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94.41 acres, Chineway House, Sidbury, Devon
For Sale - Offers in Excess of £4,000,000


LOCATION Chineway House occupies an enviable, secluded position within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Despite its rural setting, communication links are excellent; the property is just 2.5 miles away from Ottery St. Mary and 4.5 miles from the Jurassic Coast at Sidmouth. The Jurassic Coast is a designated World Heritage Site which covers 95 miles of beautiful coastline from Orcombe Point in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks in Dorset. The South West Coast Path passes through Sidmouth, which is England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath and a National Trail. It stretches for 630 miles, running from Minehead in Somerset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, to Poole Harbour in Dorset. There are sailing opportunities from the Axe Yacht Club, Seaton and Beer Sailing Clubs. For the golfing enthusiast there are courses at Tiverton, Seaton, Lyme Regis, Honiton, Sidmouth and Woodbury. There is also ample opportunity for walking and riding direct from the property itself.

The attractive village of Ottery St. Mary offers an excellent range of local shops and amenities. A greater variety of facilities is provided in Sidmouth, which has numerous independent shops, churches, schools, a Post Office, health centre, cottage hospital, library, theatre and an Art Deco cinema. Sidmouth has three supermarkets, including a large Waitrose, and the town has also won several coveted 'Britain in Bloom' nominations. Meanwhile, the cathedral city of Exeter, approximately 15 miles to the west, offers an even wider choice of cultural activities with theatres, the RAMM museum, an arts centre and a wealth of good restaurants and shopping including John Lewis.

There is an excellent range of state and private schools in the area including Blundell's near Tiverton, Colyton Grammar School, Exeter School, Exeter College and The Maynard School. King's Hall Preparatory School, King's College, Queen's College and Taunton School are also popular. Primary schools in the area include Sidmouth and Ottery St. Mary. Exeter University is recognised as one of the best universities in the country.

The area is well served with road and rail links. The M5 motorway at Exeter provides links to the A38 to Plymouth and Cornwall, the A30 to the South and Bristol and London to the North and East. There are frequent rail services from Exeter St. David's to London Paddington from just over two hours and from Honiton Station to London Waterloo in approximately two hours 40 minutes. Exeter International Airport, approximately 10.7 miles away from Chineway House, offers an ever increasing number of domestic and international flights including daily flights to London City Airport.
 

DIRECTIONS From Exeter, follow the A30 in the direction of Honiton. Take the B3174 exit towards Ottery St. Mary/Whimple. At the first roundabout, take the third exit to Exeter Road/B3174 and then shortly afterwards, at the second roundabout, take the first exit into Exeter Road. Follow the road into the village of Ottery St. Mary and turn right onto Hind Street (signposted for Honiton/Seaton/Sidmouth). Continue through the village, following the signs for Seaton, along Yonder Street and continuing as it becomes Chineway Road. Follow Chineway Road out of the village for approximately 2 miles, proceeding up the hill through the forest, and the entrance to Chineway is on the right hand side shortly after passing the Chineway Head junction sign. 

THE PROPERTY Chineway is an impressive country house which was built in the late 20th century with later extensive additions. The property benefits from all the advantages of a contemporary home but has the features and symmetry of classic Palladian architecture. It has been built to an exacting specification with a dressed Bath stone exterior, a Welsh slate roof and striking architectural features including a portico, a cantilevered marble staircase, sash windows, high ceilings, marble floors, a central cupola roof light, bespoke hardwood joinery. The accommodation is flexible, with the sitting room and library also being suitable for use as bedrooms with the adjacent bath or shower rooms as en suites, making the potential for seven bedrooms in total.

At the heart of the ground floor is an elegant reception hall featuring a central cupola roof light. Accessed from here is a spacious double aspect drawing room with a beautiful reclaimed Regency carrara marble fire surround, a morning room, study, cloakroom and the kitchen. The spacious kitchen is well equipped; benefitting from granite worktops, a central island, integrated dishwasher, two refrigerators, a large freezer and a gas Rangemaster. Adjacent, is a large dining room with striking interior columns, French doors and a full height windows with half-moons above, providing plenty of natural light and lovely garden views. In the eastern wing of the ground floor is a large triple aspect library and a shower room. Double doors from the library lead to a wonderful orangery with classical-style interior columns and more full height windows with half-moons above, as well as French doors to a formal garden area with a central marble rotunda. In the western side of the house is an extremely spacious, double aspect sitting room with yet more large windows with half-moons, French doors and interior columns. Completing the ground floor is a family bathroom and a cloakroom.

A cantilevered marble staircase leads from the reception hall to a galleried landing from where the bedrooms are accessed. The south-facing triple aspect master bedroom benefits from a dressing area, en suite bathroom and wonderful views of the gardens and landscape beyond, particularly from its balcony. There are four further generous-size double bedrooms on the first floor, each with lovely views, two with en suite bathrooms and the two remaining bedrooms serviced by their own shower rooms. Each bathroom and shower room is fully tiled in marble.
 

PAVILION & STUDIO Built in the same classical style as the main house, the ancillary accommodation benefits from the same high quality detailing including Portland stone, coving and hardwood doors. The pavilion and studio provide excellent additional accommodation for staff or guests.

The studio offers a triple aspect reception room, a cloakroom and two double bedrooms, one with an en suite bathroom which is fully tiled in marble. There is a pleasant lawn in front of the studio which serves as its own area of garden. Planning consent has been granted to extend the studio with scope to create four bedrooms with two further en suites (planning ref. 18/1590/FUL).

The pavilion offers a double aspect bedroom/reception room with dressing room areas on both sides. There is a kitchen with an electric hob, and a shower room with a marble floor.
 

OUTBUILDINGS Opposite the main property is a large double garage with a remote operated electric door. Power and light are connected. There are also two extensive steel framed general purpose barns one with remote operated electric doors. These provide excellent opportunity for storage and workshop space. One of these was built in 2000, is fully insulated, and could be ideal for somebody with a classic car collection. 

OUTSIDE The gardens and grounds at Chineway are superb. Thoughtfully designed in keeping with the style of the house, there are areas of formal landscaped gardens as well as parkland-style grounds with a wide variety of flora. The property is situated at the end of a private drive, enjoying total privacy and seclusion.

The long private drive leads through the land to a gated entrance and a wide gravel turning circle from where the house and double garage are accessed. On the south westerly side of the house is a beautiful formal walled garden, with gravel pathways leading through sculpted box hedging and a vast range of colourful all seasons planting including various uncommon species.

There is a pergola with an established wisteria as well as a mass of flowering plants including camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons. To the rear of the house are the parkland-style grounds with extensive areas of lawn and ornamental hedging planted in symmetry with the house. The land has shelter provided by high conifers at the boundary and there are various small areas of coppice interspersed throughout the grounds.

The remaining land is formed of predominantly level pasture, with a small block of native woodland providing protection and amenity use for the estate. In total, the area of land measures approximately 94.4 acres.
 

PLANNING Chineway benefits from two planning permissions which enable prospective purchasers to create a larger property with extended living space and two further bedrooms (extension to garage, two storey extensions to house and reading room, ref. 17/1859/FUL), and to further develop the ancillary buildings (single storey extensions to garage and studio, ref. 18/1590/FUL). 

LOCAL AUTHORITY East Devon District Council. 

SERVICES Mains electricity. Private water and drainage. LPG gas central heating in the main house, also with back-up electric heaters. Underfloor heating in much of the ground floor, plus upstairs bath and shower rooms. Electric heating in studio and pavilion. Intruder alarm fitted and extensive CCTV system. 

BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME The vendors will endeavour to transfer the entitlements under the BPS, with the purchasers being responsible for the agent's costs involved. 

SPORTING All rights are understood to be owned and included in the sale. 

PLANNING Prospective purchasers are advised that they must make their own enquiries of East Devon District Council. 

VIEWING Strictly by appointment with the agents, Luscombe Maye, 6 Fore Street, South Brent, Devon TQ10 9BQ. Tel:
01364 646178. E-mail: tom.maynard@luscombemaye.com 

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