Fosfelle Country House offers a fabulous lifestyle opportunity to own a splendid and most spacious 6 bedroom Victorian family home sitting in approximately 6 acres of well cared for gardens and grounds, with the benefit of providing a generous income from 3 holiday cottages, 5 caravan/motorhome pitches, an Agatha Christie themed converted double decker bus and converted coach. The house is just half a mile from the popular rural village of Hartland in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is close to the dramatic North Atlantic coast.
The current owners search for a home with income potential ended when they found Fosfelle and fell in love with the location. "Being close to the superb coastline here with amazing countryside all around as well as being within walking distance of the facilities in the village, we could see that this would be an excellent place to live and expand the existing business.
The whole property has been extensively improved over time with the main house having been modernised throughout including an impressive kitchen family room, up to date bathrooms and a boutique style decor as well as modern double glazed upvc windows in keeping with the age of the house.
Although the owners use the main house as their private residence, there is scope to use is as a guest house, B+B as it was prior to their ownership. There is a former dining restaurant and bar (with licence) currently used as a games room for guests staying on the premises, which offers possibilities to develop further avenues of business.
In addition to improving the main house, an empty barn was converted into three delightful holiday properties sleeping a total of up to 13 guests.
Most recently, the owners have expanded the business by adding a fully converted coach sleeping 2 guests and a 1950's themed London double decker bus called 'Bertram's Hotel' which sleeps 5 and has generated an impressive amount of publicity and bookings.
The property is approached down a sweeping drive
which gives separate access to the front of main house, the cottages behind and the large field with the hook up pitches, the coach and bus.
At the front, is a large gravelled area providing ample parking for numerous vehicles and there are lovely views over the established park like gardens of almost an acre, consisting of wide expanses of lawn with many established trees, shrubs, rhododondrons and flowering plants.
The front door opens into a welcoming hallway with original Victorian tessellated tiled flooring. To the left, is a comfortable sitting room with attractive fireplace and inset wood-burning stove. To the right is a large study, extensively fitted with modern built in storage and a desk and a door leads through to a lovely dining room with character fireplace.
At the back of the house is a superb 42' long kitchen-family room with oak flooring and an impressive range of attractive wood and contemporary grey units with both granite and solid oak work tops with breakfast bar area. A gas fired 4 oven AGA with 3 hotplates as well as a 4 ring electric hob and BOSCH oven and grill oven provide ample cooking facilities, there is an integrated dish washer and space for an American style fridge freezer. Adjacent to the kitchen is a rear hallway with cloakroom and door out to an enclosed courtyard plus a door to a utility room housing the gas central heating boiler. Beyond this is a spacious conservatory with access to the courtyard and a further covered decked terrace and garden with hot tub for the house.
A wide staircase leads up to the first floor landing, where there are 6 well-proportioned bedrooms and a contemporary family bathroom with freestanding 'slipper' bath, 'wet' shower area and underfloor heating.
The master bedroom suite includes a range of built-in furniture, in addition to a dressing room with mirror fronted wardrobes and an ensuite bathroom. Bedroom 2 benefits from an ensuite shower room, bedroom 3 has built in storage and a modern sink, bedroom 4 has fitted storage and bedroom 6 an ensuite wc and sink.
Downstairs, a dividing door from the main house kitchen/family room opens into the bar/restaurant room with male and female toilets and adjoining commercial kitchen. Double doors open to a further conservatory with door to a secluded garden area with hot tub for guests.
THE LETTING BARNS
Contained within an attractive former stone barn, all 3 are presented in a tasteful clean modern style with attractive kitchens and bathrooms. There is a large parking area for guests between the letting barns and the main house, a garden area and a laundry room. Attached to the laundry room is a triple garage with light and power.
Sleeps up to 6 and consists of a spacious open plan ground floor living/dining/kitchen with disabled wc and small gravelled garden area at the front. The kitchen includes a gas hob, electric oven and space for a dish washer and fridge freezer. Upstairs are three bedrooms including one with ensuite shower room, there is a further shower room and a door to a staircase leading down to the adjacent guest laundry room.
Sleeps 3 and offers a small front garden ideal for barbeques, a ground floor living/dining room with opening to the kitchen and there are two bedrooms and a shower room.
Sleeps 4. Steps outside lead to the first floor entrance. There is an open plan living room/kitchen two bedrooms and a shower room.
THE CARAVANS/BERTRAM'S AND JOSEPH
Separate from the house and cottages is a 2 acre field where there are 5 spaces for caravans/motorhomes, with electric hook ups. There are also two charming wooden pods housing a shower and toilet.
A recent addition to the portfolio of rental options and attracting a great deal of interest and bookings is a still fully working former London double decker bus now completely self-contained to sleep 5. With a fabulous 1950's Agatha Christie themed interior including a bar, library, living/dining area, kitchen and shower room, guests are encouraged to solve a 13 part mystery.
JOSEPHS MULITICOLOURED DREAMCOACH
Also a more recent addition sleeping 2, the coach is fully converted with a double bed, living/kitchen with wood-burning stove and a garden.
Gross income from the barns and caravan pitches has been generating in the region of £60,000 per annum. Last year, Bertram's Hotel had 188 nights booked at £129.00 per night. The Coach has not had a year of bookings yet. The owners website with many advanced bookings will be included in the sale. As previously mentioned, there is further scope to increase income if desired.
At the bottom of the 2 acre field is access to a peaceful 1.5 acres of natural woodland with fishing lakes and there is a gate to a further quarter of an acre of utility land.
Close to the house, is a further half an acre of enclosed vegetable garden with polytunnel, greenhouse, vegetable beds, chicken coop an orchard and a stone barn with walled garden used as a goat pen.
From Bideford Town, proceed towards Bude on the A39. Drive through the villages of Fairy Cross, Horns Cross and Bucks Cross. Continue across the mini roundabout at Clovelly Cross passing the first turning on the right to Hartland. At the next turning on the right to Hartland, there is a large sign for Fosfelle Country House. Turn right here and stay on this road where the property can be found on the right hand side indicated by a large sign and flagpole.