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A fine Victorian Country House, built with luxury in mind with stunning well proportioned rooms and offering a wealth of period charm and character including many original fireplaces, mosaic Victorian floors, ornate stain glass windows, cornicing, ceiling roses and picture rails. Accommodation comprises grand hall, five reception rooms, country kitchen and utility room. To the first floor there are six double bedrooms, two with en-suites and family bathroom. Accessed via double wrought iron automatic gates, ample parking, large private gardens, outbuildings and swimming pool.
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Standing within private walled gardens of approximately half an acre, Culm Vale is conveniently situated in the predominantly rural Exe Valley near the Rivers Culm and Exe just to the North of the Cathedral and University City of Exeter. Local amenities are on hand the nearby village of Stoke Canon with the larger villages of Silverton and Thorverton being some three miles away. Exeter city centre is approximately 4 miles away providing extensive shopping and recreational facilities in addition to highly regarded schools and colleges. For commuters junction 30 of the M5 motorway connects to the A38 Devon Expressway and A30 trunkroads, whilst there is also a mainline railway station at St Davids providing a train service to London Paddington and other destinations.
Culm Vale is a most interesting period property which has its origins in the 17th century. Of historical and architectural importance this Grade II listed house was comprehensively re-modelled and extended around 1863 - 70 with the older, rear part being of cob on a stone plinth. The handsome stuccoed facade which faces South West is symmetrical and has a central doorway with pilasters and bay windows to either side with cornice parapets over. The external appearance is further enhanced with impressive over hanging eaves supported by decorative brackets. With a floor area of some 4500 square feet the rooms are very well proportioned with high ceilings and also displaying many charming character features associated with the period. These includes plastered cornices and roses, beautiful marble fireplaces and high skirtings.
The principle reception rooms have shuttered sash windows whilst other features include in a 17th century stone fireplace and elegant turning staircase with mahogany banister. Most bedrooms have period fireplaces and enjoy rural views over nearby fields.
Outside there is ample parking together with garaging and a detached coach house with a first floor studio. The coach house offers considerable potential for conversion subject of course to the requisite planning consents. Within the established gardens there is a secluded swimming pool / recreational area with a covered loggia. For those interested in a home and income property Culm Vale has a been successfully run as country house accommodation gaining three stars for bed and breakfast and three crowns from enjoying England.
The Accommodation with Approximate Measurements Comprises
Double doors to
Period tiled floor, ceiling cornicing, inner door to
A most impressive entrance to the property being spacious and with a high ceiling with cornicing and ceiling rose. Period tiled floor, cupboard under and elegant turning staircase rising to the first floor, two radiators with display shelving over, door to rear lobby, further door with covered glazed panels to the rear hall. Doors to
A beautiful South facing room having a large bay aspect with floor to ceiling shuttered sash windows with views over the water feature and front garden. A magnificent marble period fireplace with flame effect gas fire, four central heating radiators with shelving, leaded and stained glass window to side, wall lights, picture rail, ornate ceiling cornicing and central ceiling rose.
Another well proportioned room again with a wide South facing bay with shuttered floor to ceiling sash windows and with views similar to the drawing room. Like the drawing room the focal point is provided by a lovely marble fireplace with tiled back and hearth and inset flame effect gas fire. Three central heating radiators with shelving over, exposed timber floor, feature alcoves, wall lights, picture rail, ceiling cornicing and central ceiling rose.
A shuttered window to side with radiator under, further radiator with display shelf, fitted cupboard, exposed timber floor, feature alcove, dado rail, ceiling cornicing and central ceiling rose.
Accessed from the reception hall. With fitted cupboard and doors to
A shuttered window to side and window to rear, a part exposed stone wall incorporating a wide inglenook style fireplace with flame effect gas fire,bread oven to side and substantial timber bessamer beam over, wall lights, glazed double doors connecting to the rear hall.
Window to rear, radiator, fitted base storage cupboards and drawers with fitted shelving over, door to
WC in a timber panelled surround, hand wash basin in tiled splash back, window to rear.
A cosy room with a bow window to rear with bench seat under, wide fireplace with a timber surround and inset wood burner, fitted shelving into alcove to side, stairs rising to the first floor, access to the rear lobby with cupboard understairs and door to the rear garden. Archway and open plan aspect to the
Window to rear with tiled sill, fitted with a comprehensive range of oak effect base and eye level storage units incorporating two glass fronted display cabinets with concealed downlighting under, inset stainless steel sink unit with adjoining high gloss roll edged work top surface in tiled surround, gas point and space for range cooker, integrated refrigerator. A partition divider to the breakfast room has an exposed stone wall and substantial timber mantel over. Door to
Window to side, radiator, plumbing and space for washing machine, additional appliance space, fitted base and eye level storage units with roll edged work top surface over, central heating timer, tiled floor.
From the reception hall stairs rise to a half landing with window to side having attractive views over nearby fields. Door to lobby and staircase down to the breakfast room. Further stairs rising to the main landing. Door to
With low level WC, hand wash basin in tiled splash back, window to side.
Central heating radiator and shelf, ceiling cornicing, feature archway through to a rear landing. Doors to
A bright dual aspect room with two large sash windows to front having views over the gardens and fields beyond, leaded and stained glassed door opening on to a private side terrace balcony, attractive marble fireplace with fitted gas fire, two radiators, picture rail and ceiling cornicing. Open plan partition to en-suite bath area having a panelled bath in tiled surround with shower mixer attachment, curtain and rail, bidet, twin hand wash basins with vanity cupboards under, fitted mirror, wall lights.
Two windows to front with views similar to the master bedroom. Marble fire surround with cast fireplace with period tiling to sides, two radiators, twin deep fitted wardrobes, picture rail, door to
Also having a connecting door to the landing. With window to front and suite comprising; cast iron bath in tiled surround with shower unit, curtain and rail, low level WC , pedestal wash basin in tiled splash back, fitted mirror, striplight and shaver point, radiator.
With window to side with views over nearby fields, period cast fireplace with timber surround, double radiator, pedestal wash basin in tiled splashback, built-in wardrobe with storage over, wall lights, picture rail.
Hatch to roof space, doors to
With a window to side and open outlook over fields, cast fireplace with period surround, two double radiators, pedestal wash basin in tiled splash back, mirror and striplight over, built-in wardrobe with storage over, built-in cupboard, picture rail.
A North facing window, radiator, pedestal wash basin in tiled spashback, range of built-in wardrobes with storage over, picture rail.
Window to side, double radiator, pedestal wash basin in tiled splashback, mirror and striplight, two built-in cupboards.
White suite comprising panelled bath in tiled surround with shower unit, curtain and rail. Pedestal wash basin in tiled splashback with fitted mirror over, dual flush close coupled WC within a panelled surround and with obscure window, radiator, window to side.
This former stable has concertina timber doors and electric power and light, two windows to rear. From the garage there is access through to a
Window to front, brick paved floor.
Adjacent to the workshop.
At the far end of the coach house there is
With two windows to side and doors opening onto the rear Lane. To the side of the garage there is a covered store and the oil storage tank.
Culm Vale has an imposing high walled frontage with a pillared entrance to a sweeping in and out driveway with a central ornamental pond with a fountain. The garden to the side of the driveway features many lovely specimen trees including a magnificent willow. Steps lead up to the main garden on the East side of the house which has a Victorian greenhouse with two vines and one fig. A pergola with climbing vines, wisteria and a fruiting kiwi plant overlooks an ornamental pond and a secluded swimming pool (approximately 30' x 15' ) which is surrounded by paved areas and a covered loggia. The pool area is bordered by low walls with terracotta coping tiles again ensuring a high degree of privacy. From the rear garden there is access via double doors opening to a
With pitched timber ceiling with spotlighting. From the studio there is access through to
With white suite comprising bath in tiled surround with shower mixer attachment, curtain rail, dual flush close coupled WC, pedestal wash basin with mixer tap, striplight and shaver point, ceiling spotlights.
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