3 bedroom House - Detached located at Churchill, Near Axminster - Guide Price of £ 595,000

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Full Description:

A substantial detached period house set in beautiful gardens in a peaceful and secluded country setting.
In all about 1 acre.

Valley House is an imposing stone built detached house quietly tucked away in an unspoilt Devon valley. It features lovely mature gardens incorporating a picturesque stream which feeds into 2 ponds and where a variety of wildlife and birds such as kingfishers, moorhens and wild ducks can be seen. We understand that the stream is a tributary of the River Axe (which is about 1/2 mile away).

The house is believed to date back to the mid 1800's (there is a plaque on the front wall stating '1867'). It has been well cared for and much improved by the vendors who purchased the property about 40 years ago and they created the delightful gardens.

The whole extends to just under an acre.

The property is in the tiny hamlet of Churchill, part of the Parish of All Saints, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and described as typical Devon countryside with rolling wooded hills, small fields and narrow high hedged lanes that have not significantly changed since medieval times . At All Saints there is a Village School, Parish Church and Village Hall and also close by at Smallridge (about 1/2 mile) is the Ridgeway Pub and Restaurant.

The market town of Axminster (with a main line railway station) is about 3 miles and the coast at Lyme Regis approx. 8 miles.

The Accommodation Comprises:

Oak front door to

Entrance Porch:
8'3 x 5'6 (2.51m x 1.68m)
With 2 side windows, radiator, ceramic tiled floor, exposed stone to 1 wall, oak door with 'bullseye' panel to

Dining Room:
17' x 11'4 (5.18m x 3.45m ) (leading to Kitchen)
A charming room with timbered ceiling, 3 radiators, panelled door to Inner Hall and Living Room, patio door to

13'8 x 12' (4.17m x 3.66m)
uPVC double glazing, 2 radiators, french doors to Gardens, ceramic tiled floor, exposed stone to 1 wall.

Living Room:
18' x 17'5 (5.49m x 5.31m)
A light and bright room with windows each side (2 oak casements and 2 with leaded stained glass panels), timbered ceiling, stone fireplace, built in cupboard.

Kitchen (off Dining Room):
In 2 areas - 11'2 x 5'8 (3.35m 0.61m) and 18' x 4'6 (5.49m x 1.37m)
Older style hand built units with pine fronts and worktops (both tiled and laminate), integral electric hob with cooker hood over, double oven, 1.5 bowl stainless steel sink unit, walls and ceiling part timber clad, ceramic tiled floor, 2 uPVC double glazed windows overlooking rear courtyard, further range of built in cupboards, door to

With built in store cupboards, tiled floor.

1 step down to

Rear Porch:
With outside doors to front and rear and further door to

Study and Studio:
(A timber built addition)

13'6 x 7'6 (4.11m x 2.29m)
With night storage heater and

14'2 x 10'4 (4.32m x 3.15m)
(The late owner was a renowned artist)
With uPVC double glazed windows and night storage heater.

Off Dining Room is a door to the

Inner Hall:
With radiator and stairs to the first floor.


2 feature stained glass windows, radiator.

Bedroom 1:
17'9 x 9' (5.41m x 2.74m)
2 excellent quality timber sash windows, hand basin, double wardrobe, 2 radiators, shelved recess.

With panelled bath in tiled surround, tiled shower cubicle, hand basin and WC, airing cupboard with hot water cylinder, extractor.

Bedroom 2:
11' x 7'10 (3.35m x 2.39m)
Sash window as Bedroom 1, radiator, hand basin.

Bedroom 3:
17'4 x 9'6 (5.28m x 2.90m) overall
Dual aspect with sash windows to front and oak side window, radiator, double wardrobe, night storage heater.

Stairs up to


Small Landing:
Door to

Loft Room:
14'10 x 9'6 (4.52m x 2.90m) (sloping ceilings)
With roof light, eaves storage and wardrobe.

Running alongside the western boundary is a small country lane which terminates just beyond the house and along much of this is a substantial stone wall with double timber gates to the Parking Area and detached Double Garage with up and over door. A pretty stone paved pathway leads past a part walled and paved terrace (with pedestrian gate to the lane) and leads to the front door.

The gardens and grounds are a delightful feature of Valley House (and have been opened to the public under the National Gardens Scheme). They are very private and enjoy a sunny southerly aspect and have been carefully landscaped to provide interest and variety around every corner with lawns, patios and terraces, flower beds and inumerable shrubs and trees and 2 large ponds naturally fed by the stream which borders the eastern side of the garden.

Also within the main garden is a shed and greenhouse behind the Garage and a Summerhouse alongside the stream.

To the rear is a Courtyard Garden with a gate to the lane and this includes a raised bed, gravelled and paved areas.

On the far side of the land is a further enclosure of land which includes a useful Single Garage.

The whole is informally estimated at just under 1 Acre.

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Guide Price of £ 595,000
Under Offer
House - Detached
Valley House

Churchill, Near Axminster
EX13 7LZ


  • Sunny Southerly Aspect
  • 2 Good Sized Reception Rooms
  • Conservatory
  • Kitchen
  • Study and Studio
  • 3 Bedrooms and Loft Room
  • Bathroom and Cloakroom/WC
  • Landscaped Gardens with 2 Large Ponds

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