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5 bedroom detached house for sale

West Buckland, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32

Guide Price £1,400,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Private Farm (110 acres)
  • Two Dwellings
  • Main House (5 beds)
  • Barn Conversion (4 beds)
  • 3 Barns with PP
  • Livestock Buildings
  • Productive Grassland

Full description

A private farm (110 acres) in a beautiful setting with two dwellings, positioned at the end of its own long drive. Barns with PP for conversion, livestock buildings and productive grassland.

Grid Reference:

SS 645308


From Tiverton take the A361 (T) North Devon link road towards Barnstaple. Continue on the A361, bypassing South Molton and continue towards Barnstaple. At Aller Cross roundabout continue towards Barnstaple and after 3 miles turn right signed to West Buckland. Continue up the hill and into the village. Take the first turning left in the village, passing the church on the right hand side and follow this lane for about half a mile and the lane to Bushton Farm will be found on the left.

Situation & Amenities:

Bushton Farm lies about one mile to the west of West Buckland village and is positioned in a private location about half a mile along its own access lane.

West Buckland is a small village and rural community surrounded by open countryside. Renowned for its private school, a fine building just outside of the village that provides schooling for all ages. The village is in a most convenient location, giving easy access to the regional centre of Barnstaple, and the local market town of South Molton and a little over 1 mile from the A361, which connects to Tiverton and the M5 at Junction 27 where there is also a station on the London to Paddington Line at Tiverton Parkway.

South Molton is a busy market town with a good range of shops and schooling to secondary level. The regional centre of Barnstaple, with its further range of amenities and commercial facilities about 8 miles distant with the famous North Devon beaches at Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe a few miles further west.


Bushton Farm is an amalgamation of two older farms, East and West Bushton Farms. Both farms were owned by the Castle Hill Estate up until the Mid 20th Century, until being purchased by the current owners.

The two farmsteads were about 100 yards apart and East Bushton Farm includes the house, cottage, threshing barn with consent for a holiday cottage and the majority of the farm buildings.

West Bushton Farm has three further traditional barns one of which has planning consent for a holiday cottage, and another with consent for residential use subject to a locality condition. Both farmsteads lie central to the land and are accessed over the half mile long private entrance drive although there is potential to put in a separate drive to West Bushton if desired.

The Farmhouse:

To the front of the farmhouse is a lawn garden area with flowerbeds, enclosed by natural stone walling. There are steps up into the main entrance hall which has flagstones hidden under the carpet, stairs to the first floor and an offset door to the outside at the rear. On the left is a snug/office with Victorian fireplace (not operational) and views over the front garden. Behind this is the old dairy which also has a flagstone floor, slate shelving on brick pillars and meat hooks in the ceiling.

The main sitting room includes a stone/brick inglenook fireplace with woodburner and intact bread oven to side. The kitchen includes an oil fired Aga (also providing hot water) set into an old fireplace with oak mantel over and a range of kitchen units with stainless steel sink, dishwasher and space for washing machine. A window looks into the rear garden as well as an outside door to the glazed front porch. A second kitchen/preparation area has been sub-divided from the main kitchen and includes further kitchen units, shelving, electric cooker point and window to the front. Accessed from the front porch is an outhouse/store with Belfast sink and coat hooks.

On the first floor there are 5 bedrooms and a family bathroom. The roof trusses are exposed giving character and all 5 bedrooms face south. The family bathroom includes a panelled bath with electric shower over, wash hand basin, low level W-C, exposed beams and hatch to loft.

Adjoining the farmhouse is the:


The cottage has been converted from a shippon and is of stone construction under a slate roof. There is a large entrance porch/utility with coat hooks, ceramic sink with work surface areas under which are cupboards, drawers, oil fired boiler and space for a washing machine.

A main feature of the cottage is the triple aspect sitting room with oak floors throughout, French doors to the garden and oil fired wood burning style stove set onto slate hearth with feature brick fireplace behind. From this large open airy room there are steps down to a very spacious hall area which could be used as dining hall with fireplace with inset wood burning stove, stairs to first floor and doorway through to an office/potential downstairs bedroom.

On the first floor of the cottage is a large landing room with reading area serving the main double bedroom with south facing views and family bathroom with airing cupboard. Steps then lead up to a second landing where there are three further good sized bedrooms.

The farmhouse style kitchen includes an oil fired Aga, exposed beams and full range of kitchen units including a breakfast bar. An archway then leads through to a breakfast room/office/dining room with doorway out to the garden.

Gardens And Grounds:

The gardens surround both the house and cottage yet are easily divisible. Both properties have front gardens and to the rear is a large lawn area surrounded by hedging with feature flower beds and a rockery. There is also a vegetable garden, equally at home in its currently used as a poultry run.

The Traditional Farm Buildings:

To the side of the cottage is an Old Shippon 30 x 10 (9.14m x 3.04m) currently used for storage. In front of the house is a Threshing Barn 42 x 18 (12.80m x 5.48m) with lean-to carport 18 x 384 (5.48m x 11.79m) and stable/store and brick building to the rear. This Threshing Barn has planning consent for a holiday cottage.

At West Bushton is a further Threshing Barn 364 x 157 (11.18m x 4.57m) with lean-to at the end 19 x 14 (5.79m x 4.26m) with planning consent for residential development with a local occupancy clause. Close to this is another stone/cob barn 29 x 10 (8.83m x 3.04m) with loft over. The main traditional barn at West Bushton measures 43 x 16 (13.01m x 4.87m) with loft over and brick building attached at the end 2610 x 127 (8.18m x 3.83m). This building has planning consent for a holiday cottage.

The traditional barns are well spaced and could therefore be developed to provide privacy to the holiday occupants as well as enjoying the lovely views available from the farmstead.

Modern Farm Buildings

At East Bushton there is:

1.Modern Cubicle Shed:

33.52m x 12.19m (110'0 x 40'0 )

With cubicles for 67 and concrete yard to side with feed barriers and troughs, lagoon to rear.

2.Yard And Silage Clamp:

19.50m x 12.19m (64'0 x 40'0 )

3.Two Cubicle Sheds (43 Cubicles):

12.49m x 6.70m (41'0 x 22'0 )

Each shed measuring;

4. 5:10 Herringbone Parlour:

9.75m x 4.77m (32'0 x 15'8 )

plus bulk tank room and in parlour feeder with cake bins over (not used for a number of years).

5.Additional Yard With Cubicle House For 32

13.71m x 7.31m (45'0 x 24'0 )

At West Bushton there is:

6.Covered Yard/Machinery Store:

22.55m x 7.01m / 4.87m (74'0 x 23'0 /16'0 )

7.Pole Barn:

15.54m x 11.88m (51'0 x 39'0 )

8.Modern Livestock Shed:

18.28m x 12.19m (60'0 x 40'0 )

9.Silage Clamp.

The Land:

The land lies within a ring fence around the farmhouse extending in total to about 110 acres.

The majority of the land is down to pasture and is generally level or gently sloping. There is an additional area of woodland at the north eastern corner of the farm. Around the fringes of the farm are some steeper areas most of which are currently let to the Castle Hill Estate for game crop and rearing pen areas, providing a useful income.

General Remarks:


Mains water supply (also private water but no longer used). Single phase mains electricity. Private drainage (one shared septic tank for both properties). Oil fired Aga in the farmhouse, oil fired central heating and Aga in cottage.

Local Authority:

North Devon District Council, Civic Centre, North Walk, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1EA. Tel: 01271 327711

South West Water PLC, Peninsula House, Rydon Lane, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7HR. Tel: 0845 6012989.

Western Power Distribution, Osprey House, Sowton, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7HZ. Tel: 0800 169 1144.


The farm has had 42.11 Normal Entitlements (non SDA) verified at a value of 259.54 Euros each with a net return of 10,929.23. The current years payment will be reserved from the sale.

The purchaser will take over the vendors cross compliance responsibilities.

Town And Country Planning:

Planning permission and listed building consent was granted on 8th July 2005 for conversion of 2 barns to form 2 units of holiday accommodation (application nos. 39139 and 39140). The time limit for implementation of these permissions has been extended under application nos. 50020 and 50021, granted on 14th May 2010.

Planning permission exists for an additional barn conversion with local occupancy under application no. 44982, granted 9th November 2009.

Sporting And Mineral Rights:

The sporting and mineral rights are not included in the sale as they are owned by the Castle Hill Estate.

Fixtures And Fittings:

All fixtures and fittings unless specifically referred to within these particulars are expressly excluded from the sale of the freehold.

Tenure And Possession:

The land is let to a third party on a Farm Business Tenancy until 31st December 2011. In addition the main farm building and silage clamp is let to the same tenant until 25th March 2012.

Wayleaves, Rights Of Way Etc:

The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of any wayleave agreements in respect of any electricity or telephone poles, wires, stays, cables etc., or water or drainage pipes etc., either passing upon, over or under it. The property is also sold subject to and with the benefit of any public or private rights of way or bridleways etc.

Plans And Boundary Fences:

A plan which is not to scale and is not to be relied upon is attached to these particulars for identification only. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to its accuracy.


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