Property of the Day: Culverhayes, Sampford Courtenay, Devon

A seven-bedroom country house built by the architect Henry Lloyd in 1870

THE PROPERTY: Sympathetically renovated by its current owners, Culverhayes is a substantial family home dating back to 1870 that is set in grounds of approximately 8.5 acres.

THE LOCATION: The property is situated in the picturesque conservation village of Sampford Courtenay, best known as the location of the Prayerbook rebellion of 1549. Close by are a number of cycle trails and footpaths, perfect for exploring the local Devon countryside. For a wider range of amenities, North Tawton and Okehampton are 2.5 and 5.5 miles away respectively, with the cathedral city of Exeter, with its intercity high-speed trains, is accessible within 25 miles.  

THE INTERIOR: Well suited to family living, the accommodation includes a striking entrance hall, a series of classically proportioned living spaces and a kitchen and breakfast room with built-in appliances, in addition to seven bedrooms on the first floor. There are two separate holiday cottages, named Spice and Hope Town, that have been converted from original 17th-century courtyard barns.

WHY WE LOVE IT: The bespoke conservatory offers lovely views over the formal gardens and grounds, which include a parterre terrace, a sweeping lawn, various established trees, rose beds and an ornamental pond with a central fountain. 

BUY IT NOW: £2,250,000 with Savills

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