Sunnybank, as its name suggests, receives direct sun from the moment it rises over East Hill until it sets behind the palm tree in the evening. Surrounded by farm pasture, the bucolic aspect is dominated by the view over Meadow Field, ever changing with the seasons and the different livestock. Nestled in a typically Devon valley, there is immediate access to wonderful rolling walks across the AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty) The beach on the famous Jurassic Coast is less than 10 minutes away, and yet equally quickly you can be shopping in Waitrose (Sidmouth) or Sainsburys (Ottery St Mary). The Golden Lion pub and Tipton village shop are just a 15 minute walk, at which point you can decide to walk either up or down the River Otter if you so choose. The primary school, village hall and superb garage are all focal points of the village, and the school bus for the outstanding King's School, Ottery St Mary goes from the end of the lane.
Sunnybank is a very warm and comfortable home, yet cheap to run (see below). The front door opens into a large, elegant hall which provides an effective buffer to the rural outside world. The utility room is located just off it to make the daily chores as little effort as possible. Life happens in the main on the open plan ground floor, with the kitchen, dining and living areas all one. When a fire is lit it radiates to the whole area. Music and TV can be shared in all the rooms through the AV system. With 3 storeys, the stone spiral staircase is the backbone of the house. Upstairs the vaulted ceilings give a feeling of space in the master bedroom and from the balcony overlooking the dining and living areas. If upstairs is airy, downstairs is snug. The cinema/playroom is perfect for some quality viewing, gaming or play, while the bedrooms have a sense of their own space, looking out at the fountain in the sunken court yard garden; a real sun trap, accessible by the lower back door.
Built in 2005 using ICF. High levels of insulation throughout house. South facing, designed to maximise passive solar gain. Basement floor, provides highly efficient living space, cut away on the southern aspect to bring light in from courtyard garden.
Heating, ventilation and power
Underfloor heating throughout house. Heating and hot water provided by ground source heat pump (GSHP), supported by solar thermal panels and flue gas heat exchanger on the wood burning stove. For further efficiency the house is fitted with a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR) system. Electricity is also generated by 4KW of solar PV panels split between SE and SW aspects. The typical total annual energy bill (ie heating, hot water, electricity, cooking, everything) is less than £750 per annum.
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