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Sheepstor - Dartmoor National Park

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Added on 21/07/2021
John Colton, Yelverton
2,440 sq. ft.
(227 sq. m.)

Key features

  • Standing at the foot of Sheepstor
  • South facing to rear over looking the garden
  • A rare freehold in unrivaled moorland location
  • Oil central heating
  • Intriguing architectural blend of periods
  • Scope to enlarge existing property footprint to form further living space

Property description

Tenure: Freehold

A fine vernacular family home set in the midst of splendid Dartmoor scenery on the edge of the idyllic moorland village of Sheepstor within gardens of 1.1 acres.
Origins are difficult to ascertain yet it is understood that in the early 1800's it existed as a 'one-up one down' cottage formed by what is now the dining room and bedroom above. Over the passing centuries it has been extended to both to the East & West elevations, most notably in 1973 when it effectively doubled in size to make the present spacious five-bedroom family home whose principal aspects have been calculated to maximise views of the garden.
The property is accessed off a no through road which leads to the foot of Sheepstor and is surrounded by handsome drystone walls of granite boulders. A forecourt in front of the tandem garage provides parking for two cars and the front door is sited beneath a canopied slate tile-hung gabled elevation. An Oak door leads into an Arts and Crafts influenced hall with gracious gently sweeping staircase rising to a galleried landing with light flooding in from the south elevation garden door and landing window. This impressive entrance also delineates the new from the old sections of the house.
The internal layout is reminiscent of a long house, noteworthy is the 22' sitting room with fireplace and sizeable window openings which take full advantage of views of the garden whilst, at the far end a door opens onto a greenhouse which offers opportunity for conversion into a conservatory (subject to planning permission).
Back across the hall a study with bay-window follows on into a dining room. To the right of the original fireplace (currently converted into a cupboard) is an 'L' shaped galley kitchen and utility area with plumbing for a washing machine a recess for a freezer and traditional 'vented' larder cupboard. To the other side other side is a lobby with WC and rear access to a covered way onto the tandem garage and out into the garden.
Upstairs first to left of the galleried landing is bedroom five which is currently fitted with bench shelving and over looks the copse opposite the house frontage. A rear passage off the landing leads to bedroom four (a double, with wrought iron fire place) and single bedroom three on either side of a shower room/WC, and at the far end, the double, bedroom two with wardrobe built into the chimney recess and a vanity cupboard.
Across at the far side of the galleried landing, capturing a fine view to St. Leonard's church in Sheepstor village, is the double-aspect master bedroom which leads via two steps to a box room with potential for conversion into an en suite.
The 1.1 acre garden is bounded along its north side by the stone wall lane, leading to Sheepstor, with access via the canopied porch to a boiler room store and workshop which has access to the rear garden. There is a vegetable-growing area with timber shed and at the top end of the garden a five-bar gate provides vehicular access for garden maintenance. The majority of the garden is laid to lawn with a few enormous granite clitters nicely referencing the surrounding landscape. Running almost the length of the properties rear elevation is a south-facing terrace, perfect for entertaining on summers evenings is this magnificent setting.
Services: Mains electricity; Private drainage into double chambered cess pit; Leat fed water supply with a British Berkefeld gravity filter for drinking water sited in kitchen. First floor walk-in airing cupboard with hot water cylinder and controls; Oil fired central heating via radiators from Worcester Danesmoor 20/25 boiler. Calor Gas cylinders for cooking. Wall mounted Heatrea Sadia Express hot water unit in Kitchen. Partial uPVC double glazing. Open fireplaces in Sitting room & Study. BT phone line connection.
Local Authorities: West Devon Borough Council, Kilworthy Hill, Tavistock PL19 0BZ
Dartmoor National Park Authority, Parke, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot TQ13 9JQ

Commons Rights: The property has registered commoners rights to take stone and gravel, to graze: one head of cattle, or one horse, or one mare and foal, or five sheep, or six geese.
The holding is registered with the Dartmoor Commoners Council which requires a £5 annual fee, and enjoys a small annual payment from the rural payments agency (DEFRA). There is an active local Commoners Council which manages the grazing and conservation work on Sheepstor Common and Yellowmead Down.

Postcode/Sat Nav: PL20 6PF Council Tax: Band 'F' £3053.24 payable 31st March 2022
Map Reference: Ordnance Survey reference SX5667 Tenure: Freehold

EPC - Domestic EPC reference 0270-3007-6206-3259-3200 band F-21.

For Sale by Informal Tender to be submitted by 12 noon on Wednesday 25th August 2021. Should you wish to submit an offer please register your interest to and you will be forwarded the terms and notice of tender document.

Viewings: Strictly By Appointment by contacting the vendor's sole agent John Colton Property Sales & Searches via email in the first instance to providing your contact details including home address; email and mobile phone details along with who will be attending the viewing and dates and times you wish to attend and in turn the office will be in contact.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: No description of information given by John Colton or his employees, whether or not in these particulars and whether written or verbal about the property or its condition or its value may be relied upon as a statement or representation of fact.
These particulars do not constitute, nor constitute part of, an offer or contract, nor shall they merge in any offer of contract which may hereafter be made between the sellers or lessors and the recipient of the information.
The photographs show only certain parts of the property at the time they were taken. Any areas, measurements or distances given are approximate only.

Sheepstor - Dartmoor National Park


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  • Bere Ferrers Station7.3 miles
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John Colton, Yelverton

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Born into a Dartmoor farming family, John Colton has spent most of his working life involved with property in all its different aspects. Experience gained in banking and auctioneering led to a three-year residential estate agency tutelage in Guildford where he established the ethics and principles which guide his business practices. He then moved back home to Dartmoor to run the flagship office of an eight-branch independent agency based in the market town of Tavistock.

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