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4 bedroom detached house for sale

Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Newton Abbot, Devon

Sold STC £670,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Summary
  • Hall
  • Sitting room
  • Family room
  • Kitchen
  • Pantry
  • Cloakroom
  • Office/Store
  • 4 bedrooms
  • Bathroom

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

An archetypal cluster of traditional Dartmoor buildings, including listed farmhouse of great character and courtyard of barns, partly converted to provide hostel accommodation for the “Dartmoor Expedition Centre” and with potential for further development. (Subject to planning permission).

Rowden Farm is situated in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, about a mile and a half to the west of the well known and idyllic village of Widecombe in the Moor, which has 2 pubs, restaurants,
a popular primary school, tea rooms and shops and a fine parish church known as “the cathedral of the moor”. Dartmoor is renowned for its spectacular scenery, with its granite tors, heather clad moorland and wooded valleys, bisected by rushing streams and rivers and there are many and varied opportunities locally for walking, riding and fishing, as well as many other activities.
Within easy reach, to the south, is the moorland town of Ashburton, with a full selection of local facilities, including shops, restaurants and secondary education and beyond the southern
boundary of the National Park is the beautiful South Hams area of South Devon, with its rolling farmland and pretty villages and especially renowned for the stunning South Devon coast, with
its beaches and estuaries and popular centres for sailing, such as Salcombe and Dartmouth. Dartington Hall (15 miles) provides a cultural centre with music, films and festivals.
Via Widecombe in the Moor and Bovey Tracey, there is access to the A38 dual carriageway, leading east to the university and cathedral
city of Exeter, where there is an international airport with regular connections to London City airport, mainline railway stations with connections to London (Paddington and Waterloo) and access onto the M5 motorway. Alternatively, to the south, there is access onto the A38 at Ashburton, leading west to Plymouth, from where there are ferries to the Continent.
Distances (approximate)
• Widecombe in the moor 1.5 miles • Ashburton 7 miles • Moretonhampstead 9 miles • Bovey Tracey 7.5 miles • Exeter and Plymouth 25 miles
The Property
• Traditional Dartmoor farmhouse of considerable character and charm, with many period features
• Listed as being of architectural or historical interest Grade II* and stated as being “late 17th century, or early 18th century, with minor 20th century addition”
• Archetypal grouping of traditional granite Dartmoor buildings around the partly cobbled farmyard
• Barns converted to provide hostel living and sleeping accommodation for the “Dartmoor Expedition Centre”
• Large, well-stocked moorland gardens with stunning views of the surrounding Dartmoor countryside.
• Very easy access out onto the open moor
• Classically peaceful and private moorland location, yet with easy access to the beautiful and popular village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor
• Long established business, providing bunk-house accommodation for outdoor activity parties in the area
• With 4 beautiful granite barns there is huge potential to develop existing business or new projects (subject to planning permission)

Ground Floor
From the farmyard, a small, walled garden leads to the front door beneath an open porch to the hall with stone floor and doors to the sitting room to one side and living room to the other, with
exposed stone chimney breast with fireplace incorporating oil fired Rayburn and exposed beam. A door leads onto the kitchen with slate tiled floor, fitted wooden base and wall cupboards and
worktops, double sink and drainer, electric cooker point.
The exterior kitchen door leads to the farmyard via an oak porch and useful sitting out area. At the rear of the kitchen there is a utility area with doors a shelved pantry and cloakroom.

First Floor
From the hall the staircase rises to the landing with doors to
4 bedrooms and bathroom.
An additional door from the yard leads into an integral office/store
overlooking the garden.
The Outbuildings
The house and traditional stone barns and outbuildings surround a beautiful, part-cobbled farmyard. Some of the buildings have been
converted to provide living and bunk-house accommodation for the “Dartmoor Expedition Centre”.
Adjoining the house is “HOUSE BARN” with kitchen/dining/living area on the ground floor, with stone floor, exposed beams and fitted cupboards, sink and electric cooker point. A staircase rises to
dormitory accommodation for 13 within the loft, with exposed roof timbers and skylights.
On the opposite side of the yard is “GATE BARN” on two floors, with dormitory accommodation for 21, exposed stone floor and walls and roof timbers.
At the higher end of the farmyard is a fine, traditional stone barn, providing excellent storage space and adjoining is a further stone outbuilding, being the “OLD STABLES” now converted to provide gents and ladies lavatories, showers and store room on the ground floor, with two double bedrooms and twin bedroom within the loft,
with skylights. Within this building is the water pump and equipment and hot water tank

Within the yard there is parking for 5 or more cars and a gate leads past the side of the house to the delightful, large, gently sloping moorland gardens. Areas of lawn, with many spring bulbs, are
fringed and interspersed with a wide variety of trees, shrubs and plants and from here there are spectacular views across the surrounding Dartmoor countryside to the open moor. The garden
features a decked patio, granite paved herbaceous area with pond and a granite seat placed for the view. At the end of the garden is an enclosed, walled vegetable and soft fruit garden with greenhouse, as well as a fenced chicken run.

The Business
The current owners have lived at Rowden Farm since 1970 and established the “Dartmoor Expedition Centre” themselves, running
it successfully for many years. Currently it provides rustic and characterful living and bunk-house accommodation for outdoor activity groups, being a great base for a wide variety of activities,
such as walking, climbing, canoeing, caving, riding, orienteering, archeology, fishing, wildlife watching, etc. Details of recent income figures can be obtained on request.

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14 June 2016

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