The Courtledge is a stunning thatched cottage that occupies a large beautifully manicured plot in the delightful Devonshire village of Horwood which is located in the rolling countryside between Bideford and Barnstaple. The cottage is Grade II listed and is believed to date back to 1617. The property has been restored, improved and extended over the years yet it still retains countless jaw-dropping period features such as inglenook fireplaces, a priest hole, beamed ceilings, original doors and sturdy wood flooring. Also situated on the grounds is the detached Old Schoolhouse Cottage which offers further versatile living accommodation and could be used as an Annexe, a Guest Suite or a Studio, etc. There is off-street parking for up to 5 cars and the primarily lawned gardens are highly private and are especially pleasing to the eye. This home offers space, versatility, peace and a little bit of history too. It truly must be seen to be fully appreciated and we offer our highest recommendation to view.
Entrance Hall Oak studded front door (thought to be made from reclaimed shipwreck wood) giving access to property front and the thatched Porch. Modern slate flagstone flooring, beamed ceiling, wall lights, oak panelled walls. Door to Dining Room, Kitchen and Living Room.
Dining Room 13'9" x 15'5" (4.2m x 4.7m). A charming Dining Room with ample space for large dining table. Large open stone inglenook fireplace with beam over having the date of 1617 inscribed upon it, 2 bread ovens and incorporating a cast iron oil fired stove. Tiled flooring, radiator, oak panelling, recessed shelving (thought to conceal a former priest hole). Lattice glazed windows with window seat. Door opening to second staircase giving access to the First Floor Landing. Opening through to:
Kitchen 17'5" x 9'9" (5.3m x 2.97m). A lovely Kitchen with windows providing a delightful view over the rear gardens. There is a range of bespoke painted wood effect eye and base cabinets with matching drawers. Rolltop work surfaces with tiled splashbacking and double Belfast sink with mixer tap over. Built-in dishwasher, built-in 4-ring ceramic hob with extractor over and electric oven below, built-in microwave, space for fridge / freezer. Down lights, beamed ceiling, wood effect vinyl floor covering, radiators. Cupboard housing oil fired boiler. Double glazed door to the rear garden.
Living Room 16'6" x 13'1" (5.03m x 3.99m). 2 lattice glazed windows to front elevation. Open stone inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove set on a stone hearth and with a storage cupboard to the side. Engineered wood flooring, beamed ceiling. Window seat. Original door to the:
Sitting Room 16'5" x 12'6" (5m x 3.8m). 3 glazed lattice windows to 2 sides of the property. Radiator, engineered wood flooring, TV point, wall lights, beamed ceiling. Wood burning stove set in inglenook fireplace with feature bread oven.
Inner Hallway Wood style flooring, stairs rising to First Floor. Door to Utility Room. Door to:
Bathroom 8'8" x 6'1" (2.64m x 1.85m). White 3-piece suite comprising high level WC, pedestal wash hand basin and rolltop bath with shower attachment and mixer taps. 2 wall lights, radiator. Double glazed window.
Utility Room Double glazed window. Belfast sink with wood draining board. Space and plumbing for washing machine, space for tumble dryer. Down lights, wood style flooring.
First Floor Landing
Bedroom 1 17'2" x 12'6" (5.23m x 3.8m). A spacious Master Bedroom with glazed lattice window overlooking property front and arched window overlooking the rear garden. Original wide floorboards, radiator, beamed ceiling. Feature fireplace with iron grate and beam on a flagstone hearth.
Bedroom 2 17'2" x 13'4" (5.23m x 4.06m). A second spacious Bedroom with window overlooking property front. Original wide wood flooring, radiator, hatch to loft space. Built-in double wardrobe with hanging rail and shelving. Cupboard housing hot water immersion tank. Door to:
Landing Window. Fitted carpet, radiator. Door to built-in wardrobe. Stairs down to Dining Room. This Landing is of a size sufficient to make a useful office space, reading area or, perhaps, even an occasional bedroom.
Shower Room 7'5" x 4'4" (2.26m x 1.32m). Close couple WC, pedestal wash hand basin and double shower cubicle with rainforest head shower and hand shower attachment. Wood style flooring, radiator, down lights, extractor fan.
Bedroom 3 15'1" x 10'1" (4.6m x 3.07m). A spacious third Bedroom with original wood flooring, exposed stonework and window. Radiator, access to loft space.
THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE COTTAGE
Bedroom 14'5" x 15'5" (4.4m x 4.7m). A particularly spacious Bedroom with double glazed French doors to the garden and double glazed window overlooking the garden. Wood style flooring, down lights, radiator. Wall-length built-in wardrobes with hanging rail and shelving. Double doors to cabinet housing oil fired boiler with slatted linen shelving above. This room also has an oil tank sensor.
Hobby Room / Kitchen 9'8" x 11'8" (2.95m x 3.56m). Glazed window. Wood style flooring, hatch to large boarded loft space, radiator, down lights. 1.5 bowl sink and drainer with mixer tap over, rolltop work surfaces with splashbacking and a range of White eye and base level cabinets with matching drawers. This room can serve either as a Hobby Room or could potentially be made into a full Kitchen. Opening through to:
Living Room 15'1" (4.6m) x 14'2" (4.32m) into bay. A spacious Living Room with large bay window and double glazed window to side elevation. Feature fireplace, wood style flooring, hatch to loft space, down lights, TV point, radiator.
Shower Room 3-piece suite comprising close couple WC, pedestal wash hand basin and corner shower cubicle. Heated towel rail, tiled flooring, extractor fan, half height wall tiling. Door to useful storage cupboard.
Outside A stone driveway gives access to this property via a 5-bar gate. There is space to park 2 cars in front of the gates and a further 3 plus cars on the property drive inside the gate.
The front gardens are largely level lawned with a paved pathway leading to the Courtledge. The garden is surrounded by mature hedging and stone wall borders. The garden is quintessentially English in style with mature bushes, flowers and specimen tress abounding.
Access to the rear garden is via a side lawned garden. This part of the garden gives access to a useful Wood Shed attached to the rear of the house. The rear garden is completely private and mainly level lawned with a Devon bank, tree and hedge borders. There is an area of patio providing a great space to enjoy outside dining. From the garden, a wonderful view of the Church Tower. A Storage Shed and Summerhouse are included in the sale. There is a large well on the site and a cesspit will be found at the foot of the garden.
Agents Note Please be advised that the thatched roof at this property is estimated to only have a few more years of functionality left. The owners have had a quote from a master thatcher to re thatch the roof at a cost of £25,000 + VAT. The quote includes scaffolding and is valid until Mid January 2021.
This property has been priced to reflect the cost of the future re thatching.
From Bideford Quay proceed over the Old Bideford Bridge turning left at the mini roundabout signposted Barnstaple. Continue on this road for approximately 0.25 miles turning right onto Manteo Way. Take the next left hand turning signposted Eastleigh. Continue on this road for 2 miles passing through Eastleigh and taking the right hand turning signposted Horwood. Continue into the village to where the property will be found on your left hand side clearly displaying a nameplate. As you face the village Church, the Courtledge and Cottage is the next property on its left.