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Express & Echo property of the week: A million reasons to buy

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 10, 2013

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METCOMBE Court is a significant family home in an imposing private setting. A virtually due-south rear elevation looks out over a sun terrace and swimming pool to the magnificent grounds formed by substantial lawns and mature flower and shrub borders, extending to just over two acres.

There is an adjoining paddock of just over 2.5 acres with separate gated access. The property, at Higher Metcombe, West Hill, Ottery St Mary, is approached via a long gravelled driveway, flanked by tall pillars at the entrance.

This sought-after East Devon location is convenient for the A30 providing good road links to the M5 motorway, Exeter International Airport and Exeter city centre. The prestigious nearby village of West Hill has a parade of shops and a renowned school. There are a variety of public houses in the surrounding areas. The popular coastal towns of Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth are within easy reach to the South.

The ground floor includes and entrance lobby and reception hall, cloakroom and WC. There is a dining room with French door to loggia, a study with views over the gardens, and a well fitted kitchen with an extensive range of units including granite-effect work surface and inset Neff oven and a fitted double oven Aga.

There is a breakfast room, utility room and rear porch, a walk-in pantry and separate WC.

On the first floor are five bedrooms, two bathrooms and a walk-in airing cupboard.

The property is approached via a pillared access to a long private driveway between lawns and established shrubs including mature rhododendron, leading to a large turning and parking area.

At the far end of the drive and linked to the house via a passageway and stores, there is a garaging area measuring 36ft by 20ft which can accommodate three vehicles and within which there is an up-and-over door to generator room providing back-up electricity supply and door to a boot room with areas for storing boots and hanging coats. The magnificent gardens were believed to have been originally landscaped in the 1930s, having been meticulously maintained and nurtured over the years, incorporating walkways through the shrub bordered areas interspersed with numerous mature trees.

Immediately adjoining the house is an expansive paved terrace and kidney-shaped heated swimming pool, from where there is easy access to the gardens.

There is an adjoining paddock measuring approximately 2.5 acres with separate gated access to the road.

Metcombe Court is offered for sale at a guide price of £1m through the Exeter office of Wilkinson Grant and Co.

For more information, contact Wilkinson Grant at Broadwalk House, Southernhay West, Exeter, EX1 1TS, telephone: 01392 427500, or see the website www.wilkinsongrant.co.uk

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