Tour this idyllic 17th century thatched cottage for sale

Olivia Heath
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Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank

Addisford, an extended Grade II listed 17th century cottage set in approximately 11 acres with glorious gardens and a pool house, was once the home of the late photographer James Ravilious.

Ravilious specialised in recording the rural life in a small area of north Devon (he took 80,000 black and white pictures over a period of 17 years) and it's easy to see how he drew so much of his inspiration from where he lived.

Situated in Dolton, Winkleigh, and set amongst unspoilt countryside on the edge of Halsdon Nature Reserve, Addisford was originally a modest thatched cottage. In recent years it has been refurbished and sympathetically extended to create a charming and characterful family home.

In a beautiful and extremely private and tranquil location, the south-facing property is surrounded by a cottage garden, water meadow, pasture and ancient woodland, plus two tributaries flowing through the grounds.

There are four bedrooms, four bathrooms and two reception rooms, plus two-storey extensions to the rear and one side designed by award winning Devon architect, David Treadaway.

Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank

Inside, the large oak-framed kitchen/living room is a big draw, as is the original 17th century oak staircase. On the ground floor remains older parts of the house, such as the snug with the inglenook fireplace and the boot room.

The outdoors is the biggest pull. The cottage overlooks a mature cottage garden connected by pathways and footbridges to a floral bog garden. Here, there's a large pond fed by a gently flowing rill, and a small waterfall, all overlooked by a timber-built studio.

Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank

There are also Japanese-style walkways of raised oak beams that connect via a footbridge across the stream to three inter-linked water meadows, one of which is a beautiful flower meadow throughout summer.

And there are two pretty tributaries that flow onward toward the River Torridge after passing through Addisford's ancient woodland, which is carpeted with snowdrops, wild garlic and bluebells in the early part of the year.

Addisford is on the market for £1,750,000 via Knight Frank. Take a tour of the property below.

Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank
Photo credit: Knight Frank

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