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5 Bedrooms Detached House for sale in Littlehempston, South Hams TQ9


5 Bedrooms Detached House - £900,000

Littlehempston, South Hams TQ9

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First listed on: 10th March 2016

Nearest stations: Totnes (0.9 mi)Ivybridge (1.4 mi)Paignton (5 mi)Torquay (5.8 mi)Torre (5.8 mi)

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HOW TO GET THERE TQ9 6LY - Leave Totnes on the A381 Newton Abbot road. After 1½ miles and immediately before the Pig & Whistle, turn left. Go under the railway bridge and continue into Littlehempston. Pass the Tally Ho Inn and The Old Rectory is next door, with parking on the far side.  />
LITTLEHEMPSTON The hamlet of Littlehempston is situated just over a mile to the north east of Totnes. Located alongside the River Hems, a tributary of the Dart, and tidal up to Littlehempston Bridge, the village has a rural character, two pubs and its parish church of St John The Baptist. The village and surrounding countryside are within an area of great landscape value. Totnes is known as an Elizabethan town but has much earlier origins with a castle, a wonderful position on the River Dart and a main line railway station for quick access to Paddington. The town has a well-regarded community college, full range of shops, a weekly market and a wide choice of cultural facillites. The area is host to a variety of cultural, recreational and sporting pursuits: Dartmoor, the South Hams and the South Devon coastline are all within easy reach and both Exeter and Plymouth are within half an hour\'s drive. 

THE PROPERTY Its Grade II listing suggests that The Old Rectory dates from the 17th century, but it seems clear that the oldest part of the building has much earlier origins. It is a beautiful house, which while having been modernised and restored fifteen or so years ago including a conservatory on the south side, retains many lovely old features. It has a calm, comfortable and homely feel about it and its four reception rooms and five bedrooms are ideal for a family.

Outside, a group of former farm buildings once approached through the coach passage includes stabling, a washhouse, a coach house and a large two-storey barn. The Cider Barn has two bedrooms, bathroom and upstairs open plan living with kitchen area.

To the south west and beyond the church are further gardens and almost five acres of land through the middle of which flows the River Hems. Along the southern boundary of the property Brunel built his historic atmospheric railway which even today still sees the occasional steam locomotive.


SOME HISTORY The Old Rectory is Listed Grade II. The core of the house, identified from thick walls and deep window splays, is medieval, a two-room hall house originally open to the rafters.

In the 16th century the upper floor was inserted, probably accessed from a stone stair outside and similar to the one still in place on the next-door Tally Ho pub. An early fireplace in the current hall dates from this period. In the early eighteenth century an internal stair was inserted in an east-facing two-storey extension. In approximately 1841 a second extension was added to the north-east end of the original building. This wing includes a coach passage and a second stair, and housed a kitchen and dining room.

Although it is not certain whether The Old Rectory was always the rector\'s house, we know that it was in the mid-19th century. The coming of Brunel\'s Atmospheric railway in the 1840s encouraged the rector of the time, The Rev. F.H. Hele, M.A. to build a new and grander rectory some way away from the railway and the church, now Winton House and East Winton. Features of the new extension of the Old Rectory are found repeated in Winton House. Presumably Hele had enjoyed building this quite substantial extension, and had a taste for more. The railway might have seemed a sufficient excuse.

The coming of the railway however gave the opportunity for a very clear image of The Old Rectory, which is found in the series of images of the proposed railway, undertaken in watercolour by William Dawson. It shows the route of the railway through the parish, and also views on both sides of the proposed line. The house is shown from the back, with both extensions as wings, with the lady of the house standing outside the drawing room window, with a child at her side. Not all of the current range of barns in the lower courtyard are shown.

The important history of the Great Western Railway from London to Penzance continues, and other trains run through the midlands and the north to Scotland, with trains to Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Approximately eight trains an hour come by - the sound from the trains lasts around eight seconds! 

HALL 16\' 2" x 11\' 5" (4.94m x 3.5m) Panelled front door approached under a rose clad trellis porch. Stone fireplace with flagstone hearth, heavy timber lintel and fitted with woodburning stove. Two radiators, ancient wall panelling. 

INNER HALL Radiator, fitted carpet, carpeted staircase, walk-in store cupboard.


SITTING ROOM 23\' 8" x 12\' 6" (7.23m x 3.82m) [S&N] Fireplace with Minster mantelpiece and woodburning stove and with fitted shelves and cupboards to one side of the chimney breast, cupboards and shelves in alcove, fitted carpet, two radiators, sash window with working shutters and French doors with working shutters, dado panelling at north end of room. 

CONSERVATORY 20\' 2" x 7\' 11" (6.15m x 2.43m) Double glazed timber conservatory with glazed roof and overlooking the garden. 

DINING ROOM 16\' 5" x 13\' 6" (5.02m x 4.12m) Panelled walls, cast iron fireplace with marble mantelpiece, bookshelves to one side of chimney breast, radiator, casement window. 

KITCHEN 12\' 3" x 10\' 8" (3.75m x 3.27m) [N] Handmade kitchen units with hardwood work surfaces and tiled surrounds, Belfast sink with mixer tap and hardwood draining board, matching wall cupboards, tiled alcove with mantelpiece and housing Alpha oil fired cooker with also heats the radiators and the water, tiled floor, casement window with window seat with radiator beneath with white painted mantelpiece. 

BREAKFAST ROOM 11\' 1" x 8\' 1" (3.39m x 2.47m) Casement window with window seat, timber panelled wall, tiled floor, built-in cupboard with shelves and electricity consumer unit, radiator. 

UTILITY ROOM & WC Stainless steel sink with plumbing underneath for washing machine and dishwasher. Door to separate CLOAKROOM with WC. 

LANDING Two radiators, casement window overlooking conservatory, airing cupboard with metal hot water cylinder and cupboard above.


BEDROOM 16\' 9" x 15\' 8" (5.13m x 4.8m) [N] Fitted carpet, casement window, white painted fireplace, one wall with exposed timbers, radiator. Door to shower room. 

SHOWER ROOM A \'Jack & Jill\' shower room with shower cubicle & WC, washbasin with built-in cabinet above, tiled shower cubicle with sliding screen doors, fitted carpet, radiator, fireplace, casement window. 

BEDROOM 13\' 0" x 10\' 8" (3.97m x 3.27m) [N] Fitted carpet, radiator, one wall with exposed timbers, casement window.


BATHROOM 9\' 1" x 8\' 4" (2.78m x 2.55m) [N] Bath with tiled surround, Heritage antique style wash basin, WC, fitted carpet, radiator, casement window with window seat and cupboards underneath, tiled shower cubicle with brass shower fitting. 

UPPER LANDING Fitted carpet, rooflight, secondary staircase from kitchen, walk-in airing cupboard with fitted shelves, fitted carpet and radiator.


BEDROOM 17\' 9" x 11\' 6" (5.42m x 3.52m) [S] Open fireplace with white painted mantelpiece and tiled surround, fitted carpet, radiator, casement window. 

BEDROOM 8\' 8" x 7\' 10" (2.66m x 2.39m) [S] Fitted carpet, radiator, casement window. 

BEDROOM 13\' 5" x 19\' 1" (4.1m x 5.83m) [N] Fitted carpet, two casement windows, radiator, wardrobe, cast iron fireplace with tiled surround and mantelpiece. 

OUTSIDE - CARRIAGE ENTRANCE 33\' 7" x 6\' 4" (10.24m x 1.95m) With double doors at either end providing an access from front of the house to the back.


OUTSIDE The front of the house is approached through a wrought iron gate across a small gravelled front garden and beneath a trellis porch. To one side of the house is a gravelled parking and turning area at one corner of which is the oil storage tank. On the south side of the house approached from the sitting room and from the conservatory are a paved terrace and a grassed front garden with flower and shrub borders and a central flower bed.

Beyond the garden is a gravelled courtyard with a well in the centre and surrounded by a range of outbuildings. These include a stone FORMER STABLE [5.17m x 2.79m] with brick tiled floor, timber hayrack; stone WASH HOUSE (4.5m x 2.64m) with brick floor and old metal boiler in a stone chimney recess: Stone GARAGE/WOOD STORE (5.52m x 4.69m) with concreted floor and double timber doors; FORMER PIGGERIES (8.61m x 4.77m) with loft; GREENHOUSE (2.65m x 2.08m)


THE BARN 77\' 3" x 30\' 4" (23.56m x 9.25m) Built principally of stone with pitched corrugated roof and on two floors. Corrugated cladding to first floor. Light and power laid on. Formerly a milking parlour and piggery. 

CIDER BARN A 2 storey barn converted in 2003 to a design by Harris & Sutton Partnership in Totnes. 

ENTRANCE HALL With tiled floor, radiator and circular staircase. 

BEDROOM 9\' 6" x 9\' 3" (2.91m x 2.83m) With two double glazed casement windows, radiator, built-in double wardrobe. 

BEDROOM 12\' 10" x 9\' 6" (3.92m x 2.92m) Two double glazed casement, double glazed stable door opening onto garden, built-in wardrobe, radiator.


BATHROOM Tiled bathroom with tiled floor and walls, bath with fully tiled surround, shower screen and shower over, wash basin, WC, vertical towel rail, extractor fan, shaving point, double glazed casement window. 

UPSTAIRS - OPEN PLAN LIVING 20\' 4" x 14\' 9" (6.2m x 4.51m) [E,S&W] Four double glazed casement windows, double glazed French doors/Juliet balcony, woodburning stove set on a stone plinth with stainless steel chimney, three radiators. Heatra Sadia electromax electric boiler for central heating and hot water. The open plan living has a vaulted ceiling with rooflight. 

KITCHEN AREA 6\' 8" x 7\' 10" (2.04m x 2.39m) Hardwood kitchen units with hardwood worktops and tiled surrounds, Hotpoint four ring electric hob, Ariston oven/ grill, stainless steel circular sink with mixer tap and wooden drainer, fitted wall cupboards, shelves and rack, space for fridge/freezer, built-in dishwasher. 

LAND 4.89 acres of pasture land lies to the south west of the house and buildings and through it flows the River Hems. The land has road access from Grattons lane, by the church carpark and from close to the house. A small section of the land is enclosed as additional garden. 

SERVICES All mains services except gas. Oil central heating to house from Alpha in the kitchen. Electric central heating to Cider Barn from boiler on the landing. 

USEFUL INFORMATION Go to for information about council tax, location, development boundaries, recycling etc. Type TQ9 6LY in the box under \'Where You Live\' [bottom right corner] and select The Old Rectory from the list.
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Disclaimer Property reference A56A0C663C8FA9_101034008597. Details are provided and maintained by Luscombe Maye. makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of aforementioned details.

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59 Fore Street




Telephone: See phone number 01803 869920


Disclaimer Property reference A56A0C663C8FA9_101034008597. Details are provided and maintained by Luscombe Maye. makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of aforementioned details.

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