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Grey Cottage, Lee

For Sale
  • Type: Detached House
  • Availability: For Sale
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Reception Rooms: 4
  • Tenure: Freehold
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Property Features

  • Detached property, 5/6 bedrooms
  • Coastal Village
  • Home with income
  • Woodland setting
  • Energy-saving features
  • Further amenity land by separate negotiation

Property Summary

Grey Cottage is a period house in a south facing position in Lee, North Devon, situated amid woodland in the renowned Fuchsia Valley, which winds down to the sea at Lee Bay. At its heart, the original Georgian House is a traditional, spacious building which the present owners have over a number of years sympathetically restored.

The Victorians added a splendid L shaped conservatory, bay windows, some outbuildings and a two-storey extension at the back. These latter buildings have now been combined, so that the property now consists of a three/four bedroomed main house, plus further two bed-roomed accommodation with its own, separate entrance and second staircase.

There are large gardens. A further area of amenity land, situated by the entrance to the driveway, with a poly-tunnel and new shed, and considerable potential, is available by separate negotiation. Pictures are available. Please refer to site plan.

The owners have previously run the house as a successful B&B but currently let the main house as a holiday cottage, with a significant and steadily rising turnover. (Sales figures on request) But this most versatile property could also be used as a comfortable five or six bedroomed home, with plenty of living space for a large family. It would also work equally well for dual family occupancy with space for dependent relatives or young adults.

In the main house, there is a wonderful through sitting room / dining room, with French windows to the restored double glazed Victorian conservatory. From the conservatory, bi-fold doors and steps lead to a patio and lawn with fantastic views overlooking the valley. The sitting room has a modern, efficient wood-burning stove, wooden flooring and bay window.

Also downstairs is a second large sitting room, which is used as an additional double bedroom. It has a bay window and the original Georgian fire place (working).

The country-style kitchen/breakfast room has bespoke fittings and oatmeal granite work surfaces, a full height glazed cupboard, shelving and space for a tall fridge freezer. There is plumbing and power under the central unit for washing machine and dish washer, a free standing stainless steel sink with tiled splashback. The original chimney alcove is fully tiled and has space and power for a range cooker and extractor and lighting above.

Upstairs there are three double bedrooms, two with en-suite shower rooms, and a large family bathroom, with an early 6ft Victorian bath. There are charming views from the bedrooms across the valley and over the terrace and garden.

A fire door from the stairs links through to the rear landing with built in bookcases and a roof light. There is a double bedroom with bay window and en-suite shower. Next to the bedroom is an additional, separate shower room. To the left, a door leads through to the upstairs sitting room which continues through to a dining/office area. French doors lead onto a private roof terrace with views through the tree tops to the fields and valley beyond. A second staircase descends into a large hallway with half glazed front door. Here there is generous cupboard space, a utility area with free standing sink and additional office space. To the front of this area is another double bedroom and adjoining cloakroom and shower room.

Off this hallway is a large 28ft long room, currently used as a commercial kitchen with free standing units which the present owners will remove, leaving a space that can be refitted as a kitchen or adapted for other uses. There are multiple power points and plumbing and drainage. A glazed back door allows access to the rear of the conservatory. There is a fire door through to the other kitchen. The house is fitted throughout with radio linked fire alarms.

The property is mainly double glazed with painted hardwood windows and has oil fired central heating.

While period in feel, the house is also very much up-to-date in its environmental credentials. New owners will benefit from the lower running costs - and income (feed in tariff and RHI) - provided by solar electric and solar thermal panels (figures available) Wherever possible, there is low energy lighting and all new installations are LED.

The house is approached over a long gravel drive with a turning space and parking for 5 cars. The grounds extend to approximately one-and-a-half acres, with a large garage/workshop. The terraced garden has mature trees, a lawn with wildlife pond, flower border, fruit trees and vegetable areas.

The property also benefits from a pretty green lane giving foot access down to the road to Lee and on to the sea, just under a mile away. The grounds provide a haven for wildlife: tawny owls, badgers, foxes, pheasants, buzzards and even roe deer visit.

The seaside village of Lee has a thriving community, with activities centred around the village hall, church, the local pub and seafront. The Grampus is well-known throughout the area for its music nights, other social activities and more recently brewing its own excellent beer. The area as a whole is within the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and adjacent to a very beautiful section of the coastal path, designated as Heritage Coast. Much of the village is within a Conservation Area.

The small Victorian seaside town of Ilfracombe is only a few minutes (4 miles) away, while the larger centre of Barnstaple, with its leisure centre and other facilities, is about 13 miles distant. Woolacombe is 10 minutes drive and there are magnificent beaches all along the coast, giving opportunities for surfing and other water sports, and the Exmoor National Park is also within easy reach.


Main house (Holiday Let)
Ground floor
Kitchen: 11’ 11” (3.63m) x 11’ 7” (3.53m)
Sitting room/diner: 25’ 3” (7.69m) x 13’ 6” (4.12m)
Reception room/ bedroom 6: 13’ 6” (4.12m) x 12’ 9” (3.89m)
Conservatory: 22’ 1” (6.74m) x 12’ 7” (3.84m) Measurements at widest point: 22’ 1” (6.74m) x 19’ 6” (6.15m)

First floor
Bedroom 1: 16’ 2” (4.93m) x 10’ 7” (3.22m)
Bedroom 2: 10’ 2” (3.11m) x 9’ 9” (2.96m)
Bedroom 3: 12’ 9” (3.88m) x 11’ 7” (3.54m)
Family Bathroom: 11’ 10” (3.60m) x 10’ 6” (3.19m)

Private accommodation
Ground floor
Professional kitchen: 28’ 6” (8.68m) x 8’ 2” (2.50m) Our measurements to widest point: 28’ 6” (8.68m) x 10’ 4” (3.15m)
Office/utility space: 21’ 4” (6. 51m) x 16’ 0” (4.88m)
Bedroom 5: 14’ 7” (4.44m) x 12’ 10” (3.91m)

First floor
Bedroom 4: 11’ 9” (3.59m) x 11’ 7” (3.52m)
Family sitting room: 16’ 6” (5.04m) x 15’ 2” (4.63m)
Dining/office 16’ 3” (5m) x 15’ (4.59m) at widest points

These particulars are intended to give a fair description of the property but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed and they do not constitute an offer of contract. Intending purchasers must rely on their own inspection of the property. None of the above appliances/services have been tested by Esale. We recommend purchasers arrange for a qualified person to check all appliances/services before legal commitment.


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