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4 bedroom equestrian facility for sale

Parracombe, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31

Sold STC £825,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Equestrian smallholding
  • c. 50 acres
  • 3/4 Bedrooms
  • Versatile outbuildings
  • Shepherds Cottage
  • Additional detached barn, possible business/residential use subject to planning
  • EPC Rating - D

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Cowley is found in the heart of North Devon on the western edge of Exmoor National Park which is famed for its unsurpassed scenery, riding, fishing and walking within the 267 square miles of protected landscape.

The North Devon coastline is within easy reach offering the North Devon coastal path and good access to the beaches at Woolacombe just 12.5 miles to the west and beyond this the famous tourist beaches at Croyde and Saunton Sands.

The property has good road links with quick access along the A39 to Barnstaple being just 13 miles south and also local shops are found at Combe Martin and Lynton being just 4.4 miles and 7.5 miles respectively.

Wider road links at Barnstaple to the North Devon link road the A361 which then links to the M5 at Tiverton Junction 27. Intercity trains connect at Barnstaple and international airports are located at Bristol and Exeter.

Cowley is a well located smallholding which could easily be used to fit with any farming, equestrian or other business aspirations. The property is hidden away and occupies a delightful location. The farmhouse itself is of a block construction with rendered finish under a tiled roof. The property has an elevated position over the other buildings to take full advantage of the views across the surrounding farmland and beyond.

A versatile array of outbuildings include a separate two storey wooden clad barn under a tiled roof which could offer a studio or office with a little further work. There is an array of agricultural buildings which could easily be transformed to meet any purpose subject to any necessary planning consents. The main buildings include a timber frame barn with lean to and concrete yard outside, a steel portal frame barn under a sheet roof with concrete floor and a former parlour.

The land surrounds the property and extends to the west with a sloping southerly aspect. There is a stream which runs through part of the property and at the edge of the farm a shepherd's stone cottage under a tile roof offers a real treasure for a focal point for walks or a night under the stars.

Set at the head of the tarmac drive the farmhouse has ample space and is a well presented property. The house is accessed from the front steps to the front door which leads directly into the hallway with wooden clad walls with feature beams in the ceiling. The entrance hall contains stairs to the first floor, a downstairs wc and hand basin and leads off to the kitchen, dining room and main family lounge.
The kitchen has fitted units and central island with a slate worktop. The kitchen has a large multi fuel range cooker utilising gas hobs and oven and electric grill. An oil fired Aga is set within a large inglenook with a beam mounted over a sandstone surround. To the rear of the kitchen a door leads to the rear entrance hallway which contains a pantry, and separate utility room. Beyond this the rear door leads into an open car port with a further store room on the opposite side.

From the kitchen there is a door directly into the large family lounge which contains a wood burning stove set within a wooden framed fireplace. One wall is set to shelving with access from this room into the conservatory which leads into the rear back garden. There is also access to a second small lounge which has an open fireplace and wooden wall cladding with feature beams.

The dining room is set at the end of the hallway and offers a spacious and versatile room which could also be used for other purposes. It has half height wooden cladding and painted walls and a built in display cabinet. On the first floor there are three double bedrooms and one single bedroom or walk in storeroom.

The master bedroom set at the end of the hallway contains a double bedroom with fitted wardrobes and takes advantage of the best of the views with windows to three aspects. There is also an en-suite which contains a shower, wc and hand basin.

Adjacent to this is the fourth bedroom which could be used as a single room and currently is being used as a store. The second double bedroom at the opposite end of the house contains windows to two sides and an en-suite in the form of a shower and electric wc and hand basin. The third double room is currently used as a single bedroom and is partly under the eaves with windows on two sides and also contains a fitted cupboard.

A range of versatile buildings are found at Cowley and comprise of a wooden clad barn at the head of the drive under a tiled roof which currently is split on two layers and has two downstairs rooms with a central stairway to the first floor offering a larger open plan first floor room which could easily be transformed into accommodation or a studio/office subject to any necessary planning permissions.

On the opposite side of the drive to the main farmhouse is a small duck house and enclosure. Beyond this is a wooden frame barn with half height concrete block walls and Yorkshire boarding sides which could easily be transformed into stables or otherwise.

Adjacent to this is a lean to which is over concrete yards and sheep handling facilities. There are two converted railway carriages under a slate roof, used for livestock housing. A former parlour building of concrete block construction with timber rafters under a corrugated sheet roof and is currently used as a workshop.

Finally the main agricultural building is set at the bottom of the yard with a steel portal frame being 4 bays long. There is a sheeted door access to the right half of the shed which then has timber sides with Yorkshire boarding top half and along the sides and gable end. The building has a concrete floor and is under a sheet roof.

The Land
The land surrounds the main farmhouse and extends to some 50 acres or thereabouts of gently sloping pasture, laid to permanent grassland and a small area of woodland. The land is split into conveniently sized parcels and has the benefit of water in all of the fields including some with access to a stream. The land has been claimed for the Basic Payment Scheme in 2016.
From Barnstaple take the A39 heading north towards Blackmoor Gate. On reaching Blackmoor Gate crossroads turn left onto the A399, after approximately 0.7 miles turn right onto Gratton Lane. At the staggered crossroads go straight over and the farm
entrance is the first property on the left. From Lynton take the A39 towards Blackmoor Gate, on reaching the Blackmoor Gate crossroads turn right onto the A399, after approximately 0.7 miles turn right onto Gratton Lane as above. From the A361 North Devon Link road, at the North Aller roundabout take the A399 signed for Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe. Follow this road until you pass the Blackmoor Gate crossroads and follow the directions as above.

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