5 bedroom detached house for sale

Chagford, Newton Abbot, Devon

£950,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 17 Acres
  • Dartrmoor National Park

Full description

Tenure: Leasehold

Late Victorian Grade II listed residence situated on the edge of the moor two miles from Chagford

Description & History
Ford Park is a breathtaking property tucked away amidst 17 acres of established gardens and grounds in a wooded setting in the lee
of Dartmoor’s spectacular scenery. The house was designed to take full advantage of its wonderful setting. It is approached along its own private drive which drifts through an array of established
trees and shrubs (azaleas, rhododendrons, etc) giving tantalising glimpses of both the house and the small lake.
The house was built in the late 19th century as an artist’s residence by Robert Stark, the father of Freya Stark, the celebrated traveller and author. Dame Freya Stark spent her childhood years at Ford Park and there are several descriptive passages in her autobiography “Traveller’s Prelude” ...”The loveliest of his gardens was created out of an oak wood scooped in a curving hill. It was below the edge of the moor and out of reach of the south west wind that howled and
tossed above but stirred no leaf around us. The wood was so sheltered that bamboos would grow. There were glades of azaleas and rhododendrons now thick trunked, like trees, and daffodils beside wild bluebells, in dappled clearing”.
The property has recently undergone an extensive restoration programme. Brimming with character, Ford Park exudes all the hallmarks associated with its past, yet with careful consideration, modern day conveniences combine subtly to ensure a most
comfortable and up to date home.
The versatile accommodation is beautifully presented full of charm and character, while the extensive use of granite is a constant reminder of the proximity to open moor. All the principal rooms
enjoy fine views across the lawns to the pond and beyond. The large and impressive studio was once used by the sculptor John Skeaping to create his statue of Lord Derby’s great racehorse, Hyperion, which now stands at Newmarket.
The sitting room is particularly fine, with its deep square bay and mullioned windows. The kitchen, with Aga, again is a lovely room, with some interesting features and perfect for informal dining.
There are six bedrooms, including a master bedroom, with en-suite shower and covered balcony whilst to the rear of the house a separate staircase gives access to a self contained annexe ideal as a staff or guest suite.
The gardens and grounds offer a broad range of flora and fauna. Indeed, the whole area is a natural haven for wildlife and there is an abundance of flowering shrubs and impressive specimen trees.
Beguiling pathways lead through the gardens and mixed woodland.

Situation
Ford Park is situated in a peaceful, rural location with two miles of the popular Stannary town of Chagford within the Dartmoor National Park. Chagford is a thriving community and offers a wide
range of amenities, including churches, primary and Montessori school, post offices, banks, health and dental centres, together with excellent sports facilities. There are a wide range of shops, including a Spar, a delicatessen, dairy, ironmongers, wine merchant, art galleries and a number of high clothing and interior boutiques.
The award winning Gidleigh Park Hotel is just over a mile away. The moorland town of Okehampton, about 11 miles away, has a number of churches, schools and community college, health centre
and a sports and leisure centre. There are also several supermarkets, including Waitrose.
The Dartmoor National Park offers superb recreational facilities, with excellent riding, walking and cycling, along with fishing opportunities. There are golf courses at Bovey Castle near Moretonhampstead (15 minutes) and at Stover near Bovey Tracey.
There are good local, private and grammar schools.
The cathedral city and county town of Exeter is about 23 miles away and provides a comprehensive range of cultural, educational, recreational and shopping facilities. Exeter University is ranked
amongst the Top 10 in the country.

Communications
Road: The A30 is accessible at Whiddon Down, just 3½ miles away, providing a fast link in a westerly direction to Cornwall and in an easterly direction to Exeter and the M5 motorway.
Rail: Intercity high speed trains operate from Exeter St Davids to London (Paddington) or via Salisbury to Waterloo.
Air: Exeter International Airport, about 25 miles from Chagford, provides flights to a number of cities within the British Isles and to a number of Continental and Intercontinental destinations.

Distances (approximate)
• Chagford 3 miles • Exeter 23 miles • Plymouth 44 miles

Outside
Ford Park is approached by its own long private drive which meanders through the mixed woodland and is bounded by colourful flowering trees and shrubs. To the front of the house is a parking and turning area with space for several vehicles. The
original coach house has been beautifully refurbished by Character Builders, using traditional carpentry skills and is now a stable, feed room and wood store. The house is well positioned in approximately 17 acres, consisting of easy to maintain gardens, sweeping lawns leading
down to a lily pond and mixed woodland with a myriad of paths, providing a wonderful natural haven for a wide variety of wildlife.

Property Information
Tenure: The property is held on a lease from the Duchy of Cornwall. Prospective purchasers are invited to discuss the lease with the agents.

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04 May 2016

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  • Okehampton (7.4 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

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01392 799072 Local call rate

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