QUINTESSENTIAL English country cottage, Church Cottages nestles in the lee of the parish church whose clock face famously reads "my dear mother" in place of numerals.
Modernised over the centuries without losing its character and charm, the property has room for further modernisation within its Grade II listing.
The Americans considered Church Cottage so quaint Delta airlines used it in their neon commercial in Times Square, New York, encouraging visitors to England. The owner, a great supporter of the village for the many years lived in Buckland, she was shown with friends taking cream tea on the lawn!
Reputed to have been constructed in the late Middle Ages and remodelled in the late 16th or early 17th centuries, Church Cottage was probably the parish church house.
Church houses were common in Devon and Cornwall and some still exist as Church House Inns.
The medieval equivalent of the church hall, the purpose of church houses was to house festivities and church ales which raised money for the church.
Church ales were revels which could include sports, plays and morris dancing encouraged by brews of strong ale made on the premises.
During the interregnum, Cromwell and the Puritans discouraged such activities and most church houses became private houses or were reinvented as village inns.
Richard Copus says he likes the layout of the rooms in Church Cottage: "So many period cottages have small rooms with low ceilings and, however pretty they may be, few let in much light.
"Church Cottage has well proportioned accommodation throughout and, because most of its rooms face south, it has more than its fair share of daylight."
Church Cottage features two sitting rooms with grand fireplaces, one a magnificent inglenook, and most of the downstairs rooms have quality parquet flooring.
The main bedroom is situated at the end of the far landing, away from the other two bedrooms.
There is a guest bedroom off the kitchen on the ground floor with an en suite cloakroom and with wash hand basins in all the upstairs bedrooms, Church Cottage is well suited to bed and breakfast.
The cottage is in Buckland-in-the-Moor, one of the most attractive villages in the National Park.
Located on the southern foothills of the moor, some of the most beautiful parts of England surround the property and there are some excellent walks and rides from the doorstep.
The tiny lane in front of the property leads through protected woodland down to Spitchwick, a beautiful spot on the River Dart, where there is walking, riding and swimming in the hot weather.
The nearby ancient stannary town of Ashburton is an increasingly popular place in which to live.
With buildings little altered in 150 years, it is both attractive and has a good range of local shops and facilities to suit most needs.
It has become particularly known during the last few years for its antique shops, restaurants and sought after secondary school which has been awarded academy status.
Woods are asking £450,000 Freehold for Church Cottage and Richard Copus or Sarah Thomas will be pleased to help any interested parties on: (01626 336633).