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Centery Lane, Bittadon, Devon, EX31

Added on 29/03/2021
Fine & Country, Ilfracombe

Key features

  • Strikingly modern industrial style barn conversion
  • Main converted barn comprising 315m2 (3,390ft2) of accommodation
  • Additional attached barn of 189m2 (2,000ft2) with potential to convert to an additional 5 bedroom dwelling or leisure suite
  • Ideal for dual family occupation or home and income set-up
  • Estimated gross annual income of £80,000 - £90,000 from holiday letting with similar levels once second barn is converted
  • Planning granted for garages
  • Set in gardens and grounds of just under 1 acre
  • Superb, far reaching views over the neighbouring countryside towards the Exmoor National Park
  • Just 6 miles from the golden sand surfing beaches at Woolacombe
  • High quality fixtures and fittings throughout and presented to an exceptional standard

Property description

Tenure: Freehold

The phrase 'wow factor' is sometimes overly used but in this particular case, Harefield House justifiably deserves that accolade. Well worthy of the title of a 'Grand Design', this stunning and very high quality barn conversion sits in a delightful rural setting close to Barnstaple, the coastal town of Ilfracombe, the fabulous golden sand surfing beaches at Woolacombe as well as the Exmoor National Park. The home sits in just under an acre of mainly level gardens which surround the house and back onto open fields at the rear. The open and sunny position enjoys far reaching views in all directions over the neighbouring countryside and towards the Exmoor National Park in the distance.

Planning permission for the conversion of the barns into two dwellings was granted back in January 2018 under Application number 64209 Class Q(AB) and Associated Operational Development. Harefield House has been beautifully created and finished to an exceptional standard providing 315m2 (3,390ft) of accommodation arranged over two floors, comprising 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and a fabulous 29ft (8.98m) x 27ft (8.49m) living room and kitchen which has a high high vaulted ceiling and a wall of glass at one end which beautifully frames the rural views to the rear and allows direct access to the sun terrace and gardens. In addition to the main living room, there is a further lounge/snug, a utility room, ground floor wc, and three double sized ground floor bedrooms, all with their own en suite facilities. There is also a further room, currently used as a dressing room, that would form a fifth bedroom if needed. The master bedroom suite occupies the first floor and is very impressive with its size and design with a dressing room and a large beautifully appointed en suite shower room. Within the bedroom there is an oval bath, reminiscent of that in a high end boutique hotel, set on an oval slate plinth which allows the user to sit and soak and enjoy the views over the countryside from the large picture window which also overlooks the living room below.

The barn has a very modern industrial feel and is clad in steel and larch boarding under an aluminium roof. The high end specification includes Calor gas fired underfloor central heating throughout with controlled zones and double glazed windows and doors. The decor has an exquisite finish and is stylish throughout with a contemporary feel.

The planning permission also granted consent for a second dwelling albeit that has now lapsed as the works haven't been completed on this unit. The second barn, known as Well Field Barn is ready to be converted and is clad in similar materials to that of Harefield House and at present has a further 189m2 (2,000ft2) of floor area. The proposed plans comprise a single storey fully residential home comprising 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a large open plan living/dining/kitchen with bi-folding doors onto the gardens. Alternatively, this barn also has consent for conversion to an ancillary leisure complex (App No 70771) but, of course, could equally be used as garaging, workshops and stores depending on the needs of the owner.

Harefield House and Well Field Barn have their own independent driveways and car parking areas and the grounds that amount in total to just under 1 acre, can easily be split to form two large plots for each unit helping retain privacy and independence from one another. There is also further planning consent granted for 2 sets of garages.

This superb property is perfect for those looking for that change of lifestyle from the busy urban areas and larger cities. The peace and quiet of its surroundings and views in all directions offer a great getaway from the hustle and bustle. There is ample space and versatility within the accommodation for those looking for that live/work from home opportunity as there is a separate, spacious detached home office building which has heating and water. This building is also ideal as a gym or a studio or similar. The home is ideal for those looking for dual family occupation or for a high quality home and income set up or to use both Harefield House and Well Field Barn as high end holiday homes/holiday lets. For Harefield House, it is estimated that potential annual income from holiday letting would amount to between £80,000 - £90,000 with a similar level likely from Well Field Barn once that is converted and ready to use. There is a little know tax incentive, Capital Allowances, that can be exploited for those looking to use the property as a furnished holiday let which could well mean significant savings on income tax (subject to certain criteria). More information on that is available upon request.


Upon entering the property there is the immediately feeling of space and the contemporary industrial design. A steel staircase with a glass balustrade rises to the first floor master bedroom suite and there is a tiled floor with all of the ground floor rooms leading off. The principal living room is where you get the real 'wow factor'! There is an abundance of space, exaggerated by the high vaulted ceiling with feature lighting throughout and the end gable wall comprising of full height glazing with central sliding doors leading out onto the rear sun terrace and which enjoys superb rural views. The kitchen is fitted with high quality matt black Wren units, complimented by white Corian work surfaces and a range of integrated appliances. There is a large island unit which incorporates a stainless steel sink unit with instant hot water as well as filtered water. There are concealed sockets and an AEG 5 ring ceramic hob with an AEG down draft extractor fan with push button controls. Within the island there are extensive drawers providing plenty of storage. There are further full height fitted units to the length of one wall incorporating further storage and larder units as well an integrated fridge and freezer, 2 Bosch ovens and a further Bosch oven/grill/microwave and a plate warmer. The room has a grey wood effect floor throughout and is a great daytime living space perfect for the modern family and entertaining. The room is zoned to provide a dining area, lounge space as well as the kitchen and food preparation area. Leading from the room is a separate utility room which has fitted units providing useful storage, plumbing for an automatic washing machine and tumble dryer, a cupboard housing the works for the underfloor heating and a door leading directly out onto the garden/outside.

Moving back through the entrance hall, there is a spacious yet cosy sitting room/snug/television room which has a modern wood burner set on a slate hearth. The room provides a more relaxing atmosphere perfect for later in the day. There are pleasant views across to the countryside.

There are three ground floor bedrooms, all bright and airy double sized rooms and all with their own beautifully fitted en suite facilities and all enjoying a different aspect and the far reaching rural views. Bedroom 4 has an en suite shower room whilst bedrooms 2 and 3 have larger en suite bathrooms, which also have separate walk-in shower cubicles, but also with both having the very modern feature of a 'Watervue' TV built-in to the tiled surround at the end of the respective baths allowing the user to enjoy a relaxing soak whilst watching their favourite shows! There is a further fifth bedroom which is currently used as a large dressing room and which is fitted with a range of wardrobes and shelving. The final ground floor room comprises a cloakroom/wc.

Moving to the first floor, this entire area is devoted to the master bedroom suite. There is a landing area at the top of the stairs and door that leads into a large loft area, ideal for storage, but also with potential to convert further if need be and subject to any necessary consent. The bedroom area is an impressive space with a large picture window that overlooks the living room and benefits from the delightful views over the rear garden towards the surrounding fields and countryside. As mentioned above, there is an oval bath set on a slate plinth positioned within the bedroom that also enjoys the views. The separate dressing room has an extensive range of hanging rails and shelving. The en suite shower room has impressive, boutique like fittings with a large tiled walk-in shower cubicles, 'his and hers' hand basins with vanity surrounds and a low level wc.


Well Field Barn is attached to Harefield House although both units enjoy their own privacy. At present, the barn is used for storage and garaging (and housing small animals) and measures approximately 45ft (13.92m) x 44ft (13.6m). As mentioned earlier, this area previously had consent for further conversion into a separate dwelling (fully residential); but this has now lapsed. There is consent for its conversion into a leisure facility and swimming pool. There is light and power and provisions in place for the other required services.

Harefield House has access via electrically operated gates onto a large coloured gravelled parking and turning area which provides ample parking for numerous vehicles. A flowerbed and wooden fence runs alongside the parking area and there is screen at the rear which separates the parking area from the main lawned gardens. Across the parking from the main house is the home office building. This building is insulated and has heating and a water supply and is ideal for those working from home. It would also make a good studio area or a home gym.

Immediately behind Harefield House and leading from the main living room, is a delightful paved sun terrace with an adjacent gravelled area where there is a hot tub (included in the sale). The sun terrace enjoys a sunny southerly aspect and the views over the fields and is perfect for al-fresco dining, sun bathing barbeques etc. The main part of the garden comprises a large sweeping lawn with fenced borders and children’s play area with a climbing frame, slide and swings. The garden extends out and away from the house where there is a stable block and dog kennel/chicken coup in the far corner with a gravelled and fenced enclosure in front. The stables comprise 2 loose boxes and a tack room are ideal for small animals such as goats, chickens, pigs maybe etc.

Well Field Barn has a separate vehicular access from the opposite side of Harefield House and a large gravelled parking and turning area for several more vehicles. The parking area is fenced. Adjacent to the parking area and stretching out away from Well Field Barn is a large enclosed lawned garden with fenced borders. A pathway at the side of the barn leads around to the rear to a gateway that interconnects with the garden area at the rear of Harefield House.

The grounds in total amount to 0.89 acres as shown on the land plan enclosed within these particulars. The area around the Harefield House side amounts to 0.32 acres and the area around Well Field Barn amounts to 0.57 acres.

A VIDEO VIEWING, VIRTUAL WALKTHROUGH TOUR and AERIAL LOCATION VIDEO are available for the property but we fully advise an early internal inspection to appreciate the size, versatility and quality of the property on offer.
From Barnstaple follow the signs for the A39 towards Lynton until reaching the roundabout at the North Devon Hospital on your right hand side, continue straight across and after a short distance take the left hand turning signposted towards Ilfracombe on the B3230. Follow this road passing through the villages of Muddiford and Milltown and continue for a further 2.5 miles. Turn right at Centery Farm and continue along this lane for about a mile where the properties will be found on the left hand side.


Entrance Hall

5.54m x 3.7m

Kitchen Area

6.25m x 3.18m

Living/Dining Area

8.36m x 8.36m

Utility Room

3.25m x 1.93m


1.96m x 1.7m

Sitting Room/Snug

6.26m x 4.71m

Bedroom 2

3.76m x 3.76m

En Suite Bathroom

4.14m x 1.83m

Bedroom 3

4.14m x 3.76m

En Suite Bathroom

4.14m x 1.83m

Bedroom 4

3.45m x 3.12m

En Suite Shower Room

3.45m x 1.07m

Bedroom 5/Dressing Room

4.32m x 3.5m


Master Bedroom Suite


4.47m x 1.32m


3.1m x 2.13m

Dressing Area

4.32m x 3.05m


13.4m x 13.1m



Centery Lane, Bittadon, Devon, EX31


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  • Barnstaple Station6.8 miles
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