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Landkey, Nr Barnstaple, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32

Offers in Excess of £995,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 6 Bedroom Period Farmhouse
  • Buildings of over 17,000 sq ft
  • Several Period Barns
  • Fishing Lakes & Ponds
  • River frontage & Lime Kilns
  • Extensive Car Parking
  • 58.28 Acres mainly pasture
  • Suit Variety of Uses STPP

Full description

Ideal Location - Excellent Access - Unique Setting - Rivers, Lakes, High Hills with Stunning Views, Organic Fields & Woodland Walks, Extensive Car parks, Character Farmhouse, Barns and buildings, over 17,000 sq ft

Potential Uses - Subject To Any Necessary Planning Permission

The agents consider that there is potential for the following uses, subject to any necessary planning permission;
* Small private country estate or farmstead
* Equestrian establishment (including potential livery business or equestrian holidays)
* Adaptation to holiday complex, or fishing orientated business with the addition of fishing lodges for example
* Farm / theme / tourist park incorporating associated retail elements,
* Adventure park, possibly incorporating paint balling, quad bikes, clay pigeon shooting, etc
* Golf course / leisure park, or Eco friendly enterprise Please see;
* Conference / training / wedding venue
* Camping / caravan park or combination of several of the above uses

Situation And Amenities

Marsh Farm is set in about 58 acres of pasture and woodland, bisected by the River Venn, in an area of unspoilt countryside with the Exmoor National Park to the north east affording excellent walking and riding. The property is midway between the villages of Swimbridge and Landkey, between them, offering Post Office, primary schools, stores, period inns, churches etc. The property is approximately 2 miles from the North Devon Link Road which connects directly with the M5 at Junction 27. There is also a mainline railway station on the London (Paddington 2 hours) line at Tiverton Parkway which lies adjacent to Junction 27. Barnstaple, North Devon's regional centre is about 4 miles and houses the area's main business, commercial, leisure and shopping venues. The town is also well known for its exclusive range of outlets including all of the high street favourites, as well as a diverse selection of local stores. The Pannier Market dates back to Saxon times and trades in foodstuffs, general goods, local crafts and collectables. The North Devon Leisure Centre provides many indoor pursuits along with the Tarka Tennis Centre, both in Barnstaple. Live theatres are accessible at Barnstaple and Ilfracombe, whilst other sporting and leisure pursuits are close at hand, including golf at Landkey, Ilfracombe, Saunton and Westward Ho!. North Devon's rugged coastline including the popular resorts of Appledore, Croyde, Instow and Woolacombe are all within half an hours drive, as is Exmoor. Exeter city with its international airport is about 38 miles.


There is literally something for everyone at Marsh Farm, and potential for purchasers seeking a lifestyle change and a more varied way of earning an income. Marsh Farm, also known as the North Devon Farm Park was opened in 1984 as a rare breed centre and has been further developed under current ownership. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a first class potential business venue with infrastructure already in place, offering great potential.

Planning History

We understand that the property has appropriate planning consent for its current use as a farm park / rare breed centre, which involves an extensive car park area and licensed restaurant. The following planning consents have been granted in the past, but have since lapsed;

1.Planning permission for a Golf Course, decision date 22/3/1991, application number 13344.
2.Planning permission for Ski Slope, decision date 13/12/1990, application number 11195.
3.Conversion of the main period barn to dwelling, decision date 27/6/1990, application number 11987.

Local Authority

North Devon District Council, Civic Centre, North Walk, Barnstaple, Devon. 01271 327711.

The various components include;

Marsh Farmhouse

Comprising a detached Grade II* listed 15th Century farmhouse with self contained cottage annexe which can also be intercommunicating if required. The accommodation is more clearly identified on the accompanying floorplan, but comprises;

Ground Floor


With covered seats, impressive front door to

Entrance Hall

With under stairs storage cupboard. Door to rear courtyard. Night storage heater.

Farmhouse Kitchen / Breakfast Room

17'2 x 12'4 (5.23m x 3.76m)

With oil fired Aga for cooking and domestic hot water. Range of fitted laminated work surfaces, cupboards, drawers and space under. Two double wall cupboards. Stable door to main hallway. Window recessed with bench.


16'1 x 14'8 (4.90m x 4.47m)

(Measurements excl window recess and alcove) With a splendid open stone fireplace. Inset wood burning stove. Beamed ceiling. Part stone exposed wall. Slimline electric heater. Recess with shelving. Door to

Dining Room

17'6 x 14'0 (5.33m x 4.27m)

First Floor Landing

Two night storage heaters. Entrance to loft space.

Bedroom 1

10'2 x 7'10 (3.10m x 2.39m)

Bedroom 2

13'6 x 12'8 (4.11m x 3.86m)

With access to loft space.

Bedroom 3

14'5 x 12'7 (4.39m x 3.84m)

(Measurements excl window recess) Part exposed beamed ceiling and fireplace.

Bedroom 4

15'1 x 8'0 (4.60m x 2.44m)

With interconnecting to cottage annexe (blocked off).

Bathroom / Wc

With three piece suite, shower attachment. Part tiled walls.

Store Room

6'3 x 3'10 (1.91m x 1.17m)

The adjoining cottage is accessed independently at ground floor level, into


12'5 x 11'2 (3.78m x 3.40m)

Single drainer sink unit. One double wall cupboard, one base unit with space under. Lobby off giving access to

Bathroom / Wc

With three piece suite and a Mira Sport 7 shower unit.

Sitting Room

15'3 x 14'0 (4.65m x 4.27m)

With Rayburn, exposed ceiling beams. Arched recess.

First Floor Landing

Bedroom 5

12'4 x 10'7 (3.76m x 3.23m)

Bedroom 6

14'11 x 14'0 (4.55m x 4.27m)

With built in airing cupboard.

Returning to the main core of the farmhouse, there is a door from the entrance hall into the

Rear Courtyard

Where there is a Former Dairy 17'6 x 11'6 with slate shelving and arched recessed storage below. Around the courtyard are modern ladies and gents toilet facilities set within a converted traditional building. To the front of the house is an attractive walled garden area with low stonewalls to part principally lawned flower borders and shrubs.

The Outbuildings

On the western side of the garden, there is a single storey stone building which has been developed into a 100 seater restaurant, measuring 40'0 x 18'10 plus fully fitted kitchen 17'0 x 12'0. To the eastern side of the garden, a further stone barn with storage on the ground floor, measuring 25'9 x 10'2 with granary above. To the eastern side of the house, around the larger courtyard are the bulk of the traditional buildings, and these comprise a detached barn (located diagonally opposite the cottage entrance to the farmhouse) measuring 28'4 x 21'3. The central main Grade II listed period barn measures 42'0 x 20'0, is of stone, block and cob construction, concrete floor and rear lean to measuring 19'0 x 9'0, also adjoining at the opposite end is a single garage and stone and cob pair of loose boxes with granary over. To the right of this are two workshops, the first measuring 53'0 x 18'0 and the second 51'4 x 17'6. Behind the main barn is a single storey corrugated shed measuring 96'0 x 21'0. To the left of the main barn, a further open fronted barn with five bar gate, measuring 39'0 x 18'0, beyond this a substantial pole barn measuring overall 45'0 x 45'0, and beyond this, a further small period barn, 33'0 x 10'9 with granary above. There is a large concrete loading yard. Towards the centre of the property, there is a private access road, which divides the property, this runs down to a large hardened gravelled car parking area for approximately 300 vehicles.

To the western side of the car park and access road, is the former farm park. This comprises a range of modern buildings including former café / farm shop building 35'0 x 24'0, a timber framed shed 80'0 x 30'0 and a further clear span general purpose building 80'0 x 45'0. These buildings have housed a small countryside life museum, pets corner and other small livestock housing, whilst the clear span shed formerly housed a picnic area and variety of children's indoor play equipment. In addition, there are a number of small livestock sheds. These buildings all front onto a large area, previously set aside for picnicking with a variety of picnic tables, further children's play areas and adventure playground.

In the valley to the south of the house is frontage to the River Venn, which runs through the second section of the farm, where there is a large lake and also a number of other ponds running down through the valley, which are mostly spring fed. Running off to the western side of the farm park, is an area of woodland, through which a number of walks have been made. These incorporate a nature trail and woodland walk amongst old lime kilns, ponds, streams and a badgers set onto a further area of woodland to the western end of the farm, where sika deer are regular visitors. Around the central wooded area, there are a number of small paddocks, previously utilised for a variety of animals and beyond, larger fields for hay making and grazing or growing.

Special Note

1.We are advised that a bridle path dissects the property and the main driveway, continues on through the property between the car park and the former farm park.
2.The vendor is prepared to consider retaining the former farm park and majority of the land possibly with an option arrangement for a buyer to purchase this element at a later date.
3.Some of the photographs utilised within this brochure are historic and supplied by the vendors from their personal library in order to show elements of the property, when it was operating, to best advantage.
4.The property is not currently registered under the Single Farm Payment Scheme.


From Junction 27 of the M5, proceed to the North Devon Link Road, thereby travelling almost directly to Barnstaple. About 1.5 miles before Barnstaple itself, bear left, off the link road, signposted to Landkey. Pass through Landkey village on the road to Swimbridge. As you rise out of Landkey, the North Devon Farm Park signs are clearly identified on the right. Continue down to the property itself over this private access.


Mains electricity and water. Private drainage system. Oil fired Aga to farmhouse.

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