hay barn. There is also a productive soft fruit cage, and this area give access to the main block of pasture to the north, and a triangle of mixed woodland which amounts to about 1.9 acres.
One unique feature at Heathlands is the incredible Victorian walled garden which has been formally laid out with gravelled pathways and box hedging leading to a central water feature and pergola. There is also a lower section of walled garden, whilst to the South of this is a large area of lawn which stretches out from the late Victorian portion of the property and down to a croquet lawn. This is surrounded by many mature trees and shrubs including a magnificent Monterey Pine and a bank of Rhododendrons, creating the most apt and private setting. Below the formal lawns is a more natural area of garden with Camellias, mature Magnolia, Azaleas and Witch Hazel. A post and rail fence separates this from an Apple orchard.
The land comprises principally four paddocks and in total the gardens, grounds and land extends to about 11 acres.
Heathlands is an extremely handsome country residence which is located in a most appealing and well established setting amongst gardens and grounds which extend to about eleven acres. It is located in Higher Metcombe, a picturesque wooded hamlet which is highly desirable due to its access to some of the county's most attractive rolling countryside, yet with the convenience of the neighbouring village amenities close at hand, as well as the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and the thriving Cathedral City of Exeter.
The village of West Hill lies about a mile away and has an active community, small supermarket/post office, pretty church, high achieving modern primary school and village hall. There is also the village of Tipton St John a couple of miles away which has an excellent public house, The Golden Lion. The town of Ottery St Mary provides more comprehensive amenities and the 'outstanding' Kings School Academy.
The coastal resort of Sidmouth with its long esplanade, wide pebble (sand at low tide) beach lies some 5 miles to the south and has many beautiful parks and walks, and a busy shopping centre with a great variety of independent shops. The market town of Honiton lies some 9 miles away and has mainline rail link to London Waterloo, whilst the Cathedral City of Exeter lies about 12 miles away to the west and has excellent shopping and sporting facilities, theatres, art centre, main line express rail link to London Paddington, international airport and M5 access.
From Honiton, take the A30 in a westerly direction towards Exeter, turning left at Daisymount, then second left again at the roundabout signposted B3180 Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton. Follow this road for approximately one mile turning left at Tipton Cross signposted Tipton St John. Continue for about half a mile where the entrance to Heathlands will be found on your left hand side.