Elmcote is a detached Edwardian Arts and Crafts house designed by the renowned local architect RW Sampson. Built at the turn of the twentieth century, Elmcote is one of Sampson’s earliest and most charming Arts and Crafts inspired houses. Until recently the property was occupied by one couple for around fifty years, and Elmcote lends itself to a new owner who would be attracted by the opportunity it presents to imprint their own ideas whilst protecting its charm. As with most character properties of the era, the rooms are spacious with high ceilings and large windows which admit plenty of natural light. There are distant sea views from some areas of the house.
On the ground floor, a spacious entrance hall gives access to the well-proportioned reception rooms. There is a large, triple aspect drawing room with wood flooring, an open fireplace, stone fire surround and mantelpiece, as well as a bay window with seating; ideally placed for admiring the surrounding gardens. Double doors from the drawing room lead to a light and bright conservatory, with French doors opening outside. There is also a double aspect, spacious sitting room with another bay window. A good-size kitchen/dining room is located to the right of entrance hall, featuring a range of fitted units, an integrated electric oven, grill and gas hob. An opening from the kitchen leads to a useful area which provides further space for utilities and could be used as a generous-size pantry. A door from the kitchen leads through to a large utility room, which could, if desired, easily be extended further to incorporate the gardeners' room beyond. There is also a gardener’s WC located in an adjacent courtyard area.
Upstairs, a large central landing, well lit by double height windows on the staircase, gives access to the four double bedrooms. The east-facing rooms each have wonderful views across Sidmouth, towards Salcombe Hill with sea glimpses. The very spacious master bedroom has the benefit of a double aspect, with a bay window overlooking the picturesque garden lawn, as well as a Jack and Jill en suite shower room. A family bathroom and separate WC service the other bedrooms.
The house has a large attic, providing ample storage and the potential for conversion into further living space, subject to the purchaser obtaining the relevant planning consents.
Elmcote is situated on Boughmore Road, which is in the heart of Bickwell Valley, Sidmouth’s most prestigious neighbourhood and a designated conservation area. It is a sanctuary of calm, with verdant gardens, views towards the coastal hills, and has easy access to the centre of town and beach. Sidmouth has numerous independent shops, churches, schools, a Post Office, health centre, cottage hospital, library, theatre and an Art Deco cinema. The town has three supermarkets, including a large Waitrose, and has also won several coveted ‘Britain in Bloom’ nominations. Sidmouth is within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is on the spectacular Jurassic Coast, a designated World Heritage Site, which covers 95 miles of beautiful coastline from Orcombe Point in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks in Dorset. The South West Coast Path passes through Sidmouth, which is England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath and a National Trail. It stretches for 630 miles, running from Minehead in Somerset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, to Poole Harbour in Dorset. As well as the fantastic local walking routes, there are sailing opportunities from the Axe Yacht Club, Seaton and Beer Sailing Clubs. For the golfing enthusiast there are courses at Sidmouth, Seaton, Lyme Regis, Honiton and Woodbury.
The cathedral city of Exeter, approximately 14 miles to the west, offers a wide choice of cultural activities with theatres, the RAMM museum, an arts centre and a wealth of good restaurants and shopping, including John Lewis. There are several primary and secondary schools, both state and independent, and Exeter University is recognised as one of the leading universities in the country.
The M5 motorway provides links to the A38 to Plymouth and Cornwall, the A30 to the South and Bristol and London to the North and East. There are frequent rail services from Exeter St. David’s to London Paddington (from just over two hours) and London Waterloo. Exeter International Airport offers a number of domestic and international flights, including daily flights to London City Airport.
Elmcote has one of the largest, most tranquil and verdant gardens in the Bickwell Valley area, occupying a plot of approximately 1.15 acres. Set back from the road, the house is approached by a long entrance drive which leads to a parking area and double garage, with light and power connected. The house is surrounded by its gardens, providing a high level of privacy and tranquillity, and is mainly laid-to-lawn; therefore relatively straightforward to maintain. The gardens contain an impressive range of mature trees including oak, sweet chestnut, mulberry, cordyline and three magnificent Monterey pines which flank the driveway, providing a stately first impression on approach.
To the front of the house is a splendid level lawn, originally designed by Sampson as a tennis court. A terrace accessed from the conservatory overlooks the lawn, providing the perfect place for al fresco dining and entertaining. At the other side of the house is an orchard area with mature fruit trees and a greenhouse, whilst there is a further lawned area from where views towards Salcombe Hill and the surrounding landscape can be enjoyed.