Land for saleDarnacombe Farm, Slapton
- 139.9 acres (56.6 hectares)
INTRODUCTION Darnacombe Farm has been in the same family ownership for over 60 years and is only brought to the market now due to family rearrangements.
The farmstead is approached down its own private driveway and comprises a large well proportioned 5 bedroomed farmhouse, in need of refurbishment throughout.
The traditional stone barns (The Shippen, The Granary and The Pigs Houses), which all sit within the curtilage of the farmstead, have planning consent for conversion to residential use. These barns all have wonderful open aspects looking to the east over the open valley.
The land for sale with the property extends to an estimated 139.88 acres (56.61 ha) and completely surrounds the farmstead, providing privacy and seclusion. Gently sloping or more steeply sloping in places, with a principally south/southeast aspect, the farm land is all to pasture and has been used by the vendors for grazing cattle and sheep and cutting for hay and round bale silage.
DIRECTIONS From the A379 at Carehouse Cross Roundabout at Stokenham, turn north towards Slapton passing the Village Hall on the right hand side and Stokenham Primary School on the left and leave the village straight up the hill, Approximately 100m past Stokenham School DO NOT follow the road around to the right along Kiln Lane, but go straight on up the hill.
Continue to the top of the hill and at Coleridge Cross fork right signposted Slapton. Proceed down the hill, past the turning to Frittiscombe Farm on the right and continue for another half mile and the entrance to Darnacombe will be found on the left hand side.
From Slapton Village centre proceed to the western boundary of the village at Townsend Cross and take the turning to Stokenham - 1.5 miles. Pass Greenland Cross by forking left, go down the hill to Deer Bridge where the land starts on the right hand side (lot 3). Continue up the hill for some 300m and the entrance to the farm will be found on the right hand side.
SITUATION Darnacombe Farm is situated on the western side of the very secluded and unspoilt valley which runs from Harleston/ Coltscombe Farms via the hamlet of Start to Deer Bridge and into Slapton Ley. Located virtually equidistant between the picturesque villages of Slapton and Stokenham. Stokenham has a primary school, parish church of St. Michael & All Angels, two public houses and a thriving village hall. Slapton likewise has two public houses, a Parish Church, village shop and Slapton Ley Field Centre, all contributing to the local community.
The A379, Dartmouth to Kingsbridge Road, via Blackpool and Slapton Sands is approximately 1 mile to the south at Stokenham providing access into Kingsbridge, about 6 miles distant.
Communication links include intercity from Totnes and the A38 to Plymouth and the M5 at Exeter from Buckfastleigh.
METHOD OF SALE Darnacombe Farm is offered for sale by informal tender, as a whole or in four lots as hereunder:-
The tender closing date is 22 September 2017 at 12 noon.
Prospective purchasers may bid for any lot or combination of lots. Lot 1 - prospective purchasers may bid for the farmhouse/the barns individually subject to agreeing the boundaries.
The vendors reserve the right to withdraw the property or any part of the property at any time from the tender and marketing process, to amalgamate the lots or to sell prior to the closing date and reserve the right not to accept the highest or any tender submitted.
Lot 1 - coloured red on plan The farmhouse, traditional stone barns for conversion, gardens and paddock extending to 6.715 acres (2.72 ha).
Lot 2 - coloured yellow on plan A block of pasture land extending to 41.36 acres (16.74 ha).
Lot 3 - coloured green on plan A block of pasture land, woodland and marsh extending to 75.1 acres (30.39 ha).
Lot 4 - coloured blue on plan A block of pasture land extending to 16.71 acres (6.76 ha).
LOT 1 Darnacombe Farmhouse, traditional stone buildings, gardens, plots and a total of 6.715 acres. (coloured red on plan)
THE FARMHOUSE A stone and slated south facing farmhouse in need of refurbishment, overlooking its walled garden to the south, with a very pretty traditional stone pigeon loft situated in the upper garden. From the entrance drive a pathway leads through the garden to the front door.
STORM PORCH with a timber front door leading to:-
ENTRANCE HALL with stairs up to first floor, and doors giving access to:-
KITCHEN (S & E) A dual aspect room with oil fired Rayburn, stainless steel single drainer sink unit, inset fitted worktop with range of base cupboards and drawer units below.
LIVING ROOM (S) A double room with open fireplace in tiled surround.
SHOWER ROOM With Iow level WC, pedestal wash hand basin, electric shower unit, tiled walls, towel rail.
SITTING ROOM (S) With tiled, open fireplace, fitted cupboards.
REAR KITCHEN (W) With solid fuel Rayburn, stainless Steel single drainer sink unit, fitted cupboards, door to rear garden and woodshed.
From the Hall stairs lead up to:-
LANDING with access to:-
BEDROOM 1 (S) A double room with fitted wardrobes.
BEDROOM 2 A double room with steps down from the landing. Under a lean-to roof.
BEDROOM 3 (S) A double room with sealed fireplace.
BATHROOM Accessed via steps down from the landing and with suite comprising panelled bath and vanity wash had basin with cupboard under.
BEDROOM 4 (S) A double room with fitted wardrobe.
BEDROOM 5 (W) With access to the roof void and the airing cupboard. Secondary staircase leads down to the rear kitchen.
W.C. with low level W.C. and part tiled walls.
EXTERNALLY The farmhouse occupies a south facing position, overlooking its own small walled garden, currently all to lawn with a higher terraced area. Included in the garden is the very pretty detached stone building known as "The Apple Loft", ideally suitable for use as a garden store or possibly for conversion as additional ancillary accommodation to the farmhouse.
THE TRADITIONAL STONE BUILDINGS Located around the farmstead are three substantial stone barns, each having their own aspects over the unspoilt valley to the east. Details of the individual barns are as follows:-
THE SHIPPEN A large two storey stone built bank-barn with ground at upper floor level on the western and northern sides of the barn. Totalling some 224 sq.m. (2,330 sq.ft.) on two floors the approved layout comprises:-
At ground floor level:- Entrance hallway with staircase to first floor.
At the northern end is the master bedroom with en suite shower room.
Bedroom 2 with adjoining family bathroom.
Bedroom 3 at the southern end of the hallway.
At first floor level:- Kitchen with double opening French windows to the garden to the rear with sitting room area.
At the southern end of the building is a two storey annex comprising at ground floor level:-
Bedroom 1 - a large double room with adjoining
Bedroom 2 - a small single room and joint shower room with downstairs W.C.
The first floor accommodation comprises open plan kitchen/living room.
THE GRANARY A detached two storey stone built barn on the eastern side of the yard. Totalling some 142 sq.m. (1,470 sq.ft.) on two floors the approved layout comprises:-
At ground floor level:- Entrance door leading to hallway with staircase to first floor.
Dining room with opening patio door to the east.
Back door lobby opening into W.C. and utility room.
Kitchen with adjoining staircase leading to the first floor and large triple aspect living room with patio windows to the east.
The first floor accommodation comprises:- Master bedroom with en suite shower room.
Landing with Bedrooms 2 & 3 (double).
Family shower room.
THE PIGS HOUSE A cleverly designed two storey barn having an entrance from the driveway leading into downstairs accommodation totalling some 111.38 sq.m. (1,152 sq.ft.) on two floors, the approved layout comprises:-
Hallway/dining room with door to patio.
Open plan Kitchen of good proportions.
Staircase to Living room with concertina doors on the northwest.
The first floor accommodation comprises:- Landing with 2 double bedrooms with en suite shower rooms and 1 single bedroom off. Family bathroom.
The land with lot 1 includes two areas of paddock which ideally compliment this lot for amenity or equestrian use.
LOT TWO A block of pasture land extending to 41.36 acres (16.75 ha), coloured yellow on the plan.
Six field enclosures suitable for grazing and in part cutting, flanked on the southern boundary by neighbour's woodland. Access to the county road at the entrance to Darnacombe driveway.
LOT THREE A block of pasture land extending to 75.1 acres (30.39 ha), coloured green on the plan.
A run of pasture land together with marsh situated to the south of the Brook running along the entire northern boundary. Access to the county highway along the entire south/southeast boundaries by Deer Bridge.
LOT FOUR A block of pasture land extending to 16.71 acres (6.76 ha), coloured blue on the plan.
An excellent small block of land situated at the western end of the farm and accessed off the lane (not made up) leading down from Harleston. A mainly level or gently sloping block.
SERVICES Lot 1 - mains water and electricity are connected to parts of lot 1.
Lot 2 - water from spring supply.
Lot 3 - water from spring supply.
Lot 4 - water from spring supply.
The underground water main is situated on the right hand side of the driveway on the approach to the farmhouse and barns.
PLANNING Planning consent in respect of the permission for the conversion of the traditional stone barns to residential was granted by South Hams District Council under planning reference 0806/17/FUL. Full details of this planning consent are available on line by connecting to the South Hams Planning portal https://www.southhams.gov.uk/article/680/Planning, or a technical pack is available on request from the Agents.
VIEWING Lot 1 - Viewing is strictly by appointment, please contact the Agents as listed on the front of these particulars, together with the reference.
Lots 2 - 4 can be inspected at any time with a copy of these particulars to hand. Please ensure that all gates are kept shut as there are cattle grazing the lots.
An accompanied viewing of the land lots is available on request.
PLANS, AREA & SCHEDULES; PHOTOGRAPHS These are based on the Ordnance Survey and Promap plans and are for reference only. They have been carefully checked and computed by the vendors agents and the purchaser should be deemed to have satisfied himself as to the description of the property and any error or misstatement shall not annul the sale nor entitle either party to compensation in respect thereof. The plans have been produced to a reduced scale and are published for the convenience of prospective purchasers only, their accuracy is not guaranteed and they are explicitly excluded from the final contract.
Photographs are reproduced for general information only.
No person in this firm's employment has the authority to make or give any representation or warranty in respect of the property.
RIGHTS OF WAY & EASEMENTS The property is sold subject to the benefit of all rights that may or may not exists, including rights-of-way (whether public or private), light, support, drainage, water and electricity supplies. In addition all other rights, easements, covenants and other matters, whether or not they are referred to in these particulars of sale or (where relevant) with the special conditions of sale.
NOTICES/ DISCLAIMERS/MISREPRESENTATION All measurements quoted are approximate. Photographs are reproduced for general information only.
These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate are set out as a general outline only for guidance and do not constitute any part of an offer or contract. Intending purchasers should not rely on them as statements of representation of fact, but must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to their accuracy. Likewise plans areas and schedules are not guaranteed as to accuracy and an intending purchaser must satisfy themselves as to accuracy.
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