- Superb Grade II Listed Barn Conversion
- Located in the historic village of Cockington
- Modern fitted kitchen
- Open planned living space
- Impressive mezzanine level
- Three double bedrooms (1 En/Suite)
- Family shower room and Sauna
- Stunning kitchen garden
- Two designated parking spaces with additional parking spaces available
- EPC Rating: C
The Ridings forms part of an exceptionally attractive group of listed buildings surrounding a private courtyard in an unspoilt village adjacent to Cockington Country Park. This beautifully converted barn is arranged over three levels with the main living accommodation at first floor level. The large sunny gardens to the rear enjoy a high degree of privacy. They are well established with mature trees, shrubs, raised beds, greenhouse and vegetable garden together with areas of paved and gravel terracing. There is a separate patio, pond and area of planting to the front.
This beautiful barn conversion provides a bright and spacious family home with unique character. The accommodation is arranged over three floors with a flexible layout allowing the new owner to customise the space to perfectly meet their own requirements.
The ground floor provides three large double bedrooms (each currently has a super-king size bed) and two bathrooms. The first floor offers an extensive living area which is essentially ‘open plan’ in design while the space is divided into three main areas to give a perfect combination of space and cosiness. The second floor has two mezzanine areas which both overlook the living room.
Ground floor: A wide front door opens into the exceptionally large and welcoming reception hall. From here, doors open on either side into the first two bedrooms and the family bathroom.
The bathroom features a bespoke Matki glass shower, mirrored cabinets with ‘hands free’ LED lighting, and an enclosed area with plumbing for a washing machine. A further door gives access to a full Finnish sauna. It is believed that the area occupied by the sauna room was originally designed to provide en-suite facilities to the adjoining bedroom and it would probably be fairly straightforward to reinstate this plan should the new owner wish to do so.
An attractive curved wall leads to the first short flight of stairs to the half landing, from where a semi spiral stair leads down to the largest bedroom. This generous space, with a remarkably spacious en-suite bathroom, is accessed internally by its own staircase and externally by a stable door leading off the enclosed courtyard with pond and patio to the front of the house. The space would lend itself to a variety of uses, either as a stunning master suite or to provide completely self-contained accommodation for guests or a family member, providing for multi-generation living.
Returning to the half landing, four steps lead up to the stunning vaulted main living accommodation which occupies the largest and central part of this floor. The original features of the barn can be seen here in the exposed roof timbers and the huge windows giving a view of the nearby cottages and the fields and woods beyond. Light and views are also gained through two roof-lights on the opposite side of the living room.
The kitchen-dining room has a range of base and wall units, a Bosch oven and Neff gas hob, space for a fridge freezer and plumbing for a dishwasher. A stable door gives access to an external staircase linking the kitchen to the enclosed walled patio at the front of the house. The dining area has built-in painted cupboards and enough space for a 10-seater table. The original openings of the barn are maintained in the wall of windows making the space bright and appealing.
Stairs rise from here to the galleried mezzanine living area which has a large window looking towards the pretty historic buildings and fields to the east. This is currently used as an office and would also make a wonderful playroom or hobby room.There is also potential to create a fourth bedroom here (STP.)
At the other end of this floor is an additional sitting room or garden room with glazed doors to the rear patio and large private gardens. This room has a wide entrance with double doors that can be closed to create an alternative space that is more private and enclosed, enabling the rooms to be used in varied ways to suit the different needs of a family.
Cloakroom facilities (a handy ‘gardener’s loo’) can also be found here. A pull-down ladder gives access to the second mezzanine area, currently used as a storage loft.
The sunny and spacious gardens are a glorious feature of this home. The current owners are keen growers of produce and there are a number of well managed and productive raised beds as well as a greenhouse, potting sheds and other fruit and vegetable growing areas. The ornamental borders are well stocked with a variety of beautiful shrubs and perennials, offering year round interest and screening. The landscape beyond the garden has many trees that add to the sense of greenness and privacy. Wildlife is catered for too, as the garden is visited by many species of birds, amphibians, pollinating insects and at least one hedgehog!
There are two designated parking spaces directly in front of The Ridings with additional parking spaces available within a private courtyard.
This idyllic village is hidden in a deep valley between Torquay and Paignton where there are golden beaches, cliff walks, golf courses and plenty of shops and recreational facilities.
Cockington is often referred to as the most beautiful village in England, and is the epitome of the “chocolate box” English village. With thatched houses, a public house designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, village shops, a restored water-mill and Cockington Country Park, Cockington is truly special. Surrounded by the seaside towns of Torquay and Paignton, it retains its individuality and rural charm. This is a unique opportunity to live in a country paradise, yet only a 15 minute walk from the beach.
Nearby Torquay is situated on the south Devon coast and was a grand anchorage favoured by the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. Torquay soon benefited from their presence as smart lodging houses were built to accommodate the officers. With a south-facing aspect, miles of sandy beaches and the arrival of the railway in 1848, its growth as a holiday destination for the rich and famous was spectacular. Torbay was chosen for the 1948 Olympic sailing events and the harbour with its large marina, elegant Georgian terraces, palm trees and subtropical gardens, remains the most attractive area.
Torbay benefits from a full range of well-respected state and independent schools including the traditional grammar school model. Further afield, the county capital of Exeter provides all of the shopping and dining experiences that one could wish for. Exeter's international airport offers a wide variety of business and leisure destinations within Europe and beyond. Mainline rail Iinks can be found in Newton Abbot.
Today, the lifestyle the area affords its residents is truly unique, with the Dartmoor National Park to the north containing a wealth of beautiful scenery and Torbay which is a water sports mecca with two deep water marinas. Torbay offers shelter from the prevailing south westerly winds meaning that dinghy sailors, yachties and windsurfers flock to one of the 20 beaches along the unspoilt 22 mile stretch of coastline, offering breath-taking views and wonderful walks.
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Council Tax Band - F
Agents Note - The property is connected to mains drainage and mains gas.