A Remarkable Farmhouse Of Exceptional Historic Importance

Christow, Exeter, United Kingdom
GBP|1000000GBP £1,000,000USD $1,362,871
MLS EXE200082
Web code LRRO
Status Active

Key Details

Size
1976 M2
Total Beds
3
Lot Size (M2)
1

Overview

Nikolaus Pevsner in his renowned literary series ’The Buildings of England’ states ’Hill can stand as the archetypal farmhouse for the whole of Devon, so many of the traditions are represented in this remarkable but small scale L-shaped structure.’The house is constructed of cob and stone under a wheat straw thatched roof, and the exterior was repainted as well as the roof rethatched in 2020. The full height medieval hall lies at the heart of the building, joining the two storey south and east wings, which were added in the early and late seventeenth century. An extensive programme of repair...

and conservation was carried out in the 1970s and a full archaeological report was commissioned in 2005 which fully documents the evolution of Hill. The historical atmosphere and character features at Hill are today complemented by modern facilities such as new heating systems, bathrooms, a bespoke kitchen, Italian aluminium radiators and contemporary lighting; together creating a welcoming and comfortable family home.An attractive Georgian front door opens into a cross passage hallway which has a polished lime mortar floor and an exposed dressed granite wall forming the back of the chimney stack. On one side of the cross passage hallway is a well-proportioned parlour/sitting room with underfloor heating beneath the oak floor, a granite and oak fireplace with a Mendip Stoves wood burner and a vernacular ornamental plaster ceiling dating from around 1640. Within an alcove is an early domestic piscina or sink. On the other side of the cross passage hallway is the hall, a welcoming reception room, which was once a free standing Hall House and is described as ‘one of the most remarkable in Devon’ by Pevsner. The hall retains its full original height, benefiting from a large granite inglenook fireplace and bread oven, incorporating a Mendip Stoves wood burner. There is also a long fixed bench seat and a window seat, as well as two inset wall cupboards.The kitchen/dining room is adjacent to the hall; well-appointed with a custom built Corian fitted kitchen with solid Corian worktops and integrated Siemens appliances including a dishwasher, fridge freezer, oven, warming drawer and hob. There is also a mobile Corian drawer unit, a fitted dresser and Marlborough handmade tiles, a Purbeck stone floor plus a contemporary cable lighting system. A plank and muntin oak screen separates the kitchen and dining area, where there is a large open stone fireplace with a bread oven and an oil fired ESSE. Completing the ground floor accommodation is a modern family bathroom with Marlborough handmade tiles and a slate floor with secondary underfloor heating, as well as a utility room with ample fitted storage. Upstairs, the principal bedroom has another spectacular ornamental plaster ceiling c.1640 and elm floorboards. Windows to the south and east overlook the gardens and towards Canonteign Woods. There are two additional bedrooms on the first floor, both with high vaulted ceilings, solid oak floors and exposed wall timbers. Completing the accommodation is a solar with original oak floorboards and an oak and etched glass capsule shower room with a basin, WC and Grohe shower.Services: Mains electricity. Mains water. Private septic tank drainage.   

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