A particularly attractive farmhouse with splendid country views and wonderful gardens of approaching an acre
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A particularly attractive farmhouse with splendid country views and wonderful gardens of approaching an acre.
Loughwood Farm is a charming detached residence which is located amongst some of East Devons most attractive rolling countryside over which it gains spectacular views. It is offered on a lease from the National Trust who acquired the property and much of the surrounding land when the neighboring Loughwood Meeting House was gifted to them in the late 1960s. Loughwood Meeting House is a fascinating Baptist Chapel dating from the mid-1600s which was created in order to give the persecuted Baptist congregation a location in which to worship in complete secrecy and isolation. It is thanks to the Trust that this historic building, Loughwood Farm and its surrounds did not fall into disrepair.
The property has been the subject of a sympathetic and extensive programme of extension and restoration in more recent years and is now found in beautiful order with a delightful blend of character and modern convenience. Worthy of particular mention is the kitchen which is fitted with country units and electric Aga, and this opens into the light dining room which has superb views down the valley. Also worthy of note are the two reception rooms which are located in the original farmhouse and these have a delightful, period ambience and the sitting room has an inglenook fireplace with a wood burner. The current owners have recently created a separate home office or small studio which is accessed from the parking area.
To summarise, Loughwood Farmhouse is a particularly handsome property which will no doubt suit those looking to move into the countryside yet be conveniently located for thriving village communities and excellent road links.
Gardens and Grounds.
Loughwood Farm is approached from the lane over a large gravelled area which provides ample parking. One of the propertys main features is its stunning setting and the house nestles beautifully in its grounds which extend to about 0.87 acre. They hold all the elements of the quintessential cottage garden with profusely stocked beds and the house is adorned in wisteria and roses, making it one of the most picturesque in the area. To the front is a large expanse of lawn with hedged kitchen garden and orchard. There are several useful buildings including a large timber implement store, timber shed and greenhouse.
To the side of the house and accessed through French doors from the dining room is a gravelled terrace and this is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the breath-taking views.
Loughwood Farm is situated on the fringes of the desirable village of Dalwood which in turn is located on the edge of the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Dalwood nestles in a sheltered valley with the small River Corry running through the village. It has a vibrant community with many social activities throughout the year, which includes a popular annual fair. It has a community run shop and post office, a thatched public house, village hall and ancient Parish Church. Kilmington is also within easy reach and this also has an active community and range of amenities including an excellent farm shop.
The busy market town of Axminster is approximately 3 miles to the east and has a wide variety of amenities including supermarkets, schools, shops, which include The Canteen shop and café owned by good food campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, leisure facilities and rail link to London Waterloo.
The World Heritage Jurassic Coastline is also easily accessible, with Lyme Regis being only 8.5 miles to the south and Colyton Grammar School, one of the countrys top mixed state schools, is situated about 5 miles away near the village of Colyford. The Cathedral City of Exeter, the county town, is about 24 miles to the west with a comprehensive shopping center, theatre and main line express rail link to London Paddington, M5 access and international airport.
Leasehold Loughwood Farmhouse is leased from the National Trust. The current term is until 3oth Jan 2102. There is a peppercorn rent of £100pa. There are several covenants such as a restriction on letting the property. For further information please contact the agents.