Tracebridge, Ashbrittle, Wellington

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Bedrooms: 2
A two bedroom, South facing semi detached cottage with barn all set within extensive grounds including wildlife garden and woodland.


Rose Cottage is situated in a fine rural yet accessible location within the hamlet of Tracebridge which lies between the villages of Ashbrittle and Greenham. The adjoining hamlet of Appley is within half a mile of the property where a public house/restaurant, post office/stores and primary school can be found. Wellington is within 7 miles offering an excellent selection of shopping, recreational and scholastic facilities together with easy access of the M5 motorway on the outskirts of the town. The County Town of Taunton is within 14 miles of the property where a greater selection of facilities can be found together with a main line rail link to London Paddington.


This is a unique opportunity to purchase a two bedroom semi detached cottage with barn set within extensive private gardens and grounds including wildlife garden and woodland. This kind of habitat encourages all types of wildlife which are described by the owner under the heading of vendors comments.


ENTRANCE PORCH with door leading to; ENTRANCE HALLWAY With timber staircase rising to first floor, door to kitchen and steps down to; SITTING ROOM with attractive stone fireplace with inset wood burner on a brick hearth, timber panelled walls to dado, recessed bookshelf, and deep tiled window sill to front. KITCHEN/DINER comprising sink unit with mixer tap over, space and plumbing for washing machine, space for range cooker, fireplace with wood burner, tiled floor, window to front and door to rear giving access to walk in pantry. HALF LANDING with door to; BEDROOM 1 with built in wardrobes, wooden floor and hatch to loft. LANDING with window to rear and deep storage cupboard. BATHROOM comprising bath with shower over, pedestal wash hand basin, low level WC, storage cupboard and window to rear. BEDROOM 2 with deep storage cupboard to one wall, wooden floor and window to front.


The cottage is approached over a driveway suitable for the parking of approximately 2 cars. From here a pathway with steps lead down to the cottage. To the side of the property is the DETACHED BARN which has been converted into a further room with shower room with first floor office/studio which is accessed at first floor level to rear through two patio doors. The barn is lined with timber and benefits from views from three aspects. The windows are double glazed and it benefits from light, power and a telephone point with broadband connection. The gardens and grounds lie mainly to the rear of the property and comprise a wildlife garden with adjoining woodland accessed via numerous pathways. Within these grounds can be found various sheds and a pond.


The garden has been managed to provide a range of wildlife habitats with wildflower-rich grassy areas, orchard (apple, greengage quince), arboretum (with numerous deciduous and coniferous trees and shrubs including gingko, yew, larch, lime, hornbeam, beech, chestnut, maple, broom, handkerchief tree) and an area of ancient woodland which has holly arbours and a dense carpet of bluebells that fill the air with their delicate scent in spring. At the same time spaces for eating and enjoying outdoor events have been created. Wildflowers include early purple and common spotted orchids, meadow-rue, bugle, cranesbills, ox-eye daisy, yellow archangel, snowdrop, wild garlic, navelwort, lily of the valley, Solomon's seal and abundant primroses. Areas are also filled with daffodil and other bulbs. Bats can always be seen on warm evenings and badgers live in large sets or the edges of the site. Roe deer and brown hare visit, along with the occasional red deer, stoat and hedgehog. A series of ponds contain breeding colonies of amphibians and dragonflies. Wild birds find the garden a haven with numerous nesting species including tawny owl, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, treecreeper, goldcrest, blackcap, coal tit and marsh tit as well as the more common garden species. Lesser spotted woodpecker, green woodpecker and raven also visit and woodcock and pied flycatcher have also occurred. The disused quarry adds a different dimension with a resident flock of jackdaws and a succession of nesting birds of prey with kestrel, barn owl, buzzard and peregrine, the latter species having successfully raised young most years in the last 20. The sights of aerial battles with buzzards and food passes between the falcons and their young are mesmerising. Two cabins allow the option for sleeping close to the wildlife and in amongst the trees. A caravan and outdoor kitchen area with mains water and composting toilet allow campers to enjoy life outside.

The history of the site is also fascinating with a publication available about the Tracebridge hamlet and former operation of the slate quarry. A range of industrial archaeological features occurs in and around the quarry.


From junction 26 of the M5 motorway head towards Wellington and at the roundabout with the A38 take the first exit signposted Exeter. At the next roundabout follow the signs again to Exeter passing the Beambridge Hotel on your left hand side and continue up Whiteball Hill. At the top of the hill turn right signposted Greenham, Ashbrittle and Holcombe Rogus. Continue on this road passing through the village of Greenham and onto Appley Cross where the post office/stores will be seen on the left hand side. Continue along this lane for a further half a mile and as you start to go down the hill into Tracebridge the entrance drive to Rose Cottage is the first drive on the right hand side.


Mains water and electricity are connected. Private drainage. Telephone currently connected with broadband connection.


The barn and subsequent work carried out to the property has not been signed off by building control. It would be a purchaser's responsibility to complete and sign off the alterations.

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