A beautifully presented 4-bedroom house in the heart of the village, within an easy, half-mile walk through glorious National Trust land to the beach
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A beautifully presented 4-bedroom house in the heart of the village, within an easy, half-mile walk through glorious National Trust land to the beach.
Castle Hill Cottage is a detached period residence, standing in an elevated, yet sheltered position, with south-easterly views over the village to the field beyond. The property is thought to date back to early-mid 19th century, when it formed three cottages. In the early part of the 20th century, the cottages were converted into one house. Interestingly, it has not been on the open market since 1896, when the three cottages were sold at auction in The Masons Arms and bought by the owner of the popular public house!
Castle Hill Cottage is traditionally built from local stone, with a particularly handsome mellow Beerstone front elevation. The property is not listed, but sits within a Conservation Area and has been meticulously restored, improved and creatively extended under its current vendors lengthy ownership. Whilst retaining a wealth of character features - including a large stone fireplace with wood burner and window seats in the sitting room - all the windows have been replaced with handmade wooden double-glazed units and the kitchen fully refitted. Extra accommodation has been created in the extension, which is designed across two levels, with a mezzanine, an en-suite shower and built in cupboards and bookcase. This room, which is currently used as the principal bedroom/study, has a range of potential uses depending on one's needs.
The house has a feeling of lightness and airiness, unusual in a period cottage property, owing to its hillside position and large windows. On the first floor, there are three bedrooms, the principal of which also has access through to the large family bath and shower room.
Castle Hill Cottages south-easterly aspect and mature gardens, falling away from the house, create an attractive and colourful setting. The front gate opens onto a large paved terrace immediately in front of the house. A path leads down through the garden, which is laid principally to lawn with a splendid old apple tree, to a second, sheltered terrace leading from the extension.
Further down, there is a raised deck area for catching the last of the evening sun, a kitchen garden with espalier fruit trees and a number of useful timber sheds. At the bottom of the garden there is a studio, with heating, telephone, and internet connection.
Although Castle Hill Cottage does not have any allocated
parking, there is street parking a short distance away on the lane which runs past the house.
Castle Hill Cottage is situated in the picturesque village of Branscombe and lies at the easterly end of its long village street, a short, easy walk from its glorious wide pebble beach. Branscombe is undoubtedly one of East Devons most charming coastal villages, nestled within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and located on the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline, famous for its walks, high cliffs and dramatic scenery.
The village benefits from two popular public houses, a tennis court, playing fields, an ancient and very pretty parish church, and an Ofsted-rated Good primary school. The renowned Colyton Grammar School, one of Englands top mixed state schools, is just 4 miles away. School transport to both Colyton Grammar in one direction and Sidmouth Community College in the other collects pupils from the village at 8am and returns them at 4pm each day.
Branscombe has the dual advantage of lying in one of East Devons most sought after and unspoilt areas, whilst still enjoying easy access to all the regions amenities. The market town of Honiton is 10 miles away and has an extensive range of shops, schools and leisure facilities, as well as a mainline train station on the Exeter to London Waterloo line. The premier coastal resort of Sidmouth, with its handsome Regency front and esplanade, is 6 miles along the coast, whilst Exeter, Devons County Town, is 19 miles away and also provides a range of shops and facilities, as well as access to the M5 and an international airport.