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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Goodleigh, Barnstaple, Devon

Sold STC £715,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Private position at the end of a long sweeping driveway
  • Tranquil rural feel, yet under 10 minutes from Barnstaple
  • Traditional Devon longhouse with a wealth of character features
  • Three reception rooms
  • Five bedrooms (one en-suite)
  • Tennis court
  • Swimming pool
  • Stone barn with potential
  • About 4.6 acres

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A substantial, privately positioned farmhouse with tennis court, swimming pool, large stone barn set in 4.6 acres


Situated at the end of its own long, sweeping driveway, in this private position is this stunning, south facing character residence, located on the outskirts of the village of Goodleigh, and under 10 minutes from the regional centre of Barnstaple, the property enjoys the tranquil countryside, yet the convenience and easy access to the amenities, coast and Exmoor National Park. The property is within easy reach of some fantastic sandy beaches, with Saunton Sands about 11 miles away, whilst world renowned and award winning beaches at Croyde, Putsborough and Woolacombe are just a little further. Exmoor National Park is renowned for its undulating moorland and pasture, bisected by rivers and streams running down through deep wooded combes and valleys to spectacular cliffs on the North Devon coast. There is an array of country pursuits nearby, with excellent walking, hunting, shooting and fishing. The regional centre of Barnstaple is under 10 minutes away, and offers all the area’s main business, commercial, leisure and shopping venues.


The area can be accessed from Junction 27 of the M5 Motorway, and along the A361 North Devon Link Road which leads onto the A39 Atlantic Highway. The train station is located at the regional centre of Barnstaple, which connects to Exeter where there are regular mainline rail services to London (Paddington) in just over 2 hours. Alternatively, Tiverton Parkway Railway Station is around ¾ of an hour’s drive, which has connecting trains to London in around 2 hours.


Barnstaple – 3.5 miles
Saunton Beach – 11 miles
Exmoor National Park – 8 miles

The Property

Youldon House is a superb, Grade II Listed south facing character farmhouse in this highly favourable position. Offered for sale for the first time in over 20 years, this substantial Devon farmhouse has well presented, spacious and versatile accommodation, with three reception rooms, a family orientated kitchen / breakfast room and five bedrooms (one en-suite). The property has a wealth of character features throughout, with exposed beams, inglenook fireplaces, latched doors and original panelling. The farmhouse stands well within its own grounds, at the end of a long, sweeping driveway. In total, there is about 4.6 acres, with a tennis court, swimming pool, double garage and a large stone and cob barn, which offers potential for conversion (subject to planning permission). Properties of this charm and character rarely become available to the open market, and can only be fully appreciated with a viewing.

The accommodation with approximate dimensions is more clearly identified on the accompanying floorplan, but comprises:

Front door leads to

Entrance Hall Walk in storage cupboard.

Cloakroom Comprising of low level WC and pedestal wash hand basin.

Drawing Room A dual aspect room overlooking the garden. Exposed beams and lintels. Inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove on a slate hearth.

Sitting Room A characterful room with two windows to the front elevation overlooking the garden, one with a window seat. Inglenook fireplace with a wood burning stove on a slate hearth (which also serves three radiators in bedrooms 2,3 and 5). Exposed beams. Original panelling. Door gives access to the stairs, which rise to the first floor landing.

Dining Room Window to rear elevation. Inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove.

Utility Room Windows overlooking the rear garden. Door gives access to the rear elevation. Large walk in storage cupboard.

Kitchen / Breakfast Room This room is a superb, family orientated room with travertine floor, with two distinct sections. The kitchen area has a window to the front elevation overlooking the garden with exposed beams. There is a two oven electric Aga (Economy Seven tariff) with an extra Aga Companion comprising two further ovens and a four ring LPG hob. Belfast sink set into granite work surfaces. Range of matching wall and base units with space for fridge freezer and dishwasher. The breakfast area enjoys a dual aspect.

Boot Room Door gives access to the side elevation. Excellent range of built in storage housing space for a washing machine. From the kitchen, a door gives access to an inner lobby, where the secondary staircase rises to the first floor.

Shower Room Comprising of low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin and double shower cubicle. Tongue and groove panelling to dado height. This room has underfloor heating.

From the sitting room, a staircase rises to the

First Floor Landing Window to rear elevation. Exposed beams, uprights and floor boards. Hatch access to loft space.

Bedroom 1 A stunning, dual aspect room with vaulted ceiling and exposed A frames and beams. Built in wardrobes.

En-Suite Comprising of pedestal wash hand basin, low level WC and roll top claw footed bath. Airing cupboard.

Shower Room Comprising of low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin and double shower cubicle.

Bedroom 5 Window to front elevation. Built in wardrobes.

Bedroom 2 Window to front elevation overlooking the garden. Exposed beams and uprights. Built in wardrobes. There is an interconnecting door that leads to bedroom 3.

From the inner lobby on the ground floor, the secondary staircase rises to the first floor, and gives access to

Bedroom 3 Window to front elevation overlooking the garden. Built in wardrobes. Exposed beams. (Interconnecting door to bedroom 2).

Bedroom 4 A dual aspect room with exposed beams and built in storage.


The property is approached via its own sweeping driveway that leads to the side elevation of the main farmhouse. Here there is ample parking and turning for several vehicles, as well as the large double garage which has two up and over doors. As you approach the house, to the right hand side of the driveway is a full size hard court tennis court with flood lighting, and a summerhouse. To the left hand side is a pasture paddock. The main farmhouse has garden areas to the front and rear, with various seating areas, as well as flowerbeds and borders. At the rear of the farmhouse is a storage shed, and boiler room housing the oil fired boiler. The rear garden is stream bordered, with a cobbled courtyard adjacent to the property, and the remaining garden is laid to lawn. The garden to the front of the house is tiered, with a stone and clay tiled outbuilding. A path leads up to the outdoor swimming pool, which has a heat exchange boiler. The swimming pool area is not currently in use, and would need to be reinstated. Beyond the farmhouse is a large detached stone and cob barn, which is two storey, and offers potential for a variety of uses, as well as conversion, subject to any necessary planning permissions.

Agent’s Note

Beyond the boundary of the property is a two storey stone barn, which is owned by a neighbouring farmer. It is understood by the owner that this barn could be purchased separately, if required, and subject to any negotiations.

Property Information


Mains electricity. Private water and drainage. Oil fired central heating. Satellite broadband providing speeds between 10mb and 20mb.

Local Authority

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

Contents, Fixtures and Fittings

Only those mentioned within this brochure are included in the sale. All others, such as carpets, curtains, light fittings, mirrors, garden ornaments etc are specifically excluded, but may be available by separate negotiation.


By appointment with Jackson-Stops & Staff, North Devon 01271 325153.

For sale by private treaty with vacant possession upon completion.


From Barnstaple, with our office on your left hand side, proceed around the corner into Bear Street, and to the traffic lights. Continue straight across signposted towards Goodleigh and Bratton Fleming. Stay on this road, leaving Barnstaple, and after a short distance, turn right, signposted towards Goodleigh. Proceed along this road, passing through the village of Goodleigh and upon leaving the village, proceed for a short distance until you see a pair of cottages on your left hand side. The driveway to the farmhouse will be situated opposite. Proceed down the driveway, which will lead to the side elevation of the farmhouse.

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Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
15 August 2016

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