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5 bedroom house for sale

South Hams, Nr Kingsbridge, Devon

Offers in Region of £3,000,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Holiday Cottage Complex
  • 5 bedroom principal house
  • 9 cottages, 3 timber lodges
  • Range of Leisure facilities
  • About 25 acres

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


Flear Country is situated in the heart of the South Hams. This area of South Devon is one of the most sought after in the whole of the West Country, both for holidays and permanent
The property lies in a secluded curving valley, providing an ideal opportunity to relax in a peaceful rural setting, whilst being close to local amenities and the coast. The village of East Allington is
approximately 1 mile to the north, which boasts an excellent pub/restaurant. The popular tourist destinations of Kingsbridge, Salcombe and Dartmouth, which are respectively some 4 miles, 9 miles and 12 miles from the property, provide a wide range oflocal services. Larger towns and cities such as Totnes, Exeter and Plymouth are within easy reach and provide first class shopping together with main line railway stations to London Paddington.
The South Hams is well known for its lush countryside and its picturesque beaches, which include Blackpool Sands,Torcross, Salcombe,Thurlestone, Hope Cove and Bigbury on Sea, which
is famous for its sea tractor. These coastal locations provide sailing, boating, swimming, water skiing, windsurfing and fishing. Other prime attractions include excellent 18 hole golf courses at Thurlestone, Bigbury on Sea and Dartmouth. Walking and horse riding are also extremely popular in the surrounding area.


The beautiful Devon stone barns at Flear Country have been converted to provide a superb holiday cottage complex situated in approximately 10.20 hectares (25 acres) of elevated land. The
property comprises a magnificent principal house, nine cottages (7 set around a courtyard), three timber lodges and a wide range of leisure facilities.


Principal House - A substantial detached built stone property with later extensions. The house and its private outdoor swimming pool are secluded from the cottages and lodges and is surrounded by landscaped gardens. Ground Floor - A pillared entrance with two stone columns opens into a large main dining room with tiled floor and features an inglenook fireplace with slate hearth. A smaller inner hall leads to a bright, airy and spacious drawing room, with light oak flooring and two glass fronted, fitted dressers flanking a marble surround open fireplace with slate hearth. The sitting room has marble surround fireplace with slate hearth. At the back of the house, overlooking the garden, is the family kitchen/breakfast room with its African slate floors, fitted units, an Aga, a central island, Miele hot plate, indoor barbeque grill, gas rings, extractor hood, double oven and microwave.
Leading off the kitchen are double doors to the garden and doors to a pantry and a utility/boot room with a further door to the garden. Downstairs cloakroom with WC and corner hand basin.
First Floor- A light oak staircase leads from the main hall to a large first floor galleried landing with skylights in the ceiling. The dual aspect master bedroom suite comprises a dressing room with several full length fitted wardrobes, a spacious private en suite bathroom with tiled floor, 'Touchtronic' spa bath with marble surround, double size fitted shower cubicle with power shower, two hand basins, WC, shelving and heated towel rail. Bedroom (2) has an en suite bathroom with light oak floor, bath with shower attachment, WC, hand basin and heated towel rail. Bedroom (3) has an en suite shower room with power shower unit, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail. Bedroom (4) with access to loft storage area. Bedroom (5) or study. Family shower room with white tiled floor, double size fitted shower cubicle, Victorian style hand basin and matching high level flush WC, heated towel rail. Laundry/utility room with extractor fan, plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer. Sink with storage cupboard beneath, large linen cupboard. Loft access.
The private garden exclusive to the house includes patio areas immediately adjacent to the house with weatherproof outside lighting. At the top of the garden is the original courtyard to the property of which only two Listed walls remain; planning permission has been granted to install a conservatory on this site. At the front of the property is an area of lawn with flower borders and a paved stone path to a car park. At the rear are steps leading down to a paved patio with extensive raised flower beds behind a low retaining wall. Steps lead down to gardens with extensive lawns, patio, lean-to greenhouse, adjoining timber garden shed, an apple orchard to the rear and wooden fronted steps from the lawn which lead out to the holiday complex. Steps from the main garden lead to the open air swimming pool (approximately 9 metres x 4.5 metres), complete with resistance swimming machine, two pool covers, and a storage/pump/filtration room. Flear House is available for purchase freehold and has full residential consent
Holiday Accomodation
The nine cottages and three lodges have considerable charm, with whitewashed brick walls, beams, bright decorations and elegant soft furnishings adding to their character. The cottages and lodges offer a high standard of self catering accommodation, all are centrally heated and most have wood burning stoves. The kitchens all have Neff/Bosch appliances and the bathrooms are fully fitted. Each have TV, DVD and CD players. The accommodation is as follows:-
The Linhay Lodge
This lodge has its own private driveway, garden and west facing verandah overlooking meadows. It is a spacious open plan property with exposed beams, high ceilings, stone floors and under floor heating. The ground floor accommodation comprises a kitchen with granite worktops and an American style fridge-freezer, living room, dining area, master double bedroom and bathroom with Jacuzzi. Stairs lead to a galleried landing and a twin bedroom with ensuite shower room.
This property can sleep 4 and the accommodation is laid out over two storeys. On the ground floor there is a snug living/dining area and a Shaker style kitchen. At first floor level there is a large master bedroom, twin bedroom and bathroom. This property can link internally with Duck's Nest.
Duck's Nest
This charming dwelling was converted from an old stable and can be linked to Quarry if required. The accommodation is laid out over two storeys and sleeps 5. There is a Shaker style kitchen, dining room with old slate floor and living area on the ground floor, with stairs leading to a master bedroom, second bedroom and bathroom.
A three storey property, taking its name from the date stone in the end wall of the cottage. Sleeping three, this cottage comprises a compact yet charming open plan kitchen and living area on the ground floor, with a single open plan bedroom and bathroom on the first floor and a master bedroom on the top floor.

The Stalls
A three storey cottage sleeping 6, located in the main courtyard. On the ground floor the accommodation comprises a Shaker style open plan kitchen and a living/dining area with exposed beams and woodburning stove. Stairs lead to a master bedroom and bathroom on the first floor and to two twin rooms and a shower room on the top floor.
The Granary
The Granary sleeps 8 and has its own south east facing verandah. It has a fully fitted kitchen and a slate floor which leads into the dining area. The living area features exposed beams and a wood burning stove. Upstairs is a master bedroom with woodland views, a bathroom/WC with overbath shower and a second bedroom with two sets of bunk beds. On the top floor there is a twin bedroom with en-suite shower room.
A two storey property sleeping 4, with a private verandah overlooking the valley. A spacious living area with an open fireplace leads into a kitchen with a large central island unit. On the first floor is a light and airy master bedroom with exposed beams, a twin bedroom and a bathroom.
Mangers adjoins Cartwheel and is a two story property, sleeping 4. It has a spacious living area with an open fireplace, dining area, and kitchen and stairs leading to a master bedroom, twin bedroom and bathroom. A verandah overlooks the valley and tennis courts.
The Stables
The Stables sleeps 6 in a roomy two storey property. It can be entered by two stable doors, one from a pretty courtyard and the other from a private south-facing terrace. Ground floor accommodation comprises an open plan living, dining and kitchen area, master bedroom and bathroom/WC with over-bath shower. On the first floor there are two twin bedrooms and a further bathroom.
A compact two storey cottage which sleeps 2. On the ground floor there is a living room, dining room and fully fitted kitchen; on the first floor, a master bedroom and bathroom/WC with over bath shower.
The Barn Lodge
A detached spacious property which has been tastefully converted by Carpenter Oak. It has an open plan ground floor, with extensive living, kitchen and dining areas, together with a separate WC. The property sleeps 4 and the master bedroom, twin bedroom and bathroom are located on the first floor. The property benefits from French windows opening out on to a verandah and private garden.
Orchard Lodge
A large luxurious barn constructed in 2005 of solid oak under a slate roof. The property has under floor heating throughout and is finished to a very high standard. On the ground floor is a generous open plan living, dining and kitchen area with wood burning stove, plasma TV, high quality kitchen with dual fuel range cooker, and extensive granite worktops. At lower floor level there are three bedrooms (two of which have ensuite bathrooms), a separate shower room and a laundry room. The master bedroom has a dual shower and a Jacuzzi bath. This property sleeps 6 people. Orchard Lodge has a private outdoor area with an expanse of decking which overlooks an apple orchard.
Located next to the play barn is an open plan office built in 2005, complete with a separate WC and kitchen.
Play Barn
Flear Country provides special facilities for children, in particular the conversion of a barn to provide an indoor play area. It has wooden flooring throughout and facilities include a trampoline, table tennis, children's pool table and a climbing frame complete with safety matting. In addition there is a separate storage room.
Indoor Swimming Complex
There is a luxurious indoor swimming pool complex which comprises a heated swimming pool (approximately 12 metres x 6 metres) with adjoining WC, treatment room, sauna, and family changing room. Outside there is a sun terrace and a hot tub.
Outdoor Leisure Facilities
The undulating grounds are well maintained and provide the following outdoor leisure facilities:-
- Three-hole pitch and putt golf course.
- An all-weather tennis court.
- Children's play area with climbing frame.
- Communal BBQ area.
- Two ponds and private stream.
Service Areas
Located close to the indoor pool complex is a separate barn with laundry room providing washing and drying machines, together with a linen storage area. In addition there is a refuse area, workshop, log store and two storage barns
Car Parking
The property has ample car parking areas, with spaces for the private house and individual holiday cottages.
The Business
Flear Country is a successful and profitable holiday cottage complex. It was purchased by the current owners 9 years ago who have continued investment to maintain and improve
the high standard of facilities provided. The business has developed an excellent reputation and is very well located in a prime tourist area. Open all year, the cottages have an average occupancy of over 55%. The properties are currently let through Premier Cottages. Additional marketing is undertaken via the website and direct advertising. The business has performed well over the last few years and holiday lettings have remained at a consistently high level. It could be easily operated as a family run enterprise but could alternatively be run with the aid of letting agents and a site manager, making it an ideal property based investment.


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