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Lion house is rumoured locally to have been influenced by the work of the architect Edwin Lutyens who designed nearby Castle Drogo, which was built between 1912 and 1930, Lion House being built in 1926. It used to be a bank and still retains as a feature the strong room door from the inner hall to the kitchen. The property has tall ceilings to the ground floor in the old bank itself and the accommodation comprises a glazed entrance lobby, a large drawing room with a Minster fireplace, an inner hall, a ground floor study or bedroom, a w.c. and a kitchen/dining room with a gas fired Aga. Upstairs there is a bathroom and a double bedroom and access to the roof terrace garden with its decorative balustrade overlooking the cobbled, bustling town square. This extraordinary building would be a fun place to live or make a terrific holiday letting investment. Fowlers very strongly recommend viewing the lovely building. During the Covid19 crisis Fowlers are still open for calls and emails, and many of our properties have 3D laser video tours available for virtual viewings.
Lion House is set on the cobbled town square of the thriving moorland town of Moretonhampstead. The town has a wide variety of day to day and specialist shops, a primary school and pre school, parish church and chapel, library and a sports centre with gym. There is a football pitch, bowling club, tennis club, skate park, two play parks, an open air swimming pool in the summertime and superb access to countryside walks. The A30 and A38 are equidistant at about 8 miles and Exeter is approximately 12 miles via the B3212. The open moor is just a few minutes drive and beautiful Mardon Down is even closer.
A panelled double door leads through into the entrance lobby which has a mosaic tiled floor, multi paned top light windows, a large internal window and a matching panelled door to the drawing room.
Set in the former banking hall, this spacious drawing room has high ceilings, moulded coving and a ceiling rose and a Minster stone fireplace with a gas coal grate. There are four halogen downlighters, a central light point, ten power points, twelve lighting circuit points and three double panelled radiators. To the front there are two large sash windows to the town square and to either side of the fireplace are two mirror glazed panels to enhance reflected light into the room. There is a TV point and telephone point and a pair of multi paned double doors with bevelled glass panels that lead to the inner hall.
The inner hall enables access to the second bedroom/study, the ground floor w.c. and, via the original strong room door, the kitchen/dining room. The hall has high ceilings with moulded coving, two halogen downlighters and eight power points. There is also a telephone point and two lighting circuit points.
This is a quiet and peaceful room and there is a handsome Minster stone fireplace with a gas coal grate and a large sash window looking out onto the exterior light shaft which allows in natural light from above and which has a spotlight to create an attractive feature after dark. There are eight power points in the bedroom, four lighting points and one double panelled radiator.
The downstairs w.c. has a single glazed sash window and painted wainscotting, a low level w.c and a wall mounted wash hand basin. There is also an extractor fan and one halogen downlighter.
The original strong room door and an inner metal gate lead through into the kitchen from the inner hall and a pair of glazed multi paned double doors lead out to the stairwell. The kitchen has fitted painted solid wood base and wall cabinets, a Belfast sink, granite worktops with lighting, a built in washer/drier, a dishwasher and a gas fired Aga with tiled splashbacks and an extractor hood and light above. The gas fired Vaillant boiler is concealed in a fitted wall cupboard with space for storage beneath and there is also a large under stairs cupboard. A glazed door leads to the exterior natural light shaft which has a spotlight to create a lovely feature after dark. The kitchen has two double panelled radiators, three halogen downlighters and ample power points.
The stairwell has a porthole style window at the top of the stairwell and built in book shelves.
Double multi paned obscured glass doors lead through into the bathroom, which has a low level w.c, a wash hand basin set into a granite top with a cupboard beneath, a white pressed steel bath with a built in thermostatic shower and granite tiled splashbacks. There is also a heated towel rail, a single panelled radiator, two double glazed obscured windows, halogen downlighters and an extractor fan.
Bedroom one is a good size double room with space for a king size bed and access to the terrace through sliding double glazed doors. The bedroom has built in wardrobes, a double panelled radiator, four power points, two lighting points and a TV point and being set to the rear of the terrace enjoys both privacy and quiet.
This large sunny rooftop terrace garden is not overlooked and has a split level wooden deck and a stone balustrades with views across the cobbled town square and a glimpse of views to Mardon Hill and Hingston Rock. A decorative iron balustrade surrounds the light shaft on the terrace. There is also an outside tap and exterior light point.
Mains gas, electricity, water and drainage.
Lion house in situated in the centre of town next door to the information centre just opposite the cobbled town square sitting area.