The Fernery, 4 bed house

Asking Price

Price £685,000


The Fernery
4 bed house
Higher Slade Road, Ilfracombe, Devon

4 Bedrooms

3 Bathrooms

2 Receptions

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A unique design and high quality accommodation of over 250m2 (2,691ft2) awaits the purchaser of this superb architecturally designed 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom detached family home set in a semi-rural location on the outskirts of the town. The property has excellent eco-credentials and sits on a large south facing plot enjoying delightful views. VIEWING IS A MUST!


If you are looking for something unique then this is quite possibly the house for you! This superb and very spacious architecturally designed family home was built in 2009 and comprises accommodation of over 250m2 (2,691ft1) which includes 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a fabulous open plan living room with a high vaulted ceiling and a gallery/mezzanine level feature. The property is situated on the outskirts of the town, about a mile out, in a delightful semi-rural location in a tree-lined valley and close to the picturesque Cairn Nature Reserve.

The property is ideal for the larger family and has all the benefits and practicality for the demands of modern day living but the house offers something completely different to what you would usually find. There are impressive and unique design features coupled with excellent facilities which include a double garage and additional parking, a large front outdoor living area which blends seamlessly with the internal living accommodation, as well as large and landscaped rear gardens with a hot tub, all enjoying a sunny southerly aspect and privacy. The house is currently used as a very successful holiday let and produces an annual income in the region of £55,000. The property is well-established and has a good following with plenty of repeat business. The property has over 30 Five Star Ratings and owners have been a 'super host' on Airbnb and for over a year. The holiday letting is managed mainly by the current owners and they have their own website which could be part of any onward sale if required.

The high specification construction was designed with energy efficiency in mind and the house has many state of the art energy saving features. The property is constructed using the 'Euromac 2' building system which meets the requirements for the European Office of Technical Approval Certification. 'Euromac 2' is a patented slab wall and roofing system which provides an extremely well insulated permanent shuttering technique around a solid concrete wall. Running costs of house of this design is said to be 50% - 80% better than a conventional build. Other energy saving features include solar hot water heating and 3.5kw solar PV panels. There is a high efficiency condensing boiler that runs the central heating system which comprises under floor heating to the ground floor and radiator heating on the first floor. There is also a contemporary wood burning stove in the main living room. The doors and windows are insulated aluminium double glazed units and there is a 2500 litre rain water collection tank which stores water to be used for flushing toilets and washing machine etc.,

The spacious light and airy accommodation has sociable open plan living. There is immediate feeling of space upon entering the property with the entrance hall having all rooms leading off, the staircase to first floor and two useful storage cupboards ideal for the everyday essentials. The hallway opens into a superb family living room, dining area and kitchen which has an impressive 7 meter long full height glass wall that stretches across the front elevation and which fully retracts and opens directly onto the large front outdoor south facing sun terrace which has a clear glass balustrade. A wood burning stove provides a focal point to the room in the lounge area and the high vaulted ceiling stretches up to the gallery/mezzanine that overlooks the room from the first floor. The kitchen area which has a quadrant shaped wall and is fitted with a range of modern cream coloured base and wall cupboards and includes an island unit with an integrated dishwasher and sink unit with a tap and detachable hose fitting. There is a range style cooker with extractor canopy over and an American style fridge freezer. Across the hallway there is a separate utility room which is fitted with further cupboards ad sink, and has plumbing for an automatic washing machine and tumble dryer. Adjacent to the utility room is a ground floor cloakroom/wc.

There is a large ground floor bedroom suite which comprises a very generous sized bedroom area, a dressing room and a large fully tiled en suite bathroom which has high quality modern fittings including a bath and a separate walk-in shower cubicle.

Moving to the first floor, the impressive and spacious landing also has a high vaulted ceiling and large Velux style windows which allow plenty of light to pour in. All of the remaining rooms lead off and there is direct access out onto the rear garden from the first floor. A particularly attractive, unusual, yet highly desirable feature is the galleried mezzanine room which overlooks the main living space below and is ideal a snug or sitting room, office or study.

There are 3 further good sized bedrooms, the largest being a particularly spacious double room with a full en suite shower room and built-in wardrobes. Bedroom 3 also has a built-in wardrobe and has 'Jack and Jill' access into the family bathroom.

All of the principal rooms throughout the house have oak floors with the bathrooms having Travertine limestone floor and wall tiles. The front elevation is finished in a low maintenance Western Red Cedar Wood whilst the sides and rear are a coloured rendered finish all under a natural slate roof.

Outside, at the front of the property, a tarmac drive leads to a parking and turning area and beneath the property is a large double garage which has a remote controlled electric door and light and power. The garage gives access to a good sized store room which houses the rain water re-cycling tank and provides useful storage space for bikes etc., In front of the garage and drive there is an attractive dry stone wall and a well-stocked flowerbed. Steps lead up from the parking area and there is access to the main entrance under a wide spacious covered walkway.

A real feature of the house is the large south facing paved sun terrace which can be directly accessed from the bi-folding doors from the main living area. With the doors fully open, this space blends seamlessly with the internal living accommodation and provides a fantastic space for entertaining, al-fresco dining, barbeques etc. The terrace enjoys pleasant views towards the Cairn Nature Reserve and the tree-lined valley. The rear gardens are accessed from the sides or from the first floor landing. There are different levels which enjoy a different aspect and privacy. Immediately behind the house are large landscaped and well stocked flowerbeds/rockery with central steps leading up to a decked sitting area where the hot tub is sited. There is a backdrop of further well stocked and colourful planting and drystone walls and steps lead up from here to the upper tier which comprises a good sized and level lawn with a smaller deck, a summer house and children’s climbing frame, all enjoying a sunny southerly aspect and views of the Cairn and the surrounding countryside.

All in all purchasers are unlikely to find a property of this type and quality in the immediate area and an internal viewing is a must to fully appreciate the style, quality and space that this stunning family home offers!


  • Ground Floor
  • Entrance Hall
  • Living/Dining/Kitchen (9.27m x 7.10m (30'5" x 23'4"))
  • Bedroom 1 & Dressing Area (5.33m x 5.18m (17'6" x 17'))
  • En Suite Bathroom (4.57m x 2.26m (15' x 7'5"))
  • Utility Room (4.32m x 1.47m (14'2" x 4'10"))
  • Cloakroom/WC
  • First Floor
  • Landing (5.26m x 2.03m (17'3" x 6'8"))
  • Mezzanine/Gallery (5.18m x 3.48m (17' x 11'5"))
  • Master Bedroom (5.87m x 5.80m (19'3" x 19'0"))
  • En Suite Shower Room (2.13m x 1.75m (7' x 5'9"))
  • Bedroom 3 (L-Shaped) (5.16m x 4.93m (16'11" x 16'2"))
  • Family Bathroom/En Suite (3.18m x 2.06m (10'5" x 6'9"))
  • Bedroom 4 (4.34m x 2.20m (14'3" x 7'3"))

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