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Woolsery, Bideford, Devon, EX39

5 bedroom house for sale

detached House, Semi Rural, Annexe, Fine and Country

5 Bedrooms

3 Bathrooms

3 Receptions

Key Features

  • 1.3 ACRES
  • DATES BACK TO 1450
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Jason Gilder

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Property Description

Hammetts is a sprawling period character home expanding to nearly 4000SQFT which originally dates as far back as 1450 as a traditional Hall House. In 1653 just after the civil war, the house was modified by extending the first floor over the hall and introducing an additional fireplace (the brick topped stack).

These alterations become clear when the difference in timbers is noticed – the original 1430 timbers are hand finished, whereas the later ones are recycled timbers from wrecked ships. Since then the house has remained relatively unchanged throughout the following centuries, until in the 1970’s when the adjacent stable/barn was altered to include a first floor (the ‘barn room’) and a single storey annex was built to the rear. Both structures then linked into the main house with a new hall and staircase with the garage being added at the same time.

Alongside the main accommodation the oldest part of the house has since been converted into a long serving and highly successful two-bedroom holiday let, making this an excellent business opportunity as it has regular guests that frequent to stay every year at Hammetts Cottage. Not only this but the annex could also be utilised as further holiday accommodation or for multigenerational use enabling Hammetts to therefore be a perfect choice for investors or larger families.

The property sits on 1.31 acres of land with sweeping drive, manicured lawns and double garaging as well as enjoying the delights of a first-floor veranda off the main living room. There is also a wonderful sun terrace which forms part of the remnants of a stone barn. forms part of the remnants of a stone barn.


Access to the main entrance is via a pretty wrought iron gate up to the solid wooden door with intricate lead panel glazing. Once inside one immediately appreciates the age and character of Hammetts boasting flag stone floors and chunky cob and stone walls. Hammetts Cottage is positioned to the right of the entrance hall featuring a kitchen, living room and boot room with a set of circumventing stone stairs rising up to its upper level. At the far end of the hall is a downstairs cloakroom which interestingly part sits within the fabric of the wall with a bowl sink and vanity cupboard hand crafted by our vendor.

Continuing through the hall the opposing door leads into a welcoming snug with dual-aspect and benefits from a large stone fireplace. This room feels cosy and warm and links the older part of the house to its more modern counterpart adjacent. An additional set of stairs rise up to a mezzanine above alongside another main door.

The dining room sits to the left with the entrance to the annex at its opposing side. At the far end is the main kitchen. Measuring over 21ft in length the kitchen area is subdivided into a breakfast seating area, cooking area and utility space. There is also a pantry cupboard and door accessing the garden.

The Annex is positioned at the rear of the property and is connected to the main house but could also be shut off and locked, should any resident or guest want more privacy. Comprising of an open plan kitchen / living area the main accommodation is bright and airy with a set of French patio doors leading out onto the garden. The bedroom is equally spatially generous again with duel aspect windows with a large en-suite shower room positioned to one side


Ascending to the first floor an open landing leads to an impressive 25ft x 21ft vaulted living room. Believed to once be used as a local ballet studio this room has incredible acoustics and features two pairs of sliding doors which lead onto a covered external veranda. It must be said that this area gives an excellent vantage point and seating area to look out onto the gardens below and watch the abundant wildlife beyond. Back in the landing and a door leads to the master bedroom suite consisting of a large bedroom, dressing area and en-suite bathroom. A further door interconnects with the holiday let side of the property which can again be locked at times of occupancy and links to a further landing leading up from the stone staircase. Here is a further two bedrooms with the main one enjoying a vanity sink within and a family bathroom.


Unusually there are two entrances into Hammetts. The main drive is positioned further along the lane with the side entrance utilised mainly as a parking area and access to the double garage. This area also can also be used as a parking area for Hammetts Cottage with its cottage garden at the rear. The main entrance into Hammetts leads past a natural pond with stone walling up to the front door some 50m further into the plot. Mainly laid to lawn there are also natural Devon banked borders and a wildlife garden with the seating area with sandstone paving positioned just in front of the house. Sat in 1.31 acres, the grounds continue around the property to the rear with further lawns, an abundance of mature and ancient tree species and a vegetable growing area.

NB: We understand that there is a septic tank situated at the front of the property which needs to be checked for compliance with the 2020 binding rules.

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Mains Electric and Oil Central Heating. Private Drainage via Septic Tank

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