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4 bedroom detached house for sale

Bishops Nympton, South Molton, Devon

Sold STC £575,000

Property Description

Key features

  • South facing position
  • Historic residence with scope for improvement
  • Grade I Listed
  • Range of stone barns with potential
  • Far reaching countryside views
  • Modern agricultural barns
  • About 6.1 acres
  • Further 32.2 acres available by separate negotiation

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A fascinating, historic detached residence in tranquil rural south facing surroundings, enjoying far reaching views over the surrounding countryside, with a range of fabulous outbuildings


The property is situated on the outskirts of the small village of Rose Ash, in a quiet, tranquil location, enjoying panoramic southerly views over rolling countryside. The property is easily accessible to the amenities at South Molton, Exmoor National Park and the North Devon Link Road. The small village of Rose Ash benefits from a church and restored village hall, whilst the larger village of Bishops Nympton (just over two miles away) offers a wider range of amenities including community village, shop / Post Office, village hall, parish church and well regarded primary school. The historic market town of South Molton is just over three miles away and offers a much wider range of amenities and leisure pursuits, including banks and schooling for all ages. Exmoor National Park is within easy reach, and offers an excellent range of country pursuits, including hunting, shooting, fishing and walking. It is renowned for its undulating moorland, with deep wooded combes bisected by rivers and streams running down to the coast. The regional centres of Barnstaple and Tiverton are both within half an hour’s drive.


The area can be accessed from Junction 27 of the M5 Motorway, and along the A361 North Devon Link Road. 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 Mainline Railway Station is about a 30 minute drive, which connects to London and beyond.


South Molton – 3 ½ miles
Exmoor National Park – 7 miles
Barnstaple – 15 miles


South Yarde Farm is a fascinating detached residence with a wealth of historic and character features. The main house is Grade I Listed of historical and architectural importance. The property is believed to have been constructed around 1450 for Richard Yarde. There is believed to have been a dwelling on the current site since before 1086. Originally known as “Hierda”, the property was a small, late medieval manor house of sub-gentry status. The hall house had a separate kitchen building to the rear, which has subsequently been converted into a separate dwelling. Of particular interest to the historians are the decorative carvings on the A frames, which are in various states of finish. There is also some 17th Century panelling in the drawing room and a stunning ceiling. The property underwent an extensive programme of work in the 18th Century, turning the house into what it is today. The property features in most of the historic books of Devon domestic architecture including Pevsner.

The Property

South Yarde Farm offers spacious accommodation with four bedrooms and magnificent character features. The property has been re-roofed along with the majority of replacement windows, a new boiler and plumbing system, however the property is still in further need of updating/renovation. The farm boasts a range of stone and cob barns that offer vast potential for a variety of uses, including conversion (subject to the necessary planning permissions / consents). The outbuildings are Grade II Listed of architectural and historical importance. An additional advantage of the property is there are a range of further modern agricultural buildings that are currently used as stabling, but could be used for a variety of other uses, if required. This fascinating residence has 6.1 acres and is regularly visited by a variety of wildlife including red & roe deer, badgers and many birds of prey. There is also a sand school. South Yarde Farm offers the buyer a wealth of potential uses, including equestrian, small holding or self-catering accommodation. Only with a full internal inspection of the property can you truly appreciate the vast potential on offer. Available to the open market with no ongoing chain.

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

Front door leads to

Entrance Porch

Entrance Hall Slate flagstone floor.

Drawing Room Panelled ceiling. Inglenook fireplace with bread oven. Wood burning stove. 17th Century panelling with built in long seat. Stairs rise to the first floor landing. A (believed to be) Tudor door gives access to the

Rear Lobby Which, in turn gives access to a

Old Dairy With slate shelving.

Store Window to side elevation.

Old Parlour Stable door to front elevation. Exposed beam. Window to side elevation.

From the Drawing Room, a door leads through to the

Kitchen Brick floor. Range of matching wall and base units with sink and appliance space. Door leads to the outbuildings.

Dining Room Replacement window to the front elevation enjoying the countryside views. Ornate fireplace with slate surround.

First Floor Landing Exposed sections of the original hall house beams with ornate carvings. Window to rear elevation.

Bedroom 1 Magnificent vaulted ceiling with exposed A frames with Medieval decorative carvings. Exposed floorboards. Window to front elevation with countryside views.

Bedroom 2 Replacement window to side elevation. Exposed beams.

Bedroom 3 Replacement window to front elevation enjoying countryside views. Exposed floorboards.

Bedroom 4 Replacement window to the front elevation with countryside views. Exposed A frame.

Bathroom Comprising low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin, tiled bath and separate shower cubicle.


The property is approached via a driveway with a range of dilapidated stone barns to the left hand side, and a pole barn to the right hand side. It then leads to a parking area at the rear of the farmhouse, or to the medieval farmyard in front of the property. There is also access to a track, which leads down and gives access to the pasture paddock. Attached via a porch to the main farmhouse is a two storey stone cob barn that offers potential for a variety of uses, or conversion, subject to the necessary permissions. Adjacent is a further threshing barn, with attached roundhouse, which has been re-roofed, and again, offers huge potential.

Opposite this barn are a range of pole barns and former pigsties which have recently be re-roofed. To the rear of these buildings is a more modern, block built agricultural building, with a concrete floor, measuring approximately 67’0 x 50’. It has been adapted and is used as stabling. There are five stables at present with the remaining building used for American style looseboxes (the stables will not be included, and will be taken by the current owner).

To the front of the farmhouse is a walled garden, and beyond, is a duck pond and a sand school. The sand school measures 82’0 x 48’0. To the left of the sand school is a clear span building that, is currently being used for stabling and a hay store. It offers potential for a variety of uses. An attached stone and cob barn, with pretty stone arches sits to the side of this building, and again, offers further potential for conversion subject to any necessary planning permissions. It is understood that there is excellent outriding available from the property.

In total, the property benefits from 6.1 acres. There is an additional 32.2 acres which is available by separate negotiation and is a mixture of pasture and woodland, and is bordered by streams on two sides.

Agent’s Note

There is a bridle path across two of the fields, which is marked on the land plan for the property.

Property Information


Mains electricity. Private drainage and water. Oil fired central heating.


From Barnstaple, proceed on the A361 signposted towards Tiverton. Continue along this road until reaching the roundabout on the outskirts of South Molton, at Aller Cross. Continue straight across on the A361 until reaching the next roundabout at Bish Mill. Turn right, signposted towards South Molton and The Mill Inn. Proceed until reaching The Mill Inn on your right hand side, and turn left, signposted towards Bishops Nympton and Rackendford. Continue to the top of the hill, and then turn right, signposted towards Bishops Nympton and Mariansleigh. Stay on this country lane, passing through the village of Bishops Nympton. After leaving the village, take the first right hand turning, signposted towards Rose Ash. Proceed along this country lane until reaching a cross roads. Proceed straight across, and then continue for approximately 0.4 of a mile, until the road bears around to the left at a 90 degree angle. The property will be situated directly in front of you, with For Sale board clearly displayed.

Directions from South
From the M5 at junction 27 take the A361 sign posted Barnstaple. Follow the A361 towards Barnstaple for approximately 18 miles. As you go up the second big hill along this road come to sign – Moortown Cross. Take the left turning here to Rose Ash. Along this road until you come to a staggered crossroads. Straight over here, still following the signs to Rose Ash. Into Rose Ash and take the second turning on your left. This turning is on a right hand bend, immediately after the first, with the single-track road running between the thatched cottage and the garage. Follow this road and take the first turning on the left. This will be about 1 mile on at a crossroads. Approximately ¼ mile along this road there is a sharp left hand bend. On the bend, directly in front, is a driveway. Proceed down this drive way and through the gate at the bottom to South Yarde Farm.

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Added on Rightmove:
24 August 2016

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