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5 bedroom detached house for sale


Sold by Us £495,000

Property Description

Key features

  • In all about 6 acres
  • Detached traditional stone barn
  • Partly renovated former Farmhouse
  • Gardens and Pasture Paddocks
  • Wonderful country walks

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

HOW TO GET THERE From Kingsbridge take the A381 and head towards Totnes, passing though The Mounts continue to Stanborough Cross and turn right signposted to Slapton and take the third turning left at Wallaton Cross towards Blackawton. Continue down this road for approximately one mile and bear left and the turning to Abbotsleigh will be seen on the left hand side. Continue down this country road for about ¼ of a mile and the entrance to Lower Abbotsleigh will be seen on the right hand side.  

SITUATION Lower Abbotsleigh is a substantial detached former farmhouse dating from the 18th Century with much older origins. The property stands in a delightful rural location with South Westerly views over unspoilt countryside and stands in gardens and land of about 6 acres. Approached by a private drive, the house is surrounded by garden and has a nearby small stone barn. The property nestling in the south west facing valley is about 5 miles inland from Slapton, 5 miles from Dartmouth, 6 miles from the town of Kingsbridge and 12 miles from the A38 expressway at Marley Head (South Brent) with the Dartmoor National Park beyond.

The local village of Blackawton is about a mile away with a lively community together with an ancient church, village store/ Post Office, highly regarded primary school and two Public Houses.

Dartmouth Golf and Country Club is about 3 miles away. The village of Slapton with 2 public houses a village shop and church is also about 3 miles distant.  

DESCRIPTION Lower Abbotsleigh is a spacious stone built period property set under a pitched slated roof and there is an interesting sun dial feature on the south elevation of the property dated 1679 on chimney.

The present owners have undertaken a major refurbishment of the property and significant works have already been completed with the potential accommodation as shown on the floor plan of the property.

We are informed by the present owners that the work carried out to date includes replacing the first floor joists, lintels, windows, re-opening and renovating fire places in the entrance hall, kitchen and bedrooms, re-lining chimneys, stripping back walls and re-plastering, creating some new openings between rooms and re-designing double doors from the kitchen to the garden. A skylight has been installed to the landing and provision has been made for an en-suite bathroom and family bathroom. Floors have been prepared for underfloor heating and electrics and plumbing are at first fix stage. Quality and quantity testing has been carried out to the bore hole water supply.

Materials included in the renovation to date include oak timbers for lintels and exposed beams within the house and local craftsmen have been employed to restore brick work on fire places and make new windows and doors.

Significant works to complete the refurbishments are still required and prospective buyers are expected to make their own enquiries and investigations as to the amount of expenditure required to finish the project.

The accommodation as shown on the floor plan comprises ground floor entrance hall, cloakroom, shower room, dining room, kitchen store room, living room and studio. First floor, master bedroom with en-suite, three further double bedrooms, large landing and family bathroom.

The driveway which enters the property off a no-through road leading into the hamlet of Abbotsleigh terminates at the side of the property with external parking for several cars and single storey double garage.

The house has gardens on all four sides mainly laid to lawn with shrubs and stone walls and different levels to the garden. The main part of the garden surrounding the house is principally level.

Situated to the north west of the house is a traditional stone barn 4.31 metres X 8.91metres (14.2Ft X 29.3ft). The building although in poor structural condition has the potential for a number of different uses subject to planning. On the west side of the barn at a lower level is a concrete yard and from this yard a track leads in a north direction to the main paddock.

Situated to the north of the house and driveway is a south facing paddock with hedge bank. The paddock has potential for an orchard similar.

From the stone building a track with partially surrounded stone walling leads to the main field of about 4 acres on a south facing slope. The purchaser will be required to erect an agricultural stock proof boundary fence between points A and B to divide this field off should they not wish to continue a grazing licence arrangement with the adjoining farmer.

From the land there are views across the valley including wooded hedgerows, cops' and aspect over the neighbouring lake.

SERVICES Mains electricity  

WATER A Bore hole is situated to the north of the property requiring a pump and purifying equipment. The buyers will be required to install the electric pump and purifying equipment.  

DRAINAGE The buyer is required to install their own septic tank. The proposed location of the sewerage treatment plant is due west of the bore hole.  

TENURE Freehold. 

COUNCIL TAX The property is in Council Tax Band F 

METHOD OF SALE The property is being offered for sale by Public Auction (unless sold prior) on Thursday, 6 October 2016 at the Rose & Crown Function Room, Yealmpton commencing at 2:30 pm subject to Luscombe Maye's General Conditions of Sale (available on request from the agent) and the Special Conditions of Sale appertaining to the property (see below). 

GENERAL CONDITIONS OF SALE Luscombe Maye for themselves and the Vendors of the property, whose agents they are, give notice that:

1. These particulars do not constitute an offer or a contract nor any part of an offer or contract.

2. All statements contained in these particulars as to this property are without responsibility on the part of Luscombe Maye or the Vendor.

3. None of the statements contained in these particulars as to this property are to be relied on as statement or representation of fact.

4. Any intending purchaser must satisfy himself/herself by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of each of the statements contained in these particulars.

5. The Vendor does not make or give, and neither Luscombe Maye nor any person in their employment has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatsoever in relation to this property.

6. The successful buyer will be required to pay to the Auctioneers an Administration Fee of £950 plus VAT at 20% (or whatever may be the prevailing rate), payable at the same time as the deposit for each lot purchased.


SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF SALE A copy of the special conditions of sale relating to the property may be obtained from the Vendor's Solicitors, Rudlings Wakelam of 14 Woolhall Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1LA. For the attention of Shazad Butt, tel: 01284 755 771, e-mail:

The property is offered for sale subject to the special conditions of sale all of which will be set out in the legal pack.

LOCAL AUTHORITY South Hams District Council
Follaton House
Plymouth Road
Tel: 01803 861234.

VIEWING Strictly by appointment with the agents:
Luscombe Maye
62 Fore Street
Tel: 01548 857474.

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Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
30 September 2014


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