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Property Description

Key features

  • Commercial Dairy Farm
  • Mod 3 Bed Bungalow
  • Extensive Modern Building
  • 180 Cubicles, Feed Yards
  • 18/18 Parlour, Dairy
  • Silage Clamps, Feed Shed
  • Slurry Lagoon, G P Shed
  • Grassy Pasture

Full description



By appointment through Phillips Smith & Dunn Barnstaple office 01271 327878/327919. Out of office hours telephone Mr Michael Challacombe on 07970 445204.


The farm is set between Woolacombe and Ilfracombe on the dramatic North Devon coastline and about a mile inland from Lee Bay. Both of these centres provide most every day facilities whilst some 11 miles to the south-east of the property is Barnstaple, the ancient borough and administrative centre for North Devon which has a direct link on to the A361/North Devon Link road which provides good communication to and from the North Devon area connecting directly as it does through to junction 27 on the M5 motorway, where there is also the Parkway railway station from where journey times to London/Paddington are approximately 2 hours distant. The Farm lies adjoining National Trust owned coastline, is south facing and in an area noted for its early productive grassland farms, and is therefore particularly well suited for a commercial dairy farming enterprise. Views of the coastal scenery and away to the Bristol Channel are enjoyed from the dwelling and most of the farm.


The farm is a well equipped and well managed commercial grassland dairy unit currently set up for a 180 cows working on a low input paddock grazing basis. The farm is offered with a basic acreage of 145 acres with further lots of land available close to the farm to make up the total of 225 acres. The main farm building complex is set in a compact block a few hundred yards from the farm bungalow and includes, under one extensive covered range 180 cubicles, feeding and loafing areas, collecting yard, 18/18 milking parlour and dairy. Adjoining are silage pits and a weeping walled slurry lagoon assisting for effective management of the stock. There is a range of calving boxes and further livestock and storage buildings. The main block of grazing land, about 107 acres adjoins the buildings and is paddock grazed from some excellent farm tracks with oversized water troughs and shows an abundance of grass. The remaining land is all set within a few hundred yards, primarily used for the grazing of young stock, dry cows and for silage production. The farm bungalow, built under 30 years ago is set in a south facing location and was built subject to an agricultural occupancy condition.

The Bungalow

Set just off the entrance to the farm, approached over a private drive. Slightly elevated with rendered elevations and some stone detailing under a concrete tiled roof, the bungalow has double glazing, central heating and a terrace to the south and enjoys outstanding southerly views over countryside to the coast and Lundy Island in the far distance. The accommodation with approximate room sizes comprises:-

Entrance Hall

2.97m x 1.75m (9'9 x 5'9 )

Coat hooks, telephone point

Sitting Room

4.50m x 4.50m (14'9 x 14'9 )

Fine views are enjoyed from the double aspect room with large windows, stone fireplace with timber mantle and tiled hearth. The room opens into the

Dining Room

3.12m x 2.97m (10'3 x 9'9 )

door to the inner hall and

Kitchen/Breakfast Room

4.19m x 3.66m (13'9 x 12'0 )

Far reaching views, range of fitted work tops with drawers and cupboards under, space and plumbing for cooker and dishwasher, inset stainless steel sink unit, built in shelved larder cupboard.

Utility Room

4.22m x 2.31m (13'10 x 7'7 )

Belfast sink, plumbing for washing machine, Grant oil fired central heating boiler. Door to outside. Stairs down to GARAGE


Low level WC.

Inner Hallway

Serving the bedrooms and bathroom. Airing cupboard with hot water cylinder and slattted shelving.

Bedroom 1

4.19m x 3.43m (13'9 x 11'3 )

Built in wardrobe cupboard.


Modern suite with panelled bath in tiled surround with shower attachment, low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin.

Bedroom 2

4.27m x 3.58m (14'0 x 11'9 )

Built in wardrobe cupboard.

Bedroom 3

2.74m x 2.44m (9'0 x 8'0 )

Built in wardrobe cupboard.


The house overlooks its lawned gardens with a variety of shrubs and hedge boundary. The terrace from the bungalow offers fine views and stone steps drop down to the lower ground floor where there is a large


6.48m x 3.96m (21'3 x 13'0 )

With space for deep freezers and the like and also an internal staircase that leads up to the UTILITY ROOM.

The Farm Buildings

These are approached over a good stone track from the highway culminating in a hardened car parking and turning area to the south of the buildings. The main dairy complex comprises a group of covered yards, all attached and comprising a complete covered complex providing cubicles, feeding and collecting systems for the current 180 Guernsey cow herd. There are two separate feeding yards with cubicles to allow a division of the herd and a covered collecting yard. All of the floors and passageways are concreted for ease of cleaning and an excellent supply of water troughs. The range includes about 180 cubicles an 18/18 herringbone parlour fully equipped with individual automatic feeders from a bulk feed loft over, flow meters, direct line system, ACR's etc which serves the dairy with 8,000 litre Dairykool stainless steel bulk milk tank, plate cooler, water heater and other equipment. Store Room/Office. To the west side of the main complex is a concrete apron which serves two silage clamps, each clamp having concrete base and earth walls with a concrete apron to the top end to facilitate the filling of the silage clamps at harvest time. These clamps are approximately 90' x 70' overall. Adjoining is the sleeper walled slurry compound with a weeping wall, built so that these liquids can be spread back on to the farm.

There are 2 open fronted store sheds - 24' x 21' overall and a range of 13 calving boxes/general stores, the majority with sheeted gates with four being approximately 17' x 11', four 25' deep and five 19' deep. Devon Contractors general purpose shed - 60' x 45', fully clad with Yorkshire board cladding over dung board walls.

The Land

The land is all highly productive grassy pastureland divided into good size and shaped fields with traditional Devon banks and hedges and in an area noted for its early grass, being close to the coast. The farm currently carries a herd of Guernsey cows which are generally out by the end of February with silage being cut from early May onwards, with grazing well into the Autumn. The 103 acre block of home pastureland is all on a gentle southerly slope and approached over excellent access tracks and are grazed on a paddock system basis with electric fencing and oversized water troughs. A few hundred yards from the main farm is a block of 44 acres which is principally used for grazing young stock and in calf cows. These two blocks comprise the 145 acres which make up the land included with Lot 1, the Bungalow, Buildings and a 145 Acres.

Lots 2 To 5

These comprise 4 first class blocks of level or very gently sloping farm land all set with road frontage and gated access off a public highway, all within a short distance of the main complex and which have over recent years been used to grow maize, fodder beet, lucerne and grass for silage. These lands comprises the approximate acreages as set out below.

Lot 2 - 25.984 Acres

A single field currently in grass

Lot 3 - 19.414 Acres

A single field currently in lucerne.

Lot 4 - 21.486 Acres

A single field of pasture

Lot 5 - 8.765 Acres

A single field currently in lucerne.

Milk Quota

The farm has a current quota of about 1.1m litres which can be available to a buyer by negotiation.


The farm is set outside of the Nitrate Vulnerable Zone

Single Payment Scheme

The farm is registered for SPS entitlements. These will be transferrred to a buyer on completion in the usual manner


Dependent upon completion there may be a need for a valuation of growing crops or fodder in store.
Ref: 7641


Grid Ref: SS497/463. Approaching North Devon on the A361 Link Road, as you approach Barnstaple by pass the town and continue on the A361 as though towards Braunton and Ilfracombe. Pass through Braunton and on for about 5 miles where at Mullacott Cross turn left as though towards Woolacombe. Follow this road for about a mile and there turn right at the first junction towards Lee Bay. At the first road junction, Lincombe bear left towards Lee Bay and as you leave Lincombe to the right hand side of the road you will see red brick barns. Turn right behind these barns which will then take you to the farm on the right hand side of the road.

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