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A fascinating Grade II Listed house with numerous outbuildings and a self-contained single storey annexe, centrally situated in the pretty village of Membury in East Devon close to the market town of Axminster. We understand that the main house has origins dating back to 1540 and there is certainly an abundance of character in the property. The large Inglenook fireplace has a very well preserved bread oven and there are flagstone floors through several of the ground floor rooms. Later Victorian influence can be seen in the hall floor tiling. The property has the benefit of a self-contained annexe in the form of a stone bungalow, comprising a bedroom, shower room, lounge, kitchen and conservatory, which is situated in the garden. There are also a number of outbuildings: a stone barn, one side of which is two storey, the other side having a vaulted ceiling, along with a former stables with tin roof, having been split into storage, workshop and chicken coop areas. The garden is a good size, the whole plot measuring just over a quarter acre and there is ample parking for several cars with a gated driveway and entrance from the village road. The accommodation in the main house comprises four bedrooms, bathroom, a long landing, spacious kitchen/dining room, a rear porch, cloakroom, small front hall leading into the large lounge with lovely Inglenook fireplace and flagstone floors, through to an internal hall, off which is a good sized study and stairs leading to the first floor. The windows, many of which have window seats, are a mixture of single and double glazed. There is oil fired central heating with radiators throughout.
Membury is a small village about 4 miles northwest of Axminster and is in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village has a small but strong community with a Primary School and Village Hall, with several clubs operating throughout the village, including arts and crafts, badminton, history society, short mat bowls and bell ringing amongst them.
Axminster is an old market town made famous by the Axminster carpet company and is situated on the River Axe in East Devon. There is a main line train station with services to London Waterloo and Exeter and the town provides a good range of day to day shopping, banking and health needs with plenty of cafes including the River Cottage Canteen, which draws visitors to the town. The city of Exeter is about 30 miles distant and the airport a little closer at about 25 miles.
The accommodation, all measurements approximate, comprises:
Open fronted overhanging entrance porch with timber sloping roof. Outside light. Interesting period timber front door with leaded light glass panel. Opening into
ENTRANCE HALL - 1.71m (5'7") x 1.45m (4'9")
Attractive stone walls. Decorative tiled floor. Doors to Lounge and Kitchen.
KITCHEN/DINING ROOM - 4.83m (15'10") x 4.26m (14'0") Into Recess
Dual aspect. Windows to front and side. The kitchen is fitted with a range of wall and base units with laminate work surfaces. Part tiled walls. Space for electric cooker with extractor over. Space for upright fridge/freezer. Recess housing floor standing oil fired boiler for hot water and central heating. Radiator. Newly laid vinyl flooring. Door to
UTILITY ROOM - 2.45m (8'0") x 2.17m (7'1")
Window to rear. Timber door to garden. Space and plumbing for automatic washing machine. Door to
CLOAKROOM - 2.13m (7'0") x 1.72m (5'8")
Obscure glazed window to rear. Fitted with a white suite comprising w.c. and pedestal wash hand basin. Storage cupboard with louvre door. Wall mounted Dimplex electric heater. Radiator. Vinyl flooring.
Returning to the hall and into the
LOUNGE - 4.73m (15'6") x 5.97m (19'7") Max
Dual aspect. Windows to front and rear with deep sills. Fabulous `cambered beam` Inglenook fireplace with recess measuring 6`11` x 4`1` (2.12m x 1.24m) with a stunning original bread oven. Beamed ceiling. Two radiators. Flagstone floor. Door to
INNER HALL - 3.81m (12'6") x 1.65m (5'5")
Open tread stairs rising to first floor. Storage cupboard housing electric consumer unit. Recessed storage cupboard and shelving with curtain. Flagstone floor. Door to
STUDY - 3.55m (11'8") x 2.72m (8'11")
Partially open to and with view of the lounge.Window to front. Beamed ceiling. Telephone point. Radiator. Flagstone floor.
Long split level landing with window to rear with views to the garden. Airing cupboard housing factory lagged hot water cylinder with slatted shelving above. Radiator.
BEDROOM ONE - 4.47m (14'8") x 3.92m (12'10")
Leaded window to side with deep sill and views to the memorial and surrounding trees. Built-in wardrobe/cupboard with hanging rail. Radiator.
BEDROOM TWO - 3.86m (12'8") x 3.74m (12'3")
Window to front with views to the church tower and deep sill. Built-in wardrobe/cupboard with hanging rail. Access to partly boarded and insulated loft. Radiator.
BEDROOM THREE - 3.49m (11'5") x 2.33m (7'8")
Window to front with deep sill. Built-in wardrobe/cupboard with light measuring 4`9` x 4`5` (1.45m x 1.34m).
BEDROOM FOUR - 2.58m (8'6") x 2.46m (8'1")
Window to front with window seat. Walk-in storage area/ward robe with shelving measuring 4`5` x 3`4` (1.35m x 1.01m).
BATHROOM - 4.23m (13'11") x 1.65m (5'5")
Door from landing with four steps down with handrail. Velux window to rear. Fitted with a white suite comprising a cast iron panelled bath, w.c and pedestal wash hand basin. Part tiled walls. Built in vanity cupboard with shelving. Radiator. Exposed painted timber floor boards. Eaves storage cupboard.
ANNEXE - 2.32m (7'7") x 1.74m (5'9")
(The annexe has it`s own water, electric supply/meters and telephone, independently from the house).
ENTRANCE PORCH/GARDEN ROOM - 2.32m (7'7") x 1.74m (5'9")
uPVC and brick construction. uPVC double glazed door. Space for fridge and tumble dryer. Vinyl flooring. Obscure part glazed hardwood door to
LOUNGE - 3.98m (13'1") x 2.73m (8'11")
Window to front with views to the garden. Door to the bedroom. Telephone point. Storage radiator. Door to
KITCHEN - 2.78m (9'1") x 1.7m (5'7")
Window to front The kitchen is fitted with a range of cream wall and base units with laminate work surfaces and inset one and a half bowl stainless steel sink unit and drainer. Part tiled walls. Integrated four ring electric hob with cooker hood above. Hotpoint electric double oven/grill set in tower unit with cupboard over and beneath. Laminate flooring. Loft hatch.
BEDROOM - 3.78m (12'5") x 4.16m (13'8") Max
Dual aspect. Windows to front with views to the garden. Storage radiator. Door to
SHOWER ROOM - 2.04m (6'8") x 1.84m (6'0") Max
Velux window. Fitted with a white suite comprising a double walk in shower cubicle w.c. and pedestal wash hand basin. Wall mounted electric heater. Vinyl flooring.
‘Kinders` is situated in a generous grounds of just over a quarter of an acre.
To the front. ‘Kinders` is bounded by a stone wall, with double wrought iron gates and tarmac drive approaching the house. A picket gate leads to the enclosed front garden with lawned area and vegetable plot to the front of the house. Pathway to the front door. A good size flower bed to the other side of the drive. Oil cylinder.
Continuing around to the side of the house a spacious paved patio area runs to the back of the house, with attractive adjacent cobbled area, providing plentiful off road parking for several vehicles. Views to the church. Outside tap. Greenhouse. The garden slopes gently upwards and at the top of the garden, shallow paved steps lead to a more formal garden area with shrub planting bordered by a low stone wall. The remainder of the garden is mainly laid to lawn with various shrubs, bushes and small trees.
BARN ONE - 4.58m (15'0") x 3.4m (11'2")
Crittal window to front. Electric light. Circuit breaker for outbuildings. Vaulted ceiling.
BARN TWO - 4.66m (15'3") x 4.32m (14'2")
Ground floor. Electric light. Exterior stone steps lead to
HAYLOFT (ROOM THREE) - 4.68m (15'4") x 4.33m (14'2")
First floor. Lockable door. Boarded floor. Restricted head height. Electric light.
LOG SHED - 2.42m (7'11") x 2.19m (7'2")
CHICKEN SHED - 2.37m (7'9") x 2.36m (7'9")
WORKSHOP - 2.59m (8'6") x 2.35m (7'9")
END BARN - 3.61m (11'10") x 3.14m (10'4")
All mains services are connected except gas. Water is metered.
East Devon District Council. Band F. Currently £2796.79 payable (2020/21).
Please note we have not tested any apparatus, fixtures, fittings, or services. Interested parties must undertake their own investigation into the working order of these items. All measurements are approximate and photographs provided for guidance only.