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  • Character home for dual occupancy or income
  • Excellent equestrian facilities
  • 3/4 Bedrooms (three En-Suite)
  • Sitting Room with large inglenook fireplace
  • Very well appointed one Bedroom Annex
  • Conveniently situated Stable Yard
  • Plenty of parking and space for a horse box
  • 25m x 45m floodlight all weather Riding Arena
  • Level pasture paddocks
  • Edge of village location with countryside views

Summary

A privately situated and impeccably presented equestrian property comprising a superbly renovated three/four bedroom character cottage, detached one bedroom annex, post and rail fenced paddocks, stabling and floodlit all weather riding arena. Ideal as a large family residence or ‘home with income’. Just under 4 acres in all. EPC exempt.

Full Description

A Grade II Listed ‘Chocolate Box’ cottage with many character features including inglenook fireplaces and exposed timbers. Featuring a part thatched and part slate roof, Higher Skellies has been beautifully and sympathetically improved and extended by the current owners, using traditional methods. It now provides exceptionally well appointed and very flexible accommodation that could, as at present, provide space for a dependent relative or be used for holiday letting/B&B to generate an income. There is oil fired central heating via radiators to the cottage and oil fired underfloor heating in the annex. It will undoubtedly appeal to horse lovers and the superb equestrian facilities are well planned with their own entrance, yet in convenient proximity to the cottage.

MAIN COTTAGE
The ground floor of this charming home oozes character and features a traditional, dual aspect Farmhouse Kitchen fitted with a range of bespoke painted timber cupboards, 1.5 bowl ceramic sink an integrated dishwasher and under counter fridge. It also boasts a large inglenook fireplace with original bread oven and space for a range cooker, window seat and beamed ceiling. Off the kitchen is the Dining Room, a further double aspect room with French doors opening on to the garden. From here a wrought iron spiral staircase leads to Bedroom 2 with En-suite Shower Room. These three rooms would readily lend themselves for use as a small holiday letting unit or as B&B accommodation. The cosy double aspect Sitting Room has an impressive inglenook fireplace fitted with a wood burning stove, original bread oven and beamed ceiling. It boasts all the charm one might expect from a cottage style living space. Complimenting the accommodation on the ground floor are a covered Entrance Porch, Entrance Hall, Shower Room, Study and Utility Room.

The first floor offers a spacious Master Bedroom with a generous, fully tiled En-suite Bathroom with a white traditionally styled four-piece suite comprising a large shower cubicle, panelled bath, close coupled back to wall WC and pedestal wash hand basin. Bedroom 3/Dressing Room has an inter connecting door to Bedroom 4. Off Bedroom 4 is an En-suite Shower Room. These two bedrooms were originally one room and could be easily re-configured back into one large double bedroom, with en-suite facilities, if desired.

THE ANNEX
Located about 10m from the cottage and approached over a gravelled and paved courtyard, the annex also has its own private driveway, parking and entrance from the village lane. This detached thatched property was attractively converted, to a very high standard, from a former smithy about 10 years ago. It provides comfortable and well appointed one bedroom dependent relatives or guest accommodation and boasts a vaulted ceiling, underfloor heating and a beautiful bespoke oak staircase. The open plan living accommodation comprises a well appointed and fully equipped Kitchen Area, with steps leading down to the dual aspect Sitting Room with a feature fireplace fitted with an electric fire and exposed.

ceiling timbers. The Bathroom is fitted with a modern white suite with a corner bath, pedestal wash hand basin and close coupled WC. The airing cupboard has slatted shelves and controls for under floor heating. The Bedroom is arranged as a mezzanine floor over the sitting room and is approached over the handcrafted oak staircase.
For a layout and full dimensions please see the floor plan.

GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The grounds and facilities at Higher Skellies are sure to appeal to equestrian enthusiasts and are ideal for anyone with a love of horses but could be equally suitable for a variety of other purposes. The gardens wrap around the house and feature a paved patio, lawns, mature trees and number of pretty borders planted with a variety of shrubs and perennials. There is a raised deck with a wonderful view over the riding arena, paddocks and countryside beyond. Beyond the decking is an extensive enclosed vegetable garden with raised beds. Part stone and part brick built Garden Store.

EQUESTRIAN FACILITIES
A path from the back door of the cottage leads to the fully enclosed Stable Yard which is located within easy access, yet is completely independent of the cottage with its own entrance through a five bar gate off the village lane. The six stables are situated around a large area of hard standing and there is plenty of space to park and turn a horsebox or trailer. Power and light connected is connected and the stables, which are of timber construction and comprise three blocks of as follows:
Stable Block 1: Three stables approximately 11’6 x 11’6 (3.5m x 3.5m) together with a feed store/tack room.
Stable Block 2: Two stables both about 11’3 x 11’3 (3.45m x 3.45m).
Stable Block 3: Hay store and stable both around 12’0 x 12’0 (3.6m x 3.6m).

A gate from the yard leads to the paddocks and arena. A further gate leads to an open fronted Field Shelter 14’2 x 20’4 (4.4m x 6.3m), which can be also accessed from the paddocks and General Storage Building (tractors etc.) about 14’2 x 9’10 (4.4m x 3m) with double doors.

The grazing is divided into four level paddocks all with post and rail fencing and five bar gates. The grounds extend to just under 4 acres in all. A track from the stable yard leads to the flood lit all weather Riding Arena approximately 25m x 45m, enclosed by post and rail fencing.

Services: Mains and private well water supply, mains electricity; private drainage.
Local Authority: Torridge District Council
Council Tax: House Band F. Annex Band A.
Tenure: Freehold.

DIRECTIONS
From Bideford proceed in a southerly direction on the A386 towards Torrington. Leave Torrington on the A386 towards Okehampton then turn left just outside the town onto the A3124 signposted to Winkleigh. Continue through the village of Beaford and after approx. 2 miles, turn left at Dolton Beacon Garage. Take the next right signposted Riddlecombe and follow this lane until reaching a T-junction. Turn right into the village of Riddlecombe and Higher Skellies will be found immediately on the right hand side with nameplate clearly displayed.

A Grade II Listed ‘Chocolate Box’ cottage with many character features including inglenook fireplaces and exposed timbers. Featuring a part thatched and part slate roof, Higher Skellies has been beautifully and sympathetically improved and extended by the current owners, using traditional methods. It now provides exceptionally well appointed and very flexible accommodation that could, as at present, provide space for a dependent relative or be used for holiday letting/B&B to generate an income. There is oil fired central heating via radiators to the cottage and oil fired underfloor heating in the annex. It will undoubtedly appeal to horse lovers and the superb equestrian facilities are well planned with their own entrance, yet in convenient proximity to the cottage.

MAIN COTTAGE
The ground floor of this charming home oozes character and features a traditional, dual aspect Farmhouse Kitchen fitted with a range of bespoke painted timber cupboards, 1.5 bowl ceramic sink an integrated dishwasher and under counter fridge. It also boasts a large inglenook fireplace with original bread oven and space for a range cooker, window seat and beamed ceiling. Off the kitchen is the Dining Room, a further double aspect room with French doors opening on to the garden. From here a wrought iron spiral staircase leads to Bedroom 2 with En-suite Shower Room. These three rooms would readily lend themselves for use as a small holiday letting unit or as B&B accommodation. The cosy double aspect Sitting Room has an impressive inglenook fireplace fitted with a wood burning stove, original bread oven and beamed ceiling. It boasts all the charm one might expect from a cottage style living space. Complimenting the accommodation on the ground floor are a covered Entrance Porch, Entrance Hall, Shower Room, Study and Utility Room.

The first floor offers a spacious Master Bedroom with a generous, fully tiled En-suite Bathroom with a white traditionally styled four-piece suite comprising a large shower cubicle, panelled bath, close coupled back to wall WC and pedestal wash hand basin. Bedroom 3/Dressing Room has an inter connecting door to Bedroom 4. Off Bedroom 4 is an En-suite Shower Room. These two bedrooms were originally one room and could be easily re-configured back into one large double bedroom, with en-suite facilities, if desired.

THE ANNEX
Located about 10m from the cottage and approached over a gravelled and paved courtyard, the annex also has its own private driveway, parking and entrance from the village lane. This detached thatched property was attractively converted, to a very high standard, from a former smithy about 10 years ago. It provides comfortable and well appointed one bedroom dependent relatives or guest accommodation and boasts a vaulted ceiling, underfloor heating and a beautiful bespoke oak staircase. The open plan living accommodation comprises a well appointed and fully equipped Kitchen Area, with steps leading down to the dual aspect Sitting Room with a feature fireplace fitted with an electric fire and exposed ceiling timbers. The Bathroom is fitted with a modern white suite with a corner bath, pedestal wash hand basin and close coupled WC. The airing cupboard has slatted shelves and controls for under floor heating. The Bedroom is arranged as a mezzanine floor over the sitting room and is approached over the handcrafted oak staircase.
For a layout and full dimensions please see the floor plan.

GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The grounds and facilities at Higher Skellies are sure to appeal to equestrian enthusiasts and are ideal for anyone with a love of horses but could be equally suitable for a variety of other purposes. The gardens wrap around the house and feature a paved patio, lawns, mature trees and number of pretty borders planted with a variety of shrubs and perennials. There is a raised deck with a wonderful view over the riding arena, paddocks and countryside beyond. Beyond the decking is an extensive enclosed vegetable garden with raised beds. Part stone and part brick built Garden Store.

EQUESTRIAN FACILITIES
A path from the back door of the cottage leads to the fully enclosed Stable Yard which is located within easy access, yet is completely independent of the cottage with its own entrance through a five bar gate off the village lane. The six stables are situated around a large area of hard standing and there is plenty of space to park and turn a horsebox or trailer. Power and light connected is connected and the stables, which are of timber construction and comprise three blocks of as follows:
Stable Block 1: Three stables approximately 11’6 x 11’6 (3.5m x 3.5m) together with a feed store/tack room.
Stable Block 2: Two stables both about 11’3 x 11’3 (3.45m x 3.45m).
Stable Block 3: Hay store and stable both around 12’0 x 12’0 (3.6m x 3.6m).

A gate from the yard leads to the paddocks and arena. A further gate leads to an open fronted Field Shelter 14’2 x 20’4 (4.4m x 6.3m), which can be also accessed from the paddocks and General Storage Building (tractors etc.) about 14’2 x 9’10 (4.4m x 3m) with double doors.

The grazing is divided into four level paddocks all with post and rail fencing and five bar gates. The grounds extend to just under 4 acres in all. A track from the stable yard leads to the flood lit all weather Riding Arena approximately 25m x 45m, enclosed by post and rail fencing.

Services: Mains and private well water supply, mains
electricity; private drainage.
Local Authority: Torridge District Council
Council Tax: House Band F. Annex Band A.
Tenure: Freehold.

DIRECTIONS
From Bideford proceed in a southerly direction on the A386 towards Torrington. Leave Torrington on the A386 towards Okehampton then turn left just outside the town onto the A3124 signposted to Winkleigh. Continue through the village of Beaford and after approx. 2 miles, turn left at Dolton Beacon Garage. Take the next right signposted Riddlecombe and follow this lane until reaching a T-junction. Turn right into the village of Riddlecombe and Higher Skellies will be found immediately on the right hand side with nameplate clearly displayed.

Viewing
Please contact us on 01237 477997 if you wish to arrange a viewing appointment for this property, or require further information.

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