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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Slapton, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7

Offers in Excess of £1,850,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 6 bed period Mill House
  • 5 holiday lodges, 2 with hot tubs
  • Income from 4 privately owned lodges on a licence agreement
  • Office/workspace
  • Meadow
  • In all about 3.8 acres
  • Double garage
  • South Devon AONB

Full description

A substantial 6 bedroom period house in a peaceful South Hams valley just 2.5 miles from the coast. Established holiday letting business with 5 Scandinavian style holiday lodges. Additional income from 4 privately owned lodges held on the site under a licence agreement. In all about 3.8 acres. EPC Band F

Introduction - Gara Mill House and Coastal Lodges are set in about 3.8 acres in a wooded valley just 2 1/2 miles from the coastline. Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the favoured South Hams this is a peaceful site with lush vegetation and the sound of running water from the adjacent Gara River.

The 6 bedroom period house has a private garden and provides substantial family accommodation. The five Scandinavian style (4 x 3 bed and 1 x 2 bed) holiday lodges are positioned to the side of the site leading up the valley.

Situation - The village of Slapton (2.5miles) is one of the prettiest coastal villages in the South Hams and has a thriving local community, with two excellent pubs (both with restaurants), a well-stocked general store, village hall, chapel, 13th Century Church and historic monastic tower. There are beaches at Slapton Sands and Blackpool Sands and nearby is the internationally famous Slapton Ley Nature Reserve with its extensive lake, woodland walks and Field Studies Centre.

The market town of Kingsbridge (6 miles) is at the head of the Salcombe estuary with an excellent range of shops and local facilities including a health centre/ cottage hospital, an outstanding secondary school and a sports centre. The sailing town of Salcombe, with its wonderful beaches and many shops and boutiques, is just 14 miles away.

Steeped in history is Dartmouth (8 miles) on the River Dart with its world famous Royal Regatta and Naval College. The town offers interesting architecture and a dynamic range of modern and quirky shops, galleries and eateries.

Totnes (11 miles) is a bustling market town full of interest and with a range of independent shops and recreational facilities. The town is one of Devon's gems, full of colour and character that stems from a rich cultural, historical and archaeological heritage. The facilities include a hospital, a wide range of good local schools, two supermarkets, interesting range of independent shops and galleries together with riverside walks, the Guild Hall, churches and its very own Norman Castle.

There is a mainline railway station at Totnes connecting to London Paddington and the A38 Devon expressway is approximately 13 miles away (South Brent), allowing speedy access to the cities of Exeter and Plymouth and the country beyond. Gara Mill is within the catchment for Kingsbridge Community College.

Gara Mill House - Once a working watermill, Gara Mill House is believed to date from the mid-1500s. This substantial 6 bedroom property is not Listed and now provides charming family accommodation having previously been used as a holiday let for a number of years.

To the front, and bounded by dry stone walls, is a newly laid terrace leading up the garden and meadow beyond. A culvert in front of the farmhouse feeds into the river Gara to the east of the property.

The porch leads into the dining room or large entrance hall with flagstone floor and underfloor heating, windows to the front and a wood burning stove. Stairs lead up to the first floor and there is a utility room and separate WC to the rear. The kitchen has hand crafted bespoke solid oak cupboards with granite worktops and splash backs plus an island unit. Door to breakfast room/dining room, a light and bright room with doors to the terrace. Permission has been granted by SHDC under reference 44/0858/14/F to replace this room. The sitting room with wood burning stove has windows to two aspects and doors to the terrace.

The first floor has four bedrooms - master bedroom with en-suite bathroom (with underfloor heating) and dressing room, bedroom 2 with three windows to the front, bedroom 3 has an en-suite bathroom with roll top bath and underfloor heating and bedroom 6 which overlooks the rear.

On the second floor are the family bathroom (with underfloor heating) and two further bedrooms. The large landing space is currently used as a playroom.

To the side of the farmhouse is a new brick built building with cedar wood finish housing a double garage and above, accessed by external steps, a useful office/workspace above (18'4 x 17'4).

The Business - This established business is run by a husband and wife team with help from cleaning staff. Bookings are taken via their own website and through agencies such as Accounts can be made available to interested parties following a viewing.

The Lodges - There are five Scandinavian style lodges on the site (plus a further 4 privately owned) and all are presented to an excellent standard with quality fittings and fixtures. Set in a sloping woodland valley with the Gara River to one side they offer a peaceful, woodland retreat for guests visiting the area.

In brief the lodges comprise:

The Hide (sleeps 6)
Open plan kitchen/living room, 3 double bedrooms (master ensuite), family bathroom. South facing terrace and parking.

Garden Lodge (sleeps 6)
At the entrance to the site this lodge has an open plan kitchen/living room with doors to a terrace and garden. Three bedrooms (master en-suite) and a family bathroom.

Treetops (sleeps 6)
Towards the top of the site this lodge has an open plan kitchen/living room with doors to the sun terrace and hot tub. Three double bedrooms (master en-suite) and a family bathroom.

Hillside (sleeps 6)
A three bedroom (master en-suite) lodge with open plan kitchen/living room and doors to sun terrace and hot tub. Parking immediately outside.

Riverside (sleeps 4)
Open plan living room/kitchen with doors to a huge L-shaped terrace, fully enclosed, running along the length of the Lodge overlooking the river. Two bedrooms (one en-suite) and family bathroom.

There are four additional lodges on site held under licence. Each pays a ground rent to the freeholder (i.e. Owner of Gara Mill House & Coastal Lodges) of £2,100 per annum. In addition a percentage of any rental income from these lodges is also paid to the freeholder.

The Land - In all the plot amounts to about 3.8 acres of predominantly sloping land. A future purchaser may wish to investigate the potential to add further holiday letting units.

Fixtures And Fittings - Only those mentioned in the sales particulars are included in the sale. All others such as curtains, light fittings, garden ornaments etc are excluded but may be available by separate negotiation.

Services - Mains electricity, mains water and private drainage. Gara Mill House has underfloor heating in the kitchen, hall/dining room, utility and bathrooms plus a heat recovery system on the top floor.

Outgoings - Gara Mill House Council Tax Band G.
The Lodges have a rateable value of £11,500 (NB this is currently being reviewed and may reduce). Rates payable for 2015/2016 £500 per lodge.

Local Authority - South Hams District Council. Email:
Tel: 01803 861234

Directions - We suggest you don't follow Sat Nav to reach the property, please use these directions instead:

From M5 continue South on A38 to Exeter and Plymouth. 25 miles south of Exeter take the exit that directs you to Kingsbridge (Dartington and Staverton also appear). At the top of the slip take the left to Kingsbridge, Dartington, Totnes. Continue on to Dartington, passing the Cider Press Centre on your left. As you approach Totnes keep right and take the right turn (A381) at the traffic lights to Kingsbridge. Continue along the A381 through the villages of Harbertonford and Halwell and passing the BP garage on your left.

Look out for the left turn to East Allington and Slapton (it is on a sharp bend). Take this left turn and continue along this lane for 4.7 miles. At Buckland Cross turn left, go past Buckland Court on your left and keep following the lane as it narrows and dips down the valley. The entrance to Gara Mill and Coastal Lodges is on the left just before the bridge.

Viewing - Strictly by appointment through Stags Holiday Complex department on 01392 680058.

These particulars are a guide only and should not be used for any other purpose.

These particulars are a guide only and should not be relied upon for any purpose.

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Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
24 September 2016

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