This beautiful, historic house has been under the care of the current owner for the past 25 years and now the opportunity exists for someone who is passionate about historic homes to become the new caretaker. The house is half of a medieval manor, Listed Grade II* with many beautiful features, including the checkerboard flint and brick detailing which appears on the house as well as the barn. If being an historic property is not enough, the house also offers spacious family living, two walled courtyard gardens and a huge period barn with high vaulted ceiling and balconied first floor as well as an adjoining garage and parking for several vehicles.
Arches are a recurring feature, from the arched gate into the walled garden, to the stone archway leading to the arched entrance door to the kitchen and the fantastic wide arched doorway into the barn. The property has origins dating back to c.1410 with the majority of the current building being C17th. In terms of accommodation, there is a large country kitchen with flagstone floor, in the corner of which is a semi circular chamber which once housed a spiral staircase, An inner hallway, leads to a laundry room/w.c. and a generous living room with mullion window overlooking the walled garden at the back and a large Inglenook fireplace with two windows to the front. Beside the fireplace is a large Somerset smoking chamber. A door off the back of the hallway beside the stairs to the first floor, opens onto the walled garden. Upstairs, there is a family bathroom, off a small galleried landing. A few steps further on is the main first floor where there are three bedrooms, the largest of which has a beautiful panelled wall separating the bedroom from the washing/dressing area and the first floor twin to the semi-circular chamber off the kitchen. At the end of the landing is a small staircase leading to a very useful loft room, providing a great space for hobbies or occasional guests (although there is no window to this room).
Back across the entrance courtyard is the barn, although this term does not do the building justice. The large entrance porch is stunning with a wide oak doorway framed by two very wide, solid pieces of arched wood. Above this is a beautiful checkerboard design using red brick and flint stone squares. Once inside this vestibule, a further internal door leads into a large vaulted room with an upper floor having a balcony/gallery overlooking the ground level. The room feels a little like a chapel and may have been used as such in the past. This space would make a fantastic art studio, hobby space or storage for vintage vehicles as there is a double door at the back which leads into the garage, providing a practical access to the area for large items/vehicles.
Undoubtedly, this property is not for everyone and it does require a degree of renovation but for those who love and are fascinated by history, it has to be given serious consideration.
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 Jurassic coast at Axmouth is just 6 miles to the south and the surrounding area has been designated as being of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The accommodation, all measurements approximate, comprises:
Arched doorway provides main entrance, leading directly into the kitchen.
KITCHEN/DINING ROOM - 6.05m (19'10") x 4.72m (15'6")
A large bright room with two windows to the front. The kitchen is not fitted in the modern sense, but furnished with free standing furniture. None of this is included in the sale. There is an oil fired Aga, for cooking and heating the hot water, which is included in the sale. In the far corner of the room is a semi circular chamber which once housed a spiral staircase. This space is echoed on the first floor above. A beautiful flag stone floor runs throughout the kitchen and into the hall.
Leading to the living room, laundry and stairwell. Stairs rising to first floor. Beside the stairwell a glazed door leads to a small lobby, where an external door leads outside to the rear walled garden (currently rather overgrown).
Obscure glazed window to side. Fitted with w.c. and wash hand basin. Floor standing oil fired boiler for central heating. Range of built-in cupboards for storage. Space and plumbing for washing machine.
LIVING ROOM - 6.22m (20'5") x 4.88m (16'0")
Large mullion window to rear. Three small mullions to the front (two of which are set behind the fireplace). Side door to garden. Impressive Inglenook fireplace with bread oven, fitted with a multi-fuel stove. Beside the fireplace is a former Somerset smoking chamber. Wood block flooring.
There is a long window to the rear set in the stairwell, providing plenty of light to the stairs and lower landing. A galleried area leads to the bathroom. Further steps lead up to the main landing, where there is a built-in book case and cupboards. Airing cupboard housing lagged hot water cylinder.
BEDROOM ONE - 5.84m (19'2") x 4.37m (14'4") Min
The largest bedroom is made up of two areas. The first is a dressing/washing area with a window to the front and a sink unit (sink is broken). Beautiful oak panelling separates this area from the rest of the room. There is another window to the front and a two built-in wardrobes/cupboards. In the corner of the room, is the semi-circular chamber which housed the former spiral staircase, which is now a lovely place to sit and read or relax.
BEDROOM TWO - 3.73m (12'3") x 3.73m (12'3")
Windows to front and side.
BEDROOM THREE - 3.66m (12'0") x 2.29m (7'6")
Window to side.
(Off the lower landing.) Window to side. Fitted with a white suite comprising bath, w.c. and pedestal wash hand basin.
STAIRS TO ATTIC ROOM - 6.4m (21'0") Max x 5.05m (16'7")
Large room with vaulted ceiling. Built-in cupboards. N.B. This room does not have a window.
There are a number of outside spaces that accompany the property. At the back is a walled garden, which is currently very over-grown and not easily accessible. At the front is a small garden running alongside the path to the kitchen door. This area is enclosed by wrought iron fencing to the front. To the side of the house is a further walled garden, which has been landscaped into a pretty formal garden with bay trees and gravelled for ease of maintenance (this are also required some weeding and restoration). There is an arched gateway from here to the front leading to the lane. At the far end of this courtyard garden is the barn/studio.
(Please see floor plan for measurements)
This is a beautiful building which may have once been a Chapel. The barn is made up of several areas: a large arched door opens into a lobby with a door from here leading to a store room, which is partly open and houses the oil tank. The barn/studio is large (over 6m x 6m) and has a large gallery above covering around half of the lower floor area. At the back of the barn, large doors open up to the
GARAGE - 5.79m (19'0") x 5.66m (18'7")
Door to the rear. Two windows.
Space for at least two vehicles in front of the garage. Additional parking along the side of the garden.
Mains electricity and water are connected. Oil fired central heating. Septic tank drainage, shared with the neighbouring property. The tank is situated in the neighbours garden.
East Devon District Council. Band E. Currently £2,541.91 (2021/22).
ST 39 NW AXMINSTER WEYCROFT
Weycroft Manor and
GV Weycroft Well House
Circa C16 and possibly earlier. Coursed stone. Wood shingle roof replaces thatch.
Gable ends with stone coping. Long two storey, four window range with moulded string
course over ground floor windows. To right of centre a two storey gabled porch with
round-arched doorway and moulded wood inner doorcase and panelled door. Modern
four-light casement windows. Ashlar ridge chimney stacks.
Projecting to right hand a wing (Weycroft Well House) with splayed corner and slit
windows and gabled cross wing set back at end with small stone window in the gable.
Interior: Weycroft Manor has C18 dog-leg staircase with moulded string and turned
balusters. Early C18 panelled room with moulded cornices and overmantle painting
depicting a hunting scene - now situated in hall.
Well House has heavy chamfered ceiling beams, Tudor arched doorway and chamfered
fireplace bressummer. Painting over door on first floor similar to that in Weycroft
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.