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4 bedroom equestrian facility for sale

Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34

Sold STC £1,300,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Set in superb grounds of approximately 48.6 acres
  • Stunning far reaching views in all directions over the countryside and rugged North Devon coastline
  • Complete privacy and seclusion
  • Excellent Equestrian facilities
  • Barns, stables, outbuildings and small sand school
  • 4 bedroom (1 en suite) farm house
  • Additional ancillary cottage annexe
  • Plenty of nearby riding and walking within the Exmoor National Park
  • Ideal for dual family occupation

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

North Challacombe Farm is situated in an outstanding rural location within the Exmoor National Park and sits between the Hangman Hills elevated above the charming coastal village of Combe Martin.

Set in its own superb grounds of over 48 acres, the property enjoys a sunny south facing position and magnificent far reaching views in all directions over rolling countryside and from the top of the land across the rugged North Devon Coastline over the Bristol Channel to the distant Welsh Coast and further on to the West with Lundy Island in view on a clear day.

The property lies in the dramatic landscape and offers complete privacy and seclusion yet still enjoys the open views, sunshine throughout the day and some spectacular evening sun sets. The grounds are in terrific order and amount to approximately 48.6 acres which are ring fenced and surrounded by neighbouring farmland or open National Trust land including the South West Coastal footpath on the rugged cliff edge which immediately abuts the property on the northern boundary.

Exmoor is renowned for its fabulous scenery and undulating moorland providing miles and miles of walking and excellent riding alongside its streams and rivers, valleys and clifftops. For those that enjoy outdoor life there are endless things to do and see. The village of Combe Martin is just a short drive down the valley and has a rocky cove bay with 2 beaches, a variety of small independent shops for everyday essentials, a primary school, health centre, post office and a variety of public houses/restaurants.

There are also many nearby safe and sandy beaches including the Blue Flag golden sands at Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton. For keen golfers, Saunton also offers 2 challenging links courses at championship standard.

Barnstaple, North Devon's main trading centre, is approximately 11 miles away (half an hour by car) and has many of the big name shops, a rail link to Exeter which connects to main line service to London, and direct access onto the A361 North Devon Link Road which joins the M5 at junction 27. The cathedral city of Exeter is approximately one and a half hours drive by car.

As well as the primary school in Combe Martin, there are further schools in nearby Ilfracombe as well as various private schools within the area with the best known being the internationally renowned West Buckland School.

The land comprises approximately 3 acres of beautifully landscaped "park like" grounds with ponds and mature and colourful trees, shrubs and bushes and lawned gardens with cut walkways. There is a large sun terrace surrounding the main house and cottage annex known as "Lorna Joyce", which is great for outdoor entertaining or al fresco dining, sun bathing or taking a dip in the hot tub! The remainder of the land comprises fenced paddocks, ideal for horses and other animals such as cattle or sheep. A variety of fields are allocated for hay making and the current owners receive approximately £3000 per annum under DEFRA's basic payment scheme to leave the fields "green and tidy". There are numerous outbuildings, stables, barns and garaging as well as a small sand school and chicken coups. The property is great for those wanting equestrian facilities with potential for livery and income earning.


Enjoying a sunny south facing position the farmhouse benefits from the spectacular rural far reaching views. The accommodation is arranged over 2 floors and is an ideal family home. There is oil fired central heating, double glazing as well as a secondary electric heating system if required.

An entrance porch opens into a spacious reception hall which has the stairs to the first floor. The large 19' x 14' lounge is located in the centre of the home and features a stone built fireplace with wood burner set on a stone hearth providing a focal point to the room. Double doors lead through into a 26' sun lounge/sitting room which enjoys south facing views across the front garden to the countryside and has direct access onto the sun terrace which is ideal for outdoor entertaining. The dining room also has a feature fireplace with surround and mantle.

The kitchen is fitted with a range of base and wall units and includes a range style cooker, integrated dishwasher and washing machine and enjoys views to the East over the countryside. Beyond the kitchen is a useful boot room with direct access to the garden and is a great area for keeping outdoor ware and a resting place for the household pets.

A rear hallway allows access to the terrace at the rear of the house and has a large walk-in store cupboard. There is a further "snug" with a tiled floor and brick built fireplace and across the hallway is a spacious shower room/w.c.

Moving to th first floor, there is a superb open plan study area which has a 12' high vaulted ceiling and an array of full height glass within the apex taking full advantage of the outstanding views to the South and West across the dramatic landscape and countryside. A door at the side leads out onto a first floor sunny balcony which has stairs leading directly down onto the garden below.

The landing has useful storage cupboards and the hatch to the loft space. The 14' x 13' master bedroom enjoys the rural views and has 3 steps leading down to a dressing area with large walk-in wardrobe and a well-appointed modern en suite bathroom which has a white suite including a "roll top" bath. There are 3 further double bedrooms, bedroom 2 with countryside views and bedrooms 3 and 4 overlooking the rear. A family bathroom has a Jacuzzi bath with shower and shower curtain over, low level w.c. and handbasin.


Immediately behind the main house is a large cottage annex which can be used as ancillary accommodation to the main house and is ideal for a dependent relative or extended family. The cottage has its own oil fired central heating system. There is an 18' modern fitted kitchen/diner with a range of base and wall units and includes an integrated oven, hob and extractor, fridge and freezer. the 18' x 11' lounge has a wood burner and double doors open onto a large paved patio garden area. There are 3 good sized bedrooms and a bathroom/w.c. with shower over the bath.


The property is approached via a long driveway which leads from Shute Lane with the first section being shared by the neighbouring East Challacombe Farm. North Challacombe Farm has its own privately owned tree lined driveway through entrance gates which leads up to the house and to a parking and turning area and garaging. There is ample space for numerous cars and farm vehicles.

Immediately surrounding the farmhouse and cottage is a large paved terrace. The south side, in front of the farmhouse, is interspersed with colourful and well stocked flowerbeds, bushes and fuchsias.

There are uninterrupted far reaching views to the South and West over the countryside. There is a bar-be-cue area and space for the hot tub all immediately adjacent to the sun lounge/sitting room, making the area ideal for Al fresco dining and outdoor entertaining. Part of the terrace is screened by mature fir trees and a large and attractive heather bed which is awash with colour through the differing seasons throughout the year. The landscaped "park like" gardens drop down to the South and Eastern sides and has 3 large ponds and cut walk ways through lawned grounds with many varieties of flowering trees, fir trees, shrubs, bushes, pampas grass and hydrangeas.

The annex cottage sits at the rear of the farmhouse and there is a further raised paved patio with a backdrop of mature fir trees. A driveway leads up to a stone built garage and continues on to a yard area with stables, tack room, large 45' x 20' barn with a hay loft and a large aluminium framed greenhouse. A further drive cuts between mature Douglas fir trees passing various large chicken coups and run to a post and railed fenced sand school.

To the far Eastern side there is further stabling and tack room, yard and a large 60' x 20' wooden barn providing excellent storage. Beyond the stables there is direct access to paddocks ideal for horses.

The main part of the land lays to the North and West and includes 11 paddocks and 3 hay fields, some with post and rail fencing and others with natural hedging. There are also a few additional fields used for recreational purposes. The property has 2 bore holes (one currently redundant) providing water to the farmhouse and cottage and also feeding various water troughs within the paddocks. The land rises up towards the upper boundary which immediately abuts the South West Coastal footpath and rugged North Devon coastline and enjoys further far reaching views over the Bristol Channel towards the distant Welsh Coast.

North Challacombe Farm offers a huge range of possibilities and we fully advise an early internal inspection to appreciate the fabulous location, outstanding views, spacious accommodation and excellent facilities on offer.
Applicants are advised to proceed from Ilfracombe on the A399 towards Combe Martin. Upon entering the village proceed up through the main high street for approximately 1/2 a mile turning left into Shute Lane immediately before the Pack 'o Cards public house. Continue up the hill, following the road until you see the entrance to Silverdale Nurseries on the right hand side. The lane to North Challacombe Farm is unmarked and opposite Silverdale Nurseries and has a 'Public footpath' sign. The first section of the lane is unmade and may not be suitable for some vehicles. Proceed down the lane and across small ford and continue to climb the hill where the drive to North Challacombe Farm will be found a short way up on the left hand side.


Ground Floor 

Entrance Porch 
3.35m x 1.14m

Reception Hall 
4.06m x 3.28m

Sun Lounge/Sitting Room 
7.92m x 2.57m

Dining Room 
4.2m x 4.17m

5.0m x 2.7m

Boot Room 
2.7m x 2.13m

Rear Hallway 

3.5m x 2.64m

Shower Room/w.c 
2.6m x 2.5m

First Floor 

Study area 
4.04m x 3.28m

4.6m x 1.78m

Dressing area 
2.64m x 1.65m

Walk-in wardrobe 
2.54m x 1.65m

En suite bathroom 
2.6m x 2.13m

Bedroom 4 
2.87m x 2.74m

Family Bathroom 
2.44m x 1.75m

Annex - "Lorna Choice" 

Entrance Hall 

5.51m x 3.5m

Kitchen/dining room 
5.56m x 3.1m

Bedroom 1 
4.22m x 2.82m

Bedroom 2 
3.53m x 2.8m

Bedroom 3 
3.73m x 1.65m

2.74m x 1.65m

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18 September 2015


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