PROPERTY OF THE WEEK: Church House, Throwleigh – OIE £625,000

Ben Fox
Ben Fox

Church House sits beside the lych-gate to the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin and looks out over the attractive village streetscape of Throwleigh.

Its Grade II* listing dates the house back about 500 years, which is evidenced in the use of local granite in the mullioned windows and bressumer beam over the massive open fireplace, roof timbers and the quaint winding staircase leading up to the first floor.

In addition to the small interior steps there is a larger external stone staircase at the rear of the house. The vendors have drawn up plans to extend the rear of the house to create a double height room with a new internal staircase.

Not only is this the most attractive of a group of listed houses in Throwleigh village it is also a well-preserved example of a late medieval church house. The enchanting vernacular style of the house is by no means the only attraction of this intriguing property. The house stands in grounds fronting the village street and bordered at the back by the churchyard, with a small area of enclosed garden with an ancient yew tree, leased from the church.

Leading back behind the garden, a granite wall and tree lined path leads to a clearing, fringed by two impressive ancient oak trees, in which stands an attractive green oak framed studio barn and further areas of cultivated garden. The barn is constructed in a traditional style with timber clad walls under a slate roof. It accommodates a series of work rooms, studios and storage space, which have been used for both practical and artistic use.

Beyond the immediate, partly cobbled environs of the barn, an area of delightful enclosed garden offers a number of discrete outdoor rooms with mature and well stocked borders, lawns, vegetable area, pizza oven, timber framed greenhouse and polytunnel. Extending on beyond from the gardens and barn, a lush area of orchard and adjoining wildflower pastures leads westwards, with lovely views out to Throwleigh Common and Cosdon Hill, one of the highest points on Dartmoor. The fields descend gently to woodland bordering the headwaters of the Blackaton Brook.

The land has been managed to benefit flora and fauna conservation, with delightful close mowed paths winding through longer grass, young native woodlands and the orchard. A public footpath leads directly from the land out to the open moorland to the west.

Jackson-Stops, Exeter
10 Southernhay West, Exeter, EX1 1JG
01392 214222