St. Brannocks Road, Ilfracombe, Devon
Simply put, this is a stunning house!! Packed full of superb period features, with spacious immaculately presented accommodation throughout this fabulous example of a fine 7 bedroom detached Victorian residence with additional large basement rooms that would suit a variety of purposes
Homes like this one do not come up for sale very often; this is a rare opportunity to purchase what is quite simply a stunning family home with superb spacious bright and airy rooms throughout, packed full of period features, and exquisitely decorated to complement the property's Victorian heritage. Sitting in large beautifully landscaped gardens approached via its own sweeping driveway, the 7 bedroom, 4 reception room, 4 bathroom accommodation offers a great deal of versatility and is ideal for the larger family. The large basement comprises a further series of spacious rooms that could be utilised in a variety of ways and could easily convert into further ancillary accommodation such as a separate flat as an annexe for a dependent relative, dual family occupation or for uses for home working, creating office space or consulting/work rooms for a range of different occupations. Furthermore, a separate flat could be used to provide a supplementary income to the main home from assured shorthold letting or from lucrative holiday letting via Airbnb or similar.
You simply MUST view this home to appreciate the quality of the accommodation and the space on offer. The current owners have loving restored the property over their tenure, sympathetically modernising the home to allow for modern day living but ensuring the period character and charm is not diminished. The house very successfully blends style, practicality, space and versatility and in our view, is the very best of its type available within the current market place.
The wealth of period features are evident throughout the home and particularly so upon entering the property in to the superb spacious hall way. The immaculate original Victorian mosaic tiled floor leads you through the hall to a magnificent wide staircase that rises to the upper floors with its ornate spindle balustrade. There are high ceilings with decorative coving and light roses, panelled doors, and many of the rooms within the property, including several of the bedrooms, have old ornate fireplaces. The home enjoys delightful and far reaching views as well, stretching across to the tree-lined Score Valley, over the town and towards the Bristol Channel in the distance.
Bicclescombe House sits in its own large landscaped gardens which are approached via a driveway. The gardens surround the property on all sides and connect well with the house via the fabulous conservatory with its climbing grapevine as well as the relaxing garden room at first floor level which provides a calming sitting area and opens via large glazed double doors onto a delightful circular patio within the rear garden. The gardens provide many different, private areas to enjoy and are awash with colour in the spring and summer months.
The property is conveniently located to many of the town's amenities. The high street is approximately 1/2 a mile away and the picturesque sea front and harbour is around a mile away. The Cairn Nature Reserve sits closely behind the property and is ideal for dog walkers or a lazy Sunday stroll with some fabulous scenery to enjoy. The Cairn is also the start of the Tarka Trail cycle route which joins with other routes that meander through the North Devon countryside. The Torrs walk is also a short distance away with its spectacular views of the rugged coastline and across the Bristol Channel. The park gardens at Bicclescombe are just minutes walk away with the towns Medical Centre and Hospital also in the near vicinity. There are local schools for all ages with private education also available nearby with West Buckland School being the most well-known. North Devon has a huge amount to offer and an abundance of leisure activities to enjoy. The superb golden sand beaches at Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton are all within easy reach and the Exmoor National Park is no more than a 20 minute drive away. Barnstaple, the region's main trading centre, is just 12 miles away and has many of the big name shops, further leisure facilities and a rail link to Exeter which has direct links to the major London stations. There is access onto the A361 link road which joins the M5 at junction 27.
The entrance lobby leads through into the welcoming and spacious entrance hall with its superb mosaic tiled floor and staircase to the first floor. Stripped wooden panelled doors lead off to a variety of reception rooms. The dining room is a beautiful room with a large bay window at the front and a feature cast iron fireplace with a decorative wooden surround and mantle over. The high ceilings are enhanced by ornate coving and a central light rose. The oak flooring leads you through to the kitchen which is fitted with an extensive range of base and wall units, complimented by granite work surfaces and a range style cooker with an extractor canopy over. A wood burning stove sits in a fireplace recess and double doors open onto one of the many sitting areas within the garden at the side of the house.
Across the hallway is the main drawing room which is a splendid room with similar high ceilings, a bay window and period features. A large wood burner sits in an attractive fireplace and hearth with a decorative wooden surround and mantle over and provides a focal point to the room. The drawing room opens into a gorgeous conservatory which is particularly bright and airy, enjoying a sunny aspect and overlooking the garden. A real feature of the room is the mature climbing grapevine which produces a very healthy crop! There is an original terracotta tiled floor and slate window sills, some stained glass and an exposed store feature to the length of one wall. The conservatory allows the garden to be enjoyed whatever the weather and has direct access out on to a large paved patio area with a colourful backdrop of mature shrubs, bushes, plants and trees.
There is a further sitting room which has full height glazing allowing plenty of light to pour in. Large sliding doors again lead out on to the side paved patio. The period features continue with the coving to the ceiling and the light rose and a fireplace frames the wood burning stove.
At the rear of the house is a useful area that could suit a variety of purposes. Currently this part of the house is set up as a gym, utility area and cloakroom/wc. There is a door concealing the interconnecting staircase which leads down into the basement rooms below.
Moving to the first floor, the large open landing provides further opulence and leads to the garden room, three bedrooms and the main family bathroom. The garden room sits at the rear and has a vaulted ceiling and glazing across the length of one wall with double doors out onto the rear garden. This rooms provides a quieter, relaxing sitting area with a great connection to the outdoors. The decadent family bathroom has great style and comprises a free-standing rolled top bath, a separate walk-in shower cubicle, 'his and hers' hand basins and a low level wc. The stripped wooden floorboards and decorative features add to the character of the room.
There are three double bedrooms on the first floor all with delightful period features, fireplaces and stylishly appointed. Bedrooms 1 and 2 sit at the front of the house and both have en suite facilities and enjoy the far reaching views over the town towards the wooded Score Valley and over to the distant Bristol Channel. Up on the second floor, there are a further four bedrooms, again all double sized rooms and all having their own unique character and charm. There is also a further large family bathroom with a modern white suite.
The basement has its own separate independent access from the front of the building but it could also re-connect directly with the main house via the old staircase at the rear (currently not used). The basement is a very spacious and very useable area of the property with excellent head height and surprisingly bright. There are a series of rooms that could be utilised in a variety of ways to suit the owners lifestyle. This area is particularly useful for those looking to live and work from home or who have specific hobbies or interests they wish to enjoy. Further accommodation could easily be formed or a separate unit of accommodation as an annexe for an elderly or dependent relative or for dual family occupation. A separate unit could also provide a good level of supplementary income from assured shorthold or holiday letting. (changes to the basement may require specific planning/building consents).
Outside, the property is approached via a sweeping driveway which leads up from the main road. There is a garage/store attached to the (right hand) side of the house but there is also plenty of additional parking for several vehicles. The front is well screened by mature trees giving an excellent level of privacy.
A the left hand side of the house, adjacent to the conservatory, there is a large and delightful private paved sun terrace which has a water feature and a wealth of mature trees, shrubs, bushes and plants surrounding providing a pretty and colourful backdrop. Immediately behind the house is a large circular decked outdoor entertaining area which is directly accessed via the garden room and is a great place for al-fresco dining, barbecues and sun bathing. There is outdoor lighting and power points. Beyond here is further beautifully landscaped gardens with a large coloured gravelled terrace with well-stocked and colourful raised flower bed borders, a greenhouse and a useful gabled roof, brick built outbuilding/store with light and power points. Steps and a gate at the rear lead up on to an upper lawned tier with a mature hedge border that runs the full length of the rear of the boundary. This area does not form part of the title to the property but has been used and maintained by the present owners during their 15 years.
At the right hand side of the house there is further terracing and patios, colourful and attractive planting and a large wooden aviary.
Bicclescombe House truly is a magnificent family home offering a great deal of versatility, style, space and comfort and an internal viewing is simply a must to fully appreciate the grandeur and quality of the accommodation and facilities on offer.
Main House - Ground Floor
Entrance Lobby 6'1" x 6' (1.85m x 1.83m).
Entrance Hall 21'2" x 12'7" (6.45m x 3.84m).
Drawing Room 20'6" x 19'11" (6.25m x 6.07m).
Conservatory 18'7" x 10'7" (5.66m x 3.23m).
Sitting Room 14'9" x 14' (4.5m x 4.27m).
Dining Room 21'3" x 18'5" (6.48m x 5.61m).
Kitchen 18'5" x 14' (5.61m x 4.27m).
Gym 1 14'10" x 13' (4.52m x 3.96m).
Gym 2 13'3" x 11'4" (4.04m x 3.45m).
Laundry Room 12'7" x 12'3" (3.84m x 3.73m).
Main House - First Floor
Garden/Sitting Room 14'10" x 11'4" (4.52m x 3.45m).
Landing 12'6" x 10'9" (3.8m x 3.28m).
Bedroom 1 21'4" x 18'5" (6.5m x 5.61m).
En Suite Shower Room 11'10" x 3'10" (3.6m x 1.17m).
Bedroom 2 20'6" x 16'6" (6.25m x 5.03m).
En Suite Shower Room 7'11" x 7'6" (2.41m x 2.29m).
Bedroom 3 14'5" x 13'10" (4.4m x 4.22m).
Family Bathroom 18'5" x 13'11" (5.61m x 4.24m).
Main House - Second Floor
Landing 12'5" x 12' (3.78m x 3.66m).
Bedroom 4 18'3" x 16'3" (5.56m x 4.95m).
Bedroom 5 16'7" x 15'8" (5.05m x 4.78m).
Bedroom 6 14'11" x 10'9" (4.55m x 3.28m).
Bedroom 7 14'4" x 11'2" (4.37m x 3.4m).
Family Bathroom 12'7" x 8'1" (3.84m x 2.46m).
Lower Ground Floor - Basement
Room 1 14'5" x 11'7" (4.4m x 3.53m).
Recreation Room 19'6" x 19'2" (5.94m x 5.84m).
Hall 12' x 6'1" (3.66m x 1.85m).
Bathroom 12'7" x 5'4" (3.84m x 1.63m).
Family Room 21'5" x 18' (6.53m x 5.49m).
Room 2 13'3" x 9' (4.04m x 2.74m).
Applicants are advised to proceed from our offices in a westerly direction along the high street. Pass through the traffic lights at Church Street and at the mini roundabout take the left hand exit onto St Brannocks Road. Continue along St Brannocks Road for approximately 500 yards passing the left hand turn to Bicclescombe Park Road. Bicclescombe House will be found on the right hand side half way up the hill.
- Versatile accommodation that could suit a variety of purposes
- Immaculately presented throughout
- Superb 7 bedroom, 4 bathroom main accommodation
- Large basement rooms ideal for home working/conversion to ancillary accommodation for a dependent relative or home and income (consent may be required)
- A wealth of characterful period features throughout
- Impressive entrance hall with mosaic tiled floor
- Four large reception rooms and delightful conservatory
- Gym and utility area
- Garage and additional parking for several cars
- Views over the town towards the Score Valley and Bristol Channel in the distance