Parracombe, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31

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Carter Jonas Rural, Taunton

Key features

  • Holiday cottage complex within Exmoor National Park located in a National Trust Valley.
  • Totally refurbished former mill in a rural valley setting with the river Heddon running alongside.
  • Period 4/5 bedroom property plus three holiday letting apartments plus a detached holiday letting cottage
  • Indoor swimming pool complex.
  • Planning permission granted to convert the garage/workshop building at the top of the site into a detached 3 bedroom holiday cottage.
  • Set in approximately 14.1 acres of woodland.
  • Level water meadow with potential for glamping.
  • Further land of 24.6 acres of woodland available by separate negotiation.

Property description

Tenure: Freehold

Heddon Valley Mill is located in a wooded valley setting in a secluded location within this popular tourist destination of Exmoor National Park. The majority of the valley is owned by the National Trust known as Heddon Valley Estate.

The property is 0.5 miles from Heddon Mouth with its National Trust shop and pub/restaurant being The Hunters Inn, known for good food within the area. Heddon Mouth is where you can access the South West Coastal Path which gives you uninterrupted cliff top walks along this part of the North Devon coastline.

Parracombe is 3 miles away with a primary school, shop, churches plus The Fox & Goose Inn.

Lynton & Lynmouth (7 miles away) has a Post Office, shops, churches, primary school, public houses, mini-supermarkets and is a popular tourist destination in its own right due to being a harbour town with its funicular railway which links Lynmouth with Lynton plus its stunning views over Bossington bay.

There are further shopping facilities in Combe Martin (9.5 miles) along with Ilfracombe (16 miles) with supermarkets, restaurants and a secondary school. The Independent school of West Buckland, Nr Barnstaple is 14 miles away.

The North Devon coastline is renowned for its excellent surfing beaches at Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton which make ideal day trips. Exmoor National Park with its enhanced public access is extremely popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

The Doone Valley and Dunster with its National Trust Castle and original Yarn Market along with Dunkery Beacon which is the highest point on Exmoor National Park with panoramic views over the surrounding coastline are ideal day trips for guests.

Tourist attractions in North Devon include the former fishing village of Clovelly, RHS Gardens Rosemoor at Great Torrington and the theme parks of The Milkway and The Big Sheep are within the area.

National Trust properties of Arlington Court and Knightshayes Court are easily accessible.

Heddon Valley Mill has been in the same ownership since 2000 and previously was a full holiday letting business with 7 properties. It has been sympathetically converted into a private estate within this wooded valley. The major attraction of the property is the river Heddon which runs alongside the whole frontage of the property as it used to be the former mill for the area.

Waterside Cottage and Leatstream are currently not being let as holiday accommodation.

In the last couple of years, the current owners have been letting Meadow Cottage and Granary Cottage via but have not been pushing the business in the latter years.

Previously they had a website being: The property has further holiday letting potential within the National Park due to its unique location within this National Trust Valley. Heddon Valley is a popular tourist destination within walking distance of the National Trust shop and the Hunters Inn which is now owned by the National Trust as well.

The majority of the land is wooded and sloping and has the potential for glamping/wild camping along with the water meadow that has the same potential depending on how the new owners would look to expand the business.

There is a newly constructed workshop which has planning permission to be developed into a detached 3 bedroom holiday letting cottage. The building has potential for owners accommodation subject to the necessary consents which would give a high degree of privacy away from the main site.

The river Heddon is the major draw for customers with its brown trout down to Heddon Mouth. The area has an abundance of wildlife from deer to birds of prey plus rare butterflies.

Meadow Cottage and Leatstream could easily be converted into one property to provide a two storey, 2/3 bedroom detached cottage if required.

The property has the potential to have 5 holiday letting units and that would be able to produce a turnover in the region of £100,000.

Two storey residential dwelling refurbished in 2008.

Entrance is via an oak porch leading to the front door which leads into the hall.

Hallway with oak panelling plus oak and glass staircase. Steps up into dining area with original beamed ceiling. Stone spiral staircase leading to first floor accommodation. Ceramic tiled floor.

Cloakroom/boot room with ceramic tiled floor, a white WC and travertine stone tiles and marble stone circular wash hand basin.

Sitting room with sandstone minster fireplace with brick hearth housing cast iron wood burning stove with back boiler supplementing the heating of the hot water. Coved plasterwork ceiling. French doors leading to outside. Oak flooring. French doors with steps leading up into the pool room.

Kitchen with ceramic tiled floor. Oak kitchen with tiled work surfaces and two stainless steel sink units. Plumbing for dishwasher. Bottle chiller. Space for American style fridge. Red two oven aga with electric oven extension with two ovens and halogen hob. French doors leading out to rear hall with flagstone floor and door to outside.

Sunroom with ceramic tiled floor with an oak glazed roof with windows to side. Oak French doors to outside. Range of shelving.

Landing with oak and glass balustrade, galleried looking down into the hall. Oak flooring. Oak doors to rooms. Walk-in airing cupboard with insulated hot water cylinder and a range of shelving.

Bedroom 1 with vaulted ceiling and exposed roof trusses. Oak flooring. French glazed door. Juliet balcony overlooking the river. Bedroom 1 suite comes with a hall with oak flooring giving access to the bedroom and a dressing room/bedroom 4 with a built-in cupboard plus an en-suite bathroom with a Victorian style WC, shower cubicle, slipper bath and a white ceramic, circular wash hand basin. Oak flooring. Travertine tiles to walls.

Bedroom 2 with coved ceiling and window to rear. Doorway giving access to the stone spiral staircase leading to ground floor.

Bedroom 3 with vaulted ceiling. Glazed French doors with Juliet balcony overlooking the river. Oak flooring. Designed to be split into two bedrooms with an en-suite shower room if required.

Bathroom with a white suite of pedestal wash hand basin, close coupled WC, slipper bath, corner shower cubicle and ceramic tiles to floor and walls.


Waterside Cottage
Single storey detached cottage next to the river, currently used as a pottery studio. Cloakroom with a Belfast sink unit. Hall. Bedroom with French glazed door and Juliet balcony overlooking the river. Open plan kitchen/diner and sitting room with a brick fireplace with wooden mantel over housing cast iron wood burning stove. No kitchen installed at this stage. (Sleeps 2).

Ground floor apartment, currently not in use. Kitchen with ceramic tiled floor, bathroom with shower over and glazed door leading out onto gardens. Bedroom with beamed ceiling. Sitting room has been removed to give access to the gardens but could be re-instated with glazed elevations. (Sleeps 2/4).

Meadow Cottage
First floor apartment accessed at ground floor level via steps providing a hall, shower room with a white suite and an open plan sitting/dining room and kitchen area with windows overlooking the gardens. Door leading through into the bedroom with dual aspect and limited eave height in part with exposed roof trusses. (Sleeps 2/4).

Second floor apartment accessed at ground floor level at the rear of the property, providing an open plan kitchen, sitting room and dining room area. Bedroom with glazed French doors with Juliet balcony overlooking the river. Shower room with a white suite providing tiled double shower cubicle with glass and chrome door. (Sleeps 2/4).

The property is set within a wooded valley. Next to the house is a cobbled courtyard where there is parking for 3/4 vehicles and gives access to Waterside Cottage, Leatstream, and Meadow Cottage along with the indoor swimming pool. The property is approached via an asphalt driveway and there is a newly constructed wooden car port with slate roof for 3 vehicles plus gravel parking to the side for further vehicles. In addition, there is a parking space next to Granary cottage.

Within the entrance drive to the property is a log store which incorporates a workshop with power, lighting and a concrete floor. There is further parking in this area for 2/3 vehicles. The property runs along the side of the river Heddon.

Formal gardens with mature trees that lead to the end of the property where there is a vegetable patch enclosed by deer fencing and fruit cages. Orchard with apple, plum and cherry trees. In this area there is also the former Leatstream and a nature pond.

At the top of the site is a detached workshop with garaging with a slate roof and concrete floor plus power, lighting, water, telephone line and private sewage system which has planning permission to be developed into a 3 bedroom holiday cottage plus double open fronted garage and driveway with parking for 2/3 vehicles. Potential for this to be converted into an owner’s accommodation with a high degree of privacy from the complex, subject to gaining the relevant planning consents. (Planning Ref: 62/50/19/011).

Further land of 24.6 acres of woodland which is deer fenced and has multiple tracks for vehicular access. Available by separate negotiation at a guide price of £100,000.

Pool building 12.22m x 6.82m (40’09 x 22.38) with timber ceiling, skylights and glazed elevations. Accessed via a French glazed door. Ceramic tiles to surround. Hexagonal jacuzzi and a tiled pool of 7.44m x 4.58m (24’04 x 15’02).

Steps leading down to a changing room. Separate cloakroom with a white suite. Laundry with a commercial washing machine and tumble dryer. French glazed doors with steps leading down into the sitting room in the main house.

Plant room with Vaporex 5.5 dehumidifier. Pool being run on electricity, supplemented by the solar panels on the roof which can also be diverted to provide hot water in the main house.

The property is offered by private treaty, inclusive of trade inventory including furnishings, equipment, fixtures & fittings within the two holiday letting cottages being Meadow Cottage and Granary in relation to the business, excluding any personal items.

Freehold. It should be noted that there are footpaths up the drive and across the land but not through the main complex.



Parracombe, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31

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