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9 bedroom detached house for sale

Blachford Manor, Southern Edge of Dartmoor, Devon

Under Offer £8,000,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 9 bed Manor House
  • Staff & Guest accommodation
  • Outbuildings & Stables
  • Range of farm buildings
  • 734 acres

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


The Blachford Manor Estate is located in the south west corner of Devon on the edge of the beautiful Dartmoor National Park near the village of Cornwood which lies approximately 8 miles from the stunning Devon coastline.


Set in such picturesque surroundings, the Estate encapsulates all the elements of the perfect traditional landed English estate, namely an historical Manor House with estate cottages and traditional outbuildings, parkland, a working farm and exceptional sporting prospects.

The impressive Manor House has a breathtaking approach through the parkland and beside the lake. The Deer Park and lake were laid out in 1827 by James Green and provide a majestic setting for the house.

Blachford Manor is a substantial Grade II* Listed house which has recently been renovated and modernised with 9 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms as well as a 1 bedroom Nanny Flat on the second floor. Within the house is a 2 bedroom Staff Flat and a further 2 bedroom Annex. Fine stone outbuildings nearby include Stables and a Tack Room, Workshop, Game Store, Old Dairy and Coach House. There are two further detached cottages on the Estate.

The Estate offers privacy and security as the 734 acres (297 ha) are ring fenced, with woodland around much of its perimeter. The woodland comprises some magnificent mature stands of beech, oak and sweet chestnut as well as new broadleaf plantings. The undulating pastureland provides ideal grazing for livestock and horses. A further 281 acres (113 ha) of sporting rights adjoining the Estate are included in the sale.


The Blachford Manor Estate has a wonderful balance of habitats comprising level pasture around the house, the River Yealm and lake providing abundant flowing water and some naturally marshy areas. From here the land rises up through mature ancient woodland to Hanger Down, an area of unimproved grasslands and wetlands bounded by the River Erme.

One of the most striking aspects of the Estate is the varied and remarkable backdrop provided by the valley setting with stunning views across the rolling countryside to the sea on one side and over Dartmoor on the other, providing breathtaking vistas from many corners of the land.

A notable feature of the Estate is the widespread use of traditional dry stone walling with traditional gates and granite gate posts.

Setting the Blachford Manor Estate apart from many others is its proximity to the Gulf Stream and areas of acidic soil which allow for some unusual exotic plants to be grown which complement the indigenous species.

This biodiversity, coupled with a reluctance by the current owner to use chemicals, provides the perfect environment for a wealth of flora and fauna to thrive on the Estate. Of particular note is the very short distance in the river system between Blachford Manor and the coast which means sea trout and salmon travel up the Erme and Yealm to spawn.

For a nature lover, Blachford Manor is unrivalled and the present owner has gone to great lengths to enhance it in every aspect.


Currently the Manor House is laid out to provide principal accommodation over three floors, enjoying the magnificent views over the lake and parkland. At the rear of the house, the layout of a wing has been rearranged and can either form extra accommodation for the main house or act as a self-contained flat for staff or guests.

The Eastern Wing is part of the original Jacobean house and has been transformed into a self contained Annex; however, this space could be integrated with the main house accommodation as there are internal doors at ground and first floor level.

The Stables and Tack Room are attached at the rear of the house and accessible internally. The old Coach House originally provided stables and garaging but is currently used as a workshop and store.

The Manor House provides well laid out family accommodation with notable formal rooms ideal for entertaining. The rooms are well proportioned with many featuring original panelling, decorative plaster work, cornicing and fireplaces which the current owner has taken care to restore in their extensive and sympathetic renovation of the house. Most of the rooms have shuttered windows and the south facing rooms have far reaching views over the garden and parkland, while the rear windows look out beyond the garden, over fields and up onto Dartmoor.


From the M5, continue west on the A38 'Devon Expressway' towards Plymouth. After about 30 miles, take the exit signposted Lee Mill (after the B3231 Ivybridge exit). At the top of the slip road, turn right at the 'T' junction. Go under the bridge and turn right again and first left (signposted Cornwood). Follow this road for about 3 miles, pass the Dartmoor National Park plaque on the left and the entrance to Blachford Manor is next on the right hand side (before getting to the humpback bridge).

POST CODE: PL21 9QX (Blachford Manor), however, it should be noted that GPS devices generally do not provide the correct routing and so it is recommended that the above directions be followed from the A38.

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09 April 2011


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