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Period properties in South Devon

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

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IF you are looking to buy a period property this season, Woods Distinctive Homes have three French hens for Christmas and all full of festive cheer!

Number one is Dove Cottage, aptly named, an old, cross-passage house dating back many centuries and situated in Kingskerswell village centre.

Featuring some old, munton screening in the beamed living room, Dove Cottage oozes character.

Although it is not listed, the present owners have made sure that the modernisation they have carried out compliments its history.

Constructed largely of cob externally rendered and with more than its fair share of exposed beams and trusses, the windows have been replaced with high quality upvc double glazed units with external glazing bars which look very similar to the original casements.

For many years the dining room was the village shop, and many villagers still remember going there for their weekly provisions.

The property is entered via the former cross passage which continues right through to the rear of the building (there is a flying freehold over this section).

Off the cosy living room is the dining room or old shop and leading from the rear of the hall is an 18'6" kitchen with Belfast sink.

On the floor above are two bedrooms, and the top floor features a superb attic room with door leading out onto a balcony with views and another into an en suite shower room.

Woods Distinctive Homes are asking £212,500 for this delightful home which Sarah Thomas says is a very realistic price taking into account the property's character and its ease of access, which will improve once the by-pass is finished to both Newton Abbot and Torquay.

Number Two is Teigngrove, a fascinating, historic and detached house hidden away near Newton Abbot town centre.

Offered for sale at £259,950, Teigngrove is a very interesting home.

Believed to have been constructed as an alcohol store with living accommodation for the manor house nearby (now part of Knowles Hill school), this property has survived over two centuries of development around it and remains largely intact.

This is another unlisted building which has managed to keep most of its old charm.

The owners have sympathetically modernised Teigngrove to create a contemporary home with many original features intact.

The living room features its original sash windows with internal shutters and is very much as it always was.

The kitchen extension is modern with an excellent range of units and French windows leading out onto a courtyard garden.

Believed to have been constructed in 1792, many of the roof timbers in the house are believed to have come from a dismantled ship in Plymouth Sound.

Also on the ground floor is a very large dining room and cloakroom.

Upstairs are three well-proportioned bedrooms and a bathroom and wc.

Outside are three gardens, a delightful front garden with palm tree, pleasant, level lawn and parking for two cars.

At the rear is a paved garden with weeping willow, and off the kitchen is a courtyard sun trap.

Richard Copus said that Teigngrove is one of Newton Abbot's "hidden gems" and added: "Don't Google earth this property because you will not be able to appreciate it in any way!".

Number Three is Primrose Cottage in Drewsteignton.

Located in one of the most attractive villages on Dartmoor and, arguably, in England, this delightful, picturesque, thatched cottage epitomises the English rural idyll.

Grade II listed, Primrose Cottage is a beautiful home.

With its large kitchen/breakfast room, cosy living room with inglenook fireplace and two double bedrooms upstairs, it is ideal either as family home or as an investment for holiday or other lettings.

The bathroom is conveniently located on the top floor and there is a useful additional room leading from the living room which could be a study, small dining room or third bedroom.

The cottage garden at the front of the house overlooks a line of thatched cottages little altered since the Middle Ages.

The centre of the village is three minutes' walk way through the churchyard to the village square.

Drewsteignton has an embarrassingly high share of thatched dwellings, and the famous Drewe Arms is one of them and one of the oldest and least spoilt pubs in the country.

The village shop sells the best pies in the area (vouched for by Richard) and milk from the local dairy.

Thirty minutes or so's drive leads to the A30 dual carriageway which whisks you to Exeter and the M.5 with a total driving time of around 15 to 20 minutes.

Traditionally constructed in the Devon fashion of plastered cob on stone rubble footings, Primrose Cottage has been successfully let as a holiday cottage since the 1990s through a local lettings agency.

Income and statistics are available to seriously interested purchasers. The owners are asking £350,000.

For further information on any of the above properties contact Woods Distinctive Homes on 01626 336633.

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