Old Exeter Street, Chudleigh, Newton Abbot

Old Exeter Street, Chudleigh, Newton Abbot

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The Retreat is a stunning detached family home in a prime and central location in the bustling South Devon town of Chudleigh. This fine residence is grade II listed and believed to date back to the 1600’s with many characterful features still present. The property enjoys an attractive double fronted façade set over three floors with bay windows and an impressive central entrance vestibule. Typical of its period, The Retreat offers generous proportions inside with light rooms and high ceilings. All set within a stunning and sizable wrap-around established plot approaching ½ acre in total with many mature shrubs and trees.

  • Private tucked away setting
  • No onward chain
  • Grand spacious rooms
  • Five bedrooms, three receptions plus a study & hobby room/gym
  • Versatile layout offering between five-seven bedrooms
  • Delightful well-stocked garden and grounds with vegetable patches & small orchard
  • Garage and ample driveway parking
  • Great access to the A38, serving Plymouth, Exeter & M5

Location part 1

Chudleigh is a small country town between Exeter and Newton Abbot. On the doorstep is the beautiful Haldon Forest, whether you want a quiet gentle stroll or an exhilarating mountain biking experience, there’s something for you at Haldon Forest Park. With a great range of walking and cycling trails to suit all ages and abilities. Dartmoor National Park is close by, best known for its striking granite tors, steep wooded river valleys and heather covered moorland. Offering a wide selection of recreational opportunities such as walking, cycling, riding and fishing on the River Dart. Many of the region's finest beaches are within easy driving distance. The well-regarded Chudleigh Primary School is in the town along with regular bus services to Newton Abbot and Exeter. For secondary schools you have the popular Teign School in Kingsteignton and numerous highly regarded private schools in the area including Exeter School, Maynard, Stover, Trinity and also Torquay Girls and Torquay Boys Grammars.

Location part 2

Chudleigh offers a wealth of local amenities including shops, a cricket field, a swimming pool, football pitches, bowling, allotments, parks, two doctor’s surgery, a dentist, and a library. For larger shops there are supermarkets in Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot and Exeter. The market town of Newton Abbot has a mainline railway station with direct links to London Paddington/Waterloo, along with Exeter St Davids Station. There is also an international airport in Exeter. The A38 (Devon Expressway) which by-passes the town provides good access to Plymouth, Exeter and the M5 Motorway network while the A380 connects Torbay.

Accommodation part 1

As you approach the property through the stone pillared and gated entrance, a sweeping gravel and tree-lined driveway leads round to the right, offering plentiful parking and access to the garage. You are instantly impressed by the property and how grand and secluded it feels, especially considering the easy walking distance to the town’s amenities. Once inside, the entrance vestibule and reception hall set the tone for things to come; fitted with wide plank floorboards and showing a glimpse of the view to the garden along with the fine spindle turning staircase leading to the first floor. This makes for an impressive entrance to the property. The accommodation flows nicely from here, with a door to the right leading into the drawing room with its central wood burner perfect for those colder nights. A large three section sash bay window allows a wealth of natural light into the room and beautifully frames the pleasant outlook onto the rose border and front lawn.

Accommodation part 2

Numerous points of interest that one would expect in such a magnificent property are present including classic joinery, local marble chimney- pieces, decorated plaster friezes, and a stick baluster stair with turned newels, a ramped handrail, and a curved balustrade. The generous kitchen/breakfast room is modern yet has been designed in keeping with the property. The high vaulted ceiling along with a large arched window creates a real wow factor. The kitchen is a high specification, fitted with bespoke handmade ash fronted units with impressive highly veined granite work surfaces and central island accompanied by a traditional blue Aga. There is space for a table and chairs in front of the French doors and arched window which opens out onto a patio seating area. A wonderful spot to sit in the sun and enjoy the wonderful southerly views out to the front lawn and garden.

Accommodation part 3

From the kitchen, a formal dining room leads off with ample space for a substantial dining table and chairs well-positioned in front of a set of French doors to the delightful rear garden – what a spot to entertain! A rear hallway leads to a walk-in pantry, a modern cloakroom, the utility room and then links back to the entrance reception. Behind the kitchen is a passageway with a further door to the garden and garage offering further storage. From the dining room there is a further reception room to the front of the property, currently used as a family room with a marble fireplace, which sits proudly in the centre of the wall creating a lovely focal point to the room along with a bay window enjoying views to the front aspect.

Accommodation part 4

The first-floor landing is a generous size with space for furniture and a window residing above the staircase offering a view to the rear garden. There are four generous sized bedrooms on this floor. The master bedroom is a fabulous size with its decorative original marble fireplace, large three section bay window to the front and en-suite bathroom. Bedroom two, another great sized room, enjoying a large bay window to the southerly aspect. There are two further double bedrooms, one overlooking the front garden and one with views over the family garden to the rear. There is a further cloakroom and a family bathroom which serves bedrooms two, three and four.

The Grounds

The grounds are simply delightful with the original large stone wall surrounding most of the plot. Within the grounds are a large selection of mature trees, apple and pear trees and many shrubs as well as two vegetable patches – perfect for those who are green fingered. The garden is clearly loved and well cared for by the current owners and it really comes into its own in the spring and summer months offering an array of colour. There is an expansive area of lawn great for children and pets. Numerous walks are available right from the doorstep.


Mains electricity, water and drainage. Oil fired central heating. Local Authority: Teignbridge District Council. Council tax band: F.

Agents note

The driveway will be shared with one other property which the vendors are constructing for their retirement in the tucked away southwestern corner of the plot. This will leave The Retreat with a rectangular plot of roughly 0.5 acres and offer good levels of privacy. Full details available via the agent.

Accommodation part 5

A further staircase leads to the second-floor landing providing access to versatile accommodation to suit the new owner. In the past this whole floor has been used for a self-sufficient teenager. The current owners have this floor set out as a large living room/gym to one end, bedroom, study and bathroom. This would also make a good guest suite with some beautiful distant countryside views.