The House of Black and White sits in the centre of Great Torrington, known as the 'Cavalier Town' since the Civil War of 1646. Torrington is situated on a hill top with 360° countryside views surrounding it and steep drops to the valley below and the River Torridge. This breathtaking scenery has remained practically unchanged since the classic novel 'Tarka the Otter' was written in the 1920s by Henry Williamson. This historic terraced house, thought to be the oldest in the town, dates from around 1590, and offers a beautiful retreat for family and friends who are looking for a truly unique escape. With limewash painted walls, this spacious property retains many original features whilst offering all modern comforts. The large kitchen/dining room, with its huge oak table, is the ideal place to host a celebration meal, and the living room has a cosy open fire to curl up beside with a good book and a glass of wine. A second living room also provides a place of escape for both young and old, and has a 55" Smart TV which can be used by guests to challenge each other to a game on the Wii, or they can simply watch a good film together.
The property lies within easy walking distance of a good range of shops, pubs and restaurants, as well as the historic 1664 Civil War Centre, a delightful pannier market and the highly acclaimed Plough Arts Centre which houses a theatre, music, live entertainment, small cinema, cafe and art gallery. There is also the Dartington Crystal Factory and the local swimming pool within walking distance, and for garden lovers, the RHS Gardens at Rosemoor are just a short drive away. Towards the end of the 12th century, 365 acres of land surrounding the town on all but the eastern side was given to the people of Great Torrington. Now known as The Common, the area is freely accessible to all, and visitors and their four legged friends, can walk the 20 miles of footpaths. It extends from the golf course in the north to the ancient wood and wildflower meadow in the west, and then down to the beautiful River Torridge valley to the south of the town. The Tarka Trail, which is also ideal for dog walkers or cyclists, passes through Great Torrington, and you can hire bikes nearby.
You'll find there is something for everyone in this lovely corner of North Devon. The property is ideally placed for exploring the whole of North Devon with stunning beaches, as well enjoying coastal and country walks. The wide, sandy beaches of Westward Ho! are just 10 miles away with fantastic surfing, as well as the famous Pebble Ridge and Northam Burrows Country Park.
Golf, riding and fishing are available locally, and for family fun, adventure parks including The Ultimate Adventure centre, The Big Sheep and Milky Way are not to be missed. Enjoy a day out at Hartland and visit the lighthouse and quay, or take in the historic fishing village at Clovelly. For nature lovers, Exmoor is close by and there are numerous National Trust properties in the surrounding area to enjoy. At Bideford you will find most amenities, as well as the quay where you can book a trip to Lundy Island. Beach 10 miles. Shop 20 yards, pub 100 yards, restaurant 20 yards.
Living room 1: With open fire and wooden floor.
Living room 2: With 55" Smart TV, DVD player, Wii and a selection of DVDs, games and books, and wooden floor.
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Kitchen: With electric range, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
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Utility room: With washer/dryer.
Wet room: With shower and toilet.
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Bedroom 1: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request) and French doors leading to patio.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds and wooden floor.
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Bedroom 3: With four-poster kingsize bed, beams, wooden floor, low doorway and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
Bedroom 4: With kingsize bed and wooden floor.
Bedroom 5: With double bed and wooden floor.
Bathroom: With freestanding bath, shower cubicle and toilet.
Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for open fire included. Large enclosed garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Bike store. Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 6 steps in the garden.
A lovingly restored, characterful property close to the Tarka Trail and within easy reach of the family adventure parks.